Margaret Quigney – an obituary

News of the death recently of Margaret Quigney, Monadreen, Thurles, was received with great sadness by her family and the local community.

Margaret was the second of nine children born to Martin and Bridget (Kelly) Maloney, Attychree, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo.

She died peacefully at the Milford Hospice, Limerick, following a long battle with cancer, an illness which she bore with great courage and strength. Her family were at her bedside when she passed away.

Margaret moved to Dublin after her early education at the convent
secondary school, Enniscrone. Shortly after completing her studies in  pharmacy, she took up a post at Antigen Pharmaceuticals, Roscrea. It was while there she met and married Flan Quigney, a native of Clare. They later set up home in Thurles where, until his retirement as principal, Flan was a teacher at the town’s CBS. She remained involved in pharmacy up to recent years.

A highly popular and respected figure, Margaret had a deep interest in the arts, literature and poetry. Her cover designs and illustrations for works of poetry were widely commended. She also edited a number of published books written by Flan. But her life-long love lay
in fashion and design – a gift inherited from her mother – where her creativity was reflected  in collections of beautifully presented garments.

The large attendances at her funeral ceremonies were testament to the esteem in which Margaret was held. Children from the local CBS school formed a Guard of Honour as her remains were taken from the Cathedral of the Assumption to St. Patrick’s Cemetary, Thurles.

Her nephew, Fr. David Barrins was the principal celebrant of the concelebrated Requim Mass. In his eulogy, he spoke of Margaret’s strong Christian faith, her uplifting personal warmth and sincerity, her pride in achievements of her children and her committment to community initiatives to which she unstintingly gave her time and support. She would be remembered particularly for her kindness during the regular visits she made to sick and elderly of the area, and her quiet support for charitable causes, he said

Margaret will be especially missed by her loving husband Flan, daughters, Orlaith Kelleher, Dearbhla Kelly and Dr. Ciara, sons-in-law Joe Kelleher and Brendan Kelly, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, relatives and a wide circle of friends.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.

– a Friend.