The late Jimmy Fogarty ( extreme left in the back row) pictured with a Two-Mile-Borris parish league team in the '70's.
A huge turnout of mourners paid their final respects to a man who was so ingrained in the community, through a host of local organisations.
Former Tipperary Star journalist Jimmy Fogarty, Skehana, Two-Mile-Borris was laid to rest in Loughmore this week, after a short illness which claimed him in his 80th year.
A huge turnout of mourners paid their final respects to a man who was so ingrained in the community, through a host of local organisations - everybody knew Jimmy and respected him greatly, as a community activist, an organiser and a talented scribe.
His final weeks spent in the care of the Thurles Community Hospital of the Assumption saw scores of visitors arriving with the news of the locality for Jimmy. He was always regarded as great company and made friends easily - that he was an only child ensured that his friendships meant even more to him.
His closest relative, Eamon Kelly, told the congregation in St James' Church, Two-Mile-Borris that “Jim was unbelievably generous. Over the years there has been a constant flow of cheques to charities at home and abroad, cheques to the clergy for masses for neighbours and friends dead and alive, a tradition he carried on from his parents. He never missed any of our birthdays no matter what age we reached. When we saw the letter with the Dúrlas Éile postmark we knew we were going to be rich kids for a while,” he said.
Jimmy was a fine athlete in his younger days and was centrally involved in Moycarkey-Coolcroo, BLE, BLOE and NACAI having written notes and stories for the likes of The Tipperary Star, Marathon Magazine, The Clonmel Nationalist and the Gaelic Weekly. He also penned "Moycarkey Coolcroo 1936-2006, A Tipperary Athletic club" - the Moycarkey Borris GAA Story in the 1980's and in 2011 Hillside Views which sold out in weeks. He also wrote extensively for magazines, programmes, publications and annuals.
Joe Moran, delivering a tribute to his great friend Jimmy after the Funeral Mass which was celebrated by Rev Fr Tom Fogarty, said, “Jimmy was humble, self effacing and avoided the spotlight. He led a decent and balanced life, always finding the time to listen, the time to smile, the time to remember, the time to pray, the time to read and the time to travel.
“Our community has been very fortunate to have Jimmy in our midst, a gifted person who generously shared his many gifts with us.
The late Jimmy Fogarty.
Jimmy Fogarty worked with The Tipperary Star in the 1970's resigning in 1979 to establish his own printing business which proved to be a great success. He covered sport, courts, local authority meetings, current affairs and anything else which required reporting. He was very highly regarded in the field and had a great knack for gathering news and presenting it for publication each week.
Jimmy Fogarty was laid to rest in Loughmore Cemetery with his parents and is survived by his cousin, neighbours and many friends.