Breda reminisces over nine decades with family and friends
IT WAS a full house for Breda Roche’s recent birthday celebrations as family and friends came from far and near to celebrate her 92nd birthday.
Held in her son Declan’s house, the group included relatives and friends who had travelled from Wales, Bray, Dublin and the wider Wexford region to make the day an extra special one for Breda.
Breda (nee Kavanagh) was born in Wexford in 1927 and grew up in a house on Wexford’s quay front.
She worked in the gasworks until she married Jim Roche, who was a captain on the Irish Lights.
They had four children Declan, Shay, Martin and Gerardette who sadly passed away 13 years ago. Breda’s husband Jim passed away in 2000.
The family has lived in Bernadette Place since the mid 1950s.
She was joined on the day by her three sons, daughters-in-law Mary and Claire, grandchildren Aoife, Colm and Kenzie, sisters-in-law Annette Robinson and Angela Carty, who was accompanied by her daughters Angela, Helen and Lorna, nephew and niece Sean Roche and Bernadine Rhys who travelled from Wales, and cousins Joan and Susan Browne who travelled from Dublin. Local relatives in attendance included Sean and Maria O’Leary, and cousins John and Elsie.
Local priest Fr James Cullen began the proceedings by celebrating Mass in the house and everyone who attended was gifted with a blessed rosary beads as a souvenir of the day.
Tribute was also paid to deceased members of the family as they were included in prayers during the Mass.
Declan said the day had gone very well with everyone enjoying the occasion.
The celebrating, he said, went on until late in the night and he thanked everyone who either attended or sent birthday wishes to his mother.
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Breda Roche enjoying her 92nd birthday celebrations with family and friends at her son Declan’s house.