We record with great sadness the recent death, after a short illness, of Tom Walsh, 4 St. Martins Place, Ballymacarbry, which occurred on June 21, 2012.
Tom was born on January 25, 1926, to his parents Patrick Walsh and Cathy Meara, he was the second eldest in a family of three.
He was educated in Bennetschurch national school before going to work as a farm hand on Phelan’s farm, Graignagour. He gave a number of years working in the forestry. He also worked in Ballinamult and Ballymacarbry creameries for over 40 years.
In 1954 Tom married Mary Wall from Knockaun and they had two sons, Paddy and Billy. He had eight grandchildren of whom he was very proud.
Tom spent all his life involved in the GAA and was treasurer of the west board for 21 years. In later years Tom and his wife Mary travelled to Fraher field, in Dungarvan, every Sunday to hurling and football matches. At the time of his death Tom was president of Fourmilewater hurling club a position he held for many years.
Tom was a sergeant in theF.C.A. for a number of years. He was a member of the 13th battalion and he travelled to summer camps in Fermoy, Kilworth and Crosshaven where he made many friends.
Tom looked after the marking of graves in the local cemetery for over 20 years. He loved writing and was the local correspondent for Ballymacarbry notes for local papers for many years. Tom was a great historian and had a great knowledge of the local area. People from far and wide would call to his home for information about their ancestors.
Tom loved the game of cards and for many years he and Mary went to the local hall and Newcastle to play 45. He also held a game of poker in his home on Good Friday and Christmas night for over 30 years.
Tom loved taking photographs, at any local events Tom would always have his camera ready to take lots of pictures. He possesses thousands of photos which he had taken down through the years.
Tom’s removal was from Sean Condon’s funeral parlour, Clonmel, on Friday, June 22, to St. Laurence’s church Fourmilewater. The coffin was draped in the Fourmilewater flag and a guard of honour by Fourmilewater hurling club was waiting at Jim Maloney’s shop and his coffin was carried by members to the church. His remains were received by Fr Desmond PP amid a huge congregation.
On Saturday morning requiem mass was celebrated by Fr Desmond PP assisted by Fr Michael Byrne PP from the parish of Portlaw. Many gifts were brought to the altar in memory of his life and were received by his nephew Brendan Kiely. His watch - a reminder that Tom was never late for any occasion, was presented by his son Paddy. A Leader newspaper - which he was local correspondent for many years, was presented by his son Billy. His camera - which he never went anywhere without, was presented by his daughter in law Elizabeth. A deck of cards - a game he loved, was presented by his daughter in law Mary. An F.C.A. medal - with which he was involved for many years, was presented by his brother in law Thomas Wall. His car keys - Tom loved driving and his car was his pride and joy, they were presented by his grandson Michael. Notepaper and pen - a symbol of his love for writing, was presented by his nephew Donal Kiely.
The offertory gifts were brought to the altar by his daughters in law Elizabeth and Mary. The readings were read by his grandchildren Claire and Mairead. Prayers of the faithful were read by his grandsons Liam, Joseph, Patrick and Thomas his niece Kelly and his sister in law Joan Wall.
Before his remains were taken from the church his life long friend and work colleague Thomas Crotty spoke about Tom’s life in the creamery and told some funny stories of incidents of their time working there. One of his favourite songs, the turf man from Ardee, which he often sang, was played.
After the final prayers and blessings his coffin was carried from the church by his four godchildren Joseph, Michael, Pat Kiely, PJ Wall, his grandson Liam and his nephew Pat Walsh, to his final resting place. Prayers at the graveside were said by Fr Desmond and Paddy Joe Ryan, former county board chairman, gave a fine rendition of Tom’s life in the GAA and recalled many stories of events that happened down through the years.
Chief mourners were Tom’s wife Mary, his sons Paddy and Billy, his daughters in law Elizabeth and Mary, his grandchildren Liam, Joseph, Patrick, Thomas, Mairead, Karen, Claire and Michael, his brother John, his sister Alice, his brother in law Thomas Wall, niece’s nephew’s relatives and friends.
Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.