Wednesday 22 October 2014

Briscoe family hold poignant gathering

Hubert Murphy

Published 23/08/2014 | 00:00

Patrick Briscoe's relatives who attended a memorial in his honour at the Oldbridge Estate.
Angeline Briscoe-Sperling, Fleurette Fay and Marie Briscoe- O'Driscoll laying a wreath in honour of Patrick Briscoe 100th Anniversary at Oldbridge

GENERATIONS of the Briscoe family gathered at the gates of Oldbridge House to remember a forgotten relative.

Patrick Briscoe was shot and killed on the little bridge beside the estate 100 years ago to the day, and almost to the hour.

Poignantly, Friday's event saw his grandchildren - Angeline, Marie and Fleurette - lay a wreath in his memory where he died.

Patrick was married to Ann Maguire, originally from 100 George's Street, and they had three children.

He was shot following an altercation on the bridge. A man was jailed for 10 years.

He had worked on the Coddington estate.

The family decided to organise the day as Patrick's story had been lost to history in many ways and their father, Ned, never really spoke about it.

Granddaughter Marie said she was 'so moved' to see so many people attend the event, while Angeline said it was a special day. Sr Marie Kidney from the Franciscan House read a reflection to end the occasion.

Cllr Frank Godfrey, who helped facilitate the gathering, said it was a poignant moment for the Briscoe family and he was delighted to have assisted.

Drogheda Independent

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