By Noel Dundon
The communities of Thurles and Drombane are this week mourning the death, after an accident, of well known popular lady, Bridie Corbett, 86 Kennedy Park, Thurles who lost her fight for life following a road traffic accident on Thursday last at Friar Street.
The 80 year old, (nee Stapleton) who hailed originally from Upperchurch Drombane, was taken by ambulance to South Tipperary General Hospital having been struck by a car on the street between 2:30 -3:00pm, but died early on Friday morning as a result of her injuries. The tragedy occurred at peak traffic time in the town on a very wet and windy afternoon.
Bridie, husband of Paddy Corbett, was very much involved in the parish in Thurles where she was a Eucharistic Minister in Bothar na Naomh Church, among many other roles played. A very devout lady who was central to the Pro-Life campaign locally, Bridie was always regarded as a very kind neighbour who went out of her way to help others. Indeed she lived her life in accordance with the Christian values she held so dearly and was a lady who commanded much respect for the depth of her faith in God and her determination to follow his word.
Gentle mother of Eileen (Coffey) and Liam, her death sent shockwaves throughout the town of Thurles where she lived most aof her life, and also her native Drombane where her family, the Stapleton’s, are very highly regarded. She was also well known in educational circles as she worked over a number of years in many primary schools in the locality.
Indeed, she had spent a portion of her earlier years in Birmingham where she was a teacher in St Mary’s Convent School. She also had her own school of Irish dancing there and was Secretary of the Gaelic League- Bridie continued her love of all things Irish upon her return home and loved nothing more than to foster and nurture same wherever possible.
Friar Street was shut off to traffic following the accident on Thursday until late into the evening as Gardai carried out extensive technical examinations of the scene. The street re-opened once these were completed, but the sense of sadness on the street, and particularly at the junction with Baker Street, where the accident occurred, has prevailed since.
There was a huge outpouring of sympathy for the Corbett and Stapleton families locally since the accident occurred. Bridie returned to her native parish where she reposed in O’Dwyer’s Funeral Home on Sunday evening until late into the evening. Thousands came to pay their final respects and the arrival to Bothar na Naomh Church on that evening was delayed a number of hours to allow for the large cohort of mourners to meet with family members.
Upon arrival at Bothar na Naomh Church, the Ursuline Secondary School pupils formed a Guard of Honour - Bridie’s daughter Eileen is a member of staff in the school. The Bothar na Naomh Choir of which Eileen is also a member, performed as Archbishop Dermot Clifford received the Remains alongside the priests of the parish, past and present, with whom Bridie had worked so closely down through the years.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.