Monday 16 September 2019

Wexford's Breda was a devoted mother

The late Breda Murphy.
The late Breda Murphy.

The sad death took place recently of Breda Murphy, who with her husband Padraig founded the well-known 'Crossroads Foodstore' at the top of Hill Street.

Breda and the late Padraig returned from England in the early 1970s, opening a small shop called 'The Gem' in Lower Georges Street.

In time this business and the family moved to what would become known as the 'Crossroads Foodstore' at the top of Hill Street, where Breda and Padraig built an extremely successful grocery trade.

The shop soon became the social and trading hub of the area known far and wide for its 24/7 52 weeks of the year customer service.

Breda was a self taught formidable business woman of her time

She was also a devoted wife and mother and instilled confidence, self worth, integrity, and a good work ethic into her children. She adored her grand children and passed on her words of wisdom when needed.

in her retirement she enjoyed her home and spent many happy hours in her garden attending to her plants.

Shopping was another of Breda's great passions as was visiting her life long friend Josie Jones in Cardiff, the highlight of her year.

In the year 2000 Breda's own health had started to deteriorate and she developed a very serious condition. Due to this Breda faced many operations and periods of extreme illness.

Breda had always faced her illness with a steadfast dignity, she fought bravely for 14 years but sadly she lost the battle.

Her family said there were comforted in the knowledge that her husband Padraig, son Erdie (who was only buried in October 2014) brother Liam, nephew William and other family members gone before her 'were there to greet her at the gates of heaven'.

The family said they wanted to thank the doctors, nurses and community carers, the staff and team of St. Mary's surgical ward at Wexford General Hospital, Knockeen Nursing Home, family and friends and all who were associated with us in any small way during their time of extreme sadness. May Breda rest in peaceful sleep.

Wexford People