Tuesday 28 March 2017

The deep love that hundreds had for my friend Tom is what will linger

Candles surrounding a photograph of Tom O'Gorman at memorial prayer vigil this week. Photo: Collins Photos.
Candles surrounding a photograph of Tom O'Gorman at memorial prayer vigil this week. Photo: Collins Photos.
David Quinn

David Quinn

It has been a revelation to find out exactly how many people Tom O'Gorman knew. I was aware he had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances but not that it ran into hundreds upon hundreds.

Apart from Ireland, he had friends in America, Italy and Britain. Come to think of it, he was born in Scotland and I used to teasingly tell him he was really Scottish. In fact, he was a very proud Irishman.

He was even more crestfallen than the average rugby fan when we lost to New Zealand recently. It was like he had lost personally. He was absolutely over the moon when we won the Grand Slam for the first time in decades in 2009.

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