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Tom loved nothing more than having a chat


Tom Halpin.

Tom Halpin.

Tom Halpin.


Thomas (Tom) Halpin, late of Coolgreany, Co Wexford and Halpin's Furniture, Arklow, passed away on Thursday, November 11, peacefully surrounded by his loving family and in the tender care of Asgard Lodge Nursing Home. He was 85 years of age.

Tom was born and raised in Gurteen near Inch in Co Wexford and joined the army at seventeen. He was stationed in Cathal Brugha Barracks in Dublin and did a six-month tour of service with the UN Peace Corp in the Congo in 1962.

He loved the army and his high-quality marksmanship stood to him in later life.

He met his wife Nora, a Kerry native who was a civil servant in the GPO, in Dublin and they got married in 1960. Together they had seven children.

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Tom started working in the IFI in Arklow when it first opened in the 1960s and continued there for fifteen years. He was a foreman and got on well with all of the workers.

He left the IFI in 1981 to work full-time with Halpin’s Furniture which he started a few years previously in his spare time. The shop has never moved from its current location on Dock Road, Arklow.

He worked with his son Michael in the store from 1981 until his retirement aged 70 in 2006.

He built it into a very successful business in the town.

His skilled marksmanship from his time in the army led him into clap pigeon shooting and he represented Ireland at competitions in Ireland, the UK, and Australia.

He loved spending time with people, he had great time for them, and he enjoyed nothing more than having a chat. When somebody would come into the shop he'd sit down with them and an hour could pass before they even mention furniture.

He was very fond of Arklow people, they knew him on a first name basis and they always supported him. He also had close friends from his time in IFI.

He was full of wit and liked a bit of fun.

After he retired he devoted his time to his family and his wife Nora.

He was a great family man to his seven children and thirteen grandchildren.

He became ill in May and spent the last four months in Asgard Lodge Nursing Home where he was cared for very well.