Thursday 22 August 2019

Animal lover Peggy lived a most interesting life

THE LATE Peggy Haughton was a lady who lived a most interesting life that both she and her husband devoted to each other. Peggy (nee O'Kelly) passed away peacefully at her home in Cnoc Mhuire, Fethard-on-Sea recently, in her 88th year.

Born in Ballinruane, Ballycullane in 1921 to Margaret and Denis O'Kelly, she was one of seven children.

When Peggy was born, her father, who was a member of the IRA, was serving time as a prisoner of war in Walton Prison in Liverpool. Upon his release, Peggy's family moved to Swords in Co. Dublin and later to Co. Kildare, where her father was a Professor in Castleknock and Newbridge respectively.

After school, Peggy trained as a nurse in Baggot Street, Dublin and it was while nursing that she met her husband Robert, whose grandfather established the Haughton Hospital in New Ross. After their marriage in 1951, Peggy and Robert lived in Cork, before setting up home in Kilkenny City.

There, Robert was instrumental in getting Kilkenny Castle back to the people of Kilkenny and Peggy was a driving force in establishing the highly successful design centre opposite the castle.

While living in Kilkenny, Peggy and Robert lived a high life, socialising and enjoying many yachting holidays. Peggy was a very attractive and beautiful woman, who was always impeccably dressed and noted for her style. She had a passion for animals and had a great interest in the prevention of animal cruelty. She loved gardening and her garden was noted for being beautifully kept and designed and in pristine condition.

Peggy was a most devout Catholic and was devoted to Our Lady. Such was her faith that she erected a grotto in Fethard to Our Lady of Fatima.

Upon retirement, the couple moved to Fethard-on-Sea, where they lived for the rest of their days. Sadly Robert passed away on September 12, 2004 and since then Peggy lost her love of life.

Her funeral mass was celebrated by Fr. Oliver Sweeney, Fr. Jimmy Curtis and Fr. Colm Murphy in St. Aidan's Church, Poulfur. She was laid to rest afterwards in the new cemetery in Poulfur.

Peggy will be deeply missed by her brother Dominic who lives in Dublin, her sister Kay O'Connor from Swinford, her sister Ita O'Kelly from Clontarf and her sister Ray O'Connell from Raheenduff, Foulksmills, her relatives and friends. May She Rest In Peace.