The late Peggy Lanigan
AN AIR of sadness descended over Tarbert on Monday, April 8, when it was learned that Peggy Lanigan, The Square, had passed away peacefully in the care of the management and staff of Oaklands Nursing Home Derry Listowel, where she had been resident for a short time.
Peggy, who was in her 92nd year spent all her life in Tarbert with the exception of four years when, like many others of her era, she took the emigrant ship and went to work in Birmingham. Born on September 13, 1921, she was the second daughter to Ambrose and Margaret Kelly (nee Wren). She was christened Margaret Mary but at a young age she adopted the name Peggy which she took through the remainder of her life.
When Peggy's father died at a young age she was forced by necessity to relinquish her education at Tarmons National School and take up employment at The Savoy Hotel in Ballybunion as a support to her mother. At the age of 18 she migrated to Birmingham where she worked in a factory, during the height of the Second World War.
She witnessed at first hand all the experiences of the war, i.e. sirens, air raid shelters, food rationing, night time curfews etc, but still made time to enjoy herself and made many friends. An unfortunate industrial accident forced her to return home to Tarmons to recuperate under the watchful eye of her mother.
Peggy and her husband Michael ran a very successful bar, grocery and bed and breakfast business in Tarbert for many years. During this time she immersed herself in many parish activities, with particular interest in the GAA which she supported Sunday after Sunday with her presence at matches.
Peggy made many life-long friends during her time running the bed and breakfast.
Peggy was a marvellous conversationalist and she enjoyed nothing more than to take a stroll in the afternoon and visit and chat with her friends. Her stroll was never about the miles covered but more about the words exchanged and the topics covered. She enjoyed a sing song and as anyone who frequented the bar can testify, was always to the fore when encouragement to sing was needed.
Peggy took more than a passing interest in her seven grandchildren. She enjoyed their daily visits to her and as they grew older she followed their fortunes, academically and sporting wise. She congratulated them in victory and consoled them in defeat. In her final years she was blessed to have four great grandchildren, Isobelle, Donagh, Jerome and Cillian who were the lights of her life
Peggy is survived by her two siblings, brother Davie in Syracuse, New York and her sister Joan Moore in Tarmons, Tarbert.
Peggy was a deeply religious person with particular devotion to Padre Pio. She looked forward to her yearly visits to Knock Shrine.
Peggy had a long and happy life and was blessed with good health for most of that time. During her final year as her health deteriorated she bore her illness with great dignity and patience.
Peggy passed away peacefully at Oaklands Nursing Home with her husband Michael at her side.
Her remains reposed at her home in The Square and she was laid to rest at St. Mary's old cemetery following Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr John O Connor and Fr Philip O Connell.
May she rest in peace.