"The Bridie Gallagher Music Day" At the Creeslough Festival on 10/07/2000
The 10th of each month would have being "The Fair
Day of Creealough." in days gone bye.
L-R: Noel McGinley, Pat (The Coop) Gallagher, Brian O'Donnell,
Seamus Harkin, Bridies Sisters: Grace Wallace, Briget Gallagher, Rose
Herraghty, Danniel O'Donnell, Walter Wallace,
Bridie Gallagher, Margo O'Donnell, P. Curran,
Bridie sister Maggie Curran and Bridies Son Jim Livingstone and Peter
The local committee of Danny Lafferty, Danny Langan and Noel McGinley and
" in the words of Bridie herself " finally got around to celebrate Bridie's great
achievement and her long career in showbusiness.
The Gallagher Connection. at the Corner of the Garden,
L-R: -- Caron Sweeney, Jimmy Hunter, Patrick McClafferty,
--, Jakie Lagan, J Kelly, Emer Gamble, --, Marie McClafferty, Helin Clark,
Andie Olphert, Rose Gallagher, Mary Gamble, Amenda Gamble, Steven Doak,
Mark Lagan, Michelle Lagan, J Kelly, B Kelly, Sean Doak, Margaret Kelly,
Bridget Doak, Nicola McClafferty, Danny Sweeney, Neal Gallagher, Lorraine
Gallagher, Paul Sweeney, Grace Lagan, --, Walter Wallace.
The Gallagher Connection outside
L-R back row: Bridget Sweeney, Margo O'Donnell, Rose Gallagher,
Bridget Doak, Dana Sweeney, Lorraine Gallagher, Nicola McClafferty, Mary
McClafferty, Stephen Gallagher,Patrick McClafferty. L-r front row: Rose
Olphert, Margaret Kelly, Patrica Hunter, Grace lagan, Paul Sweeney.
Bridie Gallagher at the Civic Recpetion in
her honour held in Lifford
by Donegal County Council. 11/07/2000
L-R: James Mulligan, Patricia Hunter, Bridget Sweeney,
Shaun Loscher, Mary Gamble, Rose Gallagher, Bridget Doak, Bridie
Gallagher, Mary McClafferty, Grace Lagan, John Gallagher, Margaret Kelly,
Helin Clarke, Neil Gallagher, Rose Olphert, Pat Loscher, Joan Cullen,
Walter Wallace, Jim Livingstone.
was born and reared in Ards Creeslough, the ninth of 10 children. Her
father was James Gallagher, from Ards and her mother was Bridget Sweeney from
Creeslough, who played the melodeon. Bridie Gallagher attended Massinass national school.
Bridie started her singing in the Creeslough Hall with a local Ceili Band
started by Bill Gallagher. The Band was made up of Bridie Gallagher, Bill
Gallagher, Johnny Gallagher, Francis Gallagher, Pat Boyle and John Mc Carry.
The Creeslough Hall was owned by Jim Mc Caffrey and Bridie would make many more visits to
the Creeslough Hall in her home town throughout
her long and successfull career. Later Bridie would still stay in contact with
her many visits to Gracies (John McCafferty) Lagoon Termon.
Bridie's tallent was soon spotted and she went to Belfast
which was to become her base, there she married George Livingstone and had two
boys. One son Peter in 1976 at the age of 21 died in a motorbike accident the other
son Jim later went on to tour with Bridie.
Bridie Gallagher holds the record for the largest number of
attendance in the Albert Hall London, a record that was never equalled
as it went on to be come an all seater venue. Bridie become world famous
and travelled all over the world, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and was
known as "The Girl from Donegal". Bridie sang a lot of ballads
or as they later became known as Country and Irish. One of her
best known songs was "The Boys From The County Armagh" and that
was long before big Joe Kernan, Francie Bellew and the boys came along.
Bridie Gallagher had her owen Radio Show on RTE. as well as many
apperances on Television RTE, BBC. UTV. and cost to coast in the USA.
Briday Gallagher "The Girl From Donegal" was buried in
Doe Grave Yard near Ards Creeslough where she was born. Bridie is survived by
her son, Jim Livingstone, daughter-in-law Paula, grandchildren Teresa, Shona,
Nuala, Peter, sisters, Maggie Curran and Rose Heraghty, sister-in-law Bridget
Gallagher and many niceses and nephau. A funeral Mass had taken place earlier at
St Bridget’s Church, Derryvolgie Avenue, in Belfast.
Daniel O'Donnell and Hughie McClean were in attendance as were a large croud
from Creeslough and further a field. At The Corner of the Garden Creeslough hundreds of local people
lined the streets to say farewell to Bridie.
Prayers were offered at her graveside by local Priest, Fr. Joseph
Briody. A decade of the Rosary was offered by Fr. Sylvester from Ards Friary
Some of Bridie's Songs.
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The Hills Of Donegal
A Mother's Love's a Blessing, Cutting the Corn
in Creeslough Today, Show Me The Road To Creeslough, I'll Remember
You Love In My Prayers, The Boys From the County Armagh, The Crolly
Doll, Homes Of Donegal, Destination Donegal, The Wild Colonial Boy, The Girl from Donegal, Take this Message to my
Mother, At the Close of an Irish Day, Two Little Orphans, The Hills
of Donegal, Star of Donegal, In The Heart of Donegal, My Mother's Last Goodbye, I'll Forgive
But I'll Never Forget, Poor Little Orphan Boy, Hillside in Scotland,
Johnny Gray, The Kylemore Pass, Goodbye Johnny, The Faithful Sailor Boy,
I Found You Out, It's A Sin To Tell A Lie, If I Were a Blackbird,
Kilarney and You, The
Moon Behind the Hill, Moonlight in Mayo, I Left Ireland, Noreen Bawn, Moonlight on the River Shannon
Hills of Glenswilly, The Old Wishin' Chair, In Old
County Down, I'll Always Be With You, Stay With Me, Irish Jaunting Car,
Johnny My Love, My Lovely Irish Rose, Don't Forget To Say I Love You, Ballyhoe,
Rose of Killkenny, Shall My Soul Pass Through Old Ireland, The
Castlebar Fair, Home To Mayo, Christmas In Old Dublin Town, I'll Cry
Tomorrow, A Little Bunch Of Violets, The Bonny Boy, Poor
Orphan Girl, The Turfman From Ardee, The Glen of Aherlow, Henry
Joy, Cottage On The Borderline, Rose of Mooncoin, Swinging In The Lane, Miles From Sligo,
Golden Jubilee, Just Like Your Daddy, No
Charge, If I Had My Life To Live Over.