Photographs and memories of a great family tradition

A STRIKING new line of jewellery that takes its inspiration from Killarney’s natural treasures has been launched to mark a very special anniversary.

The Mullins family from High Street is this year celebrating 75 years of business on the same street and they wanted to mark the occasion in a very different way.

Three generations: At the 75th birthday celebrations were Elaine Twomey O’Callaghan with Ruairí and Siobhán, June Twomey and Brian, Máiréad, Dara and Cian de Staic

Máiréad Mullins – whose parents Tom and Mary operated a grocery store and pub on High Street many decades ago – is married to master jeweller Brian de Staic who now has an outlet in a section of the same building.

He has designed a new Cill Áirne jewellery collection to add an extra dimension to the celebration and to mark three quarters of a century of the involvement of the Mullins family in the commercial life of the town.

Tom and Mary Mullins opened their business in the early 1940s and Máiréad and Brian de Staic are continuing the commercial tradition with their own successful business.

A 75th birthday party was held in The Sportsman’s Bar on High Street – which now occupies another section of the original building – and nostalgic sepia-toned snapshots of the extended Mullins family from yesteryear proved a big hit on the night.

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