St Mary’s Crescent, Westport, Co Mayo
Mary Ellen passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Her health had deteriorated rapidly over the preceding weeks and her desire was to be at home in her comfortable and familiar surroundings.
Mary Ellen was born July 16, 1937 and lived the early part of her life in Liscarney. There she met Dan Carroll from Kilmallock, Co Limerick, who had come to run the local Post Office and they married on April 5, 1961. Dan was transferred to the Post Office in Donegal Town shortly after and there they remained for five years where they had two children.
Dan was transferred to Westport and they took up residence in Bridge Street over where Carraig Donn is now in what was Kelly’s flats. In 1966 they moved to St Mary’s Crescent, where Mary lived happily until her death.
Mary cherished her family and worked diligently to raise six children. Holidays were spent between Kilmallock and Liscarney where for six summer weeks, 6 kids, 2 suitcases and a washing machine were loaded into Mick O’Malley’s van and transported to Liscarney.
In the ‘80’s and ‘90’s Sunday dinner was the weekly family gathering, an event not to be missed where Mary put up a feast. She loved the family coming around and the weekly catch up with all. Mary was a resilient woman as in a few short days in August 1992, she suffered the passing of her own mother, Mary, who by then lived with them in the Crescent and her beloved husband Dan, four days later.
In recent times Mary lived a quiet life, but it wasn’t always so. Friday nights in years gone by were spent playing Bingo in the Town hall and cards in Toby’s afterwards. Tuesday nights the “girls” met up in each other’s houses.
She loved her GAA, following Mayo football and Limerick hurling but at the turn of the century Boxing was her passion. Never was a fight missed on TV and her enthusiasm was unwavering.
Mary Ellen will never be forgotten, she will be deeply missed by her son Liam, daughters Mary, Catherine, Betty, Maggie and Nicola, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We all have precious memories and our lives were enriched by her presence over the years. May she rest in peace.