Late Margaret Duggan, Bank Street, Templemore
Margaret Duggan (nee O’Dea) was born on the first of June 1933 to Jack and Maise O’Dea and grew up in the family home in Bank St, Templemore. Margaret was one of eight. She had three brothers Seamus, Neil, Jackie and four sisters Mary, Pat, Ann and Norrie and had happy memories of a childhood spent in a busy house.
Margaret was a very bright student at school and was called to join the Civil Service at 17. She joined the Dept. of Education in Dublin and remained working there for ten years until she married Eamon Duggan of Richmond, Templemore. The Marriage Ban dictated that Margaret finish her job and that she did. Life as a housewife began.
Margaret and Eamon moved to Galway and then moved to Limerick where Eamon secured a position as an Architect in a local firm. They settled there and Margaret threw herself into rearing her two children, Billy and Claire, and integrating into the neighbourhood in Limerick.
She made many friends but never forgot her first love, Templemore. Margaret returned with Eamon every weekend until Eamon’s death in 2014. Templemore was a part of them and they enjoyed nothing more than socializing with friends there. They loved their dual existence and the two lives they lived in each place.
As mentioned Margaret was a bright child and this continued into adulthood. She was an avid reader, had a thirst for knowledge and believed in the power of education. She completed the cryptic crossword in the Irish Times daily after reading it from cover to cover.
She had an interest in politics and current affairs and was a great conversationalist. She was a great bridge player and had many successful years in her Bridge club in Monaleen in Limerick. She loved gardening, the outdoors and walking, especially around the park in Templemore and also enjoyed golf in her later years.
Margaret was very happy and content with her lot. She was a home bird through and through and had simple pleasures. She valued people over things. Many would say that she practiced ‘mindfulness’ before it became fashionable. She found real joy in chatting to people. Margaret was a loyal friend who loved fun and laughter. She enjoyed singing and music and was a keen Tipperary hurling supporter. When all these passions merged on All Ireland day it gave her great pleasure.
But for Margaret, her real loves were her husband Eamon, children, Billy and Claire and grandchildren, Zoe, Robbie and Teddy. She lived for her family and was a constant source of strength support and love for them all. She was truly unique person who lived her life in her own way and had fun doing it. She gave to her family unconditionally. She was a loving wife, a devoted mother and a loyal friend and her strong presence will be missed hugely in the years to come. Her place is with her husband Eamon now and that is of great comfort to her family and friends who feel her loss acutely.
Margaret Duggan died on Monday 19th of March 2018 at the age of 84.