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Monday 22 September 2014

Peggy laid to rest with ‘best friend’ Casper by her side

Mrs Mangan, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, went missing after taking dog for a walk

Published 04/10/2013 | 15:44

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The remains of Alzheimers sufferer Peggy Mangan (inset with dog Casper) are carried from Mount Argus church, Dublin
The remains of Alzheimers sufferer Peggy Mangan (inset with dog Casper) are carried from Mount Argus church, Dublin
Jon Mangan the son of Alzheimers sufferer Peggy at her funeral mass at Mount Argus church, Dublin.
Jon Mangan the son of Alzheimers sufferer Peggy at her funeral mass at Mount Argus church, Dublin.
Peggy Mangan and her dog Casper
Peggy Mangan and her dog Casper

PEGGY Mangan was laid to rest with the ashes of her faithful ‘best friend’ Casper the dog by her side.

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Neighbours of Mrs Mangan (65), some of whom lined out along the avenue to Mount Argus Church in Dublin with their own pets, gently bid farewell to the caring grandmother and her beloved pet.

Fr Joe Kennedy told the congregation: “Remember that song ‘All dogs go to heaven’. We just pray as they were united in life they are now united in death.”

Her husband Tommy, and children Louise, Orla and Jonathan, had been “overwhelmed” by the level of support they had received from hundreds of people after Peggy went missing.

She went out for a walk on Tuesday, September 24, with 10-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Casper.

But she did not return home – sparking a major search and numerous sightings all across Dublin.

Gardai trawled CCTV footage and the streets, while 150 volunteers helped to comb parklands in the north Dublin area.

She had walked nine kilometres to a patch of grass near Ikea, in Ballymun, where her body was tragically found four days later.

Casper was alive by her side but died just hours later in the care of a vet.

Her son-in-law, Darragh Lynch, said: “Good old Casper, devoted to Peggy to the very end.”

Her neighbours and their pets were invited to walk down the aisle of the church, as the coffin was taken to Mount Jerome Crematorium.

Louise Hogan

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