The late Thomas Beirne, aged 94 years, who died peacefully on July 14, 2013 in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, was predeceased by his wife, Mary (nee McCormack of Bawn, Moydow) by only three weeks. The couple had been married for 62 years.
Born in 1918, Tom was the last surviving member of the Beirne family of Cartrons, Co Longford, being the brother of James, Kathleen, Mary (McGowan) and Margaret.
Before leaving Ireland in 1962 he had lived for 12 years with his wife and two children in the small village of Hillstreet, Co Roscommon, running a country shop and bar known to locals as the club. It was to Longford, however, that he frequently returned to see family and friends and to retrace his steps on the land that he loved.
His funeral will take place on Thursday, August 1 at St Peter’s Catholic Church, Leamington Spa at 12.30pm followed by burial in Leamington Cemetery.
Mass for the repose of his soul and Month’s Mind Mass will be celebrated in St Mel’s College Chapel, Longford on Friday, August 16 at 7.30pm.