Sadness at death of Wexford Golf Club Captain Tony

By Maria Pepper

The late Tony O'Neill who had become Captain at Wexford Golf Club just a few months ago.
The late Tony O'Neill who had become Captain at Wexford Golf Club just a few months ago.

The death on Sunday morning of well-known Wexford Golf Club Captain and former pub owner Tony O' Neill has caused widespread shock and sadness throughout the town.

Tony of Sierra K, Newtown Road died in the Beacon Hospital, Dublin on Sunday morning just over two months into his popular captaincy of the Golf Club where he was photographed at the first drive-in of his year-long term of office on March 5.

After the news of his death was announced, the Golf Club issued the following statement, paying tribute to Tony who was 73 years old: 'It was with great sadness on Sunday morning last that we learned of the death of our Captain Tony O'Neill. Tony passed away that morning at the Beacon Hospital. He played on and managed many teams over the years at Wexford Golf Club. Not only was he a very accomplished and successful golfer but he was also a tireless worker for the club.'

'Tony was very proud to be our Captain this year and was looking forward to his Captain's prize and weekend which is due to take place on the June Bank Holiday weekend. To Bridget and family, we extend our heartfelt sympathy on Tony's death. He will be sorely missed at Wexford Golf Club.'

As a mark of respect, the club is closing today (Tuesday) when the Removal of the Remains will take place from Tony's residence in Newtown Road to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rowe Street for funeral Mass at 12 noon, followed by burial in St. Ibar's Cemetery in Crosstown.

Tony was a well-known member of Wexford Vintners Association for many years, running the very popular former Shambles Bar in Common Quay Street (which later became Chocolate and now Ramen) with his wife Bridget.

He is survived by Bridget; his sons Brian and Paul; daughters Una and Lisa; his brother Patrick; daughter-in-law Jeanette; sons-in-law Sebastien and Jarlath; his grandchildren Ben and Maisey and his extended family and a wide circle of friends. He was predeceased by his sister Ita.

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