Sir, – Reflecting on the life of Mamo McDonald (“A pioneering ‘born again’ Irish feminist” (“Obituaries, June 26th) was a reminder of the importance of remembering the powerful women from the not too distant past, many of whom came from rural Ireland.

Mamo always acknowledged the inspiration she got from the great Dr Muriel Gahan (not Gann).

It has become all too easy to airbrush women out of existence who have contributed so much to Irish life in our rush to embrace progress, rather than asking what we could benefit from their example.

Mamo gave inspiration and encouragement to all who crossed her path, they will ensure that her spirit will live on.

– Yours, etc,


Director of Services

Alice Leahy Trust,

Dublin 8.