On Wednesday, 19th June, Killusty celebrated Chrissie Byrne’s (nee Shee) milestone 100th birthday party.
150 people turned up on a lovely day which commenced with Mass at 11.30.
Following mass Carri Acheson (Clonmel) made the presentation of the President’s letter and cheque for €2,540 to Chrissie. Her great-grandchild, Freya Byrne and Mrs Frances Harrington, school principal, presented a bouquet of flowers and birthday card.
Chrissie’s son Noel thanked the parishioners for coming and making her day special. He then invited all present to an afternoon in Byrne’s shop across the road for tea and refreshments organised by Bernie Byrne and family members.
A copper beech tree, donated by Fidelma O’Flaherty, Killusty Castle, was then planted to mark the occasion by Noel Byrne assisted by great-grandchild, Ewan Byrne, at the shrine area where Chrissie lived from 1921 to 1924 as Shee’s shop was built in the old school grounds when it was burned to the ground by the Black & Tans in 1921.