FAREWELL TO MAMO

25 June 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

Monaghan and Ireland mourned the loss during the past week of one of its best known and admired citizens, the feminist and women’s rights campaigner, Mamo McDonald. Mamo, who was born in Co. Galway but spent most of her 91 years bringing up her family in Clones and then moved to Drumully, Smithborough, was widely respected as a former President of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. She was honoured with a People of the Year award in 1999 for her services to Irish women and older people. Mrs McDonald was the first Chair of the Age and Opportunity organisation which she helped to establish, and later became its honorary President.

Mamo passed away peacefully last Thursday at St Anne’s nursing home in Ballybay, the same care facility where she had recovered from Covid-19 last year. She is survived by her eight sons and two daughters and was predeceased by her husband Eugene (1979) and son Vincent (2017).

Mamo’s remains rested at the family home in Drumully known as ‘Teach Mamo’ until the removal on Sunday evening. Some of her granddaughters helped to carry her wicker coffin from the house along with other family members. It was draped with an ICA flag and placed in the hearse for her final journey. The cortege paused in The Diamond in Clones where local people had….

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