Tributes for one of Donegal’s oldest citizens

Mary McCloskey who has passed away at the age of almost 102.
Mary McCloskey who has passed away at the age of almost 102.

Tributes have been paid following the recent passing of Mary McCloskey, one of Donegal’s and indeed Ireland’s oldest citizens.

Mary of Glentogher, Carndonagh was just weeks short of her 102nd birthday when she passed away. She died peacefully at her home surrounded by her five sons.

A member of the McCloskey family said: “The love and esteem in which she was held was amply displayed by the large crowds of people who visited her wake despite the inclement weather and again for her funeral Mass and interment. She had a remarkably healthy and active life right to the end and just two weeks before her death made the weekly visit to Carndonagh Post Office to collect her pension and her usual visits to friends and relations.”

Born Mary Crossan, on February 9, 1914 to Owen Crossan and Mary Toye of Meenavenaghan, Quiley’s Point, she had two sisters and two brothers who were all brought up there on the small family farm. She married James McCloskey of Glentogher and moved the few miles down the road to her new home and a life of helping her husband on a typical Inishowen sheep farm and bringing up her five sons, Patrick, Owen, Henry, Bernard and Hugh, daughter-in-law Marie, 11 grandchildren and 18 great gandchildren.

Mary had a strong religious faith and a happy putlook on life despite the early death of her husband 46 year ago as well as the premature deaths of her grandson Seamus and daughters-in-law Sheila and Sally.

In later years Mary had a wonderful love of knitting and was a fervent reader and was able to recite poetry she learned over 90 years earlier at Clunelly National School. Right to the end she enjoyed a “wee run” in the car to Inishowen Head, Dunree, Malin Head or wherever she wanted to go.