THE COMMUNITY of Hacketstown is still coming to terms with the sudden and tragic loss of 50-year-old Margaret Doyle who was laid to rest on Christmas Day following an accidental fire at her home in Mountain View.
Margaret was pulled from the house by her 20-year-old son James, when he returned home at around 4.30 a.m. but unfortunately she died from smoke inhalation. An investigation is still underway but it is believed that the fire may have been started by a cooker.
Hundreds turned out to pay their respects to Margaret as she reposed at Mooney's residence, Ballasalla, Hacketstown on Christmas Eve and to St Brigid's Church, Hacketstown, on Christmas Day.
She was a mother of six to Shane, Michael, James, Amanda, Lisa and Jacqueline. She was a devoted grandmother also to her five grandchildren and was particularly close to her two-year-old grandson Jake who resided with her along with her daughter Jacqueline and her son James.
Margaret was well known throughout the county and had worked at Hacketstown Community Centre. She loved working with and helping the elderly and they loved her.
She was a real character and loved nothing more than having the craic and a joke with everyone she met.
She was a very generous person and always had time for others. She was well known in Hacketstown for turning back and offering people a lift home.
' There wasn't a morning when she didn't burst in here,' said her heartbroken mother 74-year-old Marie McDonald. 'It's just dreadful. My husband died eight years ago next month and I didn't think and still don't think I will ever get over that but to lose your own child is so hard, it was so unexpected.'
Margaret was very close to her mother, visiting her daily and driving her to hospital and different appointments. She leaves behind also her two brothers Paul (Manchester) and John (Celbridge).
She played football with Clonmore GFC like her father Ned and is remembered as being a tough nut to craic on the playing field.
'She didn't have an easy life, she only just started to get comfortable and enjoy herself,' her mother added. 'As long as she was having a laugh, she was happy.'