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Friday 6 December 2019

Maryy (68) shone in difficult siutations

The late Mary Fehily.
The late Mary Fehily.

The sad death of Mary Fehily (née Cosgrave) took place on January 22 at the Blackrock Clinic.

Mary, aged 68, died peacefully while surrounded by her family following a short illness. Mary was predeceased by her husband John, sister Monica and brother John.

Originally from Taylorstown Ballycullane, Mary was the second eldest of Walter and Kathleen Cosgrave, and was also sister to Con, Kathleen, Mario and Paddy.

Having left school to begin hotel training at the Tower hotel in Waterford, Mary subsequently moved to Kellys Hotel in Rosslare where she spent a number of happy and eventful years at reception and made friends for life.

Following a brief period working in Dublin at the Russell Hotel, she then returned to Wexford to work at the Talbot where she made an immediate impression with guests, staff and management. It was during this time she met her late husband John and they were married in September 1975.

After marriage Mary worked in the family pharmacy for a number of years. She spent latter years caring for her husband through his illness.

Fiercely loyal to her family and friends, Mary shone in difficult situations where her instinctive judgement was rarely off the mark. She was extremely resourceful and refused to accept that something was impossible.

A notoriously nervous traveller, trips to Dublin were usually spent lying on the back seat of the car with rosary beads and a packet of her beloved Major cigarettes, from whom she managed a divorce four years ago.

She became an avid rugby watcher and had a unique take on the great Irish rugby coach Joe Schmidt, 'If he was any good he wouldn't be hanging around here'. Luckily for the Irish rugby team, she never got to meet him.

Her family greatly appreciate the support they have received from friends and neighbours during Mary's illness, through her wake at Mackens Funeral home, and burial in St Catherines Church Murrintown following requiem mass on Monday January 25.

Mary is survived by her children Jane and Derek, stepchildren John Jnr, James and Paul, grandchildren, daughters in law, neighbours and friends.

Marys months mind will take place in St Catherines Church Murrintown on Sunday March 20 at 11 a.m.

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