The Cork woman named housewife of the year is a plain cook and very active away from the kitchen sink.

Margaret Carmody from Skibbereen in County Cork is the winner of the Calor Kosangas Woman's Way Housewife of the Year competition. Out of the 500 who originally entered, seven finalists selected from regional finals took part in the national final of the Housewife of the Year competition in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin.

After an interview and cooking a two course meal for four people, Margaret Carmody from Skibbereen in County Cork emerged the winner. Her prizes include a cheque for £500 and a luxury cooker.

The mother of five says she is a plain cook and in her spare time enjoys playing bridge and is involved with the amateur talent contest ‘Tops of the Town’. Her tip for success is to get involved with activities outside the home and to socialise as much as possible.

Meeting people keeps you alive and alert.

The Housewife of the Year runners up are; Virginia McKiernan from Ennis, County Clare; Anne Cahill from Gort, County Galway; Nellie Dillon from Clane, County Kildare; Paula Rooney from Clones, County Monaghan; Geraldine Kelly from Cleveragh, County Sligo and Patsy Wickham from Enniscorthy, County Wexford.

Housewife of the Year 1978

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 November 1978. The reporter is Brendan O'Brien.