A ST Mullins woman who has been always open to everything celebrated her 100th birthday last week.
Bridie Fluskey of Ballinalour, St Mullins turned 100 on Sunday, and a special celebration was had on Friday to mark the exceptional milestone at Borris Lodge Nursing Home.
Three of her siblings – Dick (93), Jim (94) and Maggie (97) – were among family and friends in attendance at last week’s festivities.
Bridie was open to everything life threw her way. A hard worker, she retired aged 80 and lived independently until a few years ago.
“She was a quiet lady always, quietly spoken,” said her niece Hannah Brennan. “She enjoyed socialising. If you said you’d go to America, she’d say ‘I’ll go, too’.”
Bridie was born on 19 June 1922. She grew up in a family of five sisters and four brothers. She went to school in Drummond and, having completed her education, went to work in Roche’s Drapery in New Ross.
In her mid-20s, Bridie cycled with her friend Mary Doyle from Ballinalour to Kenmare for a holiday and back again.
Bridie resigned from her job to take care of her parents Mary and John. Around 1975, she started working as a housekeeper in Goresbridge for Fr Nicholas Moore, later in Tolerton and finally in Borris, where Fr Moore was PP.
Bridie enjoyed travelling, going to Rome, Lourdes, the Holy Land and Fatima, while she also did an annual pilgrimage to Knock.
“She liked to travel a lot, going to Rome with Fr Moore and a group when he had his golden jubilee and shaking the Pope’s hand,” said Hannah.
Bridie received the Benemerenti medal for her services to the Church in 2000, which was awarded by Pope John Paul II.
In her retirement, Bridie went to live with her brother Dick in Ballinalour.
Bridie has many interests, including sewing, knitting and Borris Lace, which she has continued to do in Borris Lodge where she has lived for the last two years. Bridie was also an avid Bridge player, winning many prizes, and she still loves reading and Bingo.
Fr Rory Nolan of Borris celebrated a special Mass at Borris Lodge Nursing Home as part of the celebrations.
Fr Aughney presented Bridie with a cheque and letter from President Michael D Higgins, while cathaoirleach of Carlow Co Council Brian O’Donoghue presented her with a centenarian’s medal.