BALLYROAN native Peg Cahill recently celebrated her 80th birthday with friends and family all present to help her mark her special day. Peg was taken by surprise a couple of weeks ago when a Delorean car pulled into her drive way in Clogh and she was told to jump in. Her first stop was to mass in St Patrick’s Church in Clogh, celebrated by Fr Martin Tobin.
Fr Tobin congratulated her on reaching a great milestone and he hoped she would enjoy many more great occasions. Gifts carried to the altar were all symbols of Peg’s life, including a pack of cards, bingo books, a mixing bowl to signify her great love of baking; a local paper to show her great love of local gossip; and a prayer book as a sign of her great devotion to church.
The choir sang a number of songs for the occasion including ‘The Voyage’ by Christy Moore, for Peg’s life journey; ‘The Coat of Many colours’ indicating her love of fashion; and Kenny Rogers classic ‘The Gambler’ showing her great love of cards, lotto, bingo and her annual trip to the gambling Casinos in Tramore every summer.
After mass the family and guests headed for the Seven Oaks in Carlow where the red carpet treatment was laid on. After lunch the group played bingo and were treated to some more music before the party moved back to Kavanagh’s pub in Clogh where tales of yore were related.
Peg was the first daughter of Eddie and Mary Larkin, born in 1932 and was sister to one brother and five sisters. The Larkin family resided on the Red Hill in Ballyroan and all attended national school there before going their separate ways. Peg worked in Abbeyleix and in Portlaoise and married Jack Cahill of Chatsworth just across the border in 1958, moving to Knockbawn in Kilkenny. The couple had three sons and three daughters, with the sons following after their father and taking a big interest in Kilkenny hurling.
Peg has always enjoyed cards and bingo and often travels to Newtown, Shanahoe and Ballinakill for whist and bingo, although she was always on hand to babysit her many grandchildren.