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Bridget McGuire (née Cafferkey)


Parklands, Westport and formerly of Stockton on Tees, England

Bridget McGuire (nee Cafferkey) Parklands, Westport and formerly of Stockton on Tees, England, passed away peacefully on 6th March 2019.  She was pre-deceased by her husband Bernie and her son Bernard (Farnaught, Westport)
She was born on 5th June 1930 to Michael and Mary Cafferkey in Fahy, Ballycroy.  She came from a family of nine children her brothers and sisters Maria, Neil, Katy, Michael, Nora, Rosie, John, and Patrick.  She had a really happy childhood, even though where she lived was remote she always said it didn’t matter they had each other.
Bridget first moved to England at 17, she said it was a big change going from the West of Ireland to the middle of Birmingham. She also worked in Sheffield and Darlington, she would always send money home and try and come home for the summer to help with the hay and the turf. It was during one of these summers she had her eye on going to America, however coming home from Clearys one day someone stopped and offered her a lift on his bicycle, and that was Bernie McGuire from Dooreil, Ballycroy she didn’t cast her net very far, as he was from the next village.
They moved to England and got married and set up home in Stockton on Tees where they had Thomas, Neil, Bernard and Maureen.  The house would have been familiar with a lot of people from Ballycroy as friends and relatives stayed over when they moved to England to find work. Bridget loved to look after people and make sure they were well looked after. She was well known for her breakfasts and dinners, and she was an excellent cook.
One thing that they were proud of is where they came from, every summer they would save up so all the family would come ‘home’ as they used to say, to Ballycroy. Bridget loved to come home. She loved to visit everyone. She loved to tell stories and she loved a really good laugh.
Bridget loved her family, her grandchildren, her brothers and sisters, her in-laws and her nephews and nieces. She had a hug for everyone.
Her husband, Bernie sadly passed away in February 1990.
Eventually she moved back to Ireland and settled in Westport, she said it was nice to be near grandchildren, Patrick, Dominic and Cara and her daughter Maureen and her son Bernard who unfortunately she suffered the sudden loss of in 2013, which shocked her deeply.  She never truly got over that loss.
Bridget had an inner strength and great faith which kept her going. She was a regular at church until her later years. She liked where she lived as she could nip into town, to the church and the library. She absolutely loved books, especially a good murder mystery, the more murders in it the better she often said.  
She also was a very intelligent lady, she loved quiz shows and she would answer nearly every question whether mythology, history, art, literature, geography, her knowledge was amazing considering she left Drumslide school in Ballycroy at the age of 14.
She loved her life, she always said she had a very happy life, she is reunited now with her husband and her beloved son, Bernard who she missed so dearly and reunited with her mum and dad and brothers and sisters.  
Bridget is mourned by her sons Thomas and Neil, daughter Maureen, Grandchildren Patrick, Dominic and Cara, Daughters in law Mary and Julie, Son in law Keith, Sister Rosie, nephews and nieces and extended family and friends.  May her soul rest in peace.

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