There is deep sadness following the news of the passing of a founding member of the Laois-Association Dublin.
Originally from Glosna in Laois, but living in Clontarf, Mrs Bridie Healion (nee Mulhall) passed away on Monday November 25.
Just this April, she and her husband Colm became the third recipients of The Laois Association Dublin Lifetime Achievement Award.
They followed Liam O’Neill and Minister Charlie Flanagan in receiving this prestigious honour.
The Association was established in 1949 to organise a function for the Laois senior hurling team that reached that year’s All Ireland Final – and stayed going after that to keep Laois people in touch with each other.
Chairman Gerry Thompson spoke of their devotion to the Association and highlighted the many roles they have held in the Association.
Bridie was a founding member in 1949 and was a much loved member and inspiration to all in the Association. She met husband Colm through the Association in the very early days.
Minister Charlie Flanagan presented the award to this much loved couple, and Vice President Mary Doyle presented a bouquet of flowers to Bridie.
Minister Flanagan spoke glowingly about both Bridie and Colm and their backgrounds in Laois.
Bridie is a beloved wife to Colm and loving mother to Maura, Terri, Mel and the late Joanie.
She is sadly missed by her loving sister May, brother Patrick, grandchildren Ciaran, Donal, Colum, Andrew, Stuart, Sarah, Lara and Mia, great-granddaughter Edith, sons-in-law Gerry, David and Paul, sister-in-law Ann, brother-in-law Brian, relatives and friends.
Bridie’s funeral takes place this morning, Thursday November 28, in St. John the Baptist Church, Clontarf Rd, followed by cremation in Dardistown Crematorium.
May Bridie Rest in Peace.