Sister Mary Daniel McCarry
1925 – 2020
Born: 25th November 1925
Entered Religious Life: 2nd February 1964
Died: 18th December 2020
Mary McCarry, daughter of Daniel McCarry and Mary Anne Boylan was born in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim on 25th November 1925. She had two brothers John and Dan both of whom predeceased her.
She entered the Religious Sisters of Charity in Milltown on 2nd February 1964 and was received into the Novitiate on 26th August 1964 receiving the name Sr Mary Daniel. She was professed on 29th August 1966.
Prior to entering the Religious Sisters of Charity, she was manageress of the Kings Arms Hotel in Antrim and maintained contact with the owners throughout the years.
Following her profession, she was assigned to Seville Place as a social worker and then spent a year as housekeeper in St. Patrick’s, Kilkenny. From 1969 to 1977 she lived in Donnybrook where she worked with the residents and helped out in the laundry. She was noted for her kindness to the residents and kept up with up with many of them throughout the years.
In 1977 she was missioned to work with the adult blind in Merrion for three years before returning to Donnybrook to work in the Social Service Centre. She then spent a short period in Howth before being missioned to Falcarragh where she did parish visitation.
She returned to Seville Place in 1986 where she worked in the Day Centre. Her next appointment was as Ministress in Lakelands for five years. Due to the refurbishment of Lakelands in 1995 some sisters were transferred to Elm Park and Sr Mary Daniel went as their carer. She returned to the newly built care centre in Lakelands in 1996 and took up ministry as sacristan, a post which she held until 2001.
Sr Mary Daniel was dearly loved by her family and maintained contact with all the generations down through the years. She looked forward to her visits home and to their regular visits to her.
She had a love for nature and animals. She had a particular love of dogs and cats. She enjoyed cookery and handcrafts especially crochet. She was a gifted person and shared these gifts with those she worked with.
In April 2012 when Sr Mary Daniel needed further care she was transferred to the Anna Gaynor Unit at Our Lady’s Mount, Harold’s Cross. In her early years there, she enjoyed visits from her community, family and friends as well as the activities in the Unit. Over the years her condition declined and she was less able to engage with visitors.
She died peacefully in St Michael’s Ward, Anna Gaynor Unit on 18th December 2020. Due to Covid 19 restrictions we were unable to be with her in her last moments.
Her remains were removed from Our Lady’s Mount to Corrigan’s funeral home where her family were facilitated to visit. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions we were unable to bring her remains back to Lakelands. However, the funeral undertaker brought the hearse to the Convent Chapel door on the morning of the funeral and the sisters were able to say their goodbyes, prayed and sang the Salve Regina as the hearse moved on to the Church.
Her funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr John McDonagh in Star of the Sea Church Sandymount on Monday, December 21st. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the number attending was restricted but thankfully the Mass was relayed via webcam which enabled the remaining community sisters to join in the Mass. Her family being musically gifted sang as the coffin entered and left the church since Covid regulations prevented singing in the church. Also, at the graveside they sang the Ave Maria and the flute was played by her grandniece. She is buried in the community cemetery in Donnybrook where many sisters had gathered to receive her remains for burial and also to meet the family. May she rest in peace.