Tuesday 23 July 2019

Tragic end to search for missing Timmy

The late Timmy Levingston
The late Timmy Levingston

Pádraig Byrne

The search for Timothy 'Timmy' Levingston of Clone, Monamolin, came to a tragic conclusion as the body of the 50-year-old was recovered near his home on Christmas Eve. While families the length and breadth of the country were getting together to celebrate Christmas, the Levingston family gathered with a more sombre purpose; bidding a fond and final farewell to a beloved son and brother.

Enniscorthy Gardaí issued an alert to media outlets seeking the public's assistance in locating Timmy on Christmas Eve morning, stating that both they and his family were 'very concerned for his welfare' and that he had not been seen since 1.30 a.m. The last sighting of Timmy was in Ballyedmond, where he was a familiar face at Harney's Bar. Local gardaí were joined by the garda dog unit and locals in searching for him and focused on the route from Ballyedmond to his home at Monamolin which he regularly walked.

Sadly, the search for Timmy was to be all too short, with a tragic conclusion as his body was recovered from a stream not too far away from his home. A garda spokesman said that his death is currently being treated as a 'tragic accident'.

'He was nearer to home than we thought he'd be in the end,' said heartbroken sister, May. 'The gardaí and our neighbours and friends were brilliant and I'd like to thank them for all they did. As soon as he went missing, everyone banded together and went out looking for him.'

Born to parents Dinny and Mary, Timmy went to school locally in Monamolin. From a young age, he was very good with his hands, something which meant his services were always in demand from someone.

'He was the definition of a handyman,' May said. 'He could turn his hand to anything. He could sew up trousers, do a bit of plumbing installing cylinders and that kind of thing and he mixed cement with my father.'

Timmy was also described as a great neighbour and May outlined how in the New Year, he had planned to help a neighbour out with fixing a patch in their roof that had been damaged since the snow.

'He would always help out, whether it was painting or trimming hedges, or whatever else was needed,' his sister said.

Timmy also liked to socialise and could regularly be seen enjoying a pint and a bit of craic in Harney's bar. Everyone at the local haunt was saddened to learn of his untimely passing and no doubt a few glasses were raised in his honour over the Christmas period.

A large congregation filed into the church at Boolavogue on Thursday to bid a final farewell to Timmy. His late mother Mary being buried there, it was decided that he would be laid to rest with her in the adjoining cemetery. While it was a difficult Christmas period for Timmy's family, in time they'll be able to take some solace from the kind words of those who gathered to pay their respects on a chilly afternoon in Boolavogue.

Timmy was the beloved son of Dinny and the late Mary, and much loved brother of Dennis, Noel and May. He is sadly missed by his loving family and heartbroken friends. May he rest in peace.

Enniscorthy Guardian