The unexpected death occurred on April 18th last of Joe McCarthy Church Street, Templemore.
Even though Joe had spells of ill health in recent times, his sudden death came as a great shock to his wife, family and the wider community.
A native of the Horse & Jockey, Joe lived in Barnane during the years he spent working in Killoskehane Castle.
During this time he hurled with the Drom team and earned himself a Mid Final medal in 1951.
When he married Kathleen they set up home in Church Street where they reared their family of four children.
He worked as a truck driver for O’Doherty’s Hardware for a number of years and also as a bus driver with C.I.E and for Tom Collins Transport, driving school buses and doing bus trips to Knock and the general Templemore area.
His great love was GAA activities – he was an avid supporter and follower of Templemore Eire Og, especially when his son played.
He regularly acted as umpire at Thurles and local match venues.
Joe was very proud of his grandson Mark when he lined out with Tipperary Minors last year in Croke Park in the All Ireland Final. He travelled to Thurles to be part of the Homecoming for the team when they arrived back with the All Ireland Cup.
He loved to chat at his front door to his neighbours and friends as they passed by, mostly about sporting events and last Sunday’s games...
He will be sadly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Kathleen, sons Joe and Karl, daughters Josephine and Tina, daughters-in-law Jackie and Carmel, son-in-law Tom, 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Joe’s remains reposed at Grey’s Funeral Home where a huge number of people turned up to pay their last respects.
Following Requiem Mass on Sunday Joe’s coffin draped in the Drom/Inch colours was taken to St Joseph’s Cemetery for burial.