The party went on long into the night in Tullogher last month, as ‘Nanny’ Bridget Gaule celebrated her 100th Birthday with family and friends on June 13.
There was a mass and a party in her house in Tullogher. Her friends and family from Glenmore, Tullogher, Mooncoin and England joined Nanny to celebrate her big day.
Nan is originally from Ballyfacey in Glenmore. She is aunt to Eddie and Willie O’Connor, who played senior hurling with the Kilkenny team. She has six children, 21 grandchildren, and nine great-grand children.
Many neighbours, close friends and family gathered together at her house in Slievecorraig, Tullogher (some of whom she had not seen in years). Nanny’s grandson Ger Mullally flew from Australia, and another grandson Richie Gaule flew from New York to join in the celebrations. Her two nieces, Katie and Jo, also came from England.
Nan is the oldest in her family. Her brothers Peter (Wexford) and Bill (Slieverue) O’Connor joined her to celebrate her birthday. Nan would also like to thank all of her family and her two carers Mary and Sarah for caring for her in her home.
Nan is also a wonderful baker. She used to make the most delicious tarts, breads and cakes.
She has worked extremely hard all of her life and loved being outside in the garden and playing bingo every Wednesday night in Rosbercon Parish Hall. Unfortunately due to health reasons, she has not been able to parttake in these activities for over a year now).
She never misses a GAA match on the television, she is very knowledgeable of hurling and is a huge follower of the Kilkenny senior team. The Liam McCarthy Cup is no stranger to her house, as her two nephews captained Kilkenny in two All-Irelands.
All of the family worked extremely hard and catered for this special occasion so Nan was extremely grateful for this. Mass was celebrated in Nan’s house by Fr Dan Kavanagh. The occasion was blessed with the fine weather that evening.
The celebrations and singsong went on late in the night in the marquee on Nanny’s orders! As the photographs were being taken in the garden, and the crowds were still coming in the front gate, Nanny turned and asked: “Is there enough drink to go around?”
Nanny would like to thank everyone who sent their best wishes, the beautiful flowers, presents and cards and to Father Dan Kavanagh for a lovely mass. It was an absolutely amazing night.