IT was another sad week for the people of Carrickmore who lost a much revered member of their community on Wednesday, as Maureen McGarrity (née Fox) sadly passed away at the age of 90.
Originally from Creggan, Maureen was a well-known teacher in the area for almost 40 years. Having trained in England, Maureen returned home to her native parish of Termonmaguirc in 1952 where she took up a post in St Patrick’s Primary School in Creggan.
The Irish language was a huge part of daily life in the school and much like the other teachers in St Patrick’s, Maureen was a proud Gaeilgeoir. She spent her years in Creggan school teaching the Holy Communion class and in 1991, after 39 years of teaching, Maureen retired.
Maureen had married Terry McGarrity in the Easter of 1961, and the pair lived in Carrickmore where they raised their six children, John, Turlough, Noel, Ronan, Maire and Finola.
The McGarrity clan are a huge footballing family and Maureen had always encouraged the playing of Gaelic, a sport which her children and grandchildren are still very much involved in county wide today.
Carrickmore GAA posted a touching tribute to the Creggan woman on their Facebook page, describing her as “a lady who personified gentleness, grace, generosity and encouragement.”
Maureen was also a long time member of the Apostolic Society where she put her sewing and embroidery skills to use.
Her Requiem Mass was held in St Colmcille’s Church, Carrickmore on Saturday.