We were saddened to hear of the death of Mamie McGrath on 28 October though a message from her family
Mary Theresa was the fourth child of seven born to John and Mary
Fitzhenry of Drimsnave, Co. Galway.
Theirs was a farming upbringing but all the children were educated
at the local National School. Mamie continued her education and
trained as a cook, working in the household of Senator J.E.McEllin
along with her sister Nora.
While working for the Morrin family in Co.Mayo, Mamie met Michael
McGrath, who she married at the age of 22 in her local church at
Cornamona. They ran a farm and in 1963 bought what is now
McGrath's quarry in Cong, Co. Mayo. Fifty years later that quarry
is still in the McGrath family and still going strong.
Mamie and Michael had 10 children, but sadly Michael died at the
young age of 49 in 1970, leaving Mamie to raise a family, look
after the farm and manage the quarry, which her sons took over
after a few years.
She was always active with her cooking, family, travelling;
founding the Neale Ladies GAA club was amongst her achievements.
Mamie was guest of honour at the grand dinner during the Fitzhenry
gathering in Cong and Cornamona this August. At that event, it was
calculated that with 10 children, 32 grandchildren and 27
great-grandchildren Mamie and Michael had contributed to nearly
half of the 180 descendants of John and Mary Fitzhenry!
She will be sadly missed by her family and by the local community
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