The late Margaret McCarthy
MARGARET McCarthy (nee Murphy), of Kilcurrane, Kenmare and formerly of Cahermore, Beara, was a caring and gentle soul who left a lasting impression on all she met.
Margaret passed away on Wednesday, November 7, after a short illness in the presence of her family and under the exceptional care of her work colleagues at the Kenmare Hospital.
Margaret was born on January 30, 1956 to Paddy and Peg Murphy of Knockroe Middle, Cahermore, Beara, Co Cork. Along with her twin Mary, she had three other sisters - Agnes, Anne Marie and Catherine.
Margaret attended Cahermore National School and the Vocational School in Castletownbere, after which she worked for over 15 years as an aide at Bantry Hospital.
She married Dan McCarthy on August 20, 1988 and moved to Kenmare and easily mingled with her new relatives and neighbours. Margaret was proud of her children, Amanda and Shane and would be seen with them at regattas, football matches, dancing classes and music lessons.
She developed a real love for drag hunting and would travel throughout South Kerry and occasionally to Cork to attend the drags. Dog training was one of her passions and she was thrilled when her dogs Dixie won the Kenmare Drag in 1994 and Music won in 1995. Margaret loved all animals, especially her beagles, sheep dogs, cows and cats.
She wasn't a stranger to early mornings as for many years she helped her husband Dan deliver bread. With Dan, Margaret worked hard and was glad to be part of the group that established the Kenmare Mart that opened in 1996.
Margaret worked for over seven years as an aide at the Kenmare Hospital where she loved helping with the elderly.
Margaret was always interested in politics and she gladly supported and encouraged Dan in his political aspirations. She was delighted when her good friend Tom Fleming was elected to the Dáil in 2010.
Margaret always stayed true to her home place and supported her beloved Cork for all the Munster finals against Kerry, proudly flying her red and white flag outside the door on match days.
Her pastimes included playing 31, dancing waltzes and quick steps, gardening and cooking. All was good with the world when Margaret had the daily paper, her fags and her coffee and it got even better on Fridays when she had the Southern Star to read.
Margaret will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.