Mary Hayes 1901 - 1919


Mary Hayes , aged 17,  in 1919.  Paul Dunne.

My great-aunt Mary Hayes from Limerick, who died 101 years ago in the second wave of the Spanish Flu aged just 17 and only a few weeks after this photograph was taken. She was dearly missed by her family and my mother was named after her.

Mary was born at what was known as the ‘Bedford Row Lying-In hospital’ on Thursday 18th July 1901. The family then resided at 3 Flag Lane, Limerick. In the 1911 Census the family are shown living at 15 in Pigott’s Lane  (See attached), where Mary is listed as a scholar aged 9.


She died at No. 43 Thomas Street, in Limerick on Saturday 22nd March 1919 aged 17.                  Her older bother, Mortimer, was my grandfather. Included below is some correspondence between Mary’s mother and Mortimer’s regiment (he fought in the Great War) from this address in 1914.

Mary’s grave reference can be found here – Mary Hayes (5216) | Mount Saint Lawrence Cemetery

Mary Hayes 1901 - 1919
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Mary Hayes birth 1901
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Mary Hayes death entry 1919
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Mary Hayes' grave in Mount Saint Lawrence cemetery, Limerick
Paul Dunne
The Hayes family resided at 3 Flag Lane, Limerick, in the year of Mary's birth 1901.
Letter 20 Nov 1914
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Letter Nov 25th 1914
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Letter 27th November 1914
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Mary died at 43 Thomas Street, Limerick in 1919

Comments about this page

  • Hi Frances,

    The certified cause of death is ‘Phthisis’

    ‘The comorbidities of pneumonia, bronchitis, heart disease, and phthisis (tuberculosis), were often reported in the death numbers alongside ‘influenza’, obscuring the deadliness of the virus.’

    The above explanation is from an article by Martin Bayly, London School of Economics
    For more see here:

    Lorna, Editor

    By Lorna Elms (20/02/2021)
  • Very interesting article, the personal account of Mary’s death brings to life what people were experiencing at the time. Would someone be able to transcribe and explain the death certificate? It’s difficult to make out the hand writing, and I was interested to read what exactly the cause of death was given as.

    By Frances Mulholland (20/02/2021)

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