Her young age made her life's achievements all the more extraordinary
Our national treasures are few and far between, and as far as the public is concerned finding one among the ranks of the journalism profession would be virtually impossible.
However, the honourable exception to that is Mary Raftery. This is a woman who will, in the future, be writ large in our history books as someone whose contribution to our society, through her journalism, has been immeasurable.
Her life was cut short this week by illness at 54, and her young age made her achievements, and contribution to Irish life, all the more incredible. She was the most important journalist of her generation.