Late Clonmel woman Peggy Kennedy was actively involved in her community

Late Clonmel woman Peggy Kennedy was actively involved in her community

The late Peggy Kennedy.

The death occurred of Peggy Kennedy (nee Toomey) on July 24 last at Melview Nursing Home, Clonmel, surrounded by family and friends.  

Born in the Princess Bar in Irishtown, she lived all of her 90 years in Clonmel. One of ten siblings, she was the daughter of Tom and Mary Anne Toomey.

Peggy was very much part of the Clonmel fabric and was deeply involved in the community throughout her long  life. 

She went to school in the Presentation Convent and worked as secretary to Dr. Magnier, performing administrative work and taking x-rays at his office in Jervis Place. 

She loved dancing and was crowned “Miss Tipperary” in the Collins Hall in 1950 where Mick Delahunty’s band were performing. 

In 1953 Peggy married Matty Kennedy, a well-known cattle dealer in the area. She assisted him with the administration of his business, dealing with clients. 

It was through this that she got to know many of the farming community in South Tipperary and built up a great rapport with all. 

Peggy and Matty lived in The Bungalow, Kickham Street and had five children- Pat, Sandra, Matt, Bill and John. 

The Bungalow was in the centre of town and was well- known for its beautiful gardens, which they carefully maintained together.

Never straying far from the centre of town, she moved to Airhill in 1995 after Matty died. 

Peggy was blessed with great artistic skills, which she put to good use making clothes for her family and friends and sewing costumes for the Ferryhouse School panto each year. 

She was also involved in making the very first uniforms for Banna Chluain Meala. 

She was best known for her flower-arranging skills and won many local and national competitions for her creations, while also decorating the altar in Ss Peter and Paul's church for many years. 

Heavily involved with Ss Peter and Paul's church, she attended mass daily and also volunteered as a Eucharistic minister.

She loved cooking and baking and provided family near and far with Christmas cakes every year. 

Her famous wedding cakes have been transported around the world. 

Peggy also loved travelling and made many trips to England, where she had three sisters.  She also loved visiting her daughter Sandra and family in the United States and travelled there on many occasions. She had the ability to meet and talk to anybody and made lifelong friends on her travels. 

She was also an avid card player, hosting many games at her home. She took up the game of bridge after Matty died, joining one of the local bridge clubs.

Peggy was blessed with a long and happy life. She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends. 

May she rest in peace.