Peg Dooey RIP

By Seamus McAleenan

Earlier this week a member of the ground-breaking Antrim team of 1945 was laid to rest in St Malachy’s Cemetery Kilclief after Requiem Mass in the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Newcastle.
Peig Denvir (née Dooey) played at midfield on that first ever All-Ireland senior winning side from Ulster that defeated Waterford in Cappoquin in October 1945 and she added a second medal a year later with her twin sister Kathleen (Dooey) joining her in the team.
Kathleen won her second medal in 1947 as Antrim completed a third successive title win. Peig however was working in Co Down by then and played against Antrim (and Kathleen) in the 1948 championship, when the Saffrons lost their Ulster and All-Ireland titles in the provincial semi-final.
Down then went on to reach their only All-Ireland senior final where they were beaten by Dublin. Peig, despite playing centre back, was top scorer for her adopted county in each game of that historic campaign and she added another Ulster medal in 1949 when Down again defeated Antrim.

Peg Dooey (back left) on the Antrim team who Waterford in 1945 to win their first All Ireland Senior Camogie title

Peig captained St Louis Ballymena to the school’s first Ulster senior camogie title in 1946 – after she won her first All-Ireland medal – and she also was on the first Dunloy team to win the Antrim club championship later in 1946.
She married Down dual player Brian Denvir who was a member of the county’s football panel when they won the 1960 All-Ireland title and she also won Down championship titles with Kilclief.
Her twin Kathleen later joined her in Co Down and the pair became regular fixtures at Gaelic games in the county while also enthusiastically following their native Dunloy.
Peig, who was predeceased by her husband Brian and daughter Bridgeen, died peacefully on Saturday last in Slieve Dhu Nursing Home in Newcastle surrounded by her family.
Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a hanam uasal gaelach.

Antrim 1946

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