Maria, our much loved friend, coach and passionate supporter of our Club swimmers and all
things swimming, sadly died on Friday 1 July after her long and brave battle against cancer.
Maria is at rest now, but she will be sorely missed and our thoughts go out to her husband Hugh
and her boys, Stephen, Tommy and Paddy and all her family at such a sad time.
In the 11 years since her children first joined the Club, Maria invested a massive amount of
time and commitment as a parent, coach and committee member to help make our club
what it is today.
As a mark of respect, 35 swimmers formed a guard of honour at Maria’s funeral mass on 4
July and stood for more than 2 hours to line the church yard.
As Posey said, “It was a pleasure to stand alongside so many young people representing
Newry & Mourne ASC in a guard of honour for Marie today. You were all an absolute credit
to your club. A number of people have spoken to me about your presence there today and
your impeccable respect throughout. It was a very fitting send off for a wonderful coach and
friend. Well done to you all and thank you.”
Big thanks also go to Sharon and Posey for arranging it all.
Rest in peace Maria
Photographer: Jacqueline Galway