TOM Merrick, Carramore, Ballyhaunis, who died recently, was the last of his generation of the Merrick family. The family were always associated with the land and farming and were held in high regard in their home area between Logboy and Cloonfad.
Tom spent a time over in England in his younger years where he worked on the buildings. On his return to Ireland, he continued in the same vein, including working on a special building project at Croke Park.
Back home in Carramore, he helped out on the farm with his brother Paul who was very well known around the Ballyhaunis and Cloonfad region. They were regulars at the fairs and marts and were an integral part of the local farming community. Paul died back in 2009, a gentle soul who was so well liked around the district. Their other brother Toby died back in 1983.
The game of 25 was one of the pastimes that Tom enjoyed and it provided a social outlet for him.
In his young days, he also enjoyed going to the local dances and never lost his love for music. In more recent years, he especially looked forwards to the Saturday music nights in Gill’s Bar in Ballyhaunis and was a very regular attendee at these occasions. His last trip to Gill’s was at Christmas.
Tom had been in failing health for the last few months and spent some time in Swinford District Hospital.
He had very good neighbours who looked out for him and who were always there to lend a helping hand. He will be missed by all his friends around the district.
Reposing was at Donnellan’s Funeral Home, Ballyhaunis, with removal to St Patrick’s Church, Cloonfad. Fr Joe Feeney, PP, celebrated the Funeral Mass and burial took place afterwards in Ballyhaunis Cemetery.
Tom, who was predeceased by his brothers Paul and Toby, is survived by his relations, good neighbours, and kind friends.