The latest Kilkenny resident to mark her one hundredth birthday is Bridie Murphy who lives at Archer’s Avenue in Kilkenny. Bridie was born in Gorey, Co. Wexford and first came to Kilkenny in the 1930s to do private nursing. There she met her husband, James Murphy, at Desert Hall. His family had the woollen mills beside the book centre and Bridie’s daughter Marie runs a boutique on the premises today. Bridie managed to have two birthday celebrations, one in the Langton House Hotel and a second one at her home.