Tuesday 19 September 2017

Courageous Peggy was a real inspiration to all

PEGGY McQuillan 1943 - 2012. Peggy McQuillan died at her home at 1, St. Fursey's Terrace, Blackrock on October 19th after a long battle with illness that she bore with great dignity and courage.

Peggy hailed from Roche, and was the third eldest of a family Michael and Nora Gernon. She attended her local school and went on to work in P. J. Carrolls factory in Dundalk where she worked prior to her marriage and for a short time after it.

She also worked in GEC in Dunleer where her husband PJ was employed and had a spell working with Rock Hosiery, a business that ran for a number of years in the AOH hall across from the couple's home in Cocklehill, Blackrock.

That job preceded a further spell in GEC and the couple also spent a seven months in Runcorn outside Liverpool after their wedding in 1965.

The couple met at a dance in the Town Hall in Dundalk and when a house became available a few doors from PJ's parents new home in St. Fursey's Terrace Peggy and PJ bought the house, settled down and reared their sons Paul and Martin. Peggy was a devoted homemaker and mother, and a lady with considerable talent. She was a gifted knitter, whose Aran jumpers made their way all over the world. She also taught quite a few the craft of knitting.

A big hobby of Peggy's was bingo and she enjoyed quite good fortune at the game and in draws and raffles. She played bingo at all the various venues in Dundalk such as the Friary, Clan na Gael hall, Marist hall, Magnet, Redeemer hall.

She also had a talent for darts, and on occasions could surpass her male counterparts. She also liked gardening and with her husband PJ's won recognition from the local Tidy Towns for the presentation of their garden on a number of occasions.

One of the big highlights of her life was a trip she and PJ undertook seven years ago to Australia to visit her brother and sister.

The seven week trip took them too many countries. Peggy had overcome a serious illness, only to be struck with another a few years back, and the depth of her courage and tremendous dignity was an inspiration to all.

She was reserved and quiet by nature, known for her calm and as a good neighbour. She had great faith in St. Gerard Majella, and regularly attended the annual Novena, which doubtless helped her to draw strength incoping with all that she went through.

Peggy was predeceased by her parents Michael and Nora and is survived by husband, PJ, sons, Paul (The Ferns, Blackrock), Martin (Dublin) grandchildren, Christina, Kealan, Aaron, James, daughter-in-law, Rachel and Martin's partner, Karen, Nancy (Roche), sisters, Maureen (Australia), Agnes (Drumconrath), Alice (Brookwood Lawns, Red Barns Road), Rose (Forkhill), Ann (Louth Village), Collette (Roche), Brigid ( Castleross), brothers, John (England), Michael (Channonrock), Frank (Glassdrummond), Declan (Dromiskin) Seamus (Australia), Vincent (Castleroche), Gerard (Silverbridge), Thomas (Inniskeen), and also by nieces and nieces and extended family and friends Having reposed at her home Peggy's remains were removed to St. Oliver Plunkett Church on October 22nd last for Requiem Mass celebrated by Very Rev. Padraig Keenan PP.

The overflowing church and the large attendance at the funeral reflected the widespread sympathy felt over Peggy's passing and the high regard in which she and her entire family are held.

Gifts symbolising Peggy's life, including a bingo card, a photograph of her in her garden and an Aran sweater were presented by sons Paul and Martin.

The Prayers of the Intercession were led by granddaughter, Christina and sister, Alice, and the pair also gave the Readings. Her four grandchildren comprised the offertory procession. The music was provided by Patsy Breen. Burial followed in St.Fursey's Cemetery.

Month's Mind Mass is on December 2nd at 12 noon in St. Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock.