MARY BISHOP, Mill Road, Dundalk, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family at the Mater Hospital Dublin on August 29. Mary's death after a very short illness came as a great shock to her three brothers and to her parents, to whom she was devoted.
Educated locally at Dun Lughaidh Secondary School it was here that Mary forged many of the life-long friendships which she dearly held throughout her life. After completing her Leaving Cert. in 1978, Mary attended the Regional Technical College before taking up a position at The Irish Permanent Building Society in Dundalk.
After a number of years Mary fulfilled her ambition and set up her own business in 1983. Although a very private person, Mary was a popular figure trading under the name of 'The Nak Indian Boutique' and then later as 'Lighthouse', both located at 28 Clanbrassil Street Dundalk. Mary's shop grew into a 'Mecca' for young people and was fondly remembered for 'adding colour to the town'. For over 15 years, Mary's shop became a centre for all her friends to drop in have a cup of tea and a chat, finding Mary a willing listener and a true friend.
In 1998, Mary moved down to the new Spar Express outlet at Bishop's Texaco Filling Station, Newry Road. Mary soon became a familiar figure, serving all the locals for yet another 15 years, her constant presents and good humour won her many friends and acquaintances, she only stepped back from her role in the last number of weeks prior to her illness.
Mary lived in Vincent Avenue for a number of years and enjoyed socialising with her many loyal friends in and around Dundalk.
In later years, Mary surrounded herself with her family and especially her niece and nephews, marking birthdays and Christmas with thoughtful gifts.
Mary adored children and showered them with love, needing no excuse to give generously of her time while bearing presents and treats. She also loved spending time with weekly visits to her goddaughter Sabhabh and her brother Ferdia. Mary's life revolved around the care and attention of the beloved parents, enjoying their company and simple pleasures. To her brothers she was a constant and loving presence in their lives.
Mary's passing will be deeply mourned, she is survived by her broken-hearted parents, Eamon and Margaret (Mill Road), brothers, Michael (Kilcurry), Paddy (Forkhill), and Eamon (Dundalk), sisters-in-law, nephews, niece and great niece, Ceallach May, all her relatives and many friends. She was predeceased by her sister, Fiona who died in infancy in 1964.
Having reposed at her home, Mary's remains were taken to St. Joseph's Church, Castletown where Requiem Mass was offered by Very Rev. C. McElwee, P.P. Faughart who gave the eulogy. The Readings were given by her brother, Eamon and Mary's close friend, Sinead McDonnell while the Prayers of Intercession were led by niece, Jaimie Bishop and nephews, Michael, Eamon and Josef Bishop.
The Offertory Gifts were presented by sister-in-laws, Lucy and Geraldine Bishop and the gifts that symbolised Mary's life were presented by her goddaughter, Sabhabh and her brother Ferdia McDonnell. The beautiful music was provided by the Cuchullain Singers and soloist Karyn Jones, Anne McDonnell and Olive Connor under the direction of organist Mrs. Elizabeth McConnon accompanied by violinists Briege McGoldrick, and Edel Duffy with flautist Rachel McConnon.
After Mass burial took place in the adjoining cemetery and the large attendance at the Mass and interment reflected the deep sense of loss for the family at Mary's death and the esteem in which she was held.
Mary's Month's Mind Mass will take place on September 29 in St. Joseph's Church, Castletown at 11.30 a.m.