The world of piping has lost one of its greatest stalwarts and most skilful exponent following the sad passing of Tom Doyle, Park Road, Camolin, who was a lifelong member of St. Michael’s Pipe Band, Gorey.
Tributes have come from pipe bands everywhere, but there was a special tribute from Tom’s colleagues and friends in Gorey Pipe Band who paid tribute to “our beloved friend and former Pipe Major.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his son Darragh, partner Ann, Darragh’s mother Mary, brothers and sister and extended family and friends.”
And the tributes will continue when the Gorey Pipe Band will be playing from St. Michael’s Church to to the graveyard after Mass on Saturday morning.
The family and band have extended an open invitation to any piper or drummer to join the ranks to form a mass band as a means of tribute to Tom.
Tom Doyle was associated with St. Michael’s Pipe Band for over 40 years in the book “Celebrating With Pride 75 years (1938-2013)” Tom said he “was privileged and proud to be secretary and Pipe Major in the band.”
He explained that a chance meeting with Michael (Dinky) Hobbs in the old Brass Band Room in the early 1970’s to bring chairs across to the Parish Hall for the Pipe Band and the moment he entered the band room he was “hooked by the sounds of the pipes.”
As a piper and Pipe Major, Tom had so many exciting chapters in his life with the band. He was on the All-Ireland winning side in 1976 and in 2012 he qualified for the World Championships in Glasgow playing alongside his son, Darragh.
He was so proud as he would lead the band through the streets of his native Gorey for events in the town such as welcoming Wexford teams from Croke Park or participation in annual St. Patrick’s Day parades.
Another everlasting legacy is Tom’s presence in the Irish comedy film Man About Dog featuring Fionnuala Flanagan, Sean McGinley and Pat Shortt, which was first shown in cinemas around the world in 2004. Tom embraced the devilment of the movie when he saluted by ‘raising his kilt’ after delivering a tune on the pipes.
Tom leaves us with great memories of times past and will be dearly missed by all who knew him or made his acquaintance.
Tom (Thomas) Doyle, Park Road, Camolin, and formerly of Cluainin, Gorey. Died 2nd April peacefully at Gorey District Hospital. Beloved son of the late Willie and May and loving father of Darragh. Sadly missed by his son, partner Ann, Darragh’s mother Mary, sister Ann, brothers Eddie and Liam, aunts, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and neighbours.
Tom will be reposing at Floods Funeral Home, McDermott Street, Gorey on Thursday (April 4th) from 3 m to 8 pm and again on Friday (April 5th) from 3 pm with removal at 5.30 pm to St. Michael’s Church Gorey. Funeral Mass on Saturday (April 6th) at 11 am. Burial afterwards in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Gorey. Family flowers only, donations, if desired, to Gorey District Hospital.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.