Durrow St Patrick's Day Parade cancelled as mark of respect

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

Durrow St Patrick's Day Parade cancelled as mark of respect

Late Mary Walsh

The Durrow St Patrick's Day Parade organisers have called off the 2020 edition.

The organisers decided to cancel the event on Monday morning, March 9 as a mark of respect for one of the committee members.

Mary Walsh passed away on Sunday, March 8. An active member of the south Laois community over many years, Mary had been ill for some time.

Mary was also to the fore in working for her community as a member of the Durrow Development Forum where she served as treasurer. 

The forum has shared the sad news and paid a tribute to Mary on their Facebook page.

"Due to the passing of our treasurer Mary Walsh and as a mark of respect to Mary and her family, a decision has been made not to run this year’s Durrow St. Patrick’s day parade.

"Mary was very much involved in volunteering in Durrow over her lifetime and her passing is a huge loss to her family and the community of Durrow.

"Your life was love and labour, Your love for your family true, You did your best for all of us, We will always remember you. Rest in Peace Mary and may you already be joined with Shane and those who have passed before you," the forum said.

Mary (nee Phelan) of Erkina Drive, died peacefully surrounded by her husband Andy and loving family, after a long illness which her death notice said was borne with great dignity and strength. She was predeceased by her son Shane, who died just last year, and sister Eileen.

Mary is deeply regretted by her husband Andy, sons Andrew, Pat, Jason & Jonathan daughters Maureen, Vicky, Amy, Eve and Cathy, her 20 grand-children, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brother Larry, sister Joan, brothers-in-law Nicky and Mick, sisters-in-law Angela and Marie, nieces, nephews, cousins and the Entire Community of Durrow.

Her remains will repose at her residence from 3 pm Tuesday with Rosary at 8pm. Removal Wednesday morning arriving at the church of the Holy Trinity for 12 noon Requiem Mass. Burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. House Private Wednesday Morning Please.

Family Flowers only. Donations in lieu to the Irish Cancer Society.