Wednesday 22 November 2017

Easygoing Mary was a skilled Aran knitter

The late Mary Quinn.
The late Mary Quinn.

THE SUDDEN passing of Mary Quinn of 9 Orchard Way, Camolin, on August 30 last, at Wexford General Hospital, was met with deep shock and sadness in the local community, and by all who knew and loved her. She was 65.

Daughter of the late Matthew and Bridget Quinn, Mary was born and reared at Boley, Camolin, and later Ballybanogue, Leskinfere.

She spent seven and a half years of her childhood in Cherryorchard Polio Hospital, and later Cappagh Hospital, and Baldoyle Hospital. She returned home at the age of fourteen from the rehabilitation centre in Dun Laoghaire, and became a wheelchair user.

She took up an occupation as an Aran knitter for the late Mrs. McCann of Ballinclare. She remained in the family home, but when she could, she loved to get out and about, and got involved in the local branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association. She loved to go on the various outings and holidays, and to take part in the branch activities.

She had a positive easygoing outlook on life, and loved socialising with friends and family and loved attending parties. She especially loved the grandchildren of her sister Helen Bolger, Tammy and Tyler.

She also loved her niece Teresa who was her full-time carer, and her nephews James and John who often helped out around the house.

The family have sent a special thank you to the Howell family, Fr. Kavanagh, nurse Edel Doyle and her team of nurses, and Dr. Harrington, for all their support.

Mary's Funeral Mass took place on Sunday, September 1 in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Camolin, and she was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

She is survived by her loving sister Helen; brother-in-law Paddy; niece Teresa; nephews James and John; James' children Tyler and Tammy; her aunt Hannah Bolger, Carnew; her uncle Martin O'Brien in the UK; cousins including her cousin Peig Murphy and husband Kevin and family in Ferns who were very good to her, and a wide circle of family, friends, and neighbours. Her Month's Mind Mass will be held on Sunday, October 6, in Camolin at 9 a.m. May she Rest in Peace.

Gorey Guardian

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