The late Frank Barrett, St Jude’s, Clongour, Thurles was a very well known and popular figure in and around Thurles having spent a lifetime living in the Cathedral Town.
Frank worked for many years in Killough where he was head of machinery. And, working in an environment where the majority of employees were drawn from Moycarkey, Holycross and Boherlahan, it was only natural that Frank’s love of Gaelic Games would be common ground for discussion throughout the years.
Frank was very much involved with Thurles Sarsfields for many years having served as a member of the committee, a player and a selector. And, it was a great source of pride to him to see his sons donning the blue and white in later years also. Frank was a great supporter of the Blues and of Durlas Og, the famous juvenile GAA club in the town, and together with his brother Tommy, former County GAA Board Secretary, he made an invaluable contribution to Gaelic Games in Thurles and Tipperary.
Among his many other interests, Frank was also an avid Fianna Fail member and worked very hard for the political organisation for many years. It was fitting that party members should form a Guard of Honour to accompany Frank on his final journey through the streets of the town he loved so much.
To those living in Clongour, Frank Barrett was a good and kindly neighbour. And, he always had a word for the passer-by as he went about his business, whether in Clongour, up-town, or further afield. His popularity and the esteem he and his family are held in, was evidenced in the large turnout at his funeral, from his lying in repose at Egan’s Funeral Home, to his Funeral Mass in the Cathedral of the Assumption and burial afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery. Hundreds came to pay their respects, offer their sympathy and support, and remember and recall a man who did much for his local community.
Frank Barrett will be missed in Clongour and in Thurles. But it is St Jude’s that he will be missed most. His wife Kitty (nee Broderick) enjoyed many happy years of love and friendship with Frank and together they delighted in their daughter Fiona, sons Shane, Emmet, Proinsias and Padraig, their adoring grandchildren, daughters-in-law and son-in-law. Frank’s brothers Tommy and Oliver, sisters Anna, Bridget and Noreen, his nieces, nephews, relatives and friends will also miss him dearly - St Jude’s won’t quite be the same again without his presence.
May he rest in Peace.