Aprreciation

Roscrea Musical Society pays tribute to the late great Frankie Bergin

Conor Ganly

Reporter:

Conor Ganly

Frankie Bergin

The late Frankie Bergin receiving an honorary copy of the Roscrea Musical Societies book ‘D’Opera’ from then Chairman, Andrew Walsh.

Frankie Bergin true stalwart friend of the Roscrea society since its very inception.

Roscrea Musical Society would like to pass on it's sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the late Frankie Bergin.

Frankie had been a long time member of and true stalwart friend of the society since its very inception, taking part as a cast member in the Society’s very first production ‘The Pirates of Penzance back in 1940 and later serving on the committee.

The role she will best be remembered for though is that of Musical Director, a task she took on through thick and thin for 39 years from 1964 until 2003.

No one who attended shows in that time will forget the tall, thin figure of Frankie in her place in the centre of the orchestra pit, her back to the audience with baton raised and a line of chorus or cast in front of her waiting for her signal to start. Of such things are legends made.

The committee and members of the Musical Society were very saddened to hear of her passing and it was officially noted in the minutes of a recent meeting. May she rest in peace after a long and fruitful life.

Frankie was presented a Tipperary Star Person of the Year Award in 2014 for a lifetime of service to Roscrea, particularly as organist at St Cronan’s RC and musical director of RMS.

She was also honoured in recent years by Bene Merenti Papal Medal. 

Frankie passed away eacefully in the loving care of the Matron & staff of Mt. Carmel Nursing Home, Roscrea on October 1.

She is deeply regretted by her nieces, nephews, grandnieces, cousins, relatives, friends & neighbours.

Her remains were reposed in Mt. Carmel Nursing Home Chapel, Roscrea. Removal to St. Cronan's Church, Roscrea for Funeral Mass followed by burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Donations in lieu of flowers were made to the to The Irish Cancer Society.

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