Thursday 25 December 2014

Tragic mum of two remembered as 'glamorous' businesswoman

* Tragic Marie Carroll found dead at her home in South Dublin

Published 19/03/2014 | 15:38

The remains of Marie Carroll are carried by her son Steven along with friends and family after her funeral mass at the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Firhouse.
19/03/14
Pic Frank Mc Grath
The remains of Marie Carroll are carried by her son Steven along with friends and family after her funeral mass at the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Firhouse. 19/03/14 Pic Frank Mc Grath
Liam Carroll, husband of Marie Carroll, walks behind her coffin

MOURNERS at the funeral of Dublin mum Marie Carroll heard she should be remembered as a “glamorous” businesswoman who was above all devoted to her children.

Around 300 people attended the funeral mass at the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Firhouse.

The 58 year-old mother of two sons was found dead in her Woodlawn Park Grove home on Sunday March 9.

Her son Steven Carroll said that she was a dedicated rugby fan who would have been cheering on Brian O’Driscoll from heaven at the weekend.

But he said that so many people remarked on her sense of style.

“I've never heard a word used so frequently to describe a person as I've heard the term ‘glamorous’ associated with my mam,” said Steven.

“I even remember being in primary school and a lot of my friends would pass comment on how my mom didn't look like the other moms,” he added.

“She walked in in heels and a full face of makeup, everyone understood what they were talking about because that's just how we knew her,” he explained.

Steven talked about how his mother was a fashion lover who worked for a time in London, before returning to Dublin where she met her husband Liam.

“After meeting my dad her idea of success was broadened and she went on not only to be a brilliant businesswoman but a brilliant mother,” he said.

“I never knew how many people were chasing my mom’s heart over the years and dad, I don't know how you did it.”

Steven also spoke about how his mother was a devout Munster rugby fan, but also a huge fan of Brian O'Driscoll.

“To her BOD was God,” he said. “I know she was watching this weekend cheering on the boys,” he added.

Steven said that his mother was a big music fan and liked everything from Garth Brooks to Boyzone and Westlife.

A post mortem on Marie’s body raised questions about her cause of death and led to her husband Liam being arrested and questioned by gardai in Rathfarnham.

He was later released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

A source told the Herald that the investigation was “sensitive” but not being treated as a murder.

Liam attended today’s funeral, and a family member carried a photograph of Marie at the recent wedding of their second son Peter.

After Liam’s release the family released a statement saying: “This is a deeply difficult time for the Carroll and McMarlow families as we struggle to deal with our loss.”

Residents in the Grove described Mrs Carroll as their “friend and neighbour”.

Mrs Carroll lived with her family in the well-established Woodlawn estate in Firhouse for many years

Neighbours said they are “very highly regarded in the community”.

Irish Independent

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