THERE was a real air of sadness in Killarney this Sunday morning when the town woke up to the news of the passing overnight of Margaret (Peggy) Looney of Orchard Close who was in her 100th year.
She was exceptionally well known in the town where she was held in great regard and she will be fondly remembered by everybody that had the pleasure of meeting her and experiencing her warm, engaging and pleasant personality that set her apart.
Blessed with an incredible energy and seldom without a smile on her face, Peggy (née Doyle) was a familiar sight on her trusted High Nelly bicycle for generations as she set about her daily business which always included a visit to the Franciscan Friary.
She will be remembered by an older generation in Killarney from her days behind the counter of the wonderfully charismatic sweet shop sweet shop she ran with her husband, Paddy, on Brewery Lane. It was an essential port of call on the way to and from the old cinema and given the lure of the shop and the importance it played, it is no surprise that it is affectionately known to locals as Paddy’s Lane.
Paddy was a passionate GAA man and a lifelong Dr Crokes member who wore a famous ‘Up Kerry’ top hat, purchased in 1936, at All-Ireland finals involving Kerry down through the years.
Paddy passed away in 1979 but his sons and daughters maintained the tradition of taking the top hat to Croke Park on special September Sundays.
Peggy will be greatly remembered too in London where she was a regular attendee at the annual Killarney-London reunion and one of her proudest nights was when her daughter, Noreen Titmarsh, was named Peron of the Year by the association in 2017.
As she was a familiar sight on her bicycle in Killarney, Peggy was given the honour of being the official starter of the annual Ring of Kerry cycle in 2011 and it was an experience she thoroughly enjoyed.
She also took great delight in following the exploits of the Dr Crokes club and from the success of her grandson, Brian Looney, who won Kerry and All-Ireland Club Championship medals with the black and amber.
Peggy passed away peacefully, at her home, surrounded by her loving family on Saturday night.
She is survived by her sons Tom, Padraig and Kevin (Boston), daughters, Mary (Castleisland) and Noreen (Windsor).
She is further survived by her daughters-in-law Anne, Brenda and Johannah, sons-in-law John and Seamus, grandchildren and great grand-children, nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
Peggy was predeceased by her brothers Jimmy, Michael, Paddy and Frank, sisters Nora, May, Kitty and Hannah.
In accordance with Government and HSE guidelines, and in the interest of public health, a private funeral will take place for Peggy in St Mary’s Cathedral. The Requiem Mass will be live streamed on http://www.killarneyparish.com/ on Monday morning at 10.30am with burial afterwards in Aghadoe Cemetery.
The family has asked for donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, to be made to Killarney Day Care Centre or palliative care.
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