Tommy O’ Shea, late of Moore’s Court, Kilmoganny, went to his eternal rest on June 30.
Fondly known as ‘Uncle Tommy’, he was a great character and kind man, who looked after his nephews and nieces when their parents passed away. Tommy worked on the forestry for years; he loved the work and companionship.
Tommy loved travelling and was a happy man looking out at the sights, he would talk and trace about his life going along in the car. Along with his loving nephew Martin, who returned the favour to Tommy by being with him throughout his life, Tommy went to America, Lourdes in France and England.
He loved music, singing and storytelling. He was never happier than when in Delaney’s pub of the Slate quarries. He would have a chat at the bar with the lads about the hurling, and then make his way down to the music. The most requested song for Tommy to sing was about the seven old ladies stuck in the lavatory, which always got a great laugh.
Tommy was devoted to his faith and had a great believer in saying his prayers every morning and night. He was a regular Mass goer, and if he didn’t get to Mass in Kilmoganny, he would go to the friary in Kilkenny.
Tommy’s greatest love was the Black and Amber of Kilkenny. He lived hurling, and talked hurling every day of his life.
He followed Kilkenny for 72 years out of his 82-year life. He defended them when they were down, and was the proudest man alive when they won. He saw all the greats of the game, but he got the greatest pleasure out of this present team.
Tommy’s family would like to thank everyone who showed their sympathy and sent cards, Father Flavin for his support, the garda and ambulance crew, as well as Tom Tierney the bus driver, all of whom did everything they could for Tommy in Athlone. The family also wish to thank the guard of honour formed by Fianna Fail, the Shamrocks and Dunnamaggin hurling clubs, and everyone else who showed support and attended the funeral.
Tommy will forever be missed and loved by his nephews and nieces, grand-nephews and nieces, his brother Billy, sisters Josie and Mary, and his many family and friends. And especially by his nephew Martin, who spent the happiest days of his life in Tommy’s company.
To Tommy from Martin:
“Ever since we did part
There’s a pain in my heart.
A tear in my eye
since we waved good bye.
But I know my love is strong
And will carry on.
Until we meet on that eternal shore, Tommy,
Where we won’t part again forevermore.”