by ehistoryadmin on November 30, 2019

Leinster Leader 18 July 1959

Mr. Thomas Oates, Curragh

Mr. Thomas Oates, who died at his residence, Brownstown, Curragh was well over 80 years, and was the oldest resident in the area. Born at Lumville, Curragh, he spent the greater part of his life in the Curragh district and had a lengthy association with the Curragh military camp.

He could recall the big influx of troops into the Camp before and during the South African war and of the tent encampments which sprung up around the Camp proper at the time. He also saw the building of the permanent brick buildings which replaced the original wooden structures at Curragh Camp.

For most of his life he was employed in numerous business premises at Curragh Camp, his last employment being in the Curragh Picture House. He was a member for a quarter century of the staff there.

He was a very well-known and highly respected figure in the district, and his death after a rather protracted illness, occasioned sincere regret.

The large and representative funeral took place to Carna. Very Rev. Father Kelly, P.P., officiating at the graveside. He is survived by his son, Frank, daughter, Mrs. Kathleen Goggin, grandson, Mr. Thomas Goggin and grand-daughters, Mrs. Eva Donoghue and Mrs. Muriel Clinton.


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