Irish missionary hit by speeding vehicle in Liberia

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Mary Ann O'Driscoll
Mary Ann O'Driscoll

Irish missionary Mary Ann O’Driscoll died earlier this week in Monrovia after she was allegedly struck by a speeding driver.

The 24-year-old Catholic missionary from Dublin wrote that Liberia made her feel closer to God on the Glasnevin parish website.

“I did not even realise what Liberia meant to me until I returned to Ireland and realised what a home Liberia had become.

"It was a home to me because it is the place I feel closest to God. I feel like I am best able to live how He intended when I am here.

"We do not have running water, washing machines…we only have electricity certain hours of the day.

"But, I would not have it any other way. It is not even a sacrifice. It is a comfort. It makes me focus on more important things and appreciate those luxuries when I have them.”

According to the Franciscan Works and Liberia mission, Mary Ann was hit by the vehicle on Tuesday evening and passed away early on Wednesday morning.

“Our sincerest sympathies go out to Mary Ann's family and friends. Please pray for their consolation as well as the repose of Mary Ann's sweet soul. May the angels lead her in,” the group’s Facebook post states.

Mary Ann is survived by her parents and a number of siblings.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to the family.