Late Wexford man was great sportsman
Published 19/05/2015 | 00:00
WELL-known Wexford sports- and businessman Thomas (Tommy) Tierney, who died recently at the age of 72, was one of the town's top bridge players and a man who helped establish young, local golfers as a force to be reckoned with at home and abroad.
The son of Nellie and Willie Tierney, from Hill Street, Tommy was educated at the CBS and Wexford VEC.
An electrical appliance engineer, he set up a factory shop on the Clonard Road before opening premises on Redmond Square and carried on his trade until relatively recently.
Tommy, from Bishops Park, was skilled at golf, snooker at which he was once a Wexford champion, and bridge.
He was a talented bridge player and won a great many tournaments during his time, as well as playing a prominent role as a teacher of bridge, firstly through night classes at the VEC, in 1977, and later at the Bridge Centre.
He was very involved in golf and spent a lot of time bringing juniors into the senior game where they became real contenders and sometimes champions.
'He was hailed a hero for that. He had great faith in the youngsters,' said his wife of 48 years, Nancy, 'the young golfers really respected him.'
A member of Rosslare Golf Club, the juniors, under his wing, won the Fred Daly Trophy and went on to win the Four Nations in Spain, competing against teams from England, Scotland and Wales, following a string of victories in qualifiers throughout Ireland.
'He was very proud of that.. they were called the Magnificent Seven. There were five players and two subs,' said Nancy, who twice travelled to Spain with the Rosslare team.
Daughter Frances said the family's front room had more golf club trophies than family pictures, which led to Tommy being jokingly asked whether he thought more about the club than his family.
As well as playing cards, Tommy was renowned for his card and magic tricks as well and entertained the younger members of the family with tricks of levitation and spoon bending, challenging them to work out how they were being done. He was a man who liked to banter and enjoyed travelling abroad.
Tommy is the beloved husband of Nancy, and the father of Frances, Glen, Shirley, Ann and the late David, who died in 2002. He is sadly missed by them all, his sister Margaret, sons in law, daughter in law, brothers in law, sisters in law, grandchildren, great grandchilden, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. His funeral mass took place at Bride Street Church last Wednesday followed by burial at Crosstown Cemetery.