Tributes have flooded in for a Stoneybatter ‘lynchpin’, who spent years of her life working to benefit and better her community, following her passing last Friday.
Audrey Gray grew up in Stoneybatter and lived on Manor Street for much of her life, working hard to participate in any and all things community. Most recently, she was one of the key members of a campaign on BusConnects in the locale.
A local Facebook group, Stoneybatter Pride of Place, shared a touching dedication to Ms Gray, sharing news of her passing with the community.
“Audrey was the embodiment of the true meaning of Pride of Place. Audrey, Mary Ward and Liz Pender flew the flag for Stoneybatter long before Stoneybatter [Pride of Place] came into existence,” the group wrote, in a post that had over 100 ‘reactions’.
They listed a number of the things Ms Gray had done to benefit the local area, including planting flowers on Manor Street and encouraging other residents to have flower boxes and planters outside their own houses, much like her own distinctive flower boxes that brightened the area and were admired by many.
“[Audrey kept] Dublin City Council on its toes to ensure that Stoneybatter received its fair share, that the streets were cleaned and that planning laws were properly enforced.
“Audrey was extremely active on our Pride of Place Committee and rarely missed a meeting and she was always available to newer members of the community to offer advice and recount the local history of the area,” the group wrote.
“She worked tirelessly for the area she was born and reared in. Walking her beloved Minnie along Manor Street, Audrey had time for everyone and stopping along the way for chats and calling into Maureen’s with Minnie for a daily catch up.”
Dozens of people paid tribute to Ms Gray in the comments of the post, recalling fond memories of the mainstay of the community, remarking that she would truly be fondly missed.
Paula Carroll wrote: “A treasure has left Stoneybatter, the old stock of the neighbourhood. Kind, thoughtful, and generous of heart and of her time,” while Emer Reilly called Ms Gray a ‘great character’ of Stoneybatter.
Ms Gray passed away last Friday after a short illness, surrounded by her family, and will be laid to rest on Tuesday. She is survived by surrounded by her husband Paddy, her children Damian, Beverley, Lesley and Muriel, her sister and brother, grandchildren and her great-grandchild.