Wednesday 22 November 2017

Huge sorrow as farmer dies in tragic accident

The late Tom Nolan
The late Tom Nolan

Esther Hayden

There was huge sorrow in Craanford and in the farming community on Friday following the death of Tom Nolan.

76-year-old Tom from Clonamona, Craanford, died in the early hours of Friday morning following an accident on his farm involving livestock on Thursday evening.

Tom was moving cattle with two of his sons when the accident occurred.

He was rushed to Wexford General Hospital after the accident but died in the early hours of Friday morning surrounded by his family.

Tom who was very well known in North Wexford was a highly respected farmer and his livestock were very much sought after at marts in the area.

Described as a 'complete gentleman' Tom was a model farmer and worked his farm largely by himself taking great pride in completing each and every task with precision and diligence. He was an excellent neighbour always willing to give a hand out when asked and everyone only had good things to say about him.

One of his long standing friends described Tom as 'the best farmer in Ireland' with a great interest, expertise and knowledge about livestock. He had a great way with animals and his stock thrived and when he was going to a mart people were keen to buy his animals knowing that they were in excellent condition.

A dedicated family man Tom was devoted to his wife Mary and their four children and in later years their six grandchildren.

He took great pride in their achievements and was always ready to listen or offer advice.

Tom loved the outdoors and his appearance didn't reflect his 76 years and he was extremely active up until his untimely death.

A quiet easy-going man Tom had an easy way about him and never fell out with anyone with everyone speaking very highly of him.

He was very inoffensive and enjoyed going to local GAA matches in the area.

Tom had a great work ethic and was up with the lark every day to work the farm and look after his stock.

A man of quiet faith he attended mass every weekend in St Patrick's Church in Monaseed.

His remains were brought to St Patrick's Church, Monaseed on Friday evening with funeral Mass taking place on Saturday followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Tom is survived by his heartbroken wife Mary, sons Pat, Tom and Charlie, daughter Liz, sisters Catherine, Mary and Elizabeth. daughters-in-law Nicola and Karen, Charlie's partner Andi, grandchildren Ella, Mia, Tess, Isabelle, Tom and Sean, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family, relatives and friends.

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