In Memorial: Mary Sullivan

Afternoon all.

Earlier this week I received the sad news of the passing of Mary Sullivan. Long-time followers of WAC might remember Mary’s post about Newtown (a long-gone neighbourhood of the city also known as ‘Little Ireland’).

Mary at the Newtown Memorial Garden on Tyndall Street.

It remains to this day one of the most read pieces on the We Are Cardiff site, and I am still emailed occasionally by people who have found the post while researching their family history, and have found their way to Newtown.

Mary was Chair and Co-founder of the Newtown Association, an organisation set up in 1996 to record the history of the Newtown community and to keep its memory alive. We’re grateful to her for sharing her memories of the lost neighbourhood of Newtown, and for setting up the Association, who have managed to reconnect a lot of people with distant relatives and family friends from the past.

For those of you interested in paying your respects, the funeral cortege will be visiting the Newtown Memorial Garden on Tyndall Street, on Monday 23 November 2020 around 11:15am.

If you do want to visit, please respect physical distancing rules and allow space around the memorial garden for members of the family. There is limited parking in the area, so we recommend parking at the top of Bute Street and walking over (it’s around a five minute walk from there).

If you’re unable to visit, the funeral will be at 10:30am on Monday morning, and will be streamed (there are strictly limited numbers allowed into the building). Link to the funeral livestream.

For those wanting to send flowers, please consider donating to Kidney Wales instead. The family have set up a JustGiving page to help fundraise for Kidney Wales, an independent charity whose provision of services depends on donations and fundraising events. Unfortunately due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, a lot of those fundraising events have been cancelled or postponed meaning that a lot of funding that Kidney Wales was depending on is now uncertain. Please help the family support their work during this time of crisis by donating in memory of Mary: JustGiving – In memory of Mary Sullivan.

Our thoughts and love to the family.

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  1. So sad. I was a police officer working those streets in the last few years of Newtown. Fabulous people. I remember the last lady living there, popping in for a cuppa. Such a sad time when she was rehoused. Was in the Crichton pub when Celtic won the European cup. What scenes? I enjoyed Mary Sullivan’s reminiscences so much. I live in Ceredigion and can not make the Memorial Garden. Please pass on my sincere condolences to her family. John Wake. ps I wonder would it be breach a copyright if I reproduced Mary’s piece on the FB site The Cruel Streets Revisited. The Times. The Crimes… as a memorial and mark of respect?

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