Mary -- fearless fighter to the end
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.
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.