Margaret loved her family, her dogs and her job
Margaret (Maggie) Condren, deceased of Curranstown, Arklow, died suddenly on Tuesday November 30 at the private Mater hospital. She was 45 years old.
argaret was a beautiful, creative, talented, dynamic and elegant woman who possessed unwavering determination and was very committed to everything she did, both in her personal and professional life.
She always dressed to impress, had a keen eye for the latest fashions or trends and even at home in front of the fire she had to look stylish!
Margaret had a great sense of humor, an infectious laugh, she was a lot of fun, full of life and always ready for a night out or a new adventure.
She was the second oldest in a family of seven and a loving and caring daughter, sister, niece, friend and of course the cool aunt of her nieces and nephews.
She loved her nieces and nephews as if they were her own and they too shared this love for her. She made fuss with the ten whenever she could and loved spending time with all of them.
Margaret had a big heart and she was always there for her friends and family no matter what.
Her loss left a devastating hole in the lives of her family and friends.
Margaret had many passions, including design, fashion, art, teaching, animals, gardening, helping people, horseback riding and polocross.
After attending Coolgreany School and St Mary’s College, Arklow, she graduated in Fashion Art and Design from Limerick Technology University and worked in the fashion industry for a few years before moving into teaching and become a secondary school teacher.
Margaret began her teaching career at Abbey Community School in Wicklow Town, which later merged with De La Salle College to become Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, where she worked for 18 years. She has taught art, CSPE and SPHE.
She loved to teach. She loved her students. She loved her friends at school. She went out of her way to help her students and understand what was going on in their lives.
Margaret’s coworkers are fondly remembered for her glamor, the click of her high heels running down the hallway at the start of each day just before the bell and her classroom where she taught, which also served as Maggie’s kitchen.
She always had the kettle on the boil between lessons, when she played Mrs. Doyle and coaxed her fellow teachers for a cup of tea and chocolate.
She loved to tell stories to accompany tea, of her latest adventures, to the animals she helped on the way to school or to the drivers of the N11 who did not know how to use the passing lane. She also liked to hear stories.
The messages written by her fellow teachers, her students and her students’ parents and grandparents show their esteem for her.
Along with her teaching, Margaret loved animals. She couldn’t stand to see animals in pain.
One day, while returning from a weekend in Kilkenny, she saw an abused and malnourished stray dog by the side of the highway.
Even though Margaret knew the risk of a mess in her beloved Audi A3 when she returned to Curranstown because of this frigidly frightened animal, she didn’t hesitate to stop. She nursed Saffy Flatley to good health.
Margaret traveled extensively and visited many countries in Europe such as UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Turkey and Greece as well as more remote places like Australia , New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the United States and the Middle East.
Margaret was a fierce competitor on the sports field. She rode horses and was a member of the Wicklow Bay polocrosse club. Any opposing player who came within three feet of Margaret would certainly not forget her.
She also loved cycling and got involved with her local GAA clubs, Castletown and Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney, where she organized and participated in several of their fundraisers.
Margaret is remembered as being taken too soon and for her big heart and love, laughter, sense of adventure, passion for life, sense of humor, fun personality and lovely smile that lit up every room.
Margaret’s funeral was celebrated on December 8 at St David’s Church in Johnstown, followed by a funeral at Ballyfad Cemetery.
She is the beloved daughter of Michael and Betty, sister of Ann, Lisa, Michael, Edward, John and the late Andrew. Deeply missed by her heartbroken parents, brothers, sisters, Uncle Ned, brothers-in-law Michael and Denis, sisters-in-law Carol, Amalia and Rachel, uncles, aunts, extended family, parents, neighbors, colleagues and students.
The family would like to thank all of their neighbors, friends and family for their support over the past month and for all the messages they have received.