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Irish singer Bridie Gallagher is laid to rest

By Patrice Dougan

Irish singer Bridie Gallagher brought "sparkle" into people's lives through her songs about home, a priest told mourners at her funeral.

The 'Girl from Donegal' was laid to rest yesterday in her home village of Creeslough following Requiem Mass at St Brigid's Church in south Belfast.

Her son Jim Livingstone paid tribute to Ireland's first truly international singer and those who helped take care of her in the last months of her life.

Among the mourners was Downtown Radio's Candy Devine. Taoiseach Enda Kenny was represented by Comandant Michael Treacy, and Irish President Michael D Higgins also passed on his condolences.

Bridie (87) - who shot to fame in 1956 with A Mother's Love's A Blessing - died peacefully in the Royal Victoria Hospital on Monday surrounded by her family after taking ill with pneumonia.

Mr Livingstone's tribute to his mother received a round of applause as he choked back tears.

He described her as "two people in one".

"Bridie Gallagher the international singing star performing on great stages, and who recorded beautiful songs which entertained Irish people wherever they were across the world," he said. "And the Bridie Livingstone, my mother."

Mr Livingstone was accompanied in church by Bridie's sisters Rose and Maggie, his wife Paula and children Teresa, Shona, Nuala and Peter.

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