Breda rem­i­nisces over nine decades with fam­ily and friends

Wexford People - - NEWS -

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.

Com­piled by Anna Hayes 053 91 40145 [email protected]­ple­

Breda Roche en­joy­ing her 92nd birth­day cel­e­bra­tions with fam­ily and friends at her son De­clan’s house.

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