The death occurred at her home in Magheraclogher on Friday night last of Mrs. Bríd Gallagher.
Aged 94 years, she was originally from Derrybeg and was a daughter of the late Johnny Thomáis Chaitlín Coll, Derrybeg and Bidí Bheag John Thomáis [née Coll] who was originally from Meenaniller, Derrybeg.
Bríd received her primary education at Scoil Mhuire, Derrybeg and while attending school she was hired out for three seasons with the Frank Dhonnchaidh [Coll] family at Magheragallon.
This family would move with all their life stock to live in a thatch cottage at Magheragallon for a period each year. This was customary for other families as well. She left school at the tender age of eleven years. Afterwards she spent a period with the Council Turf Scheme at Corveen.
She later secured employment with the Molloy family at Derrybeg who had a shop and the post office. One of her duties while working here was delivering telegram messages. After some years she moved to work at Breslin’s Hotel at Bunbeg Crossroads.
After the war in 1947 she went to work in Scotland and for some years worked in a farmers house in Angus shire.
She later moved to work in Perth Shire. While living in Scotland she married Johnny Tom Gallagher. They moved back to Gaoth Dobhair in 1956, and Johnny set up a butcher shop there. At that time he was one of three butcher shops in Magheraclogher. The other two were, Dominick Johnny Gallagher and Jack Ned McBride. A diligent worker Brid often helped in running the butcher shop.
Despite having very limited formal education Bríd was a very intelligent individual. In the later part of her life she learned to drive and later bought a car.
Vast knowledge of stories
Blessed with good memory she possessed a computerised brain. She had a vast knowledge of stories, events and happenings which occurred when she was a young girl stored in that brain. Sadly most of that is now lost.
She was a great conversationalist and the door to her kitchen home was always unlocked and people calling in for a bit of craic were assured a ‘céad míle fáilte’. She was a woman who had a strong and abiding faith. Her family and friends were central in her life. She was predeceased by her husband, Johnny Tom and by her daughter, Claire who lived in London.
She was waked at her home on St. Patrick’s Day and Sunday. The large and representative attendance at the wake and funeral clearly indicated the high esteem in which the deceased and her family are held.
Her funeral mass was celebrated at 11.00a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Derrybeg on Monday the Feast Day of St. Joseph. The main celebrant of the mass was Fr. Brian Ó Fearraigh, C.C., and Séiplíneach Phobal Scoil Ghaoth Dobhair assisted by an Dr. Ró Oirmh. Pádraig Ó Baoighill, S.P., Gaoth Dobhair and Fr. Seán Ó Gallchóir, P.P., Gortahork. The two lessons were read by an Dr. Padraig while Fr. Seán read the prayers of the faithful. The soloist was Paula Diver Gillespie and she was accompanied on guitar by Pat Duffy. Her funeral took place afterwards to Magheragallon cemetery in she was laid to rest in a plot alongside her husband, Johnny Tom and daughter, Claire.
She is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Doohan, and Bríd Gallagher, grand-daughter, Claire Ní Dhubhcháin, brother, Fred Coll, former county councillor, and two sisters, Nan Cullen in Downings, and Nóra Sweeney [Magheralosk], in-laws, nephews, nieces and a wide circle of relatives and friends, to all of whom deep condolences are extended.