Death of Tommy Barrett, Tipperary GAA stalwart

The death has occurred of one of the leading GAA figures in the county, President of Tipperary GAA Board and former long serving secretary Tommy Barrett.

The death has occurred of one of the leading GAA figures in the county, President of Tipperary GAA Board and former long serving secretary Tommy Barrett.

He was the longest serving secretary of the Tipperary GAA Board and will be remembered for playing an influential role in the development of Semple Stadium and putting in place the countywide GAA structures that exist today in the county.

Mr. Barrett, a former Tipperary and Thurles Sarsfields hurler, died on Monday night at the Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles. His remains will repose at the Sarsfields Social Centre from 4pm to 8pm this evening (Wednesday 14) before removal to the Cathedral. Requiem mass will take place on Thursday morning at 11am.

Tommy Barrett, a native of Killenaule, lived at Clongour in Thurles. He was married to Rose (RIP) and is survived by sons Joe, Tomas and Billy; daughter Roseanne, sisters Nora, Bridget and Anna, and brother Oliver.

He played a huge role in the clearing of the debt and development of Semple Stadium, the establishment of Dr. Morris Park and was instrumental in securing the Centenary All-Ireland in 1984 for Semple Stadium.

“I remember Tommy as an outstanding administrator and a very proud Tipperary man who dedicated himself to serving the GAA and his county throughout his life,” said former County Board Chairman Sean Nugent.

“He was a very poular secretary known all over the country and he also served as a national trustee of the GAA,” said the Kilsheelan man.

Mr Nugent said that Tommy was the longest serving sectary in the county by a long way and he took great joy in being involved in All-Ireland winning teams .

“He had been involved as secretary in the great era of the sixties. He also lived through the long famine and he took particular pleasure in the ‘87 Munster breakthrough and subsequent All-Ireland victories in ‘89 and 91,” said Mr Nugent.

He was a former recipient of the Tipperary Association Dublin ‘Hall of Fame’ and was honoured at the recent Night of Legends in the Anner Hotel.