Tuesday 22 October 2019

Huge sadness following death of popular Phil (27)

The late Philip Hore.
The late Philip Hore.

By Amy Lewis

The sad loss of popular young man and avid hunter Philip (Phil) Hore served as a huge blow for members of the Kilmore community, who will long remember him for his positive and outgoing nature.

Born in Tilladavins, Tomhaggard, the 27-year-old passed away on March 3 - a year to the day that he was diagnosed with cancer. Despite his illness, Phil remained optimistic until the end and always believed that he was going to get better.

From a young age, Phil held a huge interest in farming, something which was passed on to him by his late father Nicholas. He worked on the family farm right up until his final days, with the help of Dean Codd, who stepped in to lend a hand when Phil became ill.

He adored his two horses Calvin and Billy, as well as his farm machinery and he had recently purchased a new tractor. On the day of his funeral mass, his love of farming played a central role as his horses and tractor led the funeral party. Best friends Mikey Moran and Emma Cousins rode the horses and helped to give him the best send-off possible.

As a teenager, Phil's love of horses led him to join Killinick Harriers. He soon climbed the ranks in the club and held a central role there for many years. For the last several years, he served as their secretary and was heavily involved in all aspects of the club. Last year, Phil organised a charity hunt with the Killinick Harriers in aid of St Anne's Day Care Ward in St Vincent's Hospital.

More than 220 people took part in the event, which pulled in a staggering €47,740.75. Phil was overwhelmed with the success of the event and extremely grateful for the support he received.

Along with farming and hunting, Phil also had a great interest in sport. He played hurling and Gaelic with Kilmore GAA for many years. While studying in Kildalton College, he took up football and went on to win an All-Ireland medal.

Phil will be remembered as a laid back and positive man who always had something to look forward to. Following the charity hunt, he looked forward to spending Christmas with his family and friends. The next big event for Phil was the recent Killinick Harriers ball. Unfortunately, Phil was not strong enough on the day to go to the event so his family went to represent him.

Phil's one wish was to see the end of the hunting season before he passed away. He died on the final day of the season on March 3 at 6.10 p.m., at the very time that the final bugle had been sounded to call the hounds home. While the hunters called the hounds home, God called Phil home.

Phil's funeral mass at the Church of St Anne and St James in Tomhaggard drew a huge crowd of friends and family members, who gathered to say farewell to their beloved friend. As he was buried outside the door of the church to rest with his late father, over 60 of Phil's friends from the Killinick Harriers stood by in their hunting gear to pay their respects. A bugle was blown for the final time as he was laid to rest.

Phil will be sadly missed by his mother Valerie, sister Annaleigh, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.

May he rest in peace.

Wexford People