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Clonmel family reunion recalled

The family reunited after 67 years: Denis OBrien, Agnes Kennedy and Sr. Nancy OBrien at Mrs. Kennedys home in Baron Park, Clonmel.

The family reunited after 67 years: Denis OBrien, Agnes Kennedy and Sr. Nancy OBrien at Mrs. Kennedys home in Baron Park, Clonmel.

A front page story in The Nationalist 20 years ago featured an emotional family reunion when a Cahir-born man met two of his sisters for the first time in 67 years.

A front page story in The Nationalist 20 years ago featured an emotional family reunion when a Cahir-born man met two of his sisters for the first time in 67 years.

Denis O’Brien, then 84 years-old, had not seen his sisters Agnes and Sr.Nancy since 1928, when the family of nine was split up following the death of their father. Their mother had died three years previously.

The family’s last farewells were said at Clonmel Railway Station when Denis, then aged 19, was returning to England where he had already been an apprentice jockey for a number of years.

The reunion came about when Denis’ son Bob found his aunt’s address by chance (on the back of an old envelope) and letters were exchanged, leading to the reunion when Bob and his wife Joan brought Denis to Clonmel.

The family also decided to fly Sr. Nancy home from New York to join in the reunion - as a complete surprise to Agnes and Denis, who were astounded when she walked into the kitchen in Baron Park, Clonmel.

Twenty-three people gathered in Cahir to catch up on the events of the previous 67 years. Denis and the family also went to see the family’s former home at Kilcommon, Cahir

(See this week’s paper for more Clonmel nostalgia pictures from twenty years ago).

 

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