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Wednesday, 8th August 2018

The bittersweet story of Drogheda’s best known woman

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Mary McIntyre in her new outfit  for the Fleadh welcoming visitors to the town as she has been doing for nine years.

She’s probably familiar to everyone in Drogheda but very few people know much about her, not even her name.

For nine years she has been waving to passers-by from her perch outside Drogheda Tyre Depot welcoming them as they arrive in Drogheda from the Dublin Road and Mary Street.

Today Drogheda Life can reveal that her name is Mary McIntyre and her boss Ken McKevitt, the proprietor of Drogheda Tyre Depot, is very proud of her, she's the perfect employee in fact.

Mary first started waving at Christmas time nine years ago wearing a very fetching somewhat risqué Santa suit and she has been waving from eight in the morning until six in the evening, six days a week, ever since.

“Mary has several different costumes to suit the different times of the year such as Christmas and Patrick’s Day and she has a very nice bunny outfit for Easter” Ken told Drogheda Life.

In recent days Mary has changed into a beautiful green Irish dancing costume especially for the Fleadh Cheoil and has taken to playing the fiddle. She expects to be very busy throughout next week welcoming hundreds of thousands of people to the town.

“Dungloe has their Mary but we in Drogheda have our own very special Mary” said Ken who added that “she is very good at what she does and is a big hit with tourists and children.”

Mary arrived at Drogheda Tyre Depot in the back of a van nine years ago and she was in a sorry state having worked for years as a shop mannequin but was sadly on her way to the dump.

Ken rescued her along with one of her sisters, installed a motor in her arm and she has been gainfully employed in her new career ever since.

“Right from the word go she was a big hit” Ken said, “especially with children. She is very popular and nobody has ever done her any harm but I do make sure to bring in her in at night.”

There is one sad aspect to Mary’s new life though. In all the years she has been waving across to the mannequins in the windows of Dunnes Stores at Scotch Hall on the other side of the Dublin Road, not one of them has ever waved back. Not once!

Mary has been waving to the mannequins in the windows of Dunnes Stores in Scotch Hall on the other side of the Dublin Road for nine years but not one of them has ever waved back.

This article was written by Andy Spearman

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