THE Mayor of Killarney has led tributes to the late Tom Horgan, a well-known and hugely popular Killarney man, whose untimely death occurred on Monday.
Formerly of Ardshanavooley and Woodlawn in Killarney, and late of Boley, Ballycullane, Co Wexford, Tom lived a full life in his hometown for so many years and he leaves a legion of friends behind who will have very fond memories of the times they spent together.
Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Michael Gleeson, expressed his deepest sympathy to Tom’s family as they attempt to come to terms with the devastating loss.
“May his gentle soul rest in eternal peace. May you find consolation from his well-lived life of sharing and caring,” said Cllr Gleeson.
Tom, who was in his mid 50s and had been ill for some time, moved with his family to the Kilkenny-Wexford border a number of years ago and he worked in the coach tour business. He held a high-ranking position with influential tour operator Grand Circle Tours and his business acumen was put to very good use throughout Ireland and the UK.
Prior to that, Tom spent many years working with Dawn Dairies in Killarney and, in his earlier, years he worked as a night porter in the Killarney Avenue Hotel and he also worked in Muckross House. He was also a very familiar face to regular rail commuters between Kerry and Dublin as Tom operated the busy buffet carriage on the daily service for a number of years.
A real DIY enthusiast, he could turn his hand to anything and home maintenance was one of his great passions in life.
Tom’s childhood pal and neighbour, Seán MacMonagle, said he had been like a second brother to him.
“Tom was always there for me. We had some great times growing up in Ardshanavooley. We washed the buses at Hegarty’s in the 70’s and made a few bob. Tom loved his music and always bought the latest record. He was was a big Pink Floyd and Thin Lizzy fand and was delighted to once meet his music idol Phil Lynott,” Seán recalled.
Tom’s passing is deeply regretted by his wife Josephine (Flynn), a native of Ballyneale, Co Kilkenny, who worked as a nurse in St Finan’s Hospital, Killarney, and their four sons Tim, Richard, Simon and Tommy.
Predeceased by his father Timmy, sister Breda and brother Tadhg, he is further survived by his mother Marguerite, brother Seán, sister Elaine, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, relatives and a large circle of friends.
Due to the current guidelines, a private family funeral for Tom took place this Wednesday in the Church of the Assumption, Rosbercon, Co Wexford. A memorial Mass will take place in Killarney at a later date.
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