The death of Mary Tully, Hawthorn Drive, Roscommon Town and formerly of ‘Avondale’, Ballyleague, Lanesboro is being widely mourned.
Mary was a very familiar figure on the local handball scene and was club secretary of St. Coman’s Handball Club.
In paying tribute, the club said Mary’s contribution extended to so much more than her role as secretary.
In a social media post, St. Coman’s said: “She was an extraordinary administrator at all levels of GAA handball and promoted youth participation at the club for decades.
“Her selfless commitment, volunteerism and endless energy has greatly enriched our sport and club and will no doubt be an important part of Mary’s legacy.”
The club extended its deepest sympathies to Mary’s husband, Michael, daughters and club members Siobhan, Aoife and Fiona, sons, Fergal, Micheál and Niall and to the extended Tully and Kelly families.
The Irish Handball organisation spoke about her selfless commitment, volunteerism and endless energy which had “greatly enriched our sport and the club and will no doubt be an important part of Mary’s legacy.
“From a national perspective Mary was known across the country, a regular travelling to major tournaments with her daughters, and volunteering at tournaments. Even just a few months back Mary was a key contact for assisting the running of the 2022 Irish Wallball Nationals in Roscommon.”
She was also secretary of Kilbride Ladies GAA for many years. During that time, the club said she took great pleasure in watching both her sons and daughters play on various teams. “A great supporter of Kilbride and always willing to help out,” said the club.
She also worked at Roxboro National School and her colleagues paid tribute following her passing after illness..
“Our wonderful secretary and beloved friend, Mary Tully has gone to her eternal rest,” the school said in a social media post. “Words cannot express our sorrow and grief at the loss of this extraordinary person. We will hold you close for all time, Mary.”
Reposing at her home at 10 Hawthorn Drive, Roscommon tomorrow (Thursday) from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.. Removal from her home on Friday morning at 11.15 a.m. and arriving to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Derrane for Mass of the Resurrection at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
In the funeral notice, Mary’s family said it sincerely appreciated the support shown to them at this difficult time and would like to acknowledge the kindness shown to her by everyone at University Hospital, Galway during her illness.