Centenarian’s passing marks the end of an era

August 4, 2009

The sad demise of the area’s oldest resident occurred during the past week when Mrs Brigid Duffy from Cullyhanna passed away in Daisy Hill Hospital on Tuesday.

Occurring just two months short of her 105th birthday, her passing marks the end of an era and a link with the distant past for the local community.

Although in failing health for some time, Mrs Duffy kept up to date with news and current affairs and enjoyed daily visits from her family, friends and carers.

Her long and active life spanned two centuries, having lived through two world wars, the 1916 Rising and she was just 17 years old when Ireland was partitioned.

Born Brigid Savage in Skerriff on 5th October 1904, she came from a great musical background and her deep love for traditional music continued right up until her death.

She was predeceased by her husband, Johnny, in 1976 and also endured the untimely passing of her son, Michael, in 1954 and her daughter, Anne, in 2004.

Her passing will undoubtedly leave a great void in the lives of those closest to her.

Mrs Duffy was buried on Friday following requiem Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Cullyhanna.  She is survived by her sons John, Pat and Seamus, daughters Joan and Kathleen, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.