Saturday, November 27, 2021

The late Margaret Killoran with her parents Tommy and Anne.

There is profound sadness in Tubbercurry and the surrounding areas at the passing of Margaret Killoran, daughter of the popular retired businesspeople Tommy and Anne.

From Mountain Road, Tubbercurry and formerly of Killoran’s Traditional Restaurant and Lounge Bar, Teeling Street, Tubbercurry, Margaret died peacefully on Friday surrounded by her loving family, in the exceptional care of the staff of Lime Walk, Tubbercurry. She had turned 48 in October.

Her family have said that “Margaret was truly a child that awoke a town and we are heartbroken at her passing.”

She is sadly missed and remembered with love by her devoted parents Tommy and Anne, her sisters Mary, Bridie and Annie, brothers Tommy and Noel, her nieces and nephews, the extended Regan and Killoran families and all those who knew her.

In May 2020, Margaret’s family had launched a campaign to have their daughter looked after in her hometown after she beat Covid-19.

The HSE had recommended that Margaret, who had Down syndrome, should be cared for in Cloonamahon in Sligo but the Killoran family wanted her discharged from hospital to a residential centre in her hometown to be near her elderly parents Tommy and Anne who ran Killoran’s Restaurant and Bar in Tubbercurry for more than six decades. The Killorans, on their experiences of raising and caring for their beloved Margaret, fundraised in the 1980s to open Gallagher House, a service for people with intellectual disabilities in Tubbercurry.

It’s 40 years to the week since Annie Killoran organised a meeting (November 22, 1981) to address the shortage of services in the South Sligo area for children – and the families of children – with special needs. Tireless campaigning eventually led to the establishment of Gallagher House Resource Centre in Tubbercurry in 1989.

After Margaret’s recovery from Covid-19 last year, an online petition that called on the HSE to place Margaret in care in Tubbercurry attracted more than 5,000 signatures.

Margaret will depart the Killoran family home this Sunday, November 28 at 12.30pm arriving to the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry, for Requiem Mass at 1pm with the funeral cortège proceeding to Cloonameehan Cemetery, Bunninadden, where she will be laid to rest.

House private at all times please.

Margaret’s Requiem Mass on Sunday will be live-streamed and available to view via the following link

May her gentle soul rest in peace.

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