A businesswoman ahead of her time

The late Peggy McSweeney

THE death has occurred in Killarney of Mrs Peggy McSweeney, a hugely respected local businesswoman who, with her late husband, Christy, opened a small public house in the 1950s and watched it develop into one of the most popular establishments in the town.

Originally Peggy Burke from Boolacullane, Farranfore, she married the well-known political and business figure Christy McSweeney in 1951 and very soon, Pine Grove Guesthouse, in the shadow of the Franciscan Friary on Fairhill, became a local landmark which was hugely popular with locals and a frequent port of call for visitors to the town.

They operated the busy business for over 40 years before their son, Tony, took over and developed what it now the landmark and thriving McSweeney Arms Hotel.

Christy, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 86, was a Fine Gael member of Killarney Urban Council and Kerry County Council for several years and he chaired the County Kerry Vocational Education Committee for five years.

In July 2017 Peggy’s family, relatives and friends – many of whom travelled from as far away as Australia and the US – gathered in Killarney to celebrate her 90th birthday.

Peggy, who passed away at her home on Wednesday, is survived by her son, Tony, daughters Mary, Carmel, Patsy, Deirdre and Olive, sons-in-law Pat Murphy, Dermot Kelly and Mossie Cremin, daughter-in-law Pauline, her grandchildren Kelly-Anne, Pat, Daniel, Louise, Paul, Sarah, Kieran, Áine and Gavin, great grandchildren Isabel, Marc, Cian and Finn, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Reposing at O’Shea’s Funeral Home, Killarney on Sunday evening from 4.00pm to 6.00pm, removal will take place afterwards to St Mary’s Cathedral.

Requiem Mass will be on Monday at 10.30am with burial afterwards in Aghadoe Cemetery, Killarney.

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