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Mary Rynne

Interviewed by Elisha Rynne

Elisha: How long have you lived in the area?
Mary: 63 years.

Elisha: : What’s a fond memory you have of living here?
Mary: My family, my grandchildren and my neighbours. And taking walks in the mornings.

Elisha: Have you seen this community come back from hard times before?
Mary: Tuberculosis – some were very sick and some died. People were very poor. We had cows, a horse, chickens and geese, but no car or transport. We grew our own vegetables, herded the cows and tended to the animals.

Elisha: What are some things that have helped you through lockdown and what brings you joy?
Mary: People came to visit and stayed outside. Neighbours and friends were good. I listened to the mass on the radio, read books and did puzzles and crosswords.

Elisha: What does community mean to you? What sort of things are you doing now to stay connected to your community and family?
Mary: Community means my neighbours, friends and family — meeting them and sharing news. Mass has been an important part of my life, as well as a visit to town, visiting neighbours and friends.

Elisha: What message do you want to share for yourself and this community in 10 years time?
Mary: That we will be in a better place, people will be healthy and happy and that neighbours will be kind to one another.

Elisha shared that Mary is an expert at making St. Brigid’s crosses and other arts and crafts, so Elisha’s creative response shows a collection of Mary’s creations.

Mary Rynne

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