Remembering Sr Breda Mullins RIP

In memoriam

Sr Breda Mullins


Brigid Francis Mullins was born on 26 November 1931.  She entered religious life on 28 August 1950 and was finally professed on 26 April, 1956.   Sr Breda’s Ursuline ministry in education started in Blackrock and St Angela’s, Cork, and was continued in Columbus, Georgia, USA. Latterly, she served in pastoral ministry in the parish of Sandyford, Dublin. 

She died on 8 April, 2014, leaving a host of happy memories and a legacy of kindness for all who were blessed by her presence.  May she rejoice fully now in God’s love!

Sr Bernard O’Riordan, friend and colleague, offers the following appreciation of Sr Breda.

Sr Breda Mullins is fondly remembered by many Past Pupils from both Blackrock and St. Angela’s. Whether it was as teacher, caring for students, playing the organ or sharing her expertise at the piano her warmth, good humour and lively personality made people feel at home and valued.

From the time we spent together in Columbus, Georgia I have lovely memories of Breda. She was always in good form and had a huge capacity for enjoyment. She and I both loved nature and I recall the pleasure we took in the profusion of magnificent magnolias, azaleas and camellias and in the birds like woodpeckers, kites, cardinals and jays we were seeing for the first time.

Breda took a particular delight in young people, most especially those in the kindergarten classes. Children responded to her gentle but firm, encouraging and stimulating approach. It was a joy to visit her classroom – always a riot of colour, music and hardworking children,  eager to show off some new skill or discovery. It is no wonder that she gained the trust and affection of those she taught in UCB, St. Angela’s and in Georgia USA.

In her retirement she worked in Sandyford, a rapidly growing parish in Dublin. Here she prepared children for the Sacraments, contributed to the Liturgy using her skills as organist and with choirs. With her generous outgoing character, new friends came to enjoy the company of this lovely, good, kind and gracious lady.

She faced her final illness with great courage and patience, well prepared to meet the God she loved and served so very well.