TRIBUTE has been paid to a stalwart member of the Tullamore St Patrick’s Day Parade organising committee, the late Seamus O’Connor who passed away last October.
Seamus served as Master of Ceremonies at the parade for many years and his melodious voice and commentary is forever associated with the event for many townspeople.
In a tribute penned before the 2019 parade, which takes place this Sunday, Sean O’Brien, Secretary/PRO, Tullamore St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, writes:
“Seamus was a fantastic member of the St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee for many years. He loved St. Patrick’s Day and felt so proud to see people marching and representing their clubs and organisations.
“He was a great Committee member, easy to work with as he had a great sense of humour, and always had new ideas. He worked hard and was always calling to businesses to collect subscriptions to defray the costs of the Parade.
“Seamus was MC for the Parade for many years and his quick wit during the event was appreciated by participants and the public alike.
” When Seamus retired from the Committee we honoured him by selecting him as Grand Marshall for that year. Seamus was Life President for a number of years and we were delighted to provide a Guard Of Honour at his funeral. Sincere sympathy to his wife, family and many friends.”
The late Seamus was also a talented musician and played drums with a number of bands including the Kilbeggan based, Andy Hennessy showband.
The band was extremely successful in its day and travelled the length and breath of the country. Seamus also toured England regularly with the band.
In later years he drummed with The Four Seasons and nice n’easy bands.
Seamus had a beautifully soft way of speaking and was always in demand to act as MC at various events. He was also a liturgical reader in the church.
Seamus worked as a travelling salesman selling clothing and covered a wide area of the midlands and was a well known and popular figure.
Seamus loved a cup of tea and a chat and always had interesting and funny stories from his travels either from his band days or his work as a salesman.
Seamus, who resided at Church Road with his wife, Mary, was a great family man and was very proud of his two children Brendan and Emer.
He passed to his heavenly reward at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore and burial was to Clonminch Cemetery following the celebration of Solemn Requiem Mass in the Church of the Assumption.
Deepest sympathy is extended to his wife Mary, son Brendan, daughter Emer, Brendan’s partner Emily, son-in-law Niall, grandson Conor, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.
May he rest in peace.