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Margaret Mary Cafferkey


Dublin and formerly of Carrowbeg, Kilkelly and Knock, Co Mayo

The death took place recently and unexpectedly in Dublin of Margaret Mary Cafferkey. She was predeceased by her parents Dominick Cafferkey TD, a co-founder of Clann ma Talmhan, MCC on March 17, 1971 and Hannah Kilkenny Cafferkey in January 1991. She will be sadly missed by her son William, her many close family relations and friends.
Margaret initially attended Orlar National School and her father doted over her, bringing home steaks for her at even age 10 or 11! After his unexpected death on March 17, 1971, and following her grandmother’s passing in Carrowbeg to the Lord the following August, she lived with her mother in the Kilkenny home in Knock. Subsequently she attended St Louis Convent Boarding School in Kiltimagh. She excelled as a student and received recognition for her great debating skills, enhanced by her wonderful, natural sense of humour. On completion of her Leaving Certificate she was called to Carysford Teacher Training College in Blackrock, Co Dublin. She was also called to the Junior Executive. In Carysford she again proved herself an outstanding student, immmersing herself in French literature, with the continual support and encouragement of her  professor. To enhance her spoken fluency in French, to be in line with the high standard she had already attained in the written language, she spent a period in France. She was also fluent in Irish and liked to speak it when favourable opportunities arose. Her paternal grandmother in Carrowbeg spoke Irish as her mother tongue up until she was 10 years of age. Sadly at this juncture, arising health issues posed a real problem. The academic staff of the college, in particular her french professor, made every effort to be of help and assistance. Eventually, for health reasons she had to cease the pressure of her studies and in particular teaching practice. Some years later, after a period of rest and her great credit, she successfully completed and was awarded a degree in Arts. Her health however was a continual concern in the coming years. She nonetheless never lost her sense of humour, and her keen interest in Gaelic games, football and hurling. She listened to the radio, often following in detail the fortune of Mayo players at every age level. Her love of her native Mayo included Knock Eucharisitc, Marian Shrine, on which recently, a signal honour was conferred by Pope Francis. When Pope St John Paul II visited Knock in 1979, arriving from Dublin, she walked from Claremorris to Knock accompanied by a huge number of pilgrims to be present there on the unique, historic occasion of the first ever apostolic, papal visit to the Marian Shrine, and in fact to Ireland.
The funeral Mass accompanied by beautiful music, took place in St Joseph’s Parish Church, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow. The parish where her son William lives with the caring Byrne family. Covid-19 restrictions were observed. Many of her sons friends and neighbours lined up afterward as her remains exited the church. This was followed by interment in the nearby Baltinglass Cemetery overlooking the town. Go dtuga Dia solas agus aoibhneas na bhFlaitheas di.