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Mary Moynihan, Bishopstown, who passed away on Monday.
Mary Moynihan, Bishopstown, who passed away on Monday.
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Mary’s death is a huge loss to the deaf community in Cork

THE pensioner who lost her life in a tragic house fire on Monday night has been named as 89-year-old Mary Moynihan, below right, a member of Cork’s Deaf community.

Ms Moynihan has been described as “witty” and a “strong character” who was much loved by her extended family.

She attended the Cork Deaf Club for many years and was a skilled dressmaker who had worked in Cork city in her younger years. She shared her home on the Model Farm Road with her brother Jim until his death in 2006.

Graham O’Shea, chairperson of the Cork Deaf Club, was a friend of Mary’s and said she was much loved by her family and the Cork deaf community.

“Mary had a strong character and she was great company,” he said.

“She also had a marvellous sense of humour. She was a great storyteller and had many experiences to recount about her life as a deaf woman growing up in 1940s/50s Ireland. She will be sorely missed,” he added.

Fire services were alerted on Monday night at 9.20pm to smoke billowing from a house on the Model Farm Road.

Five units from the Cork City Fire Brigade attended the scene and gardaí were forced to close the road at the Leesdale and Rendevous Bar ends as driving conditions were hazardous due to lack of visibility. 

The house is located between Rendevous pub and the Cork Technology and Business Park close to the Mount Mercy school.

Emergency services tried to revive Ms Moynihan but she was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Her body was taken to Cork University Hospital for a post-mortem examination to be carried out. 

The fire is not being treated as suspicious and investigators believe it started accidentally, although a technical examination of the scene was carried out yesterday.