MARY Walsh, Grattan Park, and formerly of Convent Road, Claremorris, who died recently, was a member of the staff of the D’Alton Nursing Home for 37 years until she retired due to ill health in 2012. News of her sudden passing was received with much sadness and regret around the district.
Formerly Morley from Cloonfaughna, Knock, Mary married Mick Walsh from Farmhill, Crossboyne, and they lived for many years on Convent Road before moving to Grattan Park in 2007.
In her young years she worked for a short time with Smithwicks in Ballyhaunis before later taking up a job at John Murphy Wholesalers of D’Alton Street, Claremorris.
Mary secured a job at the D’Alton Home and was a proud member of staff on the day it opened back in 1974. For close on four decades, so much of her life revolved around the place that became a second home to her.
She had an easy and warm rapport with people and made many friendships with colleagues and residents over almost four decades of dedicated service. Mary loved the camaraderie of day to day life at the D’Alton Home and had a tremendous loyalty to the place.
She had a great fondness for local and national politics and was a strong supporter of Fianna Fáil all down the years. Mary was active in the Claremorris Fianna Fáil Cumann and canvassed extensively at election times. She was especially associated with the General Election campaigns of PJ Morley and John Carty and the Council election campaigns of Seán Fitzpatrick and Pat McHugh.
Mary and Mick were married in October, 1977, and her neighbour PJ Morley, who had been elected as a new TD a few months earlier, was among the guests along with his wife Mary.
Garrymore football team enjoyed their golden years during the mid-1970s and early ‘80s and Mick and Mary faithfully attended so many of their big matches in that era. The Walsh family had very close ties to the Garrymore club with Tom, Martin and MJ all donning the red and white jersey at different times.
Social occasions in town saw Mary and Mick enjoy nights out in some of the local hostelries with O’Brien’s and Gilligan’s special favourites down the years. Current affairs, politics, football, and the topics of the day, were all part of the banter and the gentle friendships they enjoyed with so many people in the region.
Mid West Radio and the local newspapers were also an integral part of Mary’s life and she always loved to keep up to date with all that was happening around the region.
Mick is so thankful to the Walsh and Morley family circles for their great support in the weeks since Mary’s sudden passing.
Reposing was at Gilligan’s Funeral Home with removal to Claremorris Church. Interment took place in St Colman’s Cemetery following Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr Peter Gannon, PP.
Mary, who was predeceased by her parents Dom and Nell (nee McDonagh) and by her brothers Tommy (Loughrea) and John (Tubbercurry), is survived by her husband Mick; brother Padraig; her sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; relatives and many friends.