Saturday 1 November 2014

FG politician with devastating illness 'never lost spirit'

Kathryn Hayes

Published 30/08/2014 | 02:30

Mourners carry the coffin of former Limerick FG councillor Mary Harty who died of motor neuron disease.
Mary Harty

Motor neuron disease may have taken over the life of well- known councillor Mary Harty, but it never took away her spirit, mourners at her funeral have heard.

The former Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council lost her two-year battle with the disease earlier this week, just days after hosting a charity fundraiser at her home in aid of the devastating illness.

Hundreds of mourners packed Nicker Church in Co Limerick today to say a sad farewell to the popular 54-year-old, who in 2011 became the third woman ever to be appointed chair of Limerick County Council. The former primary school teacher at Nicker National School was first elected to Limerick County Council in 1999 and retained her seat until she retired earlier this year due to her illness.

In his homily, chief celebrant Fr Pat Burns paid tribute to the Fine Gael councillor's enormous courage, kindness and dignity.

Fr Burns told mourners how Ms Harty had "fought the good fight to the end" and lived each day to the full.

Finance Minster Michael Noonan and the Taoiseach's aide de camp, Commandant Kieran Carey, were among those in the packed Nicker Church.

Irish Independent

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