Margaret O'Carroll

From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878

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O'Carroll, Margaret, "Margaret-an-Einigh" — (Margaret the Hospitable), was born early in the 15th century, and married Calvagh O'Conor, chief of Offaly. The Four Masters speak of her as "the best woman of her time in Ireland." "She was the only woman that has made most of preparing highways, and erecting bridges, churches, and mass-books, and of all manner of things profitable to serve God and her soul," says MacFirbis, the chronicler. It was her custom twice each year to give a sumptuous entertainment to the bards and the poor. Thomas D'Arcy McGee has written two poems in her praise — one relating an anecdote connected with her pilgrimage to Compostella, in Spain. She died of cancer in 1451. Her two sons survived her but a short time; and her daughter, Finola, after being twice married — to Niall Garv O'Donnell and Hugh Boy O'Neill — ended her days in a convent, 25th July 1493.

Sources

134. Four Masters, Annals of Ireland by the: Translated and Edited by John O'Donovan. 7 vols. Dublin, 1856.

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