Daughter of the late Tom and Catherine Walsh, Cashelcarra, she married John Prendergast from Newtown and the couple were blessed with eight children. A cloud of sadness enveloped Mary’s life when John died 30 years ago and her son, Michael, died three years ago. After the death of her husband, Mary continued to farm their holding and up to a short few years ago, took a keen interest in the animals she cared for.
A resourceful and inspirational woman, Mary believed that if a job was worth doing, it was worth doing well. This could be seen in the way she cared for her family, home and farm. While she was a wonderful homemaker, she also enjoyed working outside on the farm, milking the cows and helping with the sowing and harvesting of the crops. In her heart she held a special affection for children and this was obvious in the loving and caring interest she took in the upbringing of her grandchildren.
Blessed with natural conversational skills, Mary loved a social occasion, whether it was a visit to members of her family, her relations in Killawalla, or enjoying a good traditional music and dance session in the locality.
Mary was a gracious and generous person blessed with many fine and beautiful characteristics. It was fitting that the goodness, love and affection she shared with so many people on life’s journey was returned to her as large crowds of mourners came to bid farewell to their friend and neighbour during her funeral from Belcarra Community Centre to St Mary’s Church, Carnacon. After funeral Mass (celebrated by Fr Jack Garvey), she was laid to rest in Drumm cemetery.
She was predeceased by her son-in-law. To her sons Padraic (Catford, Clogher), Christy, (Australia), John Jnr (Ballydavock, Belcarra), Edwin (Dublin), daughters Maura Downey (Dublin), Ann Ryan (Leixlip, Kildare) and Catherine Martin (Mullingar), grandchildren, sisters Peg Biggins (Cashelcarra), Bridgie Cosgrove (Newtown, Clogher) and Ann O’Malley (Hundred Acres, Ballinrobe), daughters-in-law Marney, Mary, Marion and Mary, sons-in-law David and Noel, and her many other relatives and friends, we extend our sincerest sympathies. May her gentle soul rest in peace.