Death of one of Galway’s oldest and best loved female publicans

Mrs Bridget Fox, nee Mc Hugh, who for much of her long life owned and operated Fox’s Bar on Eyre Square, has passed away.

She was the grand old age of one hundred and three years and eight months. Retiring in her eightieth year she felt it was time to relax with her family. She was born in April 1913, before the Great War, The Easter Rising, The Civil War and had recollections of the Black and Tans in her childhood.

Tragically, her husband Patrick Fox was killed in a road accident in 1953 and she bravely took on the job of raising her eight children on her own by doing a job she had been reared to; running a pub.

Bridget was known as a kind caring religious woman by all who knew her and much of her kind deeds went unknown by many. She ran a very respectable pub much loved by her patrons, but was firm in refusing drink to those she considered to have had enough.

She never took an alcoholic drink in her long life. Under her caring guidance she raised her family alone, who prospered and grew into a total of seventy people including children, grand children and great grandchildren.

The large crowd which filled Galway Cathedral on Saturday last was a tribute to the warmth, respect, and love in which she and her family were held. May she rest in the arms of the angels.

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