There was deep sadness across the county last week when it emerged that Tommy Sheridan, Firmount, Edgeworthstown and formerly of Dromard, had passed away.
Mr Sheridan died peacefully in the care of the staff of Thomond Lodge Nursing Home on Wednesday, March 11 last.
A well known and highly respected farmer, the late Mr Sheridan was very involved in his local community in Edgeworthstown.
He has been described as a progressive and innovative farmer who became an example to many people in the industry thereafter.
Mr Sheridan also had a great sense of humour and enjoyed chatting and laughing with his neighbours and many friends.
The former president of ICMSA, Pat O’Rourke paid tribute to Mr Sheridan this week. He said the late Tommy had come to live in Edgeworthstown from his native Moyne and became a valued and respected member of the community in the mid Longford town.
“He was a great community person,” added Mr O’Rourke, before pointing out that he began his farming career in the dairying sector and it wasn’t long before his methods and innovativeness caught the eye of others.
“His farm became a demonstration farm: in a time when people were hand-milking cows, that was very impressive.
“He was a leading light in the dairy farming and it is great to see his son John carrying on that tradition.”
The late Tommy Sheridan was also immensely proud of his nine children - Fearghal, John, Tom, Padraic, Joseph, Breege, Aine, Noelle and Mary.
“He was very proud of his family and in particular his son who became involved in construction and was instrumental in the development of Edgeworthstown,” Mr O’Rourke continued.
“When it came to ‘Vote for Joe the Man You Know’ - Deputy Joe Sheridan TD, Tommy’s brother - Tommy was his commander in chief and what Tommy said, went!”
“Tommy Sheridan was very proud of his family, his farm and his community,” added Mr O’Rourke.
“He was very involved in things and had a good life. He presided over three generations of farmers in Firmount.”
Predeceased by his wives Patricia (nee Lynn) and Kathleen (nee Seaward), his brothers, Monsignor John V., Fr. Farrell, Fr. Pat of Kimmage Manor, Dublin, Joe, former T.D., sisters Mai Aquinas and Kathleen, Tommy Sheridan is survived by his nine children, grandchildren, family and friends.
May he rest in peace.