A MAYO garda based in Dublin took ill and died suddenly while out jogging on Clontarf seafront last week. Tom Donohoe (59), a native of Rooskeybeg, Claremorris, had been stationed in Dublin for many years and resided with his family in Clontarf.
Tom (pictured) qualified with a Law degree in recent years and had spent time dispensing his knowledge and advice to garda recruits at Templemore Training College.
Friends back home in Claremorris, where his brother Peter resides in the home-place, learned with much sadness of his sudden passing in Dublin.
Some recalled his days in St Colman’s College when he played football with the senior team and was at midfield for St Colman’s the year he did the Leaving Cert in 1976, a year before Colman’s won the All-Ireland Final. He also played with Claremorris in the mid 1970’s.
Former neighbour, Oliver Egan, who attended the funeral in Clontarf, said: “Tommy was a nice gentleman who was always willing to help others. He was a very decent and kind man who always kept in touch with his home area. He was a regular visitor to Claremorris and we would often meet for a chat in Killeen’s.
“Tommy was teaching law in the Garda College for the last few years and always kept himself fit and well. He would even do an early morning run around the lake when he was down here. He was a great Mayo supporter and was a regular at the big games in Croke Park.”
Reposing was at his residence last Thursday and Friday with removal on Saturday morning to St John the Baptist Church, Clontarf Road for Requiem Mass and with funeral afterwards to Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harold’s Cross, Dublin.
Tom is deeply regretted by his wife Patricia (Daly) and much their family, Aisling, Éamonn and Órla, brothers Peter and Pat, sisters Mary, Catherine, Bridget, Anne and Gerardine, mother-in-law Joan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.