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Bridie Kelly (née Mannion)


Parnell Court, Westport, Co Mayo

Bridie Mannion was born in Corrandulla, Co Galway, to parents Patrick and Mary Mannion on December 22, 1931. She had two sisters Tessie and Bridget, lovingly known to all as “B”, whom she is reunited with now in Heaven.
Bridie moved to Westport when she was 24 and worked for her dear friend Dr Betty O’Malley formally Flynn. She worked Monday to Friday and went home to Galway at the weekends to give her wages to help support her parents and siblings. Her family from Galway want to acknowledge and thank her for the love and support she gave them. Bridie kept her connections to Galway very strong. She would go to as many occasions as she could and would always bring treats for all the children who loved her so much.
Bridie met the love of her life, Padraig Kelly in Westport. They married and had three children, Marion, Ann (who has gone to God) and Geraldine. Bridie decided once she had children to stay at home and be a loving and devoted mother. She loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren dearly, but she had a special place in her heart for her grandson Tony.
Bridie and Padraig loved dancing and spent many nights waltzing in the Castlecourt Hotel. Bridie loved her glamour and always looked so beautiful in her amazing clothes.
Bridie was a fantastic mother and it was a role she was born for. She was so loving and devoted to her family and she was loved and respected by every child she ever came in to contact with. The whole community loved her and she was held in high regard by all. Bridie and Padraig were married for 65 wonderful years, full of hope and happiness. She dedicated the later years of her life to taking care of Padraig and she was absolutely amazing, so kind and so gentle. When Padraig passed last year she was devastated and his death affected her greatly. She was a kind, loyal and loving wife and mother who never said a wrong word to anyone. I can’t put into words what an incredible woman she was.
We take comfort in knowing she is now reunited with her husband Padraig, daughter Ann, two sisters and all her family and relations.
We would also like to thank the carers, the doctors, the palliative care team, Fr Charlie, Tom Navin and we would like to give a special thank you to Majella McGonagle, who was an absolutely amazing carer, supporting both Bridie and Padraig over their last years together.
Finally, thank you mum for  everything you have done, you were one in a million and we will love and miss you every day.