Bridie Byrne, 93, lived a long and fulfilling life
It was with great sadness that on January 1, 2017, Bridie Byrne's loving family said their final farewells to her at at her home in Erin Cottage, St Peter's Square.
Bridie was in her 94th year and had a long and fulfilling life. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and all who knew her.
She was born in Ballymurn on October 17, 1923, a place that always remained dear to her heart. She was the oldest of five brothers and four sisters. Bridie met and married Patrick (Paddy) Byrne in September 1948 and moved to Erin Cottage, St Peters Square, where she lived the remainder of her long life.
Bridie lived a simple uncomplicated life, always putting her family first. She had a great love of music and this she passed onto her children. They were often to be seen travelling the highways and byways of the country to fleadh cheols in Paddy's VW minibus, loaded with children, food and instruments.
She took special care of their eldest son Willie and would often be seen sitting in the sun outside their home counting the planes as they travelled through the sky. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren played a huge part in her life and each one was special in their own way.
She was often surrounded by four generations of Byrnes and would marvel at what each generation brought to her life.
Bridie was a lifelong member of the Pioneer total abstinence Association of which she was very proud.
She was committed to her faith and attended Mass daily, rain, hail or shine. This faith got Bridie through the dark months that followed the death of her son Bernard in 1992 age 34years.
Her devotion to our Lady was borne out by her numerous visits to Lourdes and Knock shrine. Her first trips to Lourdes were overland and she subsequently spoke of the airliners making her annual trip so much easier.
The impressive attendance at both her removal and funeral mass showed the high regard with which Bridie was held. Her Funeral Mass at the Church of the Assumption in Bride Street was led by Bishop Denis Brennan and celebrated by Frs Marken, Cullen, O'Shea, Ronayne, Doyle and Carroll.
Bridie is predeceased by her husband Paddy, her son Bernard, her five brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her family, William,Helen, Imelda, Ursula, John, Therese, David, Terence, Vincent and Michael. Her sisters Mary, Nellie and Betty, her sister in law Mardi, her daughter in laws, sons in laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and extended family.
Her remains were interred in Crosstown Cemetery last Wednesday. May she rest in peace.