Farewell Mary Raftery R.I.P. from survivors of institutional child abuse

Farewell to Mary Raftery R.I.P.. Family, friends and colleagues of Journalist Mary Raftery packed the 17th-century Great Hall in the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham for a poignant humanist service peppered with humour and emotion. Tributes were paid to the woman responsible for some of the most powerful and influential broadcasts on RTE television.

Forever Young

May God? bless and keep you always

May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.
May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.
May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

Isn’t it just something else to see some “Women of Ireland”, or “Mná na hÉireann” carrying the humble Humanist wicker coffin?!

H/t Paddy Doyle (Photos: Irish Independent Galleries)

More info pertaining to Mary Raftery R.I.P. can be seen here at Paddy’s very informative blog.

Gosh, I saw Mary at a distance only a short while ago in O’Connell St. I inwardly contemplated approaching her to say hello. However, I decided against what I thought at the time might have be my better judgement thus resultantly deciding it would be an intrusion into her privacy. I had noticed that she looked very bloated then and for quite some time of late when I had seen her in the media. Was it… I pondered to myself… perhaps due to medication? Now in hindsight methinks her unknown illness was in fact the root cause, or rather the medication for her being bloated. I’m raging now that I followed my better nature at the time. I seem to have always only seen Mary from a distance. The main one that will always stay with me forever is the time of the first meeting of the commission to inquire into institutional child abuse. I saw Mary in the foyer of the hotel. She was in deep conversation with Bernadette Fahy.

Thank you, Mary. Survivors of industrial *schools* and clerical child abuse are deeply indebted to you for making their voices heard. You listened to their lonely voices as they cried out in the wilderness and you did something about their longstanding anguish. You stood up against the rigours of the church; the political and Irish broadcasting establishments and let it be known that you were not going to take any nonsense, even to the point that it sadly made you (and your colleague) very ill. You won out in the end, despite everything. As Irish history will be kind to you Mary (as indeed it will be to survivors of industrial *schools* and child clerical abuse). From the bottom of our ruined and painful hearts we thank you for your strong support of our cause.
Suffer the Little Children – The Inside Story of Ireland’s Industrial Schools makes horrifying reading. It is an account of the systematic abuse of underprivileged children incarcerated in Ireland’s industrial school system from the foundation of the State to the mid-1970s.
See: also Ophelia Benson at butterfliesandwheels.org. She has been covering child institutional and clerical abuse… some examples are here and here… for years on end (and most recently at her new freethought syndicated blog here.)  Even when it wasn’t the most popular thing to do. Thank you, Ophelia.
I also found following stuff here and here on industrial schools that is very interesting.
Andrew Madden http://andrewmmadden.blogspot.com/ author of Altar Boy, A Story Of Life After Abuse. who was at the funeral service also paid tribute to Mary. He has very powerfully emotional memories of her as he had deep media involvements with her in the making of Cardinal Secrets.

I wish to express my deep sadness today on hearing of the death of Mary Raftery. Mary was instrumental in helping many of us as we sought to expose the truth about what the Catholic Church and others knew about the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests in Ireland. Mary understood that the Catholic Church’s concealment of the sexual abuse of children was systemic but that it could best be exposed by helping survivors share personal experience and through her work provided a way for some of us to do that… Read the rest here

  Tom Hayes, of alliancesupport.org and a survivor of an industrial *school* has also got media coverage on Mary Raftery. There is also included in his sidebar an Irish Independent article on the docu-drama which I commented on last year at B&W.

Marie-Thérèse O’ Loughlin

Yeah, titti, some of the ten thousand children fleeing from the Nazi regime were given foster homes in England and Northern Ireland. Many of them who went to the North were looked after by foster parents but others went to the Millisle Refugee Farm (Magill’s Farm, on the Woburn Road) which took refugees from May 1938 until its closure in 1948.

DeValera took in approximately 148 children – there is a tree in Jerusalem thanking him for his good work for refugees in general.

Have you heard about the new docu-drama play No Escape that Mary Raftery has momentarily on at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin? I believe actors are having to receive counselling in the aftermath – because of the stress levels. The play is based solely on the Ryan/Laffoy Report. Nobody under sixteen is allowed – which is daft really as the stories are about children. But then in saying this again – if actors are not cushioned against the contents of the play – how would one expect children from ordinary sheltered loving homes to be  either.

Cover Up! Cover Up! Cover Up! Cover Up!
Mary Raftery – A Tribute from Colm O’Gorman of Irish International Amnesty, who also attended the funeral:

Like many others who were lucky enough to have known or worked with Mary Raferty, I was deeply saddened to hear of her death yesterday, January 10th. Mary’s passing is a loss to us all, but most especially of course to her husband, her son and wider family who are very much in my thoughts. The following is a tribute to Mary I wrote for the Irish Independent. I never once came away from a conversation with Mary Raftery without learning something. She had an incredible mind; an extraordinary ability to absorb and store information combined with a gift for insight and… [Read more] Posted by COLM Wednesday, 11th January 2012 @ 10:39

Mary Raftery’s son Ben attending the funeral of his Mother Journalist Mary Raftery at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Credit: Steve Humphreys Date: January 13, 2012

brianmlucey brian lucey“@dfarrell_ucd: Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/a6DGmTVj via @the_irish_times” Sorry to hear this. A great great journo.
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maglaundries JusticeforMagdalenesRIP #MaryRaftery. We have lost a true pioneer in exposing Ireland’s industrial school and #magdalenelaundries:http://t.co/iocopYw5
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tellydubby Helen O’Rahilly InfluentialThe brilliant Irish journalist, Mary Raftery, who exposed clerical abuse, dies. RIP. RT@IrishTimes http://t.co/ctlIYbfU
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fmacconghail Fiach Mac ConghailSo sorry to hear this. An extraordinary person RT @dfarrell_ucd: Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/W626aRks via@the_irish_times
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mediabite Miriam Cotton InfluentialHeartbroken about Mary Raftery. If we had just five more as courageous, the country would be transformedhttp://t.co/jr9Q3hbO
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sineadgleeson Sinead Gleeson InfluentialTerribly sad news about the death of Mary Raftery. A pioneering journalist & programme maker who made a big difference
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stephenkinsella Stephen Kinsella InfluentialReally sad to read about Mary Raftery’s passing. She did the victims of clerical abuse an immense service
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niallstanage Niall StanageMy US pals won’t know who Mary Raftery is; their loss. A journalist who did her state, and the truth, some service
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annbrien Ann BrienThis line is a fitting tribute to Mary Raftery. RIP “outstanding contribution in the area of human rights and justice”http://t.co/qQc5hdKf
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jillianvt Jillian van TurnhoutI am so sad to hear that outstanding Mary Raftery has died. May she rest in peace. http://t.co/T93P0eam via@the_irish_times
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tmcarew Tom CarewA courageous, balanced, admirable journalist – Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/qi1oa2Sa via @the_irish_times

damondelgawundr Damon DelgadoJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/3TABczh7

friedaklotz FriedaKlotzMy US pals won’t know who Mary Raftery is; their loss. A journalist who did her state, and the truth, some service

nosilanagerdink Alison KindreganMary Raftery, RIP. A determined & fearless journalist with a passion for social justice, she will be missed

callande Elizabeth KilroyMary Raftery, RIP. A determined & fearless journalist with a passion for social justice, she will be missed

lohart_lass Geri FloriJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/tQpopfXW via @the_irish_times

jamescsn James Cussenhttp://t.co/Mq8oY3CN – confirmation

oceanmude CSilvaJournalist Mary Raftery dies – RIP & thanks for being here a while – hope some others learned somethinghttp://t.co/LdID8UgR

theravenxx The RavenHeartbroken about Mary Raftery. If we had just five more as courageous, the country would be transformedhttp://t.co/jr9Q3hbO

permagoddess Bealtaine CottageA True Journalist, one of few…Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/cyZ5Nzld via @the_irish_times

elohi_unitsi Earth MotherRIP #MaryRaftery. We have lost a true pioneer in exposing Ireland’s industrial school and #magdalenelaundries: http://t.co/iocopYw5

eoind JK-eoindJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/vvBGQnZ5 via @the_irish_times

marietherese39 Marie T O’Loughlin R.I.P. #MaryRaftery. We have lost a true pioneer in exposing Ireland’s industrial school and #magdalenelaundries: http://t.co/iocopYw5

canisgallicus Michelle ClarkeJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/mA9Www1w via @the_irish_times Such a loss; a dedicated journalist for abused & vulnerable children

marietherese39 Marie T O’LoughlinSo sad… “Journalist Mary Raftery dies” http://t.co/IBRc50ls – Will always cherish meeting her, a truly splendid human being, full of soul.

marietherese39 Marie T O’Loughlin Mary Raftery R.I.P. – somebody who made a difference http://t.co/8d7fR1UL

marietherese39 Marie T O’LoughlinHeartbroken about Mary Raftery. If we had just five more as courageous, the country would be transformed http://t.co/jr9Q3hbO

andrewsb49 Andrew BrennanHeartbroken about Mary Raftery. If we had just five more as courageous, the country would be transformed http://t.co/jr9Q3hbO

endadoherty Enda Dohertyhttp://t.co/du9NGxa2 RIP

theobituaries The ObituariesInfluentialJournalist Mary Raftery dies – Irish Times http://t.co/jp6llIqy

shadowboxire Shadowbox Theatre RIP Mary Raftery http://t.co/oBsNcuxm via @the_irish_times

pinnacle24_7 Pinnacle MaintenanceJournalist Mary Raftery dies – The Irish Times http://t.co/Xy6gTYj9 #ireland #society #history

johnoconnordit John O’Connor“@dfarrell_ucd: Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/a6DGmTVj via @the_irish_times” Sorry to hear this. A great great journo.

wildrover1916 Jay DoolingJournalist Mary Raftery dies – The Irish Times – Tue, Jan 10, 2012 | #Irish #Ireland #IrishAires | http://t.co/9GY2SHdB via @addthis

flannlmacgowan O’MalleyA great woman died today. RIP Mary Raftery http://t.co/jwxg5Ph1

ballykissane Belinda EvangelistaWomen’s History Association of Ireland (WHAI) Mary’s work in exposing the High Park, Drumcondra Magdalene… http://t.co/ucVbMwzi

shawa330 Shannon Watterson”The most important thing you can do is to give a voice to people who have been silenced.” http://t.co/A8sLB9N7 @the_irish_times

majwal7 Mark WallJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/PBp1GchZ via @the_irish_times

mwwaterford Micheál WalshRIP #MaryRaftery. We have lost a true pioneer in exposing Ireland’s industrial school and #magdalenelaundries: http://t.co/iocopYw5

irisheyesjg JenniferGeraghtyJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/XBMug8jc via @the_irish_times

nyoitweets NYOIKnown as a fearless and passionate journalist, Mary Raftery was also a cellist in the National Youth Orchestra of… http://t.co/mDpGcFTv

sadie_campbell Sarah CampbellJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/UTcLloER via @the_irish_times

thesliverparty John O’DwyerInfluentialRT @maglaundries RIP #MaryRaftery. We’ve lost a true pioneer in exposing Ireland’s indust. school & #magdalenelaundries http://t.co/oXmE0ml6

fauxclaud Claudia C D’Arcyhttp://t.co/wBlgiORp http://t.co/fG0nHSDt

alan_199 Alan199RIP #MaryRaftery. We have lost a true pioneer in exposing Ireland’s industrial school and #magdalenelaundries: http://t.co/iocopYw5

alan_199 Alan199RIP #MaryRaftery. We have lost a true pioneer in exposing Ireland’s industrial school and #magdalenelaundries: http://t.co/MWjMe66r

marytcon Mary ConnollyRIP #MaryRaftery. We have lost a true pioneer in exposing Ireland’s industrial school and #magdalenelaundries: http://t.co/iocopYw5

thegrem69 RGMRIP #MaryRaftery. We have lost a true pioneer in exposing Ireland’s industrial school and #magdalenelaundries: http://t.co/iocopYw5

kencurtin Ken CurtinRIP #MaryRaftery. We have lost a true pioneer in exposing Ireland’s industrial school and #magdalenelaundries: http://t.co/iocopYw5

chrisincork Christine AllenRIP #MaryRaftery. We have lost a true pioneer in exposing Ireland’s industrial school and #magdalenelaundries: http://t.co/iocopYw5

culchiewoman Mari SteedRIP #MaryRaftery. We have lost a true pioneer in exposing Ireland’s industrial school and #magdalenelaundries: http://t.co/MWjMe66r

ballykissane Belinda EvangelistaJournalist Mary Raftery dies – The Irish Times – Tue, Jan 10, 2012 http://t.co/yEWZB0LI

maglaundries JusticeforMagdalenesRIP #MaryRaftery. We have lost a true pioneer in exposing Ireland’s industrial school and #magdalenelaundries: http://t.co/iocopYw5

aoifep Aoife PorterVery sad she was so young, inspiring human being RT @MaireSligo: Mary Raftery RIP – somebody who made a difference http://t.co/cJqPXfkw

tallatrialogue Tallaght TrialogueThe death has taken place in Dublin of renowned journalist and broadcaster Mary Raftery. She died at St… http://t.co/1zlM8R1D

bernadinec Bernadine CarraherMy US pals won’t know who Mary Raftery is; their loss. A journalist who did her state, and the truth, some service. http://t.co/dPDfV4NQ

gerrymckeever gerry mckeeverI’m so very saddened at the death of journalist Mary Raftery. A true loss to a nation. http://t.co/w9yN7l7R from @the_irish_times

andrewsb49 Andrew BrennanMary Raftery RIP – somebody who made a difference http://t.co/8d7fR1UL

andrewsb49 Andrew BrennanJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/mjjF1qqS via @the_irish_times

peter_obrien Peter O’BrienSo sorry to hear this. An extraordinary person RT @dfarrell_ucd: Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/W626aRks via @the_irish_times

bobgray71 Bob GrayR.I.P. Mary Raftery an outstanding & courageous Irish journalist who broke the silence on institutional child abuse http://t.co/Ic0MgJoA

colmogorman Colm O’GormanHeartbroken about Mary Raftery. If we had just five more as courageous, the country would be transformed http://t.co/jr9Q3hbO

childabusewatch Evin DalyJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/mjjF1qqS via @the_irish_times

mairesligo Máire GarveyMary Raftery RIP – somebody who made a difference http://t.co/8d7fR1UL

seeallherfaces Fran HannaSad to hear that Mary Raferty has died. Inspirational Lady. http://t.co/8DiwzXNx via @the_irish_times

theotriangle John MastersonHeartbroken about Mary Raftery. If we had just five more as courageous, the country would be transformed http://t.co/jr9Q3hbO

mediabite Miriam CottonInfluentialHeartbroken about Mary Raftery. If we had just five more as courageous, the country would be transformed http://t.co/jr9Q3hbO

7worldscollide Orla MurphyMy US pals won’t know who Mary Raftery is; their loss. A journalist who did her state, and the truth, some service. http://t.co/dPDfV4NQ

skysketcher Deirdre KelleghanJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/UTcLloER via @the_irish_times

cafoleary Cormac O’LearyJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/UTcLloER via @the_irish_times

colmogorman Colm O’GormanJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/UTcLloER via @the_irish_times

265lisa Lisa CreamerJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/dxq7LbTC via @the_irish_times

pvaldev87 Paul-Valette DevineJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/1GJdplRo via @the_irish_times

amphitrit AmphitriteRTE Journalist Mary Raftery dies – The Irish Times – Tue, Jan 10, 2012 http://t.co/Nb5gcWPs

drturpin Cherie Ann TurpinRTE Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/WY57xkpG via @the_irish_times

jackphennessy WindSafetyI am so sad to hear that outstanding Mary Raftery has died. May she rest in peace. http://t.co/T93P0eam via @the_irish_times

freepressdublin J. P. AndersonJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/HxlwJrP4 via @the_irish_times

ocarrollconsult Niamh O’CarrollAn inspiring, brave woman RIP RT “@SheilaMcWade: Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/ECa0mW6U via @the_irish_times”

lidafar Lida FarReally sad to read about Mary Raftery’s passing. She did the victims of clerical abuse an immense service. http://t.co/R20FLNEx

johnjoechad John FinucaneSo sad… “Journalist Mary Raftery dies” http://t.co/IBRc50ls – Will always cherish meeting her, a truly splendid human being, full of soul.

andrewsb49 Andrew Brennan My US pals won’t know who Mary Raftery is; their loss. A journalist who did her state, and the truth, some service. http://t.co/dPDfV4NQ

andrewsb49 Andrew Brennan So sad… “Journalist Mary Raftery dies” http://t.co/IBRc50ls – Will always cherish meeting her, a truly splendid human being, full of soul.

bokkenpootjes Patrick DodgeIrish Journalist, Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/oS7d89HS via @the_irish_times – Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time

janinel83 Janine LouloudiSo sad… “Journalist Mary Raftery dies” http://t.co/IBRc50ls – Will always cherish meeting her, a truly splendid human being, full of soul.

jdwex J DMy US pals won’t know who Mary Raftery is; their loss. A journalist who did her state, and the truth, some service. http://t.co/dPDfV4NQ

niallstanage Niall StanageMy US pals won’t know who Mary Raftery is; their loss. A journalist who did her state, and the truth, some service. http://t.co/dPDfV4NQ

positivework Desmond O’DowdJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/GBqg0Cjw via @the_irish_times

glohlopes Glória LopesJournalist Mary Raftery dies – RIP & thanks for being here a while – hope some others learned something http://t.co/LdID8UgR

sheilamcwade Sheila McWadeJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/dxq7LbTC via @the_irish_times

donal_okeeffe Donal O’KeeffeThis is awful news. A terrible loss. “Journalist Mary Raftery dies” http://t.co/JQHQt0nW via @the_irish_times

jenniquatro JenniQuatroSo sad to hear of the death of Mary Raftery, Ireland’s most important journalist, today. http://t.co/MLKbF71a

karl_tooher Karl TooherI’m so very saddened at the death of journalist Mary Raftery. A true loss to a nation. http://t.co/w9yN7l7R from @the_irish_times

corkfeminista Cork FeministaRIP Mary Rafferty…. her recent documentary ‘Behind the Walls’ is still implanted on my mind http://t.co/iaVOVJVD

paviliontheatre Pavilion TheatreWe are sorry to hear of the passing of renowned journalist and broadcaster Mary Raftery. Her powerful… http://t.co/2wDJuE81

podsta PoddySo sorry to hear this. An extraordinary person RT @dfarrell_ucd: Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/W626aRks via @the_irish_times

thegrem69 RGMJournalist Mary Raftery dies – RIP & thanks for being here a while – hope some others learned something http://t.co/LdID8UgR

childrightsir lchildrensrights.ieÒur deepest sympathies to family and friends of journalist Mary Raftery RIP: http://t.co/yXmWfuZH via @the_irish_times

liamdeha lLiam de HalJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/Qggva2RW via @the_irish_times

farahabushwesha Farah AbushweshaVery sad to hear of the death this morning of pioneering journalist Mary Rafferty. An incredible woman. http://t.co/yqCzddP7

rachlaffo Rachel LaffertyJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/wTGKFB9T via @the_irish_times Such a loss!!!

abdelevan Amanda BrownVery sorry to hear of Mary Raferty’s passing. We need more like her. http://t.co/FoPKR5K4

irishfemnetwork IrishFeministNetworkVery sad to hear of the death this morning of pioneering journalist Mary Rafferty. An incredible woman. http://t.co/yqCzddP7

tallatrialogue Tallaght TrialogueReally sad to read about Mary Raftery’s passing. She did the victims of clerical abuse an immense service. http://t.co/R20FLNEx

claraenright Clara EnrightShe was class – what a contribution! Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/2DhgtdPE via @the_irish_times

ladynicci Nicola CassidySad news about Mary Raftery http://t.co/aFViGBoU”

orrcollins Rachel CollinsTerribly sad news about the death of Mary Raftery. A pioneering journalist & programme maker who made a big difference. http://t.co/fm3HrR5p

celizmurray C MurraySad news: Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/KZU0cPC8 via @the_irish_times

valmullally Val Mullally MAIrish Journalist, Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/oS7d89HS via @the_irish_times – Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time

niamhsmith niamhsmithInfluentialSad news: Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/KZU0cPC8 via @the_irish_times

oceanpr Ocean PRSaddened to hear about Mary Rafferty http://t.co/VA5eNvAr

buyandselldotie Buy & SellSo sorry to hear this. An extraordinary person RT @dfarrell_ucd: Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/W626aRks via @the_irish_times

kwatterson Keith WattersonTerribly sad news about the death of Mary Raftery. A pioneering journalist & programme maker who made a big difference. http://t.co/fm3HrR5p

laineyhughes Lainey HughesJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/HVq10xLz via @the_irish_times #RIP

crossemily Emily CrossReally sad to read about Mary Raftery’s passing. She did the victims of clerical abuse an immense service. http://t.co/R20FLNEx

womensmanifesto WomensManifestoSaddened to hear about Mary Raftery’s death. She was driven by passion and the truth when few else were. http://t.co/oWNLI8MY

freejournalism jennifer collinsTerribly sad news about the death of Mary Raftery. A pioneering journalist & programme maker who made a big difference. http://t.co/fm3HrR5p

mindferg Fergal BradyJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/hqWW2lvA via @the_irish_times

libertiespress Liberties PressReally sad to read about Mary Raftery’s passing. She did the victims of clerical abuse an immense service. http://t.co/R20FLNEx

deirdre_flynn deirdre flynnTerribly sad news about the death of Mary Raftery. A pioneering journalist & programme maker who made a big difference. http://t.co/fm3HrR5p

faduda Gerard CunninghamTerribly sad news about the death of Mary Raftery. A pioneering journalist & programme maker who made a big difference. http://t.co/fm3HrR5p

sineadgleeson Sinead GleesonInfluentialTerribly sad news about the death of Mary Raftery. A pioneering journalist & programme maker who made a big difference. http://t.co/fm3HrR5p

sharrrow SharrowRT @mannixflynn: Thank You Mary http://t.co/7N5dNd4c

sheamussweeney Sheamus SweeneyRT tragic loss for democracy- Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/AbTegyXi via @the_irish_times

paulageraghty Paula GeraghtyRT tragic loss for democracy- Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/AbTegyXi via @the_irish_times

clumperino Claire McCannJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/5KM4YMNK via @the_irish_times Very sad news, her work was important and fearless

abbeytheatre Abbey TheatreSo sorry to hear this. An extraordinary person RT @dfarrell_ucd: Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/W626aRks via @the_irish_times

conorspackmanConor Spackman’The death has taken place of….’ Not the first time I’ve seen that in the Irish Times. Why not just say she died? http://t.co/Cq72UeCy

dulchiewhelan david whelanJournalist Mary Raftery dies – a shining example to us all http://t.co/UAw3Lhey via @the_irish_times

justplaincarrie CarrieLiddySuch a loss to to Ireland! Larkin Award winning Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/YqjYAZV2

lisasaputo Lisa SaputoJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/YPmmb7qC via @the_irish_times – Very sad to hear about this, a wonderful journalist.

senjohnwhelan Senator John WhelanJournalist Mary Raftery dies – a shining example to us all http://t.co/UAw3Lhey via @the_irish_times

unajude Úna KavanaghThis line is a fitting tribute to Mary Raftery. RIP “outstanding contribution in the area of human rights and justice” http://t.co/qQc5hdKf

irishfoodguide Irish Food GuideIrish Journalist, Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/oS7d89HS via @the_irish_times – Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time

drmagennis Caroline MagennisJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/5KM4YMNK via @the_irish_times Very sad news, her work was important and fearless

rachel__rk Rachel RKThis line is a fitting tribute to Mary Raftery. RIP “outstanding contribution in the area of human rights and justice” http://t.co/qQc5hdKf

stephenkinsella Stephen KinsellaInfluentialReally sad to read about Mary Raftery’s passing. She did the victims of clerical abuse an immense service. http://t.co/R20FLNEx

maevemcg Maeve McGrathThis line is a fitting tribute to Mary Raftery. RIP “outstanding contribution in the area of human rights and justice” http://t.co/qQc5hdKf

ireenterprise IrishEnterpriseIrish Journalist, Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/oS7d89HS via @the_irish_times – Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time

farragher Louise FarragherJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/dGpSjSWM via @the_irish_times

funkygoddessirl Samantha kellyIrish Journalist, Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/oS7d89HS via @the_irish_times – Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time

irishlives IrishLivesRememberedIrish Journalist, Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/oS7d89HS via @the_irish_times – Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time

annbrien Ann BrienThis line is a fitting tribute to Mary Raftery. RIP “outstanding contribution in the area of human rights and justice” http://t.co/qQc5hdKf

scottdebuitleir Scott De BuitléirThe brilliant Irish journalist, Mary Raftery, who exposed clerical abuse, dies. RIP. RT@IrishTimes http://t.co/ctlIYbfU

mannixflynn Mannix FlynnHighly InfluentialThank You Mary http://t.co/az46G37c

juneshannon June ShannonSo sorry to hear this. An extraordinary person RT @dfarrell_ucd: Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/W626aRks via @the_irish_times

vaughanb vaughanbThe brilliant Irish journalist, Mary Raftery, who exposed clerical abuse, dies. RIP. RT@IrishTimes http://t.co/ctlIYbfU

heidiboots Ailish FarragherJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/dGpSjSWM via @the_irish_times

kikkiplanet Kikki PlanetSuch a loss to to Ireland! Larkin Award winning Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/YqjYAZV2

tellydubby Helen O’RahillyInfluentialThe brilliant Irish journalist, Mary Raftery, who exposed clerical abuse, dies. RIP. RT@IrishTimes http://t.co/ctlIYbfU

damianmorrissey Damian MorrisseyShe did her country some service: Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/T3YWjrXj

absolutebog Fiona McGarryJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/wY3UfzZg via @the_irish_times

brianmlucey brian lucey“@dfarrell_ucd: Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/a6DGmTVj via @the_irish_times” Sorry to hear this. A great great journo.

oconnellbrian Brian O’ConnellSo sorry to hear this. An extraordinary person RT @dfarrell_ucd: Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/W626aRks via @the_irish_times

fmacconghai lFiach Mac ConghailSo sorry to hear this. An extraordinary person RT @dfarrell_ucd: Journalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/W626aRks via @the_irish_times

clonmelmarket Tara moriartyI am so sad to hear that outstanding Mary Raftery has died. May she rest in peace. http://t.co/T93P0eam via @the_irish_times

jillianvt Jillian van TurnhoutI am so sad to hear that outstanding Mary Raftery has died. May she rest in peace. http://t.co/T93P0eam via @the_irish_times

dfarrell_ucd david farrellJournalist Mary Raftery dies http://t.co/ei7Ny9JU via @the_irish_times

tupp_ed Simon McGarrInfluentialVery very sorry to hear of the death of Ireland’s best and bravest journalist, Mary Raftery. We will miss her. http://t.co/WTPyvEDp
Farewell to Mary Raftery:
Mary Raftery’s niece Isolde attending the funeral of Journalist Mary Raftery at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham yesterday. Pic Steve Humphreys 12th January 2012.
Credit: Steve HumphreysDate: January 13, 2012
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