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RIP Tributes paid to beloved Mayo coast guard and GAA coach following untimely death

Away from the field of play, Tommy was a Trojan worker and could always be relied upon to put his shoulder to the wheel in times of crisis"


Tommy McNamara (Facebook)

Tommy McNamara (Facebook)

Tommy McNamara (Facebook)

Tributes have been paid to beloved Mayo coast guard and GAA coach Tommy McNamara following his untimely death.

The father of three died on Tuesday morning, May 3rd 2022.

GAA club, Bord na nÓg Acla, where he coached his son Fionn’s under 14 team paid tribute to him.

“During what continues to be some very tough and sad days for Achill, Bord na nÓg Acla is shaken to its very core to learn of the sudden passing [on Tuesday] of its current Under 14 coach Tommy McNamara.”

“Just last Thursday evening Tommy was in Newport to see his side, which included his youngest son Fionn, contest a west Mayo final against next door neighbours Burrishoole,” they said.

“Tommy has been a coach for many years, and whether it was for CLG Acla events or the local national school competitions involving his three beloved boys, Tommy was always at the end of the phone, willing to answer the call.”

“Away from the field of play, Tommy was a Trojan worker and could always be relied upon to put his shoulder to the wheel in times of crisis,” the tribute continued.

“Never one to miss an opportunity to exchange a bit of banter, his words of encouragement to the young lads of Achill will live on for many a year.”

“For Tommy’s lovely wife Emer and their boys Thomas, Micheál (U16), and Fionn (U14), as well as his family and friends, we cannot quantify or put words on the huge sorrow and heartbreak that this morning’s awful news has made us feel.”

The GAA club said that they will pray for Tommy and his family, adding: “Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

The popular Mayo man was also a volunteer with Achill Coast Guard.

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“The Achill Island Coast Guard family are deeply saddened at the untimely death of our friend and colleague, Tommy McNamara,” a spokesperson said.

“We will miss Tommy more than words could ever express and our thoughts and sympathy are with his family and friends.”

Neart Acla, a charity aiming to promote and encourage positive health and wellbeing through social engagement and activities within the parish of Achill, also paid tribute to Mr McNamara.

“[On Tuesday] we awoke to the horrendous news that our good friend and committee member Tommy McNamara passed away.”

“Tommy was an integral part of the formation of Neart Acla CTR.”

“Both Tommy and his wife Eimear were actively involved in our group since its formation.”

“We just don’t have any words that can console Tommy’s family and friends at this sad sad time.”

“We as a committee and community group are truly heartbroken too,” the tribute continued.

“Heart broken not only for Tommy’s family and friends but heart broken for our community and the great absence that will be felt for years to come without [him].

“Tonight we pray for Eimear, Thomas, Micheál and Fionn, Family and Friends and all those who loved Tommy. Rest in Peace a Chara.”

Tommy’s death notice reads: “Tommy McNamara, The Hill, Pollagh, Keel, Achill, Co. Mayo. Predeceased by his parents James and Rita and nephew Gearoid. Deeply regretted by his wife Emer, sons Thomas, Micheal and Fionn, brothers and sisters, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, father-in-law, mother-in-law, relatives and friends.”

He will repose at Sweeney’s Funeral Home (F28HN81), Achill Sound, on Thursday evening from 5pm until 7pm.

Removal from his residence in Pollagh will take place on Friday morning at 9.30am to St. Patrick’s Church ahead of Mass at 10am.

Funeral proceeding to Lakelands Crematorium, Cavan, for service at 4pm.

The McNamara family have asked for their home to remain private.

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