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Peggy McLoughlin (née Hennelly)


Altamount Street, Westport, Co Mayo

The death has occurred of Mrs Peggy Mc Loughlin (née Hennelly), in her 98 year. Peggy was born in Tooreen, Partry in 1923, one of 11 children, six girls and five boys, born to Michael and Margaret (Staunton) Hennelly. She came to Westport in 1939 from Tooreen to work in her relative’s business, Golden Drapers on Bridge Street and in their wholesale business on the Mall where Jim Reidy now lives. In 1943 Peggy was sent on the road with samples and she cycled all over Achill Island, Ballycroy, Newport, Ballinrobe, Tourmakeady and Castlebar showing the samples and taking orders. She met her late husband Tom Mc Loughlin, a native of Oughty, Drummin, at a dance in the hall on James Street and they were married in 1944. Tom was the proprietor of Mc Loughlin’s Drapery, The Octagon, which in 1968 they converted into the popular “Maxies Restaurant” and which they ran with great success until Tom’s death in 1982. Peggy was a wonderful community person, she was heavily involved in Westport I.C.A, The Westport Branch of the Blind and of course Westport Ladies GAA. She was especially delighted when the Westport GAA Club acknowledged the contribution of Tom when the Club celebrated its centenary in 1989. She loved reading, conversing and current affairs. She travelled to Chicago, Hawaii, The Caribbean, Florida, France and Portugal. She had a great childhood in Tooreen. The game of “25” was how time was passed there in the days before television. She loved the sharp scorekeeping in the head, the forensic post-mortems over who should have played the “ace” or held the “five” to keep the game alive or even worse who betrayed the table by playing for self. For, it was not the prize that brightened the glint in her eye but the way the game was played, as the way she played her life, for the good of the table. She never played to selfishly win. Many of these games were played in the home of her cousin, Monsignor James Horan. She learned to drive an orange Volkswagen in her late 50’s and was totally fearless behind the wheel.
Peggy was dedicated to her prayers and the Catholic Church. She was a subscriber to “The Messenger”, “Saint Anthony” and “St Martin’s” magazine. She was very proud of the priests in her family, Fr Martin Staunton, Fr Paddy Staunton, Fr Michael Golden and Monsignor Horan. She was a Minister of the Word for many years. This was an honour for her as she believed in, “He who honours me, I will honour Him.” She would rehearse the reading multiple times and ask for help with difficult words. She lived through many eras on her journey through life but throughout them all, her goodness, decency, caring nature, commitment to Tom, commitment to her family and her compassion for her fellow human beings remained a constant. The message she passed onto her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren every day was-Be Good, Be Decent, Be Resilient. It was a fitting testament to Peggy that crowds lined the road in Ballina, Partry and Westport for her funeral.
For the past three years Peggy has been a resident in Sonas Riverview, Ballina where she made many friends and was popular with staff and residents alike. As a woman of deep Faith it was appropriate that she passed away on Easter Sunday morning, the Resurrection, with the Paschal Candle, glowing flare of Christ’s Divine Light, shining on her. Peggy will be sadly missed by her family; Michael (Grainne), Dublin, Noel (Patricia) Dublin, Padraig (Aggie) Westport, Mary (Tommy Carroll) Sligo, Peter (Helena) Ballina, her sisters Sadie Mc Andrew, (Chicago), Anne Corbett (Thurles) and her beloved 17 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents and her siblings Paddy, Mary Kate, Davey, Mick, John, Bill and Bridie. Her remains reposed at the residence of her son Peter, Ballina and she returned to Westport via her beloved Partry for Mass in St Mary’s Church with burial afterwards in the family plot in Aughaval.