Lanmore, Liscarney, Westport
Bridie Grimes, aged 86 years, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2022, surrounded by her family following a short illness, in the wonderful care of the staff of Mayo University Hospital. Born in 1935 to Patrick and Mary Gibbons of Cordarragh, a family of five of which Bridie was second eldest. Bridie was educated in Lankill National School and on finishing school she commenced work in the Thread Factory in Westport.
Bridie married John Grimes in February 1953 and together they created a loving and caring home for their seven sons and three daughters. Bridie was a very kind, loving, proud and devoted mother.
Bridie had many interests; gardening, baking, fashion, a proud Mayo woman and loved her GAA. She never gave up hope that she would see ‘Sam’ come West again. The family have loved hearing her account of Mayo’s last Senior All-Ireland win in 1951. Bridie was 16 years old sitting by the radio with her family and neighbours listening to the match. When things were getting tough, she recalled taking her Miraculous Medal from around her neck and putting it on the radio and her prayers were answered. Irish rugby and snooker were her other sporting passions. Ronnie O’Sullivan was her favourite snooker player and Bridie always stood tall when the Irish rugby team lined out for Irelands call.
Bridie loved the family gatherings and there was many an occasion down through the years which were followed by the ‘Sing Song’. Everyone had their party piece, a song, a tune, a recitation or a dance. No occasion went by without her sweet rendition of the Galway Shawl. Bridie loved some devilment; she played her role beautifully and quite often it was her actions that made it into a cherished memory for us to recall and reminisce about today.
Bridie was a cherished and loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is deeply mourned by her daughters Mary, Breda and Karen and sons PJ, Richard, John, Vincent, Gerard, Paul and Chris, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends. Bridie was predeceased by her husband John; sister Maureen Grimes and her brother Paddy Gibbons.
A mother’s love is truly a blessing. She is sadly missed. May her gentle soul rest in peace.