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'A woman to turn to in a crisis'.

Byline: MAEVE QUIGLEY Mirror's TV editor on a Carrigstown confidante

MAGS Kelly has always been the woman to turn to in a Carrigstown crisis.

The wise, warm and sensitive woman has been a friend and a confidante to everyone from Dolores to Dermot over the years.

And Joan Brosnan Walsh understood her character from the inside out.

Her lightness of touch as an actress meant that many a tear was shed when Mags faced trials and tribulations.

But there has also been plenty of sunshine over the years, too.

Who could forget Mags' heartbreak over the death of her son Tony or her tears when Bernie left for Canada?

In 2003 Mags became the first victim of the Carrigstown crimewave when she was mugged by thieves.

But it was her relationship with Charlie that was the thing most fans will remember Mags for. She stood by her husband when young thug Johnno died after Charlie pushed him.

And Mags was also at his bedside, nursing him back to health when he had a heart attack.

But the nation was shocked when a handsome Russian almost caused the marriage to break down.

Mags embarked on an affair with Sergei who threatened to steal her away from Charlie by beating his rival hands down in the romance stakes. But in the end - in scenes that would have melted the hardest hearts - Mags put Charlie first and chose to stay with her humdrum husband as she knew leaving with Sergei would destroy him.

Now Mags will finally get the new life she deserves in Canada with Bernie and her family.

We wish Joan well for the future.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2009
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