Growing up in her native village, Bridie attended Cogaula NS. Like all her peers during that time when there was no school transport or cars, getting to school on a daily basis was very much on foot, regardless of hail, rain or snow.
Bridie worked for a few years in the Textile Factory in Westport (now known as Northern Feather) and also in the Handkerchief Factory (now Poplar Linens). Wages were low but went a long way in those days, when a good time at the dance hall cost only 50 pence.
Bridie loved the dance halls, especially going to see her favourite band, Big Tom and The Mainliners. With friends and family, she travelled throughout the region to hear the “big fella” and remained a loyal follower of Big Tom her whole life. Those were really happy times, and there were many good laughs along the way as well.
Some 30 years ago, Bridie moved to Galway, where she worked in Nortel for many years and met some wonderful friends. It was at a dance in the Classic Ballroom in Gort that she met her husband to be, Pat Horan.
They got married in Knock Church and settled in Co Clare. Bridie soon developed a great love for the traditions and culture of the Banner County. She was fascinated by the Burren region and loved to go for walks there with her dogs. Bridie loved nature and animals and especially her beloved cat, Babe.
She also took a great liking to the game of hurling, and she was privileged to be in Croke Park when Clare won their two memorable All Ireland senior titles in 1995 and 1997.
However, she never forgot her native county and always supported the Mayo football teams. The Mayo flag could always be seen flying proudly outside their home in Tubber on big match day when Mayo were playing in Croke Park.
In recent years, she undertook some voluntary work for Enable Ireland and gained an insight into the wonderful work that this organisation does for the less privileged. Up to the time of her death, she was working for Clare Care.
Bridie died suddenly at her home on July 14, and her passing came as a huge shock to her husband Pat and all her family.
Removal took place from Loughnane’s Undertakers in Clare to McGing’s Funeral Home in Westport, with burial in Kilmaclasser cemetery following Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr Jim Walsh in Fahy Church.
Bridie is deeply regretted by her husband Pat, her mother Kathleen, brother Frank (Ballintleva), sisters Josephine (Aughervilla, Claremorris) and Kathleen (Galway), nieces Deirdre and Breda Keane, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, relatives, neighbours and friends.
May her gentle soul rest in peace.