The rain was beating down and a heavy mist settled over the Hodson Bay hotel so that the beautiful Lough Ree could barely be seen. It was the perfect day to pour a hot cup of tea, bite into a scone smothered in jam and have a chat with Mary O’Rourke.

Interviewing Mary isn’t really like an interview. Although we’ve never met before, it was like a catchup with an old friend and we felt right at home in the Hodson Bay. In fact, once it was her home.