ENNIS TIDY TOWN’s founding member, Margaret Neylon has been laid to rest.

A resident of Gallows Hill in Ennis, Margaret’s funeral took place on Tuesday at Ennis Cathedral. She is survived by her loving husband Des, children Carole, Thomas and Hilary, sons-in-law David and Richard, daughter-in-law Aisling, grandchildren Donnacha, Ciara, Emily, Alannah, Sam, Aoibheann, Saoirse and Oisin, sisters Jessie, Maureen and Monica, brother Gerald and John, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Not alone was Margaret among the founders of Ennis Tidy Towns but she also opened her own business, Forefront Agency in the Market decades ago. Her success here led to Ennis Chamber hiring her as a secretary. She also had involvements with the Ennis Community Employment Scheme and Ennis Phoenix Twinning Board.

Chairman of Ennis Tidy Towns, Cormac McCarthy said, “Margaret was a passionate advocate for Ennis and without whose dedication and vision, we would not have the wonderful town we have today”. Their win in the 2021 Tidy Towns would not have happened only for her decades of volunteering, he added.

Speaking to The Clare Echo, Cllr Pat Daly (FF) a close family friend of the Neylons paid tribute to “a great woman” and “very successful businesswoman”.

Her sharp intellect and diligence has yet to be matched, CEO of Ennis Chamber, Margaret O’Brien noted. “She was our back bone, the fountain of all knowledge. Her diligence and dedication was unparalleled”.

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