Breda was born into the O’Keeffe Family who set up business in Kilcock in the 1800’s. A student of Mount Sackville Convent Boarding school for Girls in the Phoenix Park from 1956 -1961 where her love of art was nurtured. She trained in NCAD and College of Commerce Rathmines, then established the gallery in 1978. The Artistic bent runs through the family, Bridget O’Keeffe, her aunt, trained in Paris, was a painter and musician, uncle Jim O’Keeffe was a sculptor and musician. Her daughter Carina, studied History of Art in UCD, worked in Galleries in Germany, South America and New York, before coming to join her mother Breda in the Kilcock Art Gallery as a partner in 1999. Three nieces are Secondary school art teachers.
1985 the Gallery brought an exhibition of paintings by Tory Island Painters and Derek Hill to the Irish College in Paris, France and in 1995, The Gallery brought an exhibition of Michael Flaherty’s paintings to New York. This exhibition was held in Glucksman Ireland House, NYU and was opened by Dick Spring, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Mrs. Loretto Brennan Glucksman.