A TRIBUTE BY THE EDITOR TO THE LATE MARIA SALTINI AN ICON AMONGST THE ITALIAN COMMUNITY IN IRELAND

On Saturday June 29, 2019, Maria SALTINI (born in Italy 1936 and late of Bethany House and St. Joseph’s Convent, Tivoli Road, Dun Laoghaire) passed away peacefully at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin.
She was an icon within the Italian community in Ireland with a very moving life story.
Born  in Pula on June 6, 1936, she was orphaned and abandoned because of polio and raised in various orphanages by nuns! As a young girl she lived a harsh life during the war years, moving from place to place until she was brought to Ireland  as a war refugee  apparently helped by Mons John Moloney, who would soon become Chaplain of the Italian Community in Ireland.  She was placed in an orphanage in Dun Laoghaire where life was quite harsh for her.  She always worked as a domestic/carer for the elderly. She worked for a time  a cook for a German Ambassador in Dublin, and was also a self taught seamstress to earn some extra money to afford trips to exotic places like Saint Lucia and the Caribbean. She was an independent, tenacious and chatty woman who was specially passionate about cats and children!
I, personally, still have before my eyes the vision of this feisty, yet extremely affable petite woman who would not miss a social Italian event or celebration, during which she would single out all the people she knew and approach them to shake their hands with a disarming smile.We will miss her dearly.
Concetto La Malfa
(In the picture Maria Saltini on the foreground attending the celebrations of the Italian National Day in 2018 at Lucan House)



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