Death of Liverpool-Irish cultural stalwart


By staff reporter

ONE of the most long-standing members of the Liverpool branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, Liverpool-born Mary McAndrew, has died.

Mary played a part in the Comhaltas movement within the Liverpool branch from the 1960s and then played a huge part in the development of the organisation in both Britain, Ireland and North America from then on.

Branch chair Neil Doolin said: “Over the years, Mary held many officer positions within the organisation including representing the Province of Britain on the Ard Comhairle (national executive) of Comhaltas. Mary worked tirelessly in promoting the development and playing Irish music and song, and also dancing.

“She was a traditional Irish singer in her own right and would travel around Britain to other Comhaltas branches teaching children traditional Irish singing. In her professional life, Mary was a primary school teacher and taught for most of her career at Holy Rosary Primary School, Aintree.”

Mary had been incapacitated and in full-time nursing care since suffering a massive stroke in June 2008. She died on Saturday January 18.

Mary’s funeral took place at St Robert Bellarmine Church, Orrell Road, Bootle L20 6DZ on Tuesday January 28.


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