TRIBUTES have been paid to the late Peggy O’Brien from Lislevane, who died at the Mater Private Hospital in Cork.
Peggy was the winner of the Hall of Fame category in the inaugural West Cork Farming Awards, organised by The Southern Star and the Celtic Ross Hotel, earlier this month.
She was well known in farming circles in West Cork and, following the tragic death of her husband, Timmy, in a farm accident in 1979, she was left to rear a family of seven young children. Despite being advised to sell the cattle and lease the land, Peggy decided to keep running the farm and, with the help of Tim Flynn, they managed to successfully work the farm until her eldest son, Johnny, took over.
Peggy also joined the Farm Apprenticeship scheme and, because of her high standards of management, was allocated apprentices on a regular basis.
Peggy is survived by her children Johnny, Norma, Theresa, Clare, Hetty, Eileen and Jerry and her 21 grandchildren.