Meanwhile, In Castleblayney


This morning.

Saint Patrick’s Church, Oram, Castleblayney, County Monaghan.

Following a funeral mass, the family, friends and fans of country legend Big Tom McBride gather to reminisce and jive.

Papal flag or Castleblaney GAA colours, anyone?

Previously: Big Loss

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Frank O’Dea writes:

In memory of Tom McBride. Watercolour caricature by Dublin artist Ray Sherlock and currently on display at Balla Bàn Art Gallery [Westbury Mall, Dublin 2]….

22 thoughts on “Meanwhile, In Castleblayney

      1. Ina.

        Well, next time you or your family are in a public hospital waiting ten hours to see a doctor, remember that it’s because of people like Big Tom who don’t believe in paying their taxes. Big Tom had private insurance, so he was well looked after.

    1. Optimus Grime

      He did more for the people of his area than you’d ever do in 10 life times Ina, so please be kind enough to jog on. By the way it was 25k in tax he owed and 75k in penalties all of which was paid. Last time I checked it was going to take a bit more than 100k to fix the HSE.

      1. Ina.

        Fair enough, the old crook paid his taxes when he was caught out. That was fierce decent of him.

    1. TheQ47

      He was a member of the local GAA club, and I’m sure I heard somewhere this week that he had played with them in his youth.

      1. Optimus Grime

        He bought the field for the local GAA club, Oram. He also helped with funding the community centre. He did an awful lot for the people of his village

  1. Bonkers

    Thought the crowds would be far bigger than they were, people were saying this would eclipse Joey Dunlops funeral but it fell far short

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