Mary Moylan loved to dance

Mary Moylan loved to dance

On Tuesday , November 13, Mary Moylan (nee O’Dwyer), Ard na Gréine, Clonmel, and formerly of Kilbreedy, Cashel, passed away peacefully in the loving care of the Matron and Staff of Bramleigh Nursing Home, Cahir after a long illness.

When she became ill, her husband Sean cared for her for a number of years but eventually she needed more specialist care and she went to reside in the nursing home where she was so well cared for over the next four years. Mary was daughter of the late Tom and Alice O’Dwyer and sister to the late Martin and Denis. Denis only pre-deceased her by a short few weeks.

 They O’Dwyer family is one of the oldest in the area with ancestors dating back well over 200 years. She was educated at Ardmayle N.S. and later at Cashel Technical School and on completing her studies helped in the running of the family farm with her mother and brothers. 

She was a very popular member of the Parish Community and took an active part in Boherlahan Choral & Dramatic Society as well as the Pioneer Association.

 Mary’s first love was dancing and together with her great friend Betty, they cycled to dances in Boherlahan, Dundrum, New Inn and the Town Hall in Cashel. She was a beautiful dancer and together with her pleasant personality she was always in demand at the dances. However, that came to an end when a young man from Synone won her heart and he was to become her permanent partner and after a few years courtship were married in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Boherlahan in March 1965. After their honeymoon, they went to live with Mary’s widowed Aunt Kate Kennedy at Ard na Greine, Clonmel and from there, they raised their family and made many new friends. They had one boy Martin and the two girls Kay and Eilis and over the following number of years were devoted to the welfare and education of their family.

 When the children left home to make their own way in life, Mary and Sean became very much part of the social dancing scene once again and continued up to about ten years ago when ill health caused Mary to retire. 

Mary was a very special person with her ever present smile who endeared herself to everyone and after spending some time in her company, you felt all the better for it. 

Mary’s remains were reposed at Devitts Funeral Home, Cashel on Wednesday,  November 15, and removal took place to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Boherlahan, travelling by her old home in Kilbreedy which she had visited for the last time on October 10. Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr. Joe Egan PP and assisted by Fr. Tom Dunne CC on Thursday,  November 16. The liturgy was greatly enhanced by the beautiful music and singing of Ann Marie Dwan and Ms Hennessy and a special tribute by her grand-daughter Sophie. Her remains were laid to rest in Ardmayle Cemetery. 

She is survived by her husband Sean, son Martin, daughters Kay and Eilis, sons in law, daughter in law, grandchildren, sisters in law, brother in law, nephews, nieces and a wide circle of friends. May the green sod of Ardmayle lie gently on you Mary. Rest in Peace.