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Mary Lionain

Interviewed by Meabh Ni Dhubhlaing/ photographer Madeline Mulqueen

Meabh: How long have you lived in your area?
Mary: 42 years.

Meabh: What’s a fond memory you have of living in your area?
Mary: I didn’t know many people when I moved here. I got talking to other mothers at the school gates and we became great friends.

Meabh: What are some things that have helped you through lockdown and what brings you joy?
Mary: I appreciate the fact if this had happened when I was younger that it would have been more difficult. The feeling of isolation reminds me of being a child when our farm had foot and mouth disease and we were snowed in.

Meabh: What sorts of things are you doing to stay connected to your community and family and what does community mean to you?
Mary: My youngest daughter and her new dog have moved in with us.

Meabh: What message do you want to leave for yourself and your community in 10 years?
Mary: I hope that I did not do much harm and that people think about me fondly.

See the additional images below that were captured in the photo shoot with Madeline as well as an image of the thatched cottage that Mary grew up in and her home now!

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