Mrs. Margaret Rose Quinn
Margaret Quinn (pre-deceased by her husband, Hugh on April 24, 1970) who has died, was born in the town land of Kiltybarden, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim on November 23, 1915.
She went to Derrinkeher National School and on completing her education worked on the small family holding until she went to join two brothers in London in the 1930s (two elder sisters had already emigrated to America). She worked in London as a domestic servant until the early years of the second world war when her brother, concerned about her safety, encouraged her to return home.
Margaret could not settle at home and decided to seek employment in Enniskillen. She worked for the Richardson family in Willoughby Place and was taught to cook and bake by the house keeper. It was around this time that she met her future husband to be, Hughie Quinn, who lived in Old Henry Street and they met on the way to and from work at Richardson's.
They married in 1947 and lived at Church Street where their first daughter, Patricia, was born, before they got the tenancy of the current home place at Drumcor Hill in November 1950 where her other two children, Vera and Jim, were born. Margaret spent the next 15 years rearing her family until 1965 when she returned to work as a domestic in the Erne Hospital until her retirement in the mid-1970s.
In her long retirement Margaret got a lot of enjoyment out of her grandchildren, Barry, Peter and Denise, and later her great-grandchildren, Peter-Barry, Anna, Ryan, Thomas and Connor. After the birth of her great-grandchildren she was heard to remark, "Anyone can be a granny but it takes someone special to be a great granny."
Margaret Rose was indeed a very special person. As well as a great mother, home maker and cook she was also a strong, loving, loyal, politically aware woman who while she held her home, religion and family as the centre of her life, took a keen interest in the world around her and current affairs. She was particularly opposed to the idea of charging people for drinking water which she could remember bubbling out of a spring in her Leitrim home place and free to all.
She took great enjoyment walking down town in her mid 80s to see Bill Clinton visit Enniskillen and some years earlier, meeting the then General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union (now UNITE the union), Bill Morris, when he visited her home in Enniskillen.
Margaret died peacefully on October 8 at almost 97 years of age in her home in Drumcor Hill, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Margaret is the last of the Flynn family and is survived by her daughters Patricia (Cox), Vera (Cawley), her son Jim and eight very special grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 25 Oct 12