Margaret (Maggie) Condren, late of Curranstown, Arklow, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, November 30 at the Mater Private Hospital. She was 45 years old.
Margaret was a beautiful, creative, talented, vibrant, and elegant lady, who possessed a steely determination and was very committed to everything she did, both in her personal and professional life.
She always dressed to impress, had a keen eye for the very latest fashion or trends and even when at home in front of the fire it had to be elegant!
Margaret had a great sense of humour, an infectious laugh, she was great fun, full of life and always up for a night out or a new adventure.
She was the second eldest in a family of seven and a loving and caring daughter, sister, niece, friend and of course the cool Aunty to her nieces and nephews.
She loved her nieces and nephews like they were her own and they too shared that love for her. She made a fuss of all ten whenever she could and loved spending time with them all.
Margaret had a big heart and she was always there for her friends and family no matter what happened.
Her loss has left a devastating hole in the lives of her family and friends.
Margaret had many passions, which included design, fashion, art, teaching, animals, gardening, helping people, horse riding, and polocrosse.
After attending school in Coolgreany and St Mary's College, Arklow, she graduated in Art and Fashion Design from Limerick Technology University and worked in the fashion industry for a few years before moving into education and becoming a secondary school teacher.
Margaret started her teaching career at the Abbey Community school in Wicklow Town, which then amalgamated with the De La Salle College to become Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, working there for 18 years. She taught art, CSPE and SPHE.
She loved teaching. She loved her students. She loved her friends in the school. She went out of her way to help her students and to understand what was going on in their lives.
Margaret’s colleagues fondly remember Maggie for her glamour, the click clack of her high heels coming down the corridor at the start of each day just before the bell and her classroom where she taught, which also doubled as Maggie’s kitchen.
She always had the kettle on the boil between classes, when she would take on the role of Mrs. Doyle and cajole her fellow teachers in for a cup of tea and some chocolate.
She loved to tell stories to accompany the tea, from her latest adventures, to the animals she helped on the way to school or the drivers on the N11 who had no clue how to use the overtaking lane. She loved to hear stories too.
The messages written by her fellow teachers, her students, and the parents and grandparents of her students show their regard for her.
Along with her teaching, Margaret loved animals. She couldn’t bear to see animals suffering.
One day when she was returning from a weekend in Kilkenny, she spotted a stray mistreated and malnourished dog on the side of the motorway.
Even though Margaret knew the risk of a mess in her beloved Audi A3 on her drive back to Curranstown from this freezing cold scared animal, she didn’t think twice about stopping. She cared for Saffy Flatley back to full health.
Margaret travelled widely and visited many countries in Europe such as the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Turkey, and Greece along with places further afield like Australia, New Zealand, Pap New Guinea, the US, and the Middle East.
Margaret was a fierce competitor on the sports field. She rode horses and was a member of the Wicklow Bay Polocrosse club. Any opposing players who came within a metre of Margaret certainly wouldn't forget her.
She also enjoyed cycling and was involved with her local GAA clubs, Castletown and Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney, where she organised and took part in many of their fundraisers.
Margaret is remembered as being taken all too soon and for her huge heart and love, her laughter, her sense of adventure, her passion for life, her sense of humour, her fun personality, and her beautiful smile which lit up every room.
Margaret’s funeral was celebrated on December 8 at St David’s Church, Johnstown followed by burial in Ballyfad Cemetary.
She is the beloved daughter of Michael and Betty, sister of Ann, Lisa, Michael, Edward, John and the late Andrew. Deeply regretted by her heart-broken parents, brothers, sisters, Uncle Ned, brothers-in-law Michael and Denis, sisters-in-law Carol, Amalia and Rachel, uncles, aunts, extended family, relatives, neighbours, colleagues and students.
The family would like to thank all of her neighbours, friends and family for their support in the last month and for all the messages they’ve received.