Sister Margaret Mackey
1945 – 2018
Born: 5th April 1945
Entered Religious Life: 7th October 1963
Died: 11th September 2018
The following is the “Welcome” given at Sr Margaret’s funeral by Sr Ann Marie McGeever RSC, the Local Leader in Stanhope Street community.
On behalf of Our Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity and Stanhope Street Community, I welcome all of you who have come today to celebrate Eucharist and give thanks for the life of Sr Margaret Mackey. I welcome especially Margaret’s siblings, Anne, Matty, Paddy, Mary, Monica, Joe, Richie and Canice, her in-laws, her many nieces, nephews extended family and friends. We also remember Margaret’s brother Noel in Korea who couldn’t be here today.
Margaret was born in Rogerstown, Kilmoganny Co. Kilkenny in April 1945. She entered with the Sisters of Charity in Mount St Annes Milltown in October 1963 and at her reception into the novitiate the following year she was given the name Sr Marie Ruth, a name by which she was known for a number of years before returning to her baptismal name. She was professed in 1966 and following this she spent a year in Ballaghadereen helping in the school. Carysfort College was her next port of call and on completion of her studies, she taught in Tramore, Baldoyle and Walkinstown, the bulk of that time being in Baldoyle where she became the school principal. It is said that while in Baldoyle she was fair in her dealings with pupils, staff and parents alike.
Following a career break Margaret spent a few years in Lakelands as assistant to the local leader and in 2001 came to Stanhope Street where she gave of her time voluntarily to the aware shop in Phibsboro and also to the Capuchin Day Centre with Brother Kevin. Being a very sociable person this work suited her down to the ground and she formed many friendships. In the true spirit of Mary Aikenhead she reached out to those in need.
A woman who had a great zest for life she had many interests and loved the great outdoors. Time spent in the garden, out walking and enjoying nature were a delight for her, as was time in the kitchen. She was a good cook and the baking of the Christmas cakes was something special. Knitting was also something she enjoyed, with cardigans and baby blankets produced at a great rate and always at the right time.
To say Margaret LOVED sport would be an understatement, she lived sport and her particular interest was in GAA. No one could have supported their county team more; with little if any sound on the TV and the commentary coming from the radio, Margaret became an armchair referee, she was better than any Hawkeye. All was well while the team were winning and when the cup was lifted on All Ireland today no one was prouder. Brian Cody was ‘St Brian’ when the team was doing well, if things were not so he was simply ‘Mr Cody’.
Family was very important to Margaret and she loved them all dearly, times for the clan to be together were special for her, and in the community we all shared in her delight with the announcements of engagements, weddings, and new arrivals, not forgetting all those who had done well in their exams.
Her love of the Congregation knew no bounds and over her 50+ years she embraced all the changes that took place with graciousness. Times of retreat and prayer were important to her as were times spent with other sisters either on holidays or even just a meeting for a cup of coffee, she really enjoyed this and if there was an opportunity to shop that was even better.
Her life was not without spells of ill health but Margaret, determined as she was, always strove to overcome any obstacles that prevented her from participating in and enjoying life. She always had something in mind that she could look forward to.
Margaret we will all miss you but you certainly ran the race and you kept the faith. May you now rest in peace with your God.