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Limerick City and Council to hold a special meeting to remember the late Mary Jackman

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Mary Jackman – a meeting will be held to honour the former Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council who sadly passed away at the age of 79 at the Milford Care Centre on Monday, May 30. Picture: James Horan/Press 22.

 Mary was the first-ever female Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council in 1998

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue

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Mary was one of the longest-serving councillors for the local authority until she retired from politics in 2014 after 30 years of service.

The Limerick City and County Council to hold a special blended meeting in the Council Chamber in Dooradoyle and online on Friday, June 3 at 9 am.

The meeting will honour the former Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council Mary Jackman who sadly passed away at the age of 79 at the Milford Care Centre on Monday, May 30.  She is survived by her husband Nicholas, daughter Nicola, sister Ursula and extended family.

Described by those who knew her as someone, “who touched the lives of many people from her teaching days to her political career,” Mary worked hard throughout her life.

Mary Jackman was first elected to the then Limerick County Council in 1985 from the Castleconnell Local Electoral Area and was one of the longest-serving councillors for the local authority until she retired from politics in 2014 after 30 years of service.

She served two terms in the Seanad between 1989 and 1993 and then 1997 and 2002. In 2004 and 2009 topped the polls in the local elections.

She was subsequently re-elected in every election and was elected as the first-ever female Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council in 1998 and was a senator for two periods.

Commenting on her passing, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Daniel Butler said: “Mary was an absolute lady. She was always full of energy, positivity and warmth. I spent many a time canvassing for her and with her. When I was young she was always so encouraging and again later in life when I entered politics. She will be sorely missed. On behalf of the people of Limerick I would like to extend my sympathies to her husband Nick, daughter Nicola and extended family.”

Her funeral mass will take place on Friday, June 3rd in Mary Magdalene Church, Monaleen at 11 am. Until then, the Irish flag will fly at half-mast until after her funeral mass. 

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