Peggy Kendallan is originally form Galway. She and her late husband Joe lived in Ottawa for over 40 tears.
It was Peggy who got Irish step dancing started in Ottawa as she was a champion Irish step dancer in Ireland.
Patrick Scott (father of Síle Scott #171 on the Monument names list ) who was President of the Irish Society of Ottawa at the time had asked Peggy to start a class after seeing what was billed as an Irish dance at a rural fair.
It turned out to be the Irish Washerwoman… and Patrick decided that real Irish dancing needed to be put on the map in Ottawa.
It is understood that Peggy was also a member of the Irish Society in Ottawa in those early days.
Peggy taught Irish dancing here for over 20 years with dancing performed in a wide range of venues. From Seniors’ Homes and Hospitals to Multicultural shows on Parliament Hill, Brockville, and Kingston as well as Tattoos at Fort Henry, in Kingston Ontario. Peggy’s contributions to her community and her legacy lives on via Síle Scott as Síle is continues to be involved in dance, teaching set dances, Céilí Dances and Sean Nós steps on Monday evenings for the local Comhaltas Ceolteorí Éireann branch in Ottawa. Several others who are continue to dance in Ottawa today, were all students of Peggy Kendallan.
Peggy is now living in British Columbia as she has moved there to be with one her daughters after her husband Joe died.
She hasn’t forgotten her many friends in Ottawa however as they continue to get a card from her at Christmas.
Biography kindly provide by
Sheila Scott, Ph.D.
Directrice adjointe/ Assistant Director
Professeure de langue /Language Professor
Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI)/
Institut des langues officielles et du bilinguisme (ILOB)
Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa
70 Laurier Ave East, Ottawa