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Killarney’s sadness at the passing of Mary the Baker

The late Mary T O’Sullivan who has passed away.
Picture courtesy of Brendan Joy

WARM tributes have been paid and fond memories have been shared following the passing in Killarney of Mary T O’Sullivan, a master baker and confectioner who was well known and greatly respected in the town she made her home.

Affectionately known as Mary the Baker, she hailed from north Cork but she lived all her adult life in Killarney where was employed as the baker in The Café on College Street.

Mary’s skills as a baker were legendary and she created some incredible wedding cakes for a whole generation of Killarney couples as well as the delightful daily offerings that were in huge demand in The Café.

Mary, who lived in Monastery Gardens on New Road in recent years, was a familiar face in the town where she enjoyed daily walks and frequent chats with the many friends she made down through the years.

Mary’s recipes for confectionery were always in big demand and she was never reluctant to share them with anybody that might have been interested in acquiring them.

Although she was renowned for her spectacular wedding cake creations, she also conjured up some magnificent birthday cakes and daily delights such as scones, brown and white soda breads, doughnuts, custard slices and eclairs which were in big demand at home and abroad with regular parcels sent to the UK and the US.

Mary T is survived by her sisters Sheila and Carmel, brother Connie, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Her funeral took place in Rylane, Co Cork.

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