Kings Hill, Westport
It’s a year since you passed. A year of changes, adjustment and frequent tears.
Born in 1925, Tommy’s parents were John and Annie McMyler, James Street. They had five children; Thomas, Paddy, Annette, Brid and Mary. They ran the McMyler Hotel, now the Clew Bay Hotel. Tommy was educated in the local Christian Brothers School
He emigrated to Australia in the 1950’s, as a £10 pom. £10 poms were people who availed of a migration assistance scheme to Australia. The journey took six weeks and included sailing through the Suez and stops in Bombay and Jakarta. Australia was hard. Hard and conservative. He spent a year and a half in Yallourn, Victoria, on the brown coal, before moving onto the Snowy, the famous Snowy Mountain Hydroelectric Scheme. His last four years were spent working in Uranium mines in Rum Jungle, near Darwin, Northern Australia.
Tommy came home in 1960, having saved his money in Australia so he could go to college. He started Veterinary Medicine in Earlsfort Terrace, UCD at 32 years of age. Soon after qualifying Tommy met Clair and they married in 1967. Tommy worked in Dublin and Wicklow before moving home to the place he loved most, Westport, in 1974. He took up a post of veterinary Inspector with the Department of Agriculture in Davitt House in Castlebar. Tommy loved Westport, its people and was proud of what it stood for. He loved fishing, walking the beach and was a great cook. He swam 7 days a week up to his 92nd year.
Tommy had a great interest in genealogy and local history. Up to the time he passed, at the age of 92, he could still describe with great accuracy his childhood in Westport. He was old Westport. He watched St. Mary’s Church being built. He was an extraordinary mine of information with regard to Westport and its people. His great friend John Staunton put it best when he said “Who will I ask now? Who will tell me where so and so lived? Who will tell me more about my own family than I know myself?”He absolutely doted on his granddaughter Grace. He is dearly missed by his family and friends.