On Monday, June 3, we were saddened at hearing of the loss of Tom Hickey, Barnahown, Araglin. Tom was very well known locally he was involved in many sports. He was trustee of Araglin community field and he was known in Ballyporeen because of his involvement with the ladies football club, of which he was president.
Tom made it his business to go to almost all the girls’ games and enjoyed them all. He was very proud of his own daughter Jenny who had played football since national school and who is currently chairperson of the ladies football club. His proudest moment was in 2011 when the ladies took home the county title. He was so happy for them that all the hard work had paid off. Tom knew the good feeling of winning as he himself had a fantastic hurling career with Araglen winning North Cork championships in 1959 and again in 1973. Tom had many interests in life from sports to farming to a great love of vintage machinery, but his greatest love of all was for his loving wife Eileen and daughter Jenny. He adored the ground they walked on and in Jenny’s moving eulogy at her father’s funeral mass on Wednesday she spoke of how much he loved her mam and that you only had to ask and he would do anything for them. She said he was her best friend. Fr. Flynn summed Tom up in one word he described him as a gentleman and indeed he was. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. The games wont be the same without you Tom but we know you will always be there in spirit cheering the team on and maybe we can bring home a county title again this year in your honour. Tom’s removal took place on Wednesday morning from his home in Barnahown to The Church of the Assumption, Ballyporeen, where he was accompanied by a guard of honour by the football and hurling clubs and the ladies football club who will miss him dearly. After a moving requim mass Tom was laid to rest in St.Mary’s cemetery. We extend our sympathies to his wife Eileen and daughter Jenny, to his three sisters his inlaw,nieces, nephews, neighbours and huge circle of friends. May you rest in peace Tom.
We want to thank our wonderful secretary who is leaving us to go and live in Dublin. Paula we would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your husband John, children Sam and James the very best of luck in the future. Paula was presented with a plant for her new garden in Dublin and hope that when she watches it grow she will think of all the friends she made in Ballyporeen over the last 10 years. Thanks to all who supported our church gate collection. Pupils enrolling in September are coming to the school on Monday, June 17, from 1pm to 2pm. We would like to invite their parents to join us in the assembly hall for a cup of tea while the children are with Mrs. O’Connor.