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|Mallon, Sr. M. Malachy|
Sr. M. Malachy Mallon
A very quiet, unobtrusive person, Eileen from Armagh, N. Ireland, entered MMM on March 25th 1946.
She had been working as a dressmaker but also had secretarial skills and these were much appreciated in the General Promotion Office and Sweep Office in Drogheda.
However, quiet as she was, leadership qualities were soon perceived, and she had the role of Assistant Superior in Drogheda from 1960 – 1966. She was then assigned to Spain as Superior of the Sisters for a new foundation there. Though she spent only three years in Spain, her courteous hospitality helped her make many friends, and she was still in communication with one Spanish family up to the time of her death.
Practically all her years from 1971 were spent at secretarial work for the incumbent Cardinal in Ara Coeli, Armagh, and in later years, while still working in Ara Coeli, living with and caring for her sister Josie who was very delicate. Josie died within a few days of Sr. M. Malachy’s own death.
On Saturday January 11th 1999 in Drogheda, Malachy was presented with the Papal Award “Pro Ecclesiae et Pontifice” for her work at Ara Coeli. She returned to Armagh after this, but within a few days became ill and was taken to Áras Mhuire where she died quite unexpectedly but peacefully that same evening. “Peaceful, charmingly dignified, welcoming all those who came …”
She is buried in Drogheda.