Cordarragh, Liscarney, Westport
The death of Bridie Gibbons occurred on May 25, 2020. Her funeral service was private due to Covid-19 restrictions and took place in St Patrick’s Church on May 28. Bridie was laid to rest in Aughagower cemetry.
Bridie was born in Rosduane, Kilmeena to Peter and Sarah Mulroy and grew up with her three brothers Brian, PJ and Tony in a very happy home with great memories. Bridie started her education next door in Rosduane School and later continued her secondary education in Sacred Heart School, Westport. Bridie loved singing and at a young age gave many a rendition of ‘Noreen Bawn’ in Cummins Hall down through the years. Bridie was also involved in the Legion of Mary in Kilmeena ans was a lifelong member of the PTAA, of which she was very proud.
Bridie secured her first job in PJ Kellys, Castlebar Street, Westport, as secretary and later went on to work in M Molloys and Sons, Shop Street, Westport. Bridie met the love of her life Willie, in the Wave Crest Hotel, Achill and four years later they were married on June 1, 1970 in St Brendan’s Church, Kilmeena, with the reception in The Welcome Inn Hotel, Castlebar. They set up home for a short time in Ballinlough before building a new home and moving to Cordarragh. They were blessed with five children, three daughters and two sons, Bridie was happiest in her home looking after her family. She was an amazing cook and baker and her brown bread, scones and apple pies were a firm favourite with all the family, especially the grandchildren who each came to visit weekly and to be spoilt by Grandma, not to mention all the sleepovers which the grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed.
It’s ironic that Bridie’s last task on this earth was to bake a brown soda cake, which the family brought to the altar as part of the gifts at Bridie’s Funeral Mass.
The grandchildren all looked forward to Grandma’s annual halloween party where she would decorate the kitchen, bake treats and join in the fun with all the kids, young at heart always!
Bridie was a keen gardener along with Willie, growing all their own vegetables and supplying all the family with beautiful lettuce, scallions, rhubarb and cabbage to name but a few. Bridie took great pride in her roses and beautiful flower pots, which are in full bloom at the moment, she spent many happy hours tending to her garden.
During her families schooling years, Bridie served over eight years on Lankill National School board of management, as treasurer. Bridie also served on the Aughagower Parish council as well as being an Eucharistic Minister in St Patrick’s Church, Aughagower for many years. Bridie had a deep faith and the rosary held a special place in her heart and home, often recited twice daily. She always prayed for the sick and suffering and her array of Miraculous medals and prayers were brought to the altar at her Funeral Mass, along with a statue of St Anthony whom she had great devotion to.
Bridie and Willie made an annual trip to Knock Shrine every year of their married life, Bridie enjoyed the peace and tranquility of Knock Shrine and always filled up on tanks of holy water before returning home.
Bridie was a devoted Wife and Mother who worked tirelessly for her family both inside and outside the home, no task was ever too great. She took great pride in watching her family grow up, settle down and relished the role of Grandmother as her grandchildren came along.
Bridie is remembered by her family as “A Mum in a Million”.
Bridie’s love for Willie was like a song that never ends, they were true soulmates, loyal and always caring for each other, “where you seen one, you always seen the other”.
Unfortunately, Bridie’s untimely death robbed them by just one week, of celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary, which she had been very much looking forward to.
Bridie had booked Fr John Regan, a family relative, some time ago to celebrate a Mass for their Golden Jubilee, and as fate has it he ended up celebrating her Funeral Mass instead, the family will be eternally grateful to Fr John for the caring and sensitive way he helped plan Bridie’s Funeral Mass, the kind words, recalling beautiful memories of Bridie’s life, her Funeral Mass brought great comfort to her family.
Bridie’s sudden and untimely passing has left a large void in her family’s hearts and lives and she will be forever remembered, treasured and loved by all her family, relatives and friends.
Bridie is survived by her loving husband Willie; daughters Martina, Majella, Fiona; sons Padraic and Peter, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren; brothers Brian, PJ and Tony; sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relations, neighbours and friends.
May Bridie’s gentle soul rest in peace.
Tenderly we treasure
Memories that will
When we cease to
think of you,
Will be when God
has called us too.