Fun-loving Bridgie passes away at 93
Published 02/01/2013 | 10:01
Brigid O'Callaghan/Fanning, EastRand, Ballymakenny, Drogheda died peacefully in her sleep on the fourth day of December, in her own home.
Bridgie was a native of Hammondtown, Clonalvey, Co. Meath and was one of six boys and two girls of Mary and Patrick Fanning.
Bridgie began her education in Clonalvey N.S where from there she kept childhood friends throughout her life, she then went to boarding school in Gorey before finishing her education in St Martha's Navan.
Bridgie rented a premise beside the Tivali in Dublin which she ran successfully for a number of years while enjoying the Dunlin lifestyle.
Bridgie met a local butcher, Henry O'Callaghan from Onginestown, Navan, Co. Meath and they got married in Clonalvey church, June 1947.
After her marriage to Harry, Bridgie worked alongside him in his business in 14 Shop Street, Drogheda doing office work and deliveries.
In 1963, they decided to move out to Ballymakenny, where they spent many happy years together.
Bridgie loved life, loved people young and old, and loved telling jokes though some had the tendency to be raunchy.
Bridgie was a hardworking lady who loved her garden and home. Bridgie had a special love of babies and small children.
She was a caring, patient and kind mother and grandmother.
She loved reading, smoking and the odd hot whiskey which she enjoyed with family and friends.
Bridgie is survived by her daughters, Noeleen, Jacinta and Fidelma, sons Pearse and Roy, grandchildren and great grandchildren, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
The family would like to thank the great work done by the HSE and in particular her friend and carer Geraldine McDowell, also Patricia Sweeney, Veronica Wogan and Nurse Sinead Duffy. Also a thank you to Dr Moran and his kind staff for the years of support and care given to Bridgie and her family.
A special thank you to Paddy Townley and his staff, and to everyone who attended Bridgie's removal and funeral.
Months mind mass on 5th of January at 7:30 PM in our lady of Lourdes church.
' You lived the life, and fought the good fight, may you now rest in peace with Harry and all those who have gone before you.'