Minnie Maher was born in King Street, Abbeyside 1888, and joined the Dungarvan branch of Cumann na mBan at their inception in her late twenties.
The following obituary printed in the Dungarvan Leader, April 12th 1951, is the only documentation on Minnie's involvement as no witness statements were recorded and no further documentation is available.
'Minnie Maher on more than one occasion risked her life undertaking her duties. When the split came in 1922, Minnie voted anti treaty and loyally and continued with her work of dispatches, invaluable intelligence and hiding of arms. Minnie was a women of intense patriotism, no danger daunted her or task was too hard, no sacrifice too great so long as all was directed the furtherance of the cause she so deeply cherished'
Mary (Minnie) Maher, Davis Street, Dungarvan died in April 1951 and laid to rest in St Augustine's graveyard, her coffin draped in the tri colour and present were old IRA volunteers and ex members of the Cumann na mBan to bid her farewell.
Author: Chrissy O'Connor Knight & Eddie Cantwell