CHRISTMAS and the New Year is a time of year when we reflect on those who have gone before us.
An unexpected loss during the year is the saddest of all - one such man who died before his time was Herbert Gow.
The Murroe man’s car left the road at Brittas bridge on an August night when driving conditions were very poor.
A popular man throughout the county and further afield, he is sadly missed.
Herbert was generous to a fault and that generosity has been replicated by his family and parish.
Herbert’s two siblings, Anna and Willie, and Murroe Historical Society have made generous contributions towards Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, which carried out a two-day search on the Mulcair to find Herbert’s car and retrieve his body.
Willie Gow said the family were very thankful to Limerick Marine Search and Rescue for working in very difficult conditions, and they wanted to show their appreciation.
Murroe Historical Society, of whom Herbert was a member, echoed this. They made a donation from their own fundraising quiz.
Thomas Holmes, PRO, said Herbert was a very prominent member of the society.
“He is a big loss, an excellent and a brilliant man. He had everything, he was good to mix with young and old and was great craic. He was one of these unique individuals who could fit in to any group,” said Thomas.
Tony Cusack, on behalf of Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, thanked both the Gows and the historical society.
To show how bad the weather conditions were, Tony said it was one of the worst diving conditions he had experienced in his 25 years of diving.
“We could have waited for a week and the water would have went down but when the family are standing by, you try and do your work for them as fast as you can,” said Tony.
The funds given to the rescue group will go back in to their day to day running , and assist them make more rescues into the future.