Sister Breda Lynch
1931 - 2015
Born: 5th December 1931
Entered Religious Life: 6th February 1950
Died: 31st July 2015
Sr. Breda Monica Lynch, daughter of John J. Lynch and Elizabeth Lowth, was born in Dublin on 5th December 1931. Having received her secondary education in Kings’ Inns Street School, she worked in the Civil Service for a few years and entered the novitiate in Milltown on 6th February 1950. She made her religious profession on the 13th August 1952.
Sr. Breda spent her whole religious life in the Irish Province. After Profession she spent a year in Mountjoy Street and a year in Seville Place before returning to Milltown as a student and attending Carysfort Teacher Training College.
From 1956-1964 she taught in Tramore. Then followed three years in Crumlin, during which time she studied for a degree in UCD. In 1967 she was missioned to Cappagh, where she was appointed Principal of the Secondary School and fulfilled that office until 1981. She then returned to Milltown and was Principal of the Secondary School there. From Milltown she was missioned to Basin Lane, where she spent nine years from 1984-1993. In the meantime she was appointed Mistress of Juniors in 1988 and served as Local Leader from 1984-1991. After a year’s sabbatical (1993-1994), she returned to Crumlin and served as Local Leader until 2000, at which time she retired to Lakelands.
Breda’s long life of devoted service was punctuated by constant attacks of very painful illness, but (like our foundress Mary Aikenhead, who was an invalid for the last twenty seven years of her life), she was most uncomplaining. A sister who knew Breda in the novitiate said that she was always regarded as the perfect novice and one who knew her during her years of ministry in school said that she was an excellent organiser. On the day of her funeral a sister was recalling a time when as a young professed sister Breda came to visit the school she was attending. She remembers thinking that Sr. Breda must have been very happy as a sister, as she looked radiant!
In 2012, when she needed full time nursing care, she moved to the Anna Gaynor Unit at Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross. During her first few years there, Breda was convinced that she was running the ward. She would love to have had an opportunity to use her gift as an organiser for the good of all. Gradually she became incapacitated and was mostly confined to bed.
Breda died peacefully on 31st July 2015. Her remains were received back in the Convent Chapel in Lakelands on the morning of Sunday 2nd August. She was removed to Star of the Sea Church, Sandymount for her Requiem Mass on the morning of 3rd August. She was laid to rest in Donnybrook Cemetery. May she rest in peace.