Club notes by Cynthia Daly.
Tom Joe O’ Donoghue: The sad news of the untimely passing of Tom Joe O’ Donoghue was a huge shock to the entire community of Gneeveguilla, and athletic clubs all over the country. Tom Joe was the gently giant, the stalwart of Gneeveguilla Athletic Club and Athletics all over Ireland.
He was a father figure to many many children and athletes on trips to sporting events and mystery tours. Tom Joe was always so kind, caring and fair to all of his charges in the ups and downs of their sporting careers. His great personality, helpfulness and calmness, the quick wit and joke, the infectious laugh endeared him to athletes and parents all over the country.
Tom Joe was a true gentleman with a deep passion of Athletics, to which he devoted nearly 50 years of his life. He worked in a most encouraging, commanding and generous manner, be it in training, on the track, presiding at events, on radio or at meetings. His generosity and helpfulness knew no bounds.
Whilst the greatest loss is to his family, for the club & athletics his loss is immeasurable, Tom Joe is irreplaceable. For those that travelled to athletic events up and down the country or met him at training or events , great times were had, memories will be treasured.
On behalf of club athletes past and current, parents / guardians, lotto officials, lotto sellers, trainers, supporters and helpers we extend our sympathy to his wife Peggy, sons Niall, Denis, Thomas, Padraig & Michael, daughters Josephine, Brigid and Shelia, his grandchildren, in laws, his brother Paddy, sister in law, nephews and nieces.
The huge attendance at his funeral and hundreds of condolences are a fitting tribute to him. Good bye Tom Joe, solus na bhFlaitheas duit. Ni bheidh do leitheid ann aris.
Lotto: Due to the untimely passing of Tom Joe, there was no lotto draw on the 28th of January as a mark of respect.