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THERE was great sad­ness in Rath­drum and be­yond re­cently fol­low­ing the death of pop­u­lar lo­cal lady, Mary Driver.

Mary was born in June 1928 in Aughrim, the daugh­ter of Abra­ham and Cather­ine Thomp­son.

Mary was one of three sis­ters but sadly Teresa and Rose both passed away be­fore her.

Mary mar­ried John Joe (who passed away in 2005) and had five chil­dren – Sea­mus, Pauline, Sean, Philom­ena and Noel. Later she was mother-in-law to John, Andy, Anita, He­len and Jac­inta. Mary also had ten grand­chil­dren and 14 great-grand­chil­dren.

Mary was a very keen gar­dener and ev­ery year was a prize win­ner in the com­pe­ti­tion run by the Rath­drum De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion. Many hol­i­day­mak­ers pass­ing her house used to stop and take pho­to­graphs of her lovely gar­den in Bal­ly­gan­non.

She went to bingo ev­ery Fri­day night in Rath­drum, where she was a reg­u­lar win­ner.

Mary’s love of sport was very ev­i­dent and she would of­ten be seen at camo­gie, hurl­ing and foot­ball matches. Even just be­fore she was hos­pi­talised, she was at a soc­cer and foot­ball match that her great-grand­sons were play­ing in. She loved to watch all the pre­mier­ship matches, as well as rugby, box­ing and snooker.

She had no prob­lem keep­ing up with Man Utd, whether it was the Pre­mier­ship or Cham­pi­ons League – she knew all the play­ers names.

Mary’s pride and joy was her fam­ily. She had a busy so­cial life keep­ing up with wed­dings, birthdays, chris­ten­ings, Com­mu­nions and con­fir­ma­tions.

Mary will be sadly missed by all her chil­dren, sons- and daugh­ters-in-law, grand­chil­dren, great-grand­chil­dren, nieces, neph­ews, friends and her good neigh­bours in Bal­ly­gan­non.

Mary passed away on Oc­to­ber 12 and was laid to rest in Glenealy Ceme­tery. NET­WORK Ire­land’s Wick­low Branch will hold their next meet­ing on Tues­day, Novem­ber 21, in FOOD at Fish­ers, New­town­moun­tkennedy.

Start­ing from 7 p.m., Elaine Madi­gan, one of Ire­land’s lead­ing Cash­mere Knitwear De­sign­ers, will share her en­tre­pre­neur­ial suc­cess story with guests.

Speak­ing about the work­shop, Elaine: ‘Madi­gan is very much a fam­ily busi­ness run by my husband, Richard and I. To­gether, we share a deep love for Ir­ish de­sign, lux­ury and qual­ity and this pas­sion is ul­ti­mately what leads our love for our busi­ness.

‘I al­ways had an in­tense in­ter­est in fash­ion, even as a young girl. I was re­ally blessed to be in­spired and taught by my tal­ented mother, who im­parted many great in­sights that have ben­e­fited my busi­ness. I am look­ing for­ward to telling every­one about the ups and downs of my jour­ney to date.’ Net­work Ire­land Wick­low Branch Pres­i­dent, Louisa Mee­han of Wood­view HRM said: ‘Madi­gan is a brand rich in Ir­ish cul­ture and her­itage.

In 2009, Elaine opened Cou­ture Bou­tique in Naas, where she spe­cialised in sourc­ing, de­sign­ing and pro­vid­ing lux­ury prod­ucts at an af­ford­able price for her clien­tele. But the seed for the elaine madi­gan col­lec­tion was sown in 2012.

‘Elaine wanted to push the bound­aries of ca­ter­ing for her clients’ tastes and so de­signed and man­u­fac­tured a small col­lec­tion of lux­u­ri­ous cash­mere gar­ments for her own bou­tique.

‘ This col­lec­tion had a phe­nom­e­nal re­ac­tion and sold out im­me­di­ately and it was from there that elaine madi­gan cash­mere blos­somed. Elaine’s suc­cess is a tes­ta­ment to her tal­ent and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to hear­ing her per­sonal story.’

Re­becca Har­ri­son of Fish­ers, New­town­moun­tkennedy is the 2017 Pres­i­dent of Net­work Ire­land and set up Net­work Ire­land Wick­low Branch.

She said: ‘Net­work Ire­land’s Wick­low branch was set up a year ago last Novem­ber and I have been so pleased to see the branch grow month on month.

‘Ev­ery month I have seen new con­nec­tions be­ing made that ben­e­fit Wick­low women both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally.

‘I’m de­lighted that the pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment that the Net­work of­fers has helped many Wick­low women over the last 12 months.

‘We are so pleased to have a suc­cess­ful en­tre­pre­neur and de­signer like Elaine shar­ing her ex­pe­ri­ence at our next meet­ing so we can learn and ben­e­fit from her ex­pe­ri­ences.’

Tick­ets to the Novem­ber meet­ing are free for mem­bers of Net­work Ire­land and €30 for guests who wish to pay at the door.

An early book­ing price of €20 is avail­able on­line un­til Novem­ber 20.

Book­ing is ad­vis­able.

The late Mary Driver (nee Thomp­son).

Re­becca Har­ri­son.

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