Thursday 8 December 2016

Mary -- fearless fighter to the end

Published 15/01/2012 | 06:00

My abiding memory is of her incredible courage and calmness. Her work had such a devastating impact in Irish society Fearless, relentless, tirelesss: three words synonymous with a maverick journalist who did more than any one else in her profession to cast light on the darkest chapter in modern Irish history.

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It was those same three steely traits that saw Mary Raftery through the final year of her life.

Few diagnoses terrify a woman more than ovarian cancer, the silent killer that often does not reveal its lethal presence until it is too late.

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