The death of 51 year old Thurles man Seamus Corbett, 36 Moyne Road, Thurles, who died suddenly while out walking at Clongour in the town on Wednesday evening, last occasioned great sadness in a community where he was well known and highly respected.
Seamus was out walking, as he usually was in the evening time, when he suddenly became ill and died at the scene at Clongour despite the best efforts of medical personnel and passers-by. He had been walking his usual route when the incident occurred and attempts to revive him on the roadside failed.
Locals were shocked at the incident as the deceased was very well known to all in and around Thurles. An employee of the Anner Hotel in the town for well over two decades, he lived with his parents JJ and Mary in the family home in Moyne Road.
Seamus was one of the many public faces of the Anner Hotel and his cheerful and pleasant disposition endeared him to all he came in contact with. He worked for many years alongside his mother Mary in the same establishment and was very highly regarded by all the management and staff, who were trying to come to terms with his passing.
Visitors to the Corbett home in Moyne Road during the period of repose were welcomed warmly by neighbours and friends who went out of their way to ensure that pedestrian and vehicular arrangements were top class. The sense of community spirit, to which the deceased, and his family, contributed hugely, was very much in evidence as folks rallied round JJ and Mary, Fr Padraig, Gerard and Dessie, Catherine, Mary, niece, nephews, relatives and friends
Indeed, testimony to the popularity of Seamus and the Corbett family was the huge attendance in Moyne Road and also in the Cathedral of the Assumption for Requiem Mass which was celebrated by his brother Fr Padraig, CC Loughmore/Castleiney. He was later laid to rest in St Patrick’s Cemetery - only across the ditch from his home in Moyne Road.
Predeceased by his sister-in-law Jackie and nephew Paul, Seamus Corbett will be missed in the Anner Hotel by all the management, staff and patrons; he will be missed on the roads and streets of Thurles he loved to walk with great energy and vigor; and he will be missed by his many friends scattered throughout Thurles and further afield.
However, it is his heartbroken parents JJ and Mary who will miss him most, alongside his brothers, relatives and the extended family. Their burden is heavy this week at Seamus’ passing, but their memories of a great son and brother will survive these difficult days.
May he rest in peace.