Sunday 18 March 2018

Popular Phyllis had a great appetite for life

Phyllis McArdle.
Phyllis McArdle.

Phyllis McArdle, Park Villas, Dundalk, who died peacefully in Dealgan Nursing Home on June 13th, was well known in business circles in town.

Phyllis McArdle, Park Villas, Dundalk, who died peacefully in Dealgan Nursing Home on June 13th, was well known in business circles in town.

Born on 24th September 1923 to John and Mary Anne Fearon, Phyllis was an only child and was reared in Bachelors Walk. Her father, John, had a poultry business at the Square and in Seatown where he exported fowl to Scotland. After the death of her father, Phyllis left the Technical school at the age of 14 and ran the family business with the help of her uncle Joe. She enjoyed socialising with friends, playing tennis in the Milestone Tennis Club, travelling by bike to GAA matches all over the county and danced at many ceilis in the Gaelic League. Phyllis also participated in the LDF during The Emergency and went on manoeuvres in the Cooley mountains.

Phyllis married Tommy McArdle in 1949 and together they ran the business at the Square, changing it to a toy and confectionery Shop. They started married life on the Dublin Road but following a house fire there they moved to Park Villas where she remained for the rest of her life. Phyllis also opened a corner shop at the house and carried on a business while rearing her five children. She became involved in the CBS Parents Committee and the ICA and made great friends in both associations. These friends were to remain loyal to her for the rest of her life.

Phyllis and her circle of friends travelled a lot, some with Fr. Peter Shields on his pilgrimages, others visiting Rome and America to visit school friends. Phyllis loved a good night's craic and a sing-song and always used the phrase 'a house can't follow a hearse'. She attended Mass daily in St. Patrick's and her funeral Mass was fittingly held in the church where all the major events in her life took place.

In the early years Park Villas was an open house for her children's friends. She loved a house full of young people. Her children were her life and she loved family gatherings. She took immense pleasure in hearing her grandchildren's stories and looked forward to their visits to Park Villas and later Dealgan Nursing Home. Phyllis was cared for initially at home by her family, her carers Terry, Molly and Evelyn, and later by the incredible staff of Dealgan Nursing Home. Her thirst for life remained right up to the end. She died in Dealgan Nursing Home surrounded by her family on 13th June 2014.

Phyllis is survived by sons, Sean (Dublin), Rory (Wicklow), Donal (Dundalk), Aidan (Dundalk), daughter, Fionnula Flynn (Dundalk), 13 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Tommy and daughter Majella, who died in infancy.

Having reposed at her home, Phyllis's remains were taken to St. Patrick's Cathedral where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Very Rev. Gerard McGinnity, P.P., Knockbridge who gave the eulogy.

After Mass burial took place in St. Patrick's cemetery and the large attendance at the Mass and interment reflected the deep regard by which Phyllis and her family are held.

Ar dheis Dé go roimh a anam dílis.

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