Saturday 15 December 2018

Bunclody man Tom was quiet, unassuming and a born farmer

The late Tom Mahon
The late Tom Mahon

The community of Bunclody lost a quiet, dependable and highly respected member recently following the passing of Thomas 'Tom' Mahon of Church Road. Tom passed away in the loving care of the staff at St John's Hospital in Enniscorthy.

The second son of James and Frances Mahon of Gurteen, Bunclody, Tom was a born farmer and it's something that he took to instantly. Growing up, he always helped out on the family farm before going on to work his own land at Coolmeelagh, Bunclody, which was given to him by his father. Tom worked this land his whole adult life and, in fact, could still be seen out in the fields just months before his sad passing. He could always be seen travelling between his home and farm several times a day with his faithful sheepdog in the jeep alongside him. He was a great judge of livestock, especially sheep, and was dedicated to his trade, winning several prizes for his Texel breed of sheep.

Tom married the love his life, Kitty (née Hayes) in 1964 and the pair enjoyed many happy years together. Kitty was a psychiatric nurse in St Senan's Hospital at the time and the pair fell head over heels. In fact, Tom's month's mind Mass this Saturday will take place on the very day that the couple would have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary.

Apart from his beloved wife and his work, Tom had a great passion for GAA and was an avid Wexford supporter. He travelled all over the country to watch them and, even when his health limited him, he was always sure to tune in either on the television or radio.

Tom was very generous with his time and was always eager to help people whenever he could. In later years, he became a founder member of the Bunclody Storytelling House and although quiet and content to keep the fire roaring for performers, he greatly enjoyed the music and craic that took place there and in similar houses in Ballindaggin, Rathoe, Boolavogue and many more. At his funeral service, members of the storytelling houses formed a guard of honour and gave him a fitting send-off.Tom is survived and deeply mourned by his wife, Kitty; brothers Jim and Johnny, both Gurteen; sister-in-law Ann; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives and a wide circle of friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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