Mary was an ex­cel­lent nurse with an im­mense sense of fam­ily

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

MARY Walsh, who passed away sud­denly at her home in Ballingarry, Thurles, on Fri­day, Au­gust 9, 2018, was in­terred in En­nis­cor­thy Cemetery af­ter Re­quiem Mass in St. Ai­dan’s Cathe­dral on Au­gust 16 last.

Mary was born in 1951 in En­nis­cor­thy to Nick and Bri­die Walsh, where she grew up on the farm that her fa­ther man­aged for St. John’s Hos­pi­tal.

She at­tended the Loreto and Prsen­ta­tion schools in En­nis­cor­thy and com­pleted her Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate, she opted for a ca­reer in nurs­ing and she trained in St. Vin­cent’s Hos­pi­tal, Dublin, where she qual­i­fied as a State Reg­is­tered Nurse, a ca­reer well suited to her per­sonal qual­i­ties.

While in school she main­tained con­nec­tion with sport­ing at­tach­ments that she had de­vel­oped dur­ing her early teens.

She was a mem­ber of the Hil­brook Lawn Ten­nis Club which was lo­cated very close to her home in St. John’s and, as she honed her skills, she be­came an out­stand­ing ju­nior player in Wex­ford, and be­yond, hav­ing won the ladies sin­gles ti­tles in the Open cham­pi­onships of Car­low, Kilkenny and Wex­ford, and was run­ner-up in Water­ford. Her stature in her sport may be gauged from the two ‘Power Sports Star’ awards that she was awarded in 1968 and 1970.

Soon af­ter qual­i­fy­ing as a nurse, Mary em­barked on an epic ad­ven­ture trav­el­ling over­land through Europe, Mid­dle East, In­dia and on to Sin­ga­pore in a rick­ety bus. This was long be­fore the ad­vent of mod­ern com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies and she would later re­count many amus­ing, though scary in­ci­dents along the way. Later, she trav­elled to Aus­tralia, where she ren­dezvoused with her brother Ni­cholas. Trag­i­cally, she had to cut her Aus­tralian ad­ven­ture short when she re­ceived news that her fa­ther had died very sud­denly.

Back in Ire­land, she looked af­ter her mother in En­nis­cor­thy and Dublin and, in 1980, she re­turned to her pro­fes­sion when she estab­lished her own pri­vate nurs­ing home in Dublin. In 2001 she pur­chased Ardeen Nurs­ing Home in Thurles which she ran un­til the time of her un­timely death.

Mary re­mained a de­voted and car­ing daugh­ter to the end. Her last known move­ments on the day pre­vi­ous to her death was to drive from Thurles to En­nis­cor­thy to place flow­ers on her par­ents’ grave in readi­ness for the ‘pat­tern’ on the fol­low­ing Sun­day.

Mary is sur­vived by her daugh­ter, Jus­tine, he son Lough­lin, broth­ers Sean (Es­sex), Ed­die (Dublin), Ni­cholas (Aus­tralia) and Richard (Dick) (Tipperary), sis­ters-in-law, neph­ews, nieces, rel­a­tives, man­age­ment, staff and res­i­dents of Ardeen Nurs­ing Home and friends.

The late Mary Walsh.

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