Margaret Tynan was the first woman Mayor of Kilkenny city. She was first elected to the council in 1969 and was elected another seven times after that.
The daughter of Pierce Tynan, founder of the Kilkenny Motor Company, Margaret began a degree in medicine at University College Dublin but did not complete her degree as she returned home to run the family business and take care of her parents.
She was a rally driver and occasionally beat Rosemary Smith. Her other sports included golf, camogie and badminton.
She was involved in the Kilkenny Social Services, the Citizens’ Information Centre, the Rape Crisis Centre, the Kilkenny Soroptimists and the Civic Trust.