There was deep sadness as the news spread of the passing of Mary Mullins of Cregmore last week. Mary and her husband Eamon returned from England and she quickly became a popular person in the community. Mary became one of the younger members of the Lackagh ICA Guild in the 70s and played a leading role in helping with the development of the association. Mary was also actively involved in prayer groups and became an active promotor of prayer groups in the area.
She loved the game of cards and often people would gather in her home to play cards at any hour and Mary was sure to be in the middle of the group of card players. It was in her wonderful work as a web designer that Mary left an indelible mark in her promotion of the local area and community. Mary was far ahead of her time in internet marketing and the importance that web could play in the promotion of her community. Indeed that lack of telecommunications for computers in rural Ireland was something that Mary Mullins had highlighted long before there was any broadband in the area and Mary was rightly concerned at the manner that lack of broadband facilities were hindering small enterprise investments in rural Ireland.
Mary Mullins left a huge legacy that will be of benefit to others, but among her busy schedule she never forgot her family who always came first. Mary had been carer for her ageing mother for most of the past ten years and people in the community were deeply saddened when Mary was struck down with illness. Mary Mullins was in her mid 60s and her passing will be sadly missed, but for her family they have lost a treasure in their lives.
Her remains were taken to the Church of Our Lady of Knock, Lackagh for her funeral Mass which was celebrated by her brother Fr James McSharry who was joined by Fr Des Walsh PP. Burial took place in Lackagh cemetery.
Mary is survived by here husband Eamon, daughters Michelle and Rachel, sons Stephen, David, Phillip and Peter, mother Eileen, brothers Fr James and Gerry, sister Ann, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, family friend Brendan, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, uncle, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.