DEATH: Early on Tuesday morning September 24 Tom Long passed peacefully to his eternal reward. He died at home after a short illness surrounded by his loving family. Tom Long was well known and highly regarded by all who knew him. He was an honest, decent, hardworking man, a great family man, a great neighbour and a loyal friend. Like many Irish people of his generation Tom worked in the construction industry in England before returning home to work with Butler Homes in Newcastle West. He was a very industrious man, who wasn’t afraid of hard work. He was a farmer, he installed ranges, he made and installed fireplaces and cleaned chimneys among other things. Tom was a tough, no-nonsense hurler who played centre back on the Tour team that won the county juvenile championship in 1956. He was also a very accomplished athlete who won county, provincial and national honours. Tom’s passion in sporting life was in greyhounds, especially coursing. He was a successful breeder, owner and trainer. He made many friends through coursing and was highly regarded. Olive’s Pride and Préachán were among the best that come out of his Top Road kennel. He was central to the Rag Meetings that took place in Buddy Sullivan’s, Sean Scanlan’s, Keatings and the GAA fields. He made many pilgrimages to Powerstown Park with his nephew and close ally Johnny Long and neighbour and good friends Donie Reidy and Danny Boy O’Connor. They enjoyed themselves in Clonmel. In 1974 Tom married the love of his life Joan Harnett in Rockchapel. They were a very united couple who exuded love. They ran an open house and it is a good place to call for fun and hospitality. Joan and Tom raised a fine family together. Tom Long graced many a social occasion in Tournafulla. We will miss him at the Parish Social. We will miss him on New Year’s Eve in the Homestead and the words of “The Old Cow” will ring in our ears. Tom was a great man for time and he and Joan were always in their seat for Mass ten minutes before time. Tom had a simple, real faith, he carried his cross bravely during his illness, helped greatly by his loving family. Tom’s was the biggest funeral we have seen in Tournfulla for a long time. Tom’s removal took place from Pat Roche’s funeral home on Wednesday night to St. Patrick’s Church, Tournafulla. On Thursday Father O’Gorman celebrated his requiem mass which was again attended by a very large crowd. Afterwards Tom was laid to rest in the local cemetery. Tom has gone to join his good friends Mossie O’Gorman and Peter Ward. To his wife Joan, son Thomas, daughters Bernie and Olive, daughter-in-law Margaret, son-in-law Ned, grandchildren, brothers Willie and Charlie, sisters Chris, Nancy, Noreen and Doreen, in-laws, nephews and nieces, relatives neighbours and many friends, we extend our sincere sympathy. We say a fond farewell to a man who always had a smile on his face and a song in his heart. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
CÉILÍ: The next céilí will take place in Halla Tadhg Gaelach on Friday, October 11. Music by Johnny Reidy. Dancing 9.30 –1.00. Refreshments served. WEST LIMERICK SET DANCING CLUB will host a céilí in the Devon Inn Hotel on this Saturday, October 6 at 4 p.m. Music by the Star of Munster Céilí Band from Clare. All are welcome.
TIDY TOWNS: The Tidy Towns committee might be small but we have a number of volunteers who do excellent work in their own areas. The committee would like to thank Noel Horgan for cutting the hedgerows all along the village and the people of Farran who keep the grass and hedgerows neat and tidy all year round and to the people in the village and Knocknadiha who do likewise. This is a team game. We have the longest village in Ireland and we can improve our marks again next year if more people join in the effort.
COURSING: Owner Lar Collins and trainer John Lenihan experienced the highs and lows of coursing at picturesque Liscannor on Sunday last when the sent out Stelcon to win the Oaks Trial Stake. Seconds later the black daughter of Omera and Kingswell Dynamo broke her leg. She will now be kept for breeding.
Autumn De Clutter Sale: Tournafulla Sustainable Living Community will hold an autumn de clutter sale in the Hall, Tournafulla on Sunday October 6th. This is a great opportunity for people to de clutter their homes and sell their unwanted items. These can be unwanted gifts, household goods, furniture, toys, clothes and other bric a brac. The only specification is that all goods be in good condition and fit for sale. More valuable items and larger items like furniture may be auctioned on the day. Anyone wishing to reserve a table should contact any member of the “As you like It “ club, or ring 087 6472613. It should be noted that this is not a craft fair. It is an opportunity to buy and sell items. There will also be refreshments available on the day.
Tournafulla Sustainable Living community host four events during the year. A spring declutter sale which took place in April last, a Summer Food and Craft Fair which was held in July, the Autumn De clutter sale and of course, the Christmas Market. The date for the Christmas Market has been set for Sunday, December 1st. Please support your community.