Tommy Nolan was a proud son of Wexford
Published 14/07/2015 | 00:00
Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing dismay you, All things will pass. God never changes.
Patience attains all that it strives for. He who has God finds he lacks nothing, God alone suffices.
Thomas Tommy Nolan passed from this life on 28th June 2015 in Wexford County Hospital in the presence of his family and with the consolation of his faith following a short illness.
Tommy`s passing was sudden enough when it came, even though he had been in and out of hospital for most of the preceding two months.
Prior to his short illness Tommy was an active member of a number of musical and cultural groups in the town and beyond including The Wexford Folk Orchestra, Cor na Bhfear Rathangan, Conradh na Gaeilge and Ceolteoiri Munna, his support and participation will be missed by all.
His removal, funeral and burial which were attended by throngs of people were a testament to the high and enduring regard in which he was held.
The music of the Wexford Folk Orchestra and Cor na Bhfear Rathangan captured the essence of the man and the singing of "Boolavogue" as his remains were carried from the church will remain in the memory of all present for a long time to come.
The instrumental version of "The Parting Glass" delivered by his Grandchildren was a beautifully poignant and fitting tribute to a man for whom music and song was such a large part of his life.
The rendition of "She moved through the Fair" by Peter Murphy at the graveside represented the final musical tribute on a day of tributes.
Born in 1931 Tommy or Brownie as he came to be Known (almost everyone of that generation had a nickname) lived a long and full life and made a great and lasting positive impression on all who came to know him.
Tommy was a son to his loving parents a brother to his siblings in Emmett Place, a husband to his beloved wife Kathleen a father to his three children and a Grandfather to their children; he fulfilled all of these various roles admirably over the years through good times and bad times through thick and thin with characteristic good humour and dignity.
Tommy was predeceased by his loving wife Kathleen, his daughter Tina and his grandson Liam, also predeceased by his loving sisters Peggy, Betty and Cathy.
In his youth Tommy played football with the Sarsfields, the Volunteers and the Blues and Whites while followers of the Harriers and the Parnells witnessed his prowess at the ancient game of Hurling.
His working life went through many phases as he sought to build a home and family.
Tommy laboured on the railways and on the buildings and in Springs (Brockhouses) and his beloved Moulding shop in Pierces.
Tommy was an ardent republican whose principles were forged in the crucible of the late 1950`s Ireland and to these principles and to those comrades he remained true to the end.
Let us remember Tommy and recall his smile, his charm and his beguiling nature, his steadfastness in adversity and his faithfulness in friendship.
Let us recall his love of and for music and the Irish language, his creativity and his industry and his sometimes wicked sense of humour.
Let us not be sad at his passing but let us be happy to have known this man and seen at first hand the generosity of his spirit.
He was a proud son of Wexford and a son that Wexford and all of us who knew him can be very, very, proud of.
Ar dheis De go raibh a n anam. Ni bheidh a leithead aris ann.