Monday 23 September 2019

99 reasons to celebrate for WWII nurse Bridigh

Birthday girl Bridigh Supple with Luke Coughlan, who arranged the party
Birthday girl Bridigh Supple with Luke Coughlan, who arranged the party

David Looby

A World War II nurse enjoyed a wonderful 99th birthday - complete with 99 ice cream cones - in the company of relatives and friends at Knockrobin Hill Care Home in Wicklow.

Bridigh Supple worked as a nurse all her life, having trained in Manchester.

She nursed soldiers during World War II and continued working in the caring profession until her retirement.

Bridigh was joined by nieces and nephews who travelled from the UK and America to be by her side on a special day.

Nursing home activities coordinator Luke Coughlan and the team at Knockrobin organised an ice cream van for the big party and the bar was opened so Bridigh got to enjoy a glass of wine.

She entertained everyone with a performance of It's a Long Way to Tipperary - one of her favourite songs - and joined in on the fun.

Luke said: 'Bridigh has been a resident with us since October having previously stayed in Blainroe Nursing Home, where she knew many of our current residents.

'She is very happy go lucky and is always in good form. She would talk to anyone after a glass of wine or her cup of tea. She really enjoyed the party and knew all of her relations by name,' he said.

Everyone enjoyed live music and slices of a huge birthday cake baked by the catering team at Knockrobin.

Wicklow People