Monday 19 March 2018

Bridie grew up in Wexford area

FAMILY and friends gathered last Thursday and Friday to bid farewell to Bridie McLoughlin, who is fondly remembered for her time spent living in Wexford town, Campile and Wellingtonbridge. Bridie, of Cill Dara, Sean Lios, Gorey, passed away last Tuesday, September 7, aged 79.

Bridie, formerly of the Hollyfort Road, passed away peacefully in the loving care of the staff at Middletown Nursing Home following a long illness.

Nee Harte, Bridie was born and reared in Johnstown, Co. Wicklow, and spent most of her early life in Wexford town. There she later met Liam McLoughlin from Monasterevin, Kildare, and they were married in 1956. They later lived in Campile and then Wellingtonbridge.

They moved to Gorey in the late 1960s, when Liam took over the Mace supermarket at 25 Main Street where Bob's Bar is now. Liam passed away unexpectedly in 1975, and Bridie took over the running of the shop, and ran it until 1989 with her son Brian. Brian then opened McLoughlin's convenience store at 38 Main Street where the Ming Garden is now.

In 1975, as well as having to take over the business, Bridie was left to rear five young children who ranged in age from eighteen to seven.

As a pastime, she took up golf, and became a keen golfer, and much loved member of Courtown Golf Club. She served as Lady Captain of the club in the 1980s, and past Lady Captains formed a Guard of Honour at her Funeral last Friday. She was also involved in many organisations around Gorey over the years, and supported many good causes in the area.

The tragic loss of her son Billy in 1999 was a terrible blow to her. She is survived by her children Brian, Ann, John and Miriam; her sister Eileen Underwood, Wexford; her brother Danny in London; her grandchildren, and a wide circle of relatives and friends.

Her Funeral Mass took place at St. Michael's Church, Gorey, on Friday morning, and she was laid to rest in St. Michael's Cemetery afterwards. May she Rest in Peace.

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