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The Late Mary Mallon R.I.P

posted 10 Jun 2019, 06:42 by bornacoola leitrim
Mary Mallon R.I.P - An Appreciation 

Mary Mallon RIP It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Mary Mallon last week. Mary was a driving force in our club and parish over five decades and will be sorely missed by us all. 

Originally from Bunclody in Co. Wexford, Mary met her future husband Micheál in England in the 1960’s and the couple set up home in Clooncarne when they returned to Bornacoola in 1969. Given Mick’s love of football and Mary’s own passion for the GAA and pride in her adopted area, it was no surprise that she became deeply involved not just in the GAA club but in all aspects of parish life and the various organisations that are so key to promoting community identity and integration in rural Ireland. 

At the time of the redevelopment of our club grounds in the 1980’s Mary famously participated in the Baron of Bornacoola Mayoral campaign and many will have fond memories of the great social nights that were enjoyed at that time, It was typical of Mary’s selfless nature; even though her four sons – Peter, Seamus, Brian and Kevin – were still quite young at the time, she knew the club was in need and somehow found the time and energy to devote to a lengthy fundraising campaign. She was also a participant in Scór at various times – Novelty Act was her particular favourite – and helped prepare many groups over the years. 

The monthly Club Draw was a social occasion that Mary enjoyed enormously through the decades and indeed was something that she seldom missed. And if the chance arose to give a blast of Boolavogue on such occasions, then so much the better! 

She was also a significant driving force in the founding of the Bornacoola Community Development Association and the organising of the annual Lough Rynn Harvest Festival. For many years she served as Secretary of that group and while her approach was often unconventional (and perhaps occasionally lacking in subtlety!) there was no doubt that Mary had a way with people and could certainly get things done.

Hugely popular among all who knew her, Mary was undoubtedly a character and despite her huge and selfless contribution to community life was at heart a homemaker and family woman. To visit the Mallon household with Mary as Bean a’ Tí was to experience all that was best about our famed rural Irish hospitality. A cup of tea and a chat in the company of Mary and Micheál and somehow the world seemed a simpler more pleasurable and welcoming place. Fiercely proud of, and loyal to, her four sons, the arrival of her daughters-in-law (Mary, Ann Marie, Edel and Claire) gave her some welcome back up and female support in laying down the law around Clooncarne! 

To say she doted on her grandchildren would be an understatement but the values and belief system she passed on to them will be something they can treasure for the rest of their lives. Her great friend, confidant and co-conspirator throughout her life was of course her husband Mick, a man at the very heart of the Bornacoola club throughout his entire life. To him, to her sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, Mary’s brothers and sisters and to all who knew and loved her we extend our deepest sympathies. 

We are richer for having known her but poorer for her passing. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí