Kildare town's Teasie Doyle serves up 50 years of Cheltenham meals

Teasie is known for giving her regulars home-cooked festival food

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Kildare town's Teasie Doyle serves up 50 years of Cheltenham meals

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.

Teasie Doyle (77) who runs the Five Jockeys pub in Kildare town, is in her 50th year of dishing up home-cooked meals for her customers over the busy Cheltenham racing season.

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.
“She came to Kildare to work in the bank but in those days you had to leave your job when you got married,” said Suzanne. “My grandfather, known as the Chalk Doyle, was a jockey and was one of the five brothers that all rode in a race together, even making it into the Guinness Book of Records as “the five jockeys”, hence the name of our pub.

“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.”