The death of a kind and loyal Irish mother

The death of a kind and loyal Irish mother

Bridie McElroy was a wonderful mother, loyal to her friends and kind to all who knew her. 

The mother of eight was buried on Monday, April 18th after 10am Mass at Requiem Mass at St. Eunan’s cathedral in Letterkenny. The Mass was very well attended with many people from the town and from further afield in attendance. Bridie, 87, née Kilcoyne came to Letterkenny in 1951. A clever and hard working individual, she worked in Larkin’s Bakery for many years as a book keeper and later as a telephonist in the old Letterkenny exchange. Bridie would have been a well known and respected figure in the town. She lived at 87 Lower Main Street in Letterkenny and often would be seen in that area of the town going about her daily business.  

She never moved from her original Letterkenny address and would have been exceptionally well known by many people and businesses in the area.

She always had a kind word for those who spoke to her and was always willing to lend a helping hand and offer advice. 

Bridie was originally from Charlestown in County Mayo. 

However, Letterkenny town proved to be her home over the years. 

She was described by one man who knew her as:  “a lovely, kind, ordinary Irish mother.”

She was also very faithful to church and had a strong belief in God. 

She was predeceased by her husband Philip, who died fourteen years ago. She was also predeceased by her sister, ‘Brannie’ whom she was exceptionally close to. 

She is survived by her eight children, Gerard, Eugene, Martin, Paul, Mairead, Patrice, Bernadette and Dervla. 

She is also survived by fifteen grandchildren and her brother in law, Joe McElroy. 

She will be sadly missed by her family, a wide circle of friends and all those who knew her.