Pensioner attacked while saying rosary

St Columb's Wells resident Breige Quigley outside her home whereshe has had to have protective glass placed over her windows.(0504JB72)
St Columb's Wells resident Breige Quigley outside her home whereshe has had to have protective glass placed over her windows.(0504JB72)

A Derry pensioner has described how a brick was hurled through her living room window while she was saying the rosary with a friend.

Brid Quigley (78) lives alone in her bungalow in St. Columb’s Wells in the city’s Bogside.

Last Friday her home was attacked while she and a friend were praying in her front room. Her home’s windows had already been fitted with perspex screens in an attempt to stop such attacks.

The Derry widow who has been left badly shaken and extremely nervous following the incident, says she feels she has been singled out as a target of these attacks for no reason whatsoever.

However she says he won’t let those responsible drive her out of the house she has lived in for 30 years.

And she paid tribute to the kindness of her neighbours who have helped her.

“The Housing Executive asked me once before if I’d like to leave and I told them no,” she said. “They’re that good to me,”

Local community worker Sean Collins condemned the attack and described those responsible as an “embarrassment” to the community, branding their actions as “totally unjustifiable”.

SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey, who knows Brid described the attack as “disgraceful”. “It is utterly shameful and disgraceful that a pensioner living in her home, where she should feel safe should have to face such sustained intimidation,” he said.

Sinn Fein councillor for the area Patricia Logue said, “It’s shocking that anyone would have to live under such conditions in this day and age. Anyone who has information on those responsible for these attacks to bring it forward straight away.”