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Biddy Noble has no grave, there is no where to leave flowers, no where to remember her.
Bridget (Biddy) was born in a tiny stone cottage near Ardgroom in the West of Ireland in 1876. Daughter of John and Mary Neill.
They were very poor, but managed to scrape an existence out of West Cork's stunning but very unforgiving landscape.
Bridget's Cottage near Ardgroom in West Cork. Ireland.
Although described as slow, and barely able to read and write, Bridget was harassed, humiliated, Kidnapped, tortured and eventually murdered by "Diehards" who accused her of being a spy.
Firstly she had her hair cut off in public, this was to act as a warning for what was to come.
Some time later she was grabbed, taken to a shed near Ballycrovane pier, tied up, gagged and tortured for a number of days.
Eventually she was taken from the shed to a place called Collorus and shot dead. Some say she lies in a shallow grave, some say she was buried at sea.
"Spying for the British"
So here is my question :
What sort of secret could this poor farm girl from an isolated peninsula in the West of Ireland really have?
1911 census showing Bridget and her family.
What happened to Bridget was a disgrace.
My music "MRS NOBLE" and this blog is my way of remembering her.
SCENT OF A MOMENT
I learned the sad story of Bridget Noble from my Grandmother and taped recordings of relatives discussing the story.
The Scent of a Moment I associate with Mrs Noble is the fresh sea air that blows in from the atlantic, across Beara.
I smelt it on the peaceful evening in 2009 when I finally found Bridget's little cottage, a sad poignant moment, after a long
search, that brought Bridget a little closer to me.
(7th May 2011)
The view from Bridget's Cottage. (the moment I found the Cottage)