Guild members pay tribute to Mabel’s remarkable life story
A nurse who drove a London ambulance in the Second World War, an active member of Country Markets, and a proud ICA member for well over 60 years — Limerick Federation and Mungret St Paul’s Guild have paid tribute to beloved ICA member Mabel Hayes, who died on March 16, aged 103.
Born in Wales in 1915, the late Mabel could tell many tales of the eventful wartime years. She and husband John Hayes made Limerick their family home some years after they married. They reared seven daughters and two sons and her family cared for her at her home until her death. Mabel grew and sold vegetables and flowers, as well as baking for the markets. She saw it as an invaluable way of providing for her family. She was first a member of Limerick City Guild and in 1969. Approached by a local priest to form a guild in Mungret she took on the challenge and formed a very active guild. She became its first president and over the years served in many roles in what became known as Mungret St Paul’s Guild.
Elected Limerick Federation president in 1977, she served until 1980 and was instrumental in setting up certain Limerick guilds. She visited Áras an Uachtaráin in 1995 on the 85th anniversary of ICA’s founding. As federation president, she was nominated by the health minister to be one of the first non-medical women appointed to the Medical Council — she served for five years.
Mabel attended many of the ICA 2010 centenary celebrations and was very proud that Limerick lady Anne Maria Dennison was national president at that time.
On a trip to Limerick in 2015, then national president Liz Wall visited Mabel at her home to congratulate her on her 100th birthday. A wonderful crafts person, Mabel was generous in sharing her knowledge with other members. She was hugely interested in Limerick Show’s craft section and presented the Mabel Hayes Trophy for best overall adult baking — it’s still competed for today. For many years Mabel herself presented the trophy.
In recent years, she kindly welcomed the guild to meet in her home. She hosted her last meeting on March 6. Interested in all ICA activities, she loved reading national and federation newsletters. Mabel is remembered with great warmth and affection by guild and federation members. Many attended her funeral and provided a guard of honour.
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Mungret St Paul Guild member Mabel Hayes, who passed away in March, aged 103.