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Tributes Flood In For Former Tracton Star

Tributes Flood In For Former Tracton Star

Writes JJ Hurley

The passing of Tom Brady on Saturday last was met with much sadness, not just in his beloved parish of Tracton, but in the wider athletic community.

In addition, to his prowess on the athletic circuit, he was an accomplished hurler, having played with Tracton’s county winning side of 1957.

Team captain, Sean Kelly, described him as a very important cog in the success of that year, suggesting he was worth two men, as he steadied the Tracton ship from his favourite centre field position.

Current Chair of Tracton GAA Club, Kevin Cronin said: “Tom Brady was a fantastic athlete and sportsman. He played hurling and football for Tracton and Carrigdhoun and was a key member of Tracton GAA’s Junior Hurling County winning team of 1957. It was great that Tommy could join in the 60th anniversary celebrations of that success hosted by the club in the Overdraught just a few short months ago. His passing is a major loss to the whole community but he leaves behind a strong legacy of sporting endeavour in Tracton. On behalf of all members of Tracton GAA, I’d like to extend deepest sympathies to his wife Mary, children Bill, Betsy, Catherine, Tom, Jerry, Mary, David and Ellen, and to his extended family.”

Former Chairman of the Tracton GAA Club and current Senator Tim Lombard said: “It is a sad occasion for the entire parish at the passing of such a significant figure, describing him as a fantastic neighbour, whose records and accomplishments were simply legendary.”

Tracton AC Tribute To Tom

Chairman of Tracton AC Billy O’Mahony paid the following tribute to the late Tommy Brady, who passed away on Saturday last. “On behalf of all members of Tracton AC, both adult and juvenile, I would like to take this opportunity to offer my condolences to the family of Tom Brady who passed away on Saturday,  May 12th. Tom was a founding member of Tracton AC and an accomplished athlete. He had many successes in the high jump and triple jump but it was in the 56lb throwing event that Tom excelled, winning numerous county titles. He also served as Chairman of the Cork County Athletics Board and President of the Munster Council, working tirelessly to promote athletics. Tom’s hard work and commitment to Tracton AC from the club’s inception over 60 years ago to the present day cannot be underestimated. He was an absolute gentleman who always had plenty of words of encouragement for our juvenile club members, particularly at our annual Sports Day which he regularly attended. Tom will be sadly missed by everybody associated with Tracton AC. Our thoughts are with Mary, Bill, Betsy, Catherine, Tom, Jerry, Mary, David and Ellen at this sad time. May He Rest in Peace.”

Pictured at the Tracton &; Ballyfeard Community Alert Dinner at the Tracton Arts Centre, Minane Bridge, in 2016 were from Tom & amp; Mary Brady. (Picture: Adrian O’Herlihy)

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