One of the oldest residents in Bennettsbridge parish, Biddy Barron, Closgregg, was laid to rest on Friday morning in Tullaherin graveyard. She was gifted with her hands and designer John Rocha incorporated some of her needlework designs in his own work. There was much sadness when the news came through of Biddy’s death. She was very popular in the community and was involved in many aspects of parish life. Formerly a member of the Maher family,The Lodge, Summerhill, Biddy was married to John Barron, Ladywell, Thomastown who died three years ago. She had been active up to recently and spent the last few months in St Columba’s Hospital where she received excellent care from nurses and staff.
She was a loyal member of Tullaherin Choir and Thomastown Community Choir and both choirs came together on the day of her funeral to sing at her Requiem Mass. She was a very experienced reader and read on a regular basis in Tullaherin. Biddy had a great faith and was also a member of the Bennettsbridge and later of the Thomastown Prayer Group for many years. She will be sadly missed by her family and her many friends in the community.
Biddy was an accomplished needlewoman in crochet and knitting and her talents were much in demand. One of her interests was her collection of photographs and she distributed them to many people down through the years. She had a keen interest in local history.
Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Kieran’s Church, Tullaherin and celebrants were, Canon Patrick Duggan,PP Tullaherin, Fr Peter Muldowney, PP Moincoin, Fr Dan Bollard, PP Thomastown, Fr Dan O’Gorman, Woollengrange. The lessons were read by her son John and Mary Dunphy, (Thomastown Prayer Group).
Prayers of the Faithful were recited by members of her family and her friend Annette Bradley. The offertory gifts, presented by her grandchildren reflected Biddy’s main interests in life and included her rosary beads and photograph. Commentary was given by Chris Walker. Canon Duggan spoke of Biddy’s contribution to the liturgy and her support of all parochial activities. He extended sympathy on behalf of the parish to her family at this sad time. A reflection, penned by her great friend, Liz Butler, who was unable to attend, was read during the Mass. She is survived by her sons, John and Ned; daughter-in-law, Susan, grandchildren, Sarah, Holly and Mark, other relatives, neighbours and friends.