Killadoon, Louisburgh, Co Mayo
Mary Agnes passed away on April 27th after a short illness, she is survived by her daughters Maura Kilcoyne, Dublin, Bernadette Martin, Drogheda, Josephine Lyons, Killadoon, and James Morrison, Dublin. She is also survived by her daughter- in- law Aine and sons- in- law Robert and Ned, her grandchildren and great grandchildren and all her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband James in 1975.
Mary was born in Glenamura on June 10th 1925 to John and Ann Heraty (nee McNamara). She had two older brothers Michael and Pat (now deceased), and her sister Annie Heneghan who still lives in Drummin. She met our father James when she was nineteen, they married and settled into Killadoon in 1945 and had seven children. James was from Louisburgh and had moved to Killadoon to stay with his aunt Sarah when his uncle Thomas died in 1937. They could be described as being very entrepreneurial and before their time by firstly opening a shop, which sold everything from groceries to wellingtons, and fodder for the cattle of surrounding areas. In the early sixties they then decided to build the first hotel and bar in Killadoon. This changed the whole landscape from a typical farming community to a business area and helped to create employment for many and it also became a great social venue for all the local people and for the returning emigrants from England and the US.
They both continued to work with their business, Hotel, Shop and Farm until James died suddenly at 48 in Nov 1975. Her mother died six weeks later on New Year’s Eve and her son Sean tragically died by drowning on Jan 4th 1976. Mary had already lost two other children. Mary suffered many losses and having been widowed at the young age of 48 she turned her interests to the business and to hard work and continued to run the shop until fifteen years ago.
Mary could be described as an elegant lady, who had a great sense of style and dress, she was also very artistic and creative and she knew what she wanted in life and hard work never phased her. She was an avid reader and gardener and she could turn her hand to anything from running a busy hotel and shop to buying cattle for the land.
Mary loved Killadoon. She loved the outdoors and always talked about the beautiful scenery of Killadoon and she never asked to leave there. She loved the simple life and always liked to attend Mass on Sundays whether there was hail, rain or snow. She loved to visit Glenamura and her sister who still resides in Drummin. She accepted her illness with great dignity and fortitude as sickness was unfamiliar to her as she always led a very healthy and active lifestyle. It was a great honour to call her, our Mother.
We all miss you dearly…Maura, Bernadette, Josephine and James….
I must go down to the seas again, the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheels”s kick and the wind”s song and the white sails shaking.
And a grey mist on the sea”s face and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.
Excerpt from a poem by John Masefield (1868- 1967)