Wednesday 21 February 2018

Obituaries: Mary Fanning

Quiet, graceful soul of professionalism behind South Lee's public health nursing

Simple: Mary Fanning took great pleasure in her family
Simple: Mary Fanning took great pleasure in her family

THERE is no question that Mary Fanning, who died last Wednesday, will be deeply mourned by her family, friends and former colleagues. But there are many thousands more who will miss her without ever having even met her.

As Director of Public Health Nursing in Cork's South Lee for the past 12 years, Mary led a team of managers and staff tasked with caring for a population of 193,000.

And while that role presented her with many challenges from both within and without the bureaucracy of the HSE, she faced and overcame each and every obstacle with an unstinting grace and professionalism that allowed her to remain the "quiet and private person" her husband, Connell, spoke of last Wednesday, just hours after she passed following a short illness.

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