Teasie Doyle, (seated left) of the Five Jockeys, Kildare town, keeping the Cheltenham Festival week meals tradition going, pictured with some regular customers. Picture: Tony Keane.
It is a big tradition at the family-owned pub and Cheltenham is described as their busiest week of the year with people staying in B&Bs in town and watching the festival in the pub.
Her daughter, and local councillor, Suzanne Doyle, with her sister Elaine May have vowed to keep the tradition going after “50 plus years of peeling spuds and boiling bacon”.
“Our dad Michael died suddenly, aged 46, in the mid eighties and our mum has been running the pub every since,” said Suzanne. “It was a hard time and she worked long hours in the pub, as well rearing four children at the time. We all helped out and still do over the years.”
Theresa, known as Teasie, came to Kildare town from Durrow for work and has lived locally ever since.
“My mother inspired me to become a councillor. She is always helping people. Cheltenham week is a tradition and the lads appreciate it. Our pub is a very small pub and our customers are like our extended family and we have great staff including Sue Wynne who has been working there for 40 years.”