The late Thomas Doody, Moanmore, Castleisland

Members of the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival committee pictured during a meeting at the River Island Hotel in 2006. Included are, from left:  Mike Kenny, RIP; Cormac O’Mahony, Chairman; Brendan Herbert, Muiris O’Mahony, John Reidy, Jerome Hartnett, Patsy O’Donoghue, Charlie Nelligan and Tom Doody, RIP.  Photograph: Rose Halsall 28/09/2006
At the first official meeting of the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival Committee at The Shoemaker’s Inn were, front from left: Pats Broderick, John Reidy and Tom Hickey, RIP; Back: Mike Kenny, RIP; Mary Jones, Pat Mitchell and Tom Doody, RIP. Photograph: Paul Reece. 12-10-1993
A barefaced Tom Doody (centre) after his close shave at Kearney’s Bar for the Haitian Earthquake Disaster in 2010. Tom is pictured here with host Johnny Cahill and barber-for-the-night, Thomas Walsh. Inset the beard shedding getting under way. ©Photograph: John Reidy 14-3-2010

The death has occurred of Thomas Doody, 46 An Caisléan Mór, Castleisland, Co. Kerry and Moanmore, Limerick Road, Castleisland, October 14th 2018, unexpectedly at home.

Beloved son of the late Dan and Mary and brother of the late Joan and John. Deeply regretted by his loving sister Betty, brother Donal, brothers-in-law Tom and John, sister-in-law Máire, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May His Gentle Soul Rest In Peace.

Disability but not Disabled

“I have a disability but I’m not disabled,” was Tom’s short, sharp philosophy in life.

Though afflicted by cerebral palsy from birth, Tom Doody (67) made light of his disability and engaged fully with whatever was going on around him.

He was a regular team member at table quizzes during the height of that craze. Himself and the late Mike Kenny shared this interest and often engaged in bouts of intellectual jousting on quiet nights over a glass or two.

On Festival Committee

He was also on the committee of the first Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival and held the position up to the time of his death on Sunday.

Tom was proud of the growing festival and was a regular at the Sunday night concerts – one of the feature events of the weekend.

Tom also filled roles on stage and front of house for years with the Island Players and, during his years in Cork, he filled similar roles at the Everyman Theatre.

Party Piece

One of the regulars at Sheila Prendiville’s Bar and Grocery, Tom loved the weekly and occasional  music sessions led by his late neighbour, Jackie Dan Jerry O’Connor.

Tom had his party piece too and any musical night wouldn’t be complete without his rendition of Dominic Behan’s Liverpool Lou. His other favourites were: Blueberry Hill and There’s a Hole in the Bucket.

Theatre and General Knowledge

He had a life long interest in theatre and his general knowledge was pin sharp.

In recent years he was in great demand at Castleisland Day Care Centre during quiz time there.

As someone said, you might have to wait for the answer but you’d know it was right when it came.

Beard Shave for Haiti Earthquake Fund

A couple of days before St. Patrick’s Day in 2010, Tom subjected himself to a public beard shaving fundraiser at Kearney’s Bar. He had been growing the beard since the previous Christmas and decided to undergo the shave for the Haiti earthquake disaster of 2010. The earthquake killed over a quarter of a million people when it hit on January 12, 2010.The disaster provoked a world-wide fundraising effort and Tom Doody played his part in it.

May God be good to him.

Funeral Arrangements

Reposing at Tangney’s Funeral Home, Church Street, Castleisland on Wednesday evening from 5pm to 7pm.

Followed by removal to Castleisland Parish Church. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11am.

Burial afterwards in St. John’s Cemetery, Castleisland.

Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to the Castleisland Day Care Centre c/o Tangney’s Funeral Home, Castleisland.

Date Published: Monday 15th October 2018. Date of Death: Sunday 14th October 2018.

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