Limerick councillors pay tribute to the late Tom English

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts

The late Tom English at the funeral of his great friend Jack Bourke in 2012

The late Tom English at the funeral of his great friend Jack Bourke in 2012

LIMERICK'S metropolitan district councillors observed a moment of silence in memory of local theatre legend Tom English, who sadly passed away last week.

The moment was proposed by metropolitan mayor Cllr Sean Lynch.

Tom, who was the former manager of the famous Savoy Theatre in the city, died peacefully at St John’s Hospital aged 85 last week.

Tom is the father of Alan English group editorial director of Iconic Newspapers, which owns the Limerick Leader, and Tom English BBC Scotland’s chief sports writer. His daughter is career consultant Sinead.

He was laid to rest following Mass at St Joseph's Church in O’Connell Avenue last week.

Tom spent eight years leading the popular entertainment venue on Bedford Row and Henry Street, after being appointed to the top job at just 22 in 1954.

In November 2015, Tom marked the 80th anniversary of the Savoy Theatre with current Savoy Hotel managing director Ronan Branigan, who described Tom’s time as chief as the “golden era” for cinema in the city.

Tom English, beloved husband of Anne, deeply loved father of Alan, Sinead and Tom. Sadly missed by his daughters–in-law Anne and Lynn, son-in-law John, grandchildren Aisling, Holly, Jack, Emmet, Aoibhinn, Hugh, Eilidh and Tom, brothers Tony, Michael, sisters Olivia, Tess, Luce, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews and nieces, extended family and his many friends. Rest in peace.