Friday 20 September 2019

Late Bridie Walsh from Wexford as a class act

The late Bridie Walsh.
The late Bridie Walsh.

the sad passing has taken place of Bridie Walsh (Nee Mahoney) of 20, Upper Bride Street, a much-loved family woman with the voice of a nightingale.

Bridie, who was 88 years of age, passed away on Monday, June 8, in Farnogue Nursing Home, where she had been cared for since February. Bridie worked in London for several years, but it is in her home town that she is best known. Bridie was married to the late Tom, a Waterford native, for more than 40 years, and greatly mourned him following his death in 2003.

She was well known for her greatest gift - her singing voice.

Bridie was a world-class singer and won many medals at fheiseanna over the years and sang with many bands including 'Paddy and his Serenaders'.

She was a member of Wexford Festival Chorus and sang at numerous weddings and funerals. She appeared at Tops of the Towns shows and with Wexford Light Opera Society, sang in Swansea, at Powerscourt, the Theatre Royal, Lawlors in Naas and Rockets in Tramore, among many other venues.

Bridie won a number of best singer awards in the Singing Pubs competitions and was on winning teams at both Broaders and the Pike. She was a frequent guest with the Male Voice Choir with which she travelled with to Wales on many occasions.

A Wexford man who was among Bridie's many fans, has provided a tribute to her, describing her as 'a class act'.

'Back in 1982 I travelled with two bus-loads of Wexford people to the London Wexfordmen's dinner, included in the group we had Wexford Male Voice Choir, the late Willie Goodison, and a wonderful Wexford Soprano Bridie Walsh.

'There were 650 people in the hall most of them Wexford People living in London. Bridie stepped out on the stage and gave a rendition of Toselli's 'Serenade' with a performance equal in quality to Shirley Bassey, Susan Boyle or Dame Vera Lynn.

'Amid the tears and the cheers I could only think to myself "What an ambassador for Wexford" needless to say she did not get away with one song.. indeed she sang one after another with the same quality for about one half hour.'

A staunch family woman, Bridie is survived by her sons Seamus and Tony, her daughters in law Anne and Colleen, her grandchildren, Paul, Phillip and James, her sister May, nephews, nieces and great grandchildren.

Bridie's funeral mass took place at Bride Street Church followed by burial at Crosstown cemetery.

She will be greatly missed.

Wexford People