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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Much-loved Bridget rear six children and ran Wexford B&B

The late Bridget O'Leary.
The late Bridget O'Leary.

BRIDGET O'Leary, the much-loved matriarch of the Wavecrest Bar and B&B, has passed away peacefully at home following a short illness.

Born on Achill Island, at the foot of Slievemore, in 1932, Bridget, from 25, Newlands, was the loving wife of Tommy and mother to six children, Margaret, Maureen, Fintan, Angela, Paddy and Thomas.

Bridget moved to Scotland as a teenager where she met and married Wexford man Tommy.

They lived and worked in London for a few years before coming to Wexford with their young family.

Bridget and Tommy first ventured into the licensed trade in 1962 when they bought the Keyhole Bar. In 1964, they bought the Wavecrest Bar and B&B, with Tommy looking after the bar operations and playing traditional music, including on an accordion, and Bridget looking after front of house and the hospitality end of things.

She established and maintained a great reputation for the quality of her welcome and made many friends out of the visitors to the B&B, whether from home or abroad, with the large amount of repeat business and 'a huge Christmas card list' showing just how good she was.

'She was very, very sociable and very good at business. She ran the B&B and reared six children,' said Maureen.

Two years ago, Bridget, then 80, and Tommy celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Achill Island - she was very proud of being an islander - with family and friends.

Bridget is sadly missed by Tommy, her children, sister Annie and brother Anthony, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, sister-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and many friends.

Her funeral mass took place at the Church of the Annunciation in Clonard followed by burial at Piercestown Cemetery.

Wexford People