Thursday 15 November 2018

A wonderful life and love story recalled

Mavis Arnold with husband Bruce after Bruce received his OBE medal at Buckingham Palace in 2003
Mavis Arnold with husband Bruce after Bruce received his OBE medal at Buckingham Palace in 2003

Fionnán Sheahan

"A wonderful life" was how the journalist Bruce Arnold fondly recalled his time with his late wife Mavis.

Speaking at her funeral in St Paul's Church in Glenageary, the renowned art critic and political columnist reflected on a life of dedication to family and friends.

"Mavis and I had a great life together. We shared everything. I will always love her. Her life story lives on after her," he said.

Mavis was originally from Co Sligo and the couple met in Trinity College, Dublin, with both going on to become journalists. Mavis worked for 'The Guardian', 'Sunday Independent', where she was hired by the legendary Hector Legge, 'The Irish Press' and 'Irish Medical Times'.

Her campaigning work included writing on the welfare of women and children in religious institutions, which was a highly controversial issue.

"She was always on the side of the oppressed and disenfranchised," Mr Arnold said. Mavis went on to become a psychotherapist.

Activism

Her political activism saw her become a founding member of the Women's Political Association, with figures like Gemma Hussey and Mary Henry.

In recent years, she unfortunately suffered from Alzheimers Disease. Yet family and friends remembered her for her hospitality at her home, her cooking, gardening and love of her children and grandchildren.

Mavis passed away after a long illness at Carysfort Nursing Home, Glenageary.

She was the loving wife of Bruce and devoted mother to Hugo, Sam, who has passed away, and Polly.

Among the mourners were former justice minister Nora Owen and former finance minister Charlie McCreevy.

Irish Independent

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