Fr Angelus Park, Westport
Anne was born on July 6, 1938, to Patrick and Kathleen, Anne was the second born of six children. Anne had a happy childhood with precious memories of her dad Patrick, who was a tailor, who passed away suddenly when Anne was only 15 years old. Anne attended the Sacred Heart School for a short while before leaving school to work in Heneghan’s Grocery Shop on Bridge Street and from there she went to work in McGreevy’s Newsagents.
Anne loved music and dancing and she spent many a night dancing in the Pavilion Dance Hall where she was asked by more than one to dance, however, there was only one man who caught her eye and that was, Brendan MacBride of the Quay. They went on to be married in September 1961 and were one of the most glamourous couples around town. Unfortunately, a tragic train accident in August 1970, took Brendan from Anne and their kids.
Anne was a strong and independent woman who went on to own a monumental sculptor business in Westport with the help of her brothers Jim and Neil and when the business closed, Anne worked in Allergan on second shift, where she had many happy memories and made many friends. Anne loved her family and was a mother figure to a lot of people outside of her family, her caring nature extended far beyond her four walls and she was a loving babysitter.
Anne had an emotional and physical strength like no other, not only did she bury her husband, but she also lost her two sons Patrick and Andrew in recent years, and this all took a toll on Anne, and her health started to deteriorate rapidly from February 2019.
Anne was admitted to hospital in August 2019 with a serious illness, she was in Mayo University Hospital until October and from there her care was extended to Swinford District Hospital until she was moved to the Sacred Heart Hospital on Tuesday January 21, where she received her final days of care. Anne passed away peacefully on January 23, 2020, where she was surrounded by her family, it was evident from all those who were beside her throughout her illness and all who attended her funeral that she was loved by so many.
May she rest in peace.