Mary Clancy, the Mayo born wife of one of Ireland’s most famous folk singers, Paddy Clancy, has died in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.

A member of the Flannery family, she grew up at Beltra, Glenisland, Castlebar.

Mary and Paddy returned from the United States to Carrick-on-Suir, Paddy’s birthplace in 1968, after buying a dairy farm.

Paddy spent decades in the U.S. performing with the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and achieved worldwide fame as a balladeer and musician.

He passed away in 1998.

Mary will be laid to rest beside Paddy in Faugheen Cemetery, near Carrick-on-Suir tomorrow (Saturday) following Requiem Mass in the local church at 10.30 a.m.

Amongst the many online tributes paid to her is one from her sister, Pauline Kursch (nee Flannery).

In her post Pauline says “My heart is broken with the loss of a wonderful sister”.

She adds that Mary and Paddy changed her life by bringing her to America (from Glenisland) to start a different life.

Mary is survived by her five children, her grandchildren and extended family and friends.


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