Sister Brid Mahon
1931 – 2015
Born: 27th February 1931
Entered Religious Life: 17th October 1955
Died: 22nd March 2015
Sr Brid Mahon was born in 1931 at Cloonfadbeg in Co. Roscommon and entered the Sisters of Charity in Milltown Dublin when she was twenty four years of age. Following her religious profession in 1958 she was missioned to England as a Parish Sister. Initially she ministered in Rockferry and later in Langley and Macclesfield.
Following a course in Social Work at Plater College Sr Brid returned to Rockferry for five years following which she was appointed Manager of our Retirement Home for women in Rockferry. Sr Brid, renowned for her administrative abilities, spent seventeen years in this post.
From 2004 – 2007 Sr Brid lived at Richmond Road and followed a sabbatical course at the Jesuit College in Milltown Park. By 2009, having spent two years in Lakelands Sister Bird moved to Loyola House, Merrion as her health declined. In October 2014 we welcomed Sr. Brid to the Mary Aikenhead Wing at St Patrick’s Convent, Kilkenny.
During the five months Sr Brid spent with us she made a great impact on everyone here. She brought great life to all, made us laugh many times and was always so grateful for any kindness shown her. Her love of nature and animals, especially her dogs Prince and Tiny were often spoken about. Above all her family were dear to her, she spoke of her loneliness for her sisters Mai and Sheila and lamented the death of her brother Ben constantly.
During her time as Manager of the Home in Rockferry Sr Brid received a public award for the standard of care that prevailed there under her management. Our staff at Mary Aikenhead Wing were frequently regaled by her stories and comments on life and how to be a good nurse. Her great philosophy was ‘Never miss a chance to be kind – just do it!’
Sr. Brid died suddenly from heart failure on 22nd March 2015 in her sleep during the Community Mass. Fr. Donal Harney, Mill Hill Missionaries, anointed her. Her funeral on 23rd March was attended by her sister Sheila and niece, Frances. Following prayers of removal at the Convent Chapel Sister’s remains were taken to St. Joseph’s Church, Foulkstown, on the Waterford Road for Mass and burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Fr. Dan Carroll PP officiated.
We will miss Sr Brid’s enthusiasm for life, her gentle presence, wry comments and her expressions of thankfulness. She had the unique distinction of being the first Sister of Charity to be welcomed into Heaven by our Foundress, now, Venerable Mary Aikenhead. May her dear soul rest in peace.