LOVED by all, the passing of the late Bridget (Biddy) Handrick from Millbanks, Rosbercon, was met with great sadness in the Parish where she was well-known and respected.
Bridget sadly passed away on Sunday October 7 at Waterford Regional Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was 84 years old.
An overflow congregation gathered for her Funeral Mass in Glenmore Church the following Wednesday, showing the respect in which she was held by all. She was laid to rest afterwards in the new cemetery in Rosbercon.
Originally from Shanbogh, Bridget was the youngest of five children born to James and Molly O'Sullivan. She is survived by her brother Edward and was predeceased in life by her sister Mai (who died as a child) and brothers Tom and Martin.
Following her schooling locally, she worked at home helping her mother in the house and on the farm.
Back in the 1950s Bridget was one of many helpers in the Rosbercon new church fundraising carnivals held in Tom Doyle's paddock. Manning the Shanbogh stall with her neighbours, they succeeded in contributing in no small way to the finances accruing from the carnival venture.
Following her marriage in 1961 to Laurence Handrick, they set up home at Glencloughlea, Millbanks, where they reared three sons (John, Seamus and Pierce) and two daughters (Mary and Liz). Sadly Bridget and Laurence lost a son at infancy.
Bridget was a fantastic mother and a wonderful homemaker, who made everyone feel very much welcome and at home in Millbanks.
She held her daughters and sonsin-law in great affection and thoroughly enjoyed the company of her twelve grandchildren: Liam, Laura, Andrea, Hannah, Thomas, Tara, Michael, Jack, Stephen, Siobhan, Nicky and Lorcan. She loved her grandchildren's company and was very interested in their lives. She absolutely loved family celebrations, where she was sure to sing the Rose of Mooncoin to bring the party to a close.
She was very knowledgeable of her family tree and could go back through many generations of her family.
A generous and kind hearted lady, Bridget was particularly good for caring for those who were ill. She had a great way of empathising with people who were unwell and was great for nursing the sick and visiting friends in hospital. She took care of her parents and other family members who suffered ill health in their latter years and believed it was so important to care for those who were sick.
Bridget was one of the rare old farming stock and loved everything associated with the land. She had a great love of nature and loved looking after her garden and having fresh flowers in her home. Bridget also had a great love of all kinds of animals. She loved her pets.
An avid lover of all things Irish, Bridget loved its music, its culture, and above all dances, and liked nothing better than taking part in the fun at the old time platforms in Shanbogh, the Skew Bridge in Glenmore and the Badminton Hall in New Ross. She loved dancing in Rhu Glen with her friends and more recently enjoyed attending the Golden Club active retirement group in Glenmore. She also participated in bingo in Rosbercon Parish Hall in recent years.
Bridget also loved to travel with her family and enjoyed many holidays away and outings with them. She had visited Lourdes, Rome, Poland and Spain in recent years, which she enjoyed.
She had a great interest in current affairs, both local and international, and always kept up to date with the latest news.
Also an avid follower of Kilkenny hurling, Bridget really enjoyed watching the All-Ireland and replay this year.
Bridget had a great appreciation of art and among her other interests was painting, which she enjoyed whenever she stayed in New Ross Community Hospital, where she loved the company of staff and residents.
She was a woman of great faith throughout her life, which she drew great comfort from.
A great conversationalist, having her usual friendly chat with friends and neighbours alike, Bridget was a sociable woman who had a very good sense of humour. She was well-liked and loved by all.
Sadly, she was predeceased in 1994 by her husband Laurence, and is now deeply missed by her sons, John, Seamus and Pierce, daughters, Mary and Liz, her brother Edward O'Sullivan, her grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, and a large circle of relatives and friends.
Her Month's Mind Mass will be celebrated on November 3 at 6.30 p.m. in Our Lady of Lourdes School Hall in Rosbercon.
May her gentle soul rest in peace.