Pho­tog­ra­pher Tommy (56) brought thrill of hunt to life

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

TOMMY DONO­HOE, late of Kil­leg­ney, Clon­roche, who passed away aged 56 on August 20, was a gen­tle giant who made a huge im­pres­sion on ev­ery­one he met.

Tommy was born on April 19, 1961, at Ra­heena­hone, Gal­bally, the son of Tommy and Eileen and brother to Billy, John, Michael and his sis­ter Jane. He at­tended Gal­bally NS and Coláiste Ab­bain sec­ondary school.

From a young age Tommy loved golf and whiled away many an hour play­ing with Cloughbawn Golf So­ci­ety.

He worked at Ryan’s pub in Gal­bally for many years be­fore get­ting a job at Sola Lenses.

A gen­tle­man who got on well with ev­ery­one, Tommy loved pho­tog­ra­phy and al­ways looked for­ward to the hunt sea­son when, through his lens, he brought the colour and thrill of the hunt to life in his won­der­ful pho­to­graphs.

He would at­tend the Wex­ford and Bree hunts and loved tak­ing ac­tion shots, cap­tur­ing peo­ple in their el­e­ment, never opt­ing for the forced staged photo.

Stand­ing 6ft 5in, he met Mar­garet Kin­sella and the happy cou­ple were mar­ried in Cloughbawn church in 1992, set­tling in Kil­leg­ney.

Tommy worked for his brother at Mythen & Dono­hoe con­struc­tion.

A lover of coun­try mu­sic, Tommy played gui­tar at pubs around Wex­ford. He en­joyed trips to Cork to visit his good friend Ger.

Sadly Tommy fell ill in Novem­ber and passed away af­ter a nine month ill­ness, which he fought with great courage.

A mas­sive crowd packed into St. Cle­ment’s Church, Cloughbawn, on Wed­nes­day last for Tommy’s fu­neral Mass, with peo­ple trav­el­ling from through­out Ire­land. The Wex­ford Hunt did a pa­rade for him, stand­ing as guard of hon­our.

Mar­garet said: ‘I’d say Tommy was smil­ing down. It was a fan­tas­tic sight. They were all togged out; all that was miss­ing was the horses.’

She said Tommy was an ab­so­lutle gen­tle­man who would help any­one he could.

He is re­mem­bered fondly and deeply missed by his wife, Mar­garet; brothers Billy, John and Michael; sis­ter Jane; neph­ews; nieces, rel­a­tives and many friends.

May his gen­tle soul rest in peace.

The late Tommy Dono­hoe

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