Wednesday 24 October 2018

Devoted mum Bridie Ralph was a generous, kind, bubbly woman

The late Bridget (Bridie) Ralph.
The late Bridget (Bridie) Ralph.

Bridget (Bridie) Ralph, (née Donovan), of Poulmounty, New Ross, and St Mullins, passed away peacefully in the love and care of her family at University Hospital Waterford on September 18, 2017.

The beloved wife of the late Andy, Bridie is sadly missed by her loving sons Sean, Michael, Andrew, Patrick and Anthony; daughters Lily, Margaret, Joan, Bridget, Pauline, Mary, Ann and Geraldine; grandchildren; sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; nephews; nieces; relatives and friends.

Bridie was born on June 26, 1930, to Michael and Margaret Donovan, Ballyleigh, New Ross. She had one brother, Paddy, who passed away 11 years ago.

As a young woman Bridie worked in the local Hickey's Woolen Mills in Poulmounty where she met Andy, whom she subsequently married and had 13 children with.

She settled into life in St Mullins and made friends quickly. A quiet woman who devoted most of her time and energy around the house caring for her family, Bridie was always alive to local goings on and followed the progress of St Mullins hurling, a team her sons lined out for over the years.

Andy died 18 years ago and although it was a huge loss to her, Bridie showed great strength and resilience to hold her family and her home together.

She led a simple life, one sustained by her deeep faith and devotion to her religion. She attended Mass weeky in St Brendan's Church in Drummond, St Mullins.

Bridie took great pride in her home and in her garden, and always kept hens, ducks and goats around the house. She loved talking about the weather and the changing seasons and was a great conversationalist.

Bridie placed a lot of importance in her family and her 32 grandchildren. A generous, kind, bubbly lady, she kept an open door at her home and was always very thoughtful and giving to her family, never expecting anything in return.

She had an ability to remember each and every one of her grandchildren's birthdays and revelled in their company.

Bridie enjoyed her weekly shop in New Ross and the annual senior citizen's party in Drummond.

She enjoyed good health for most of her life and her sudden passing on September 18 aged 87, only a day after being admitted to University Hospital Waterford, occasioned much sadness in the St Mullins area.

Bridie will be missed by all, but especially by her sons and daughters for whom her memory will never dim, living on with them forever. A large crowd attended her funeral Mass at St. Brendan's Church, Drummond, where warm tributes were paid to the devoted mother, and at her burial afterwards in St. Mullins Cemetery.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.

New Ross Standard