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Memorial for Duveen Bridget

Born in Ireland
resided in San Antonio, TX.
Service: Private Service

Duveen  Bridget
  
"Did I ring the bloody call button???"

"My name is Duveen[Duibhin] Bridget and I claim to be Irish by birth. I was born eighteen years ago under the first Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, an order of nuns with many from the grand Emerald Isle. I was orphaned shortly after birth and adopted by a nice gentleman, also Irish.

Did I not say I am a cat?

In any event, I am dictating this to him as I recall his stories and photos of his trip to Ireland shortly before I was born. So inspired was he that he chose Duibhin Bridget for me and the nuns. Did I not say I am totally black? He told me that animals in Ireland are well cared for and revered. For the most part they roam free to enjoy the glorious scenery and remnants of an ancient culture. In Ireland, says he, cows and sheep have rights on the road and tourist and native-born give wide berth until they pass by. And horses are as royal and majestic as they are beautiful, and even have flowers outside their stalls.

And says he, in Ireland cats say miow not meow, and even cows have a brogue. 'Tis true, but I was not there mind.

Well, he did bring back one photo of a cousin he met in Cork near a pub. Odd, I thought, that most of my cousins he met were near pubs. But well fed are they on the best and richest cream and freshest of fish. In Dublin he met with the Clarke and MacAvin clans and even discovered the mystery of AOHB at Marsh's Library. Two of them even came to San Antonio for a visit and had a high time for themselves. All I have to say about that is that the Irish surely do not sleep like cats, if at 'all. The one even had an animal in her name, Sunny Bunny Sheridan, and the one named Chele Whelan of Bray even allowed me to name a new orange and white male cousin. I selected Marmalade of course, whatever that may be in the Irish.

It seems that Ireland never leaves you. Himself just bought me my own cottage since it reminds him of the West. Thank you, Ireland. " For the name, and the good life."

RIP 7/10/17 Duveen

Dick McCracken
dickm@uiwtx.edu
  

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