Cork and Derrew, Ballyheane
The death has taken place of Sr Bridie Walsh of the Bons Secours Sisters in Cork, and Derrew, Ballyheane.
Sr Bridie was born in Derrew eighty eight years ago to parents Catherine and John Walsh, one of seven children. She often described growing up on the family farm, where her parents worked hard and enjoyed music, dance and visiting.
Her mother played the accordion so it was a musical house. It was called ‘The Star of the West’ but the music and dance was always preceded by prayer.
Sr Bridie remembered fondly the first radio in their home, a gift to her parents from her brother Louis.
Her childhood was a happy one, with lots of laughter echoing around their house. Her mother was a very busy woman, cooking and cleaning for her large family of five boys and two girls. She loved all the mod cons but reminisced about the safety, joy and camaraderie of her youth.
After much thought and reflection, Bridie entered religious life with the Bon Secours Sisters in Cork. Leaving home on June 29, 1952, Cork seemed a long way away and overcoming loneliness was sometimes difficult and visits from home were few.
She trained as a nurse, a career which she thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated – the privilege of healing the sick, a privilege which is appreciated so much in those uncertain times. Sr Bridie had no regrets in life, a life very fulfilled to the end.
She was laid to rest in Knock Cemetery following Mass of the Resurrection. She was predeceased by her five brothers, John Eddie, Paddy, Louis, Mike and Walter and her sister Margaret Mulholland. Sympathy has been extended to her nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces, extended family and religious Sisters.