The Late Breda Broderick, née Cronin, Barrack Street, Castleisland, Co. Kerry

Theatre Talk: Ivy Leaf Art Centre friends and neighbours Conceil Leahy (left) with the late Breda Broderick having a chat at Barrack Street on a Friday evening in September 2005. ©Photograph: John Reidy 16/09/2005

The death has occurred of Breda Broderick (née Cronin) Barrack Street, Castleisland, Co. Kerry.

Peacefully, on September 15th 2020, surrounded by her loving family, in the excellent care of the Palliative Care Team at University Hospital Kerry.

Beloved wife of the late Danny and dear mother of the late Caroline and Timmy.

Sadly missed by her loving family: J.J., Bridget, James, Julianne, Daniel and Tony, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, her adored grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, nephew William, relatives, many friends and most especially, her great neighbours on Barrack Street.

May Her Gentle Soul Rest In Peace.

It’s another sad week for Barrack Street as one of its oldest citizens passes away.

Breda Broderick has followed her close neighbours the late Breeda Brooks and Jim Lordan who both died earlier this year, Breeda on February 14th  and Jim just last July 10th.

Along with rearing a family of eight children, Breda Broderick was involved up to her elbows in the Barrack Street / Killarney Road Tops-of-the-Town Group which, along with all the other street and road groups from around the town and neighbouring parishes, played an active role in the building of the original Castleisland Community Centre in the early 1970s.

Beside her late husband Danny, they joined that self help movement with the kind of commitment and energy that saw the centre built by 1975 and their weekly winter-time shows transferred from the Astor Ballroom and Cinema to the new stage in the brand new centre.

There will be a monument yet to the women of those genuinely amazing times. They sewed and they stitched costumes, made food for the many rehearsal nights as well as for those of the nerve-wracking night’s on stage and kept an eye on the children and lessons and bed-times.

Later, when ‘The Tops’ had run its course, Breda was also there in support of Danny when the two Listowel men, Jerome Stack and Fr. Kieran O’Shea seized upon his depth of talent for their new theatre.

They realised that the writings of the likes of John B.Keane and Kavanagh and McCabe would be in good hands here. That they’d be brought to life by Danny’s touch on the stage of the Ivy Leaf.

And they were and he did so for the most of three decades – and Breda was there in support.

There are times when I hope to God there’s a heaven for sure. This is one of them. May God be good to them all.

A Private Family Funeral

A private family funeral will take place for Breda with her Requiem Mass at 11am on Friday morning in Castleisland Parish Church, followed by burial in St. John’s Cemetery, Castleisland.

Family flowers only and donations to Palliative Care c/o Tangney’s Undertakers.

Convey your Condolences

Please note: The funeral cortège will leave Breda’s home at 10.30am on Friday morning, arriving to the church for Mass at 11am and depart at 12 noon, travelling via Barrack Street and Main Street, on route to the cemetery.

You can follow the 11am Mass for the Late Breda Broderick in the morning by clicking on the link here:

Date Published: Wednesday 16th September 2020. Date of Death: Tuesday 15th September 2020.

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