The parish of Carrickedmond is in mourning this week, following the death of one of its most well-known locals on Monday.
Mary Hill (née Donohoe), Listubbeth, was involved in a single-vehicle road traffic collision on Sunday afternoon last on the N60 at Corrastoona Beg, Castlerea, Co Roscommon.
Mary, who was aged in her late 80s, was seriously injured when the car she was driving veered off the road and hit a wall. She was removed to University Hospital Galway but sadly passed away on Monday afternoon last.
Described by Parish Priest, Fr Charlie Healy as “a mighty woman and a fierce woman of faith,” Mary attended Mass in Carrickedmond on Sunday morning and had planned to drive to Knock, as she often did, that afternoon.
A key figure in the community, Fr Healy recalled in particular, Mary’s kindness when he first arrived to the parish to find a bag of necessities waiting for him at the house.
“You’d survive for a month on what she had in the little bag,” he revealed.
Pointing out that Mary was very popular amongst the parishioners, both young and old, Fr Healy also stated that she was an active woman and a keen gardener and had worked for many years of her life with the underprivileged throughout the world.
“She had a young mind and a young heart,” he said, later going on to add; “She was a great character and a good human being.
“When people think of Mary Hill, they’ll have a smile on their face.”
Pre-deceased by her husband Jack, Mary was further described by the Leader’s Carrickedmond correspondent Seamus McGuire as “a very nice, holy, peaceful woman and a good neighbour”.
Adding that Mary liked to keep up to date with Carrickedmond’s GAA progress, Seamus concluded; “She’ll be a big loss to the Parish.”
Sadly missed by her loving sisters Sr Carmel and Tess (Lynam), nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends, Mary will repose at her residence from 2pm today, Wednesday before her removal at 7pm in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carrickedmond.
Mary's Funeral Mass takes place at 11am on Thursday followed by interment in Abbeyshrule Cemetery.
May she Rest in Peace.