Mayobridge parish saw the end of an era today with the passing of our beloved Mother Attracta. There was profound shock and sorrow in the Mayobridge community when the news filtered through of her passing. She had been in poor health recently but still her death has plunged the whole community into mourning. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,and its associated restrictions, the reaction of everyone, is that Attracta will not get the send-off that she so richly deserves.
It is hard to put into a few words all that she achieved since coming to Mayobridge Convent in 1960. She will be fondly remembered by generations of Mayobridge people as a teacher and then in later years as Principal of our primary school. From 1960 until her retirement in 1994 she proved a wonderful educator, instilling in her pupils a sound education and also a deep love of her Catholic faith and the Holy Sacraments .
After her retirement she devoted most of her time to the church. Suffice to say that she was the driving force in the parish in so many ways and her legacy will never be forgotten.
She was a great supporter of many village activities and initiatives and indeed was a great supporter of Mayobridge GAC. She helped forge many links between the school and football club which contributed to the great successes that Mayobridge have enjoyed over the years.
On behalf of the whole community we would like to express our deepest sympathy to the Devlin family circle and to her fellow Sisters of St. Clare on the loss of such an inspirational nun. May she rest in peace.
We leave the final words to Mother Attracta herself when she contributed an article to the Mayobridge history book which she concluded with these words
“It brings me great joy to know that when my earthly work is done, I will be laid to rest in my beloved Mayobridge among the people I have loved and served for most of my life.
As the song goes
‘And if you come when all the flowers are dying
And I am dead, as dead I well may be
You’ll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say “Ave” there for me.’
This is my consolation.”