Tuesday 21 May 2019

Tom's passion was hunting and his dogs

Obituary: Thomas Kirk 1936-2019

Thomas Kirk, Derryfalone, Hackballscross, Dundalk, died peacefully in the wonderful care of the Louth County Hospital on 16 April, 2019.

Tom was the beloved husband of Mary (née O'Reilly) and dear father of Claire, Tara, Fiona, Hugh, Karen, Conor and Ruaraí, loving granddad of Kelan, Holly and Riley and brother of Father Gene and Kevin and the late John, James, Sister Ita (Winnie), Paddy, Hugh and Maura.

Tom was born at home in Derryfalone, Hackballscross on 8 March, 1936.

He went to Drumsinnot school, just across the fields from his home.

He served his apprenticeship as a mechanic in Crosson's garage in Dundalk and then moved to O'Neill's in Dublin.

He finished his career in Tracell in Dublin, importing heavy machinery. This afforded him the opportunity to travel extensively to places like Alaska and Japan. In his later years he travelled to Peru to visit his brother Fr. Gene Kirk.

Tom was a highly-regarded boxer and Gaelic footballer, and excelled at cycling. He won an All-Ireland medal in 1958.

His passion was hunting and his dogs. He loved to walk the local countryside and always had some of his beloved dogs at his side.

Tom returned to his place of birth, Derryfalone, approximately 16 years ago where he lived out his final years.

His passing is deeply regretted by his wife, Mary; sons, Hugh, Conor and Ruaraí; daughters, Claire, Tara, Fiona and Karen; grandchildren, Kelan, Holly and Riley; sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers, Father Gene and Kevin; extended family, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

After reposing at his home on the Wednesday, he was taken on Thursday morning to The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kilkerley for a Liturgical Service.

Burial took place in the adjoining cemetery.

The Month's Mind Mass for Tom will take place on Sunday, 19 May at 10am in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kilkerley.

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