Tidy Towns unveils bench in memory of Tom

By Amy Lewis

Published 20/08/2016 | 00:00

The gathering at the unveiling of the bench in memory of Tom Murphy by Rosslare Tidy Towns.
The gathering at the unveiling of the bench in memory of Tom Murphy by Rosslare Tidy Towns.

The name of late Rosslare Tidy Towns member Thomas Murphy will live on for years to come thanks to a new bench that was unveiled in his memory.

An extremely dedicated and long-serving member of the group, Tom sadly passed away in June 2015 following an illness. To mark his anniversary and pay tribute to the work that he did around Rosslare, a new bench was unveiled in one of his favourite places - the Cliff.

'Tom was a longstanding member of the Rosslare Tidy Towns. He was a meticulous man and very passionate about his desire to keep Rosslare clean and tidy,' said Ray Flynn of Rosslare Tidy Towns. 'He could be seen at all hours of the day and night on his bike picking up rubbish.'

Tom's wife Liz, daughter Elaine and grandson Hari attended the ceremony, as did fellow members of the Tidy Towns group and friends from across the community. The bench was placed in an area that was cherished by Tom himself.

'The site is excellent as it has a fantastic view across the bay and is an area that Tom loved. You can see from the harbour to Curracloe,' explained Ray. 'It is an area that Tom always ensured was clean and tidy.'

The decision to place a bench in Tom's memory was made unanimously by members of the Rosslare Tidy Towns, who wanted to do something to 'mark Tom's memory and keep it alive'. It was constructed by members of the Rosslare Men's Shed, while costs were paid for by a local person who wished to remain anonymous.

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