Sunday 22 September 2019

Heartbreak at death of Mai two months before her wedding


FAMILY AND friends of Mary (Mai) Kelly have been left devastated by the heartbreaking death of the young mum-of-two in a road crash, two months before she was due to get married.

Mai, aged 34, from Oak Tree Heights, Castlebridge, was due to marry her fiancé Perry McLarnen in August. She was returning home from work at Carlow Hospital when her car collided with another vehicle on the N80 at Rathoe. Mai had just finished a shift at the hospital, where she worked as a psychiatric nurse.

Mai had returned to adult education and recently completed a degree at IT Carlow. FAMILY AND FRIENDS expressed their deepest sadness at her tragic death. She was a woman who lived for her family and was eagerly anticipating her up-coming nuptials.

Mai was described as a wonderful and devoted mother to her two young daughters, Stephanie, 16, and Aedín, 5. Prior to her return to full-time education, Mai worked in retail at number of different supermarkets in Wexford.

Her interpersonal skills extended beyond a professional capacity, as she dedicated a huge amount of time to completing voluntary work with the youth group in Castlebridge. ' This was just the kind of person she was', explained her brother Shane, 'Mai was fantastic with younger people, it was just part of her personality.'

A large crowd turned out at Castlebridge Church on Monday to bid farewell to Mai, who was described as 'gregarious, out-going, always laughing and very funny'. She was later laid to rest at St. Ibar's Cemetery. Mai is survived by her fiancée, Perry McLarnen, her daughters, her mother, Carmel, sister, Ann, and brothers Eugene and Shane. She is predeceased by her father Michael.

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