Saturday 17 August 2019

Mourners pack out church for tragic Brigid

Brigid Maguire
Brigid Maguire
The hearse carrying remains of Brigid Maguire pictured leaving Ballynacargy Church after her funeral mass
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

Care assistants in their hospital scrubs formed a poignant guard of honour at the funeral for a mother-of-two who was found dead at her home over the weekend.

The body of Brigid Maguire (43), known as Bridgie, was discovered by her teenage daughter at her home in Ballynacargy, Co Westmeath last Saturday.

Hundreds of mourners packed out Ballynacargy Church for the funeral, afterwards expressing their sympathy to Brigid's teenage children, Jade and Daniel, as well as to Brigid's brothers Padraig, Willie, and Martin and sisters, Mary, Loretto, and Elaine.

Gifts symbolising Brigid's life were laid upon her coffin, including a family portrait as a sign of her love and devotion to her children; a CD of Roy Orbison since she loved music; a pair of well-worn runners because she used to walk daily along the canal bank; perfume as a sign of her love of style and elegance and the purple scrubs she wore as a care assistant at Mullingar General Hospital, as a sign of her caring nature.

Chief celebrant Fr John Nally told mourners how it struck him as "powerful" that Jade had told him: "I could say anything to Mammy, she was a great listener."

Many people living locally had taken him aside quietly and told him how "Bridgie was good to them" when they were admitted to Mullingar hospital, he said.

"Maybe they weren't on her ward but she made it her business to see how they were."

"She's the same age as me, 43, and I don't feel old," Fr Nally said of Bridgie's untimely death, adding: "She still had a lot more to give."

After the funeral, the remains were taken for burial at Sonna Cemetery.

Irish Independent

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