Ms Gallagher, who was called ‘Ireland’s first international popstar’, was buried at Doe Cemetery outside her beloved birthplace of Creeslough in Co Donegal.
A lone tin whistle player sounded the tune of ‘The Town I Loved So Well’ as mourners braved driving wind and rain for the burial.
A funeral Mass had taken place earlier at St.Bridget’s Church, Derryvolgie Avenue in Belfast where Ms Gallagher had moved to from her native Donegal in the 1950s.
The chief mourners included Ms Gallagher’s son Jim Livingstone and her sister Maggie Curran.
“Thank you everyone for turning out. It means so much to us and to Bridie,” he said.
Also leading the many mourners was close family friend and singer Daniel O’Donnell.
Mr O’Donnell, who flew in from Texas for the funeral, said Ms Gallagher was one of the first singers to inspire him.
“She was a fantastic woman and I wanted to be here today for her return to Donegal.
“She was one of the first singers who inspired me and I just wanted to say thank you and goodbye to her,” he said.
The graveside prayers were said by local priest Fr Joseph Broidy.
Better known as ‘The Girl From Donegal’, she was a world remowned singer and had played the Sydney Opera House, New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall.
She had inspired a generation of singers including Daniel O’Donnell and Paul Brady.
Her hit songs included ‘A Mother’s Love’s A Blessing.”
Her life was tinged with sadness after another son Peter, 21, was killed in a motorbike accident in 1976.
A video of the funeral is on a separate post here: http://www.donegaldaily.com/2012/01/11/ddtv-funeral-of-bridie-gallagher-arrives-home-to-donegal/
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