MARGARET MYRON (nee Kennedy) of Drumcondra, Dublin, retired nurse St Brendan's Hospital and formerly of Acres, Annascaul, died peacefully in her 92nd year on Friday, March 8, in the loving care of her family and the staff of the Mater Hospital.
Margaret Myron was born Margaret Kennedy on Thursday, March 10, 1921 in her home at Acres, Annascaul, Co Kerry. She was the youngest of a family of 10 and a seventh daughter. She had three brothers and six sisters.
As with many families at that time emigration took its toll and her three sisters MaryAnn, Bea and Kay left in their teens for the USA, married and made their homes there. Her brother Peter went to the UK and her brother John to Canada, they also married and settled abroad. Her brother Michael stayed at home but died young. Her sister Nance married and settled in Meath. Two sisters, Nell and Sheila stayed in Kerry married and settled in Acres and Lispole respectively.
Although separated by distance they remained a very supportive and close family throughout their lives. Margaret was the last surviving member of her siblings and their respective spouses.
Margaret went to school in Annascaul and spent a happy childhood and young adulthood in Acres where, following school, she worked on the family farm. Many times she spoke of the seeing the Tralee to Dingle steam train travelling through the Annascaul countryside.
She left to train as a nurse in Dublin in 1943. While awaiting a place to study Midwifery in the Rotunda and on the advice of Dr Paddy Kennedy, she trained initially in Psychiatry in St Brendan's Hospital, believing the additional qualification would be of benefit.
However when the offer of a place in the Rotunda was made she had to defer to complete her finals in psychiatry.
She deferred her midwifery course but the end of the Second World War saw an influx of trained nurses from the UK and the opportunity did not present for some time again.
In the meantime she met her beloved Paddy Myron, a Dubliner and married him in 1952. They had three children - Tony, Margaret and Mary. Although she made her home in Dublin, she regularly returned to Kerry introducing her children and later her grandchildren to Kerry. She loved to be kept up to date with the events and happenings in the lives of her family and friends in Kerry.
Her husband Paddy developed a firm attachment to Kerry. The Dublin v Kerry football final championship battles during the 1970's were a source of good humoured rivalry within the Dublin household, often revisited and relived on Kerry visits.
Sadly Paddy died on May 22, 1983 a loss, which Margaret bore with dignity and courage. She maintained her links with Kerry for the next 20 years. However in recent years following the loss of her sisters Sheila and Nell, Margaret did not travel as frequently to Kerry.
In recent months, her health declining and her breathing becoming more difficult Margaret often expressed her yearning for Acres Mountain and her desire to once again experience the wonderful Kerry air blowing in from the sea.
No doubt her spirit flew past Acres on her final journey to rejoin her beloved Paddy, her sisters, brothers, parents and friends on March 8 last.
During her Funeral Mass Father William King PP, himself a Kerryman, delivered a moving tribute to Margaret which concluded with the following verse from the Sigerson Clifford poem "I am Kerry".
'Twas thus I lived, skin to skin with the earth,
Elbowed by the hills, drenched by the billows,
Watching the wild geese making black wedges,
By Skelligs far west and Annascaul of the willows.
Their voices came on every little wind,
Whispering across the half-door of the mind,
For always I am Kerry...