biddy-hurley-picBetter known as ‘Biddy to all who knew and loved her, Bridget was born and reared and lived at her thatched house in Nantenan. She was one of four daughters born to Pat and Ellen Hurley. The eldest, Mollie Mulcair, lived in Croagh. Margaret (Biddy’s 1/2 twin) O’Brien lived in Castletroy, and Josie Toomey lived in Limerick.

Pat Hurley was a Clare man and Ellen (nee O’Grady) was from Cappagh. Biddy went to Cappagh school, and her 1st employment was at McGaws in Patrickswell where she worked as a housekeeper, before they moved to Newpark in Croagh where she spent many happy years with them and later with Capt. and Mrs Lysley (nee McGaw). After that she spent years looking after her mother.

Following her mothers’ death Biddy went to Griffins at Altavilla as a cook and housekeeper. At this time she got involved in Muintir na Tire. She was a great fund raiser and community person, and in the fine summer weather you could meet her any place between Ballysteen and Knockfierna, on her bicycle selling tickets or lines for something or other in Cappagh. She was very proud of Cappagh and all its achievements She also worked with Major and Mrs. Massey at Stoneville, and later with Hugh and Prudence Massey, before going to Fitzgeralds at Glebe House near Askeaton. She displayed all her cooking skills in all those houses. Biddy loved cooking and with her good friends Dolly and Peg O’Donovan from Newbridge, and Peg O’Sullivan (nee Hennessey) was very proud to cook dinner for the Bishop and other dignitaries that would visit the parish. She was a great person to organise cake sales and anything that was going to make money for the parish. Biddy spent her last few years at Tall Trees Nursing Home where she died in 2004.

”Ar dheis De go raibh  a hanam dhilis”

Miriam Magner(niece)

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