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Bridget & Agnes Morrissey

Waterford's Revolutionary Women 1916-1922

30. Bridget & Agnes Morrissey
Bridget & Agnes MorrisseyBallinaskeha, Dungarvan

Bridget (Bride) Morrissey was born 11.02.1888 at Ballinaskeha, Dungarvan. She was the fourth child of eleven, born to William and Kate Morrissey. Bride moved to Preston in Lancashire for a number of years when she was in her twenties but returned to Ireland to help on the family farm as her parents got older. Bride Morrissey was quite an active member of Cumann Na mBan and played an energetic role in the war of independence. She was one of the women awarded a medal for active service and also qualified for a pension. She provided food and shelter for those on the run at the house at Ballynaskeha. Like many of the women, Bride carried messages; these were secreted away in the handlebars of her bicycle. Records show that she was stopped and questioned on at least one occasion by British forces while on one of those missions.

On the occasion of the passing of Thomas (Tommy the Yank Morrissey) - brother to Bride - , he called Pat Morrissey, his grandnephew, to his bedside and informed him that there was a weapon hidden in the thatch of the house at Ballynaskeha. Sometime after his passing, the gun was discovered, wrapped up in a jute sack. Hidden in the barrel of the gun was a note written by Bride Morrissey, indicating that the gun which was a Mauser 303 rifle was the property of Thomas Keating of Comeragh, brother of the famed Pat Keating who was shot at the Burgery Ambush. Thomas was also later shot dead by Free State soldiers. The Morrissey family passed the gun to the sister of the Thomas, Lena Keating. It is presently at the Museum in Waterford.

Bride lived out her years on the family farm which she shared with her two brothers, Gerald and Thomas. She died in the District hospital Dungarvan on 07.08.1981 aged 93 years.

Agnes Morrissey, her sister was born on 02.08.1898 at Ballinaskeha; she was the youngest child born to William and Kate Morrissey. She attended secondary school in Carrick on Suir and later was a member of Cumann na mBan along with her older sister Bride. She later moved to England where she met and married John Browne and they moved to Bristol where she was employed by the Avon Rubber Company. In the early 1970s, they returned to Dungarvan to live. Agnes died on 15.04.1975

Author: Chrissy O'Connor Knight & Eddie Cantwell

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