Tributes paid after passing of one of Limerick’s ‘finest musicians’

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Tributes have been paid to Tom Cronin, guitarist with the O’Malleys

Tributes have been paid to Tom Cronin, guitarist with the O’Malleys

A HOST of tributes have been paid following the death of one of Limerick’s most ‘incredibly talented’ musicians.

Guitarist Tom Cronin, a former member of The O’Malleys who was also a music teacher, passed away last week.

The Clarina man was hailed by Limerick band The Hitchers as a “very fine guitarist and, almost in juxtaposition, a quiet, unassuming soul”. 

“We’re thinking of his family and many friends in and out of RockNRoll. So long Tom,” the band added in a Facebook post.

Comments below the post remember a “totally sweet kind caring intelligent man” and “an amazing soul”, while another said it was a “very sad day, Limerick has lost one of its finest musicians. R.I.P. Tom”.

John Daly, founder of Limerick Jazz Festival, said Tom was an “incredibly talented musician of the highest level”.

“He was also a great teacher and educator who gave everything,” he added of Mr Cronin, who taught music for almost ten years at the Peter Dee Academy and also ran a business in the Tait Centre at one time.

“Tom was a brilliant classical guitarist as well as being great on electric. I still can’t believe he is gone, the memories will live on forever,” added Mr Daly.

Thomas (Tom) Cronin of Newtown, Clarina, was dearly loved father of Emma, Andrew, Evan and Rachael. Beloved brother of the late Margaret. Sadly missed by his close friends Jane and Laura, daughters-in-law Kellie and Agi, son-in-law Joao, 10 grandchildren, brothers Tony and Pat, sisters Anne and Mary, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.

Reposing at Thompsons Funeral Home, Thomas Street this Tuesday evening from 5pm to 7pm. Humanist service on Wednesday in Shannon Crematorium at 12 noon. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Pieta House.