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LAST GOODBYE: Mary Manley, inset, and her cortege on Moore Street, where she sold fruit and veg.

LAST GOODBYE: Mary Manley, inset, and her cortege on Moore Street, where she sold fruit and veg.

LAST GOODBYE: Mary Manley, inset, and her cortege on Moore Street, where she sold fruit and veg.

MOORE Street ground to a halt to pay tribute to one of its best-known traders.

Mary Manley was in the street she loved – and worked in for well over half a century – for the last time yesterday.

She passed away at the age of 84 on Monday and, in an honour afforded to only a few, her funeral cortege was allowed drive through Moore Street.

A hearse followed by three cars paused at the location where she sold fruit and vegetables for so many decades.

Traders bowed their heads as they remembered Mrs Manley's wit and good humour - the quintessential street seller.

She was the first of two Moore Street legends to die this week – the second, May Gorman (92), known as the Queen of Moore Street, passed away on Thursday morning.

Alan Kirwan (33) described his grandmother Mrs Manley as "the last of the generation of street sellers who have been there for over 50 years".

A condolence card – signed by the Moore Street traders – and a bouquet of flowers were left in her memory.

During her years selling apples, oranges and strawberries, Mrs Manley met many people, including celebrities including singer Roy Orbison.

comurphy@herald.ie


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