Hard work secret to long life

THERE were plenty of celebrations to mark the 100th birthday of Bridie Murphy at her home last Saturday.

THERE were plenty of celebrations to mark the 100th birthday of Bridie Murphy at her home last Saturday.

Bridie turned 100 on August 30 and there were two parties to mark the momentous occasion, the first in Langtons last Saturday and a second bash at her home on Saturday.

Bridie Murphy (nee Redmond) was born in Gorey in 1911. “I nursed in the Mater and came to Kilkenny after that to do private nursing,” she said. She worked as a nurse in the Marble City in the 1930’s and it was during this time that she met her husband-to-be James Murphy at Desert Hall, whose family has the Woollen Mill beside the book centre. Her daughter, Marie now runs a boutique at the same premises.

This sprightly, bright-eyed lady said that the key to a long and meaningful live is hard work adding that she also has a strong faith and a devotion to the Rosary. “We walked three miles each way to and from school. There were 13 children in total in my family and I lost my mother at the age of 13 and had to help raise the younger ones. They were tough times and I remember on occasion eating turnips out of fields,” she said wistfully. She also added that one of the best bits of advice she could give is ‘not to worry’.

Bridie’s family and friends enjoyed her afternoon party last Saturday where stories were told and fond memories were shared.