Friday, July 24, 2020

Bridie’s warm smile and kind
word will be dearly missed

The late Bridie Kaye

A stalwart of her local community, Bridie never spared herself when there was work to be done in the village of Ballylinan

BRIDIE Bryan was born on a farm in Rathfeston, Co Offaly on 21 May 1928, the eldest of ten children six girls and four boys. She died on 2 May in her 92nd year.

Her parents were Gilbert and Elizabeth. Bridie’s early days were spent in school in Geashill – at home saving hay, milking cows and cutting turf on the local bog.

In 1948, she moved to the village of Ballylinan, Co Laois to take up a position in a bar and grocery business with Mrs Shortall.

In 1955 she married local farmer Willie Kaye and moved to his home in Rahin, Ballylinan, where she spent the rest of her life farming alongside her late husband and in more recent years her son Pádraig.

Bridie and Willie had eight children Noreen, Mena, Bernadette, Elizabeth, Mary, Carmel, Patricia and Pádraig. Bridie had a great work ethic and never gave-up her participation in farm activities, even though she had a large family to take care of.

Although she was a very busy lady already, Bridie made time to be involved in local organisations like Muintir na Tíre, Tidy Towns, Community Council and particularly the ICA.

Bridie was a founder member of the Ballylinan guild and was its first secretary back in 1964; she also served as president on a number of occasions.

When Ballylinan decided to hold the Passion Play in association with neighbouring parishes, Bridie naturally got involved and was treasurer for a number of years. She really loved this event and was extra-proud of the achievements of a small community when her son Pádraig had a leading role in the production.

Bridie had a great love for knitting, her crochet and all crafts were admired throughout Co Laois when she took part in ICA make-and-model competitions. Bridie regularly was the organiser of the ICA outings and she was an excellent record keeper for the guild.

A stalwart of her local community, Bridie never spared herself when there was work to be done in the village.

Her funeral cortège was true evidence of how much Bridie was liked and respected, with so many people lining the road and street from her home in Milltown to St Ann’s Church.

ICA formed a guard of honour headed by county ICA president Ann Payne and Ballylinan president Breda Hovenden. Fr Pádraig Shelley celebrated Mass, assisted by Fr Tommy O’Shea.

Bridie Kaye will be remembered for all her great work and the great friends she endeared herself to. Her energy and enthusiasm was the envy of many and her warm smile and kind word will be dearly missed.

May Bridie Rest in peace with her husband Willie and sympathy is extended to all her family.

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