The death took place of Peadar Kilroy at his residence at Carrabawn, Newport on November 15, 2019 just a couple of weeks shy of his 100th Birthday. Peadar was born on December 12, 1919 to Michael and his wife Nan (née Leonard). He was one of 8 children and lived his life in Newport. He went to Newport NS, St Jarlath’s Secondary School, Tuam and studied engineering at UCD before returning home to work in the family business of coach building and iron works. In later years, he set up his own undertaking business.
He married the love of his life, Ann Cox, Mayor, Kilmeena, on July 2, 1958, they enjoyed fifty nine years together before Ann passed away on October 17, 2017. They were blessed with 2 children, Paul and Anne Marie. Peadar was a real family man and enjoyed being surrounded by his 5 granddaughters Ciara, Clodagh, Ailís, Feena and Eithne, daughter-in-law Liz and son-in-law Seamús. Peadar was good humoured, quick witted and full of character and devilment and anyone who knew him well will definitely have a story or two to tell. He was a generous, good natured man who stood by his beliefs. He had a deep love of nature and unique ways with animals. An avid reader, Peadar loved all types of books and reading the paper cover to cover. he had a keen interest in Harte’s Irish Pedigree/Genealogy and received visitors from all over searching for their ancestors/roots. He gathered a vast amount of information on the Kilroy family tree, which will be his legacy to the family name.
Peadar was a skilled sportsman and played a variety of sports. In the 1940’s he played for Mayo alongside his younger brother Joe. He was instrumental in the setting up of handball and tennis in Newport. He was a strong swimmer who taught young people to swim and even saved a few people from drowning. He cycled his bike up to the age of ninety three and in later years, never missed Wimbledon on TV. He also liked to watch all Mayo GAA games and had lots of advice to give his granddaughters on how the game should be played!!
Peadar grew up in a house steeped in political history and so became a staunch Fianna Fail campaigner and County Councillor. He had a significant role to play in the annual Easter Monday Commemoration and in doing so, ensured the importance of remembering our past. It was an important day to Peadar for meeting up with old friends and enjoying a sing song. Peadar rose to level of Commandant in the FCA and was renowned for his accuracy at target practice, in later years he was an active member of the ONE (retired army officers).
A lovely singer, Peadar sang with Ann and his friends in Newport Church Choir and took part in all the Newport Revive Productions and dramas. He loved attending social functions and always had a song to sing from an amazing repertoire.
Peadar had a great grá for speaking Irish, as the man himself would say “slán go fóill”
Peadar is survived by his brother Jim (Chicago), sister Maeve (Castlebar) and brother-in-law Tom Cox. He is predeceased by his wife Ann, brothers Paddy, Joe and Domnick and sisters Marsie and Sr Margaret Joseph.
Ar Dhéis dé go raibh a anam.