Tommy O`Brien

Tribute to loyal handball servant Tommy O’Brien

Tommy was Uachtarán of Comhairle Liathróid Láimhe na hÉireann from the GAA Centenary Year of 1984 to 1987. He was Leinster Secretary for over 30 years, continuing in this capacity until his untimely death; he also served on several Leinster and national committees. Tommy had a lifetime association with Kilkenny GAA, serving the many facets of the Association with great pride, including work as the County Camogie PRO. He also hosted weekly sports programmes on local radio. Tommy was an excellent Master of Ceremonies and was always in demand for special events in his native county.  Tommy was also the first ever lay Principal of Kilkenny CBS, and was very popular in this role; he will best be remembered for knowing and addressing each boy in the school by name, a rare and fantastic trait. He was coach, advisor and mentor to many of the top senior players in Kilkenny, including Michael ‘Ducksy’ Walsh, who won 38 All-Ireland Senior medals, providing Tommy with some of his most treasured memories.  Well known as a gregarious character, Tommy travelled near and far to see handball games and provided great commentary on the proceedings. He was also involved in the annual handball yearbook for many years, which he completed with his usual passion and flair and his legacy will live on in handball forever; he was a friend to many and a hero to all. 

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