Rescue 115 pays tribute to late Tomsie O’Sullivan

Rescue 115 pays tribute to late Tomsie O’Sullivan


Update – The crew of Rescue 115 paid a fitting tribute to Tomsie O’Sullivan in Lahinch this evening as the Sikorsky S92A hovered in the area while his remains were removed from his home to Lahinch Church.

Mourners gathered outside the church as the helicopter approached over Lahinch Beach. The crew had just returned from a tasking to Kenmare Co Kerry and diverted to Lahinch on their way back to Shannon Airport.

Tomsie O’Sullivan’s  funeral mass will taken place on Saturday at 11am, followed by burial afterwards in the Old Cemetery, Ennistymon. House private please. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to the RNLI.

The death has taken place of well known Lahinch community activist and long-time member of the RNLI Tomsie O’Sullivan.

Tomsie’s family have confirmed that their loving father entered eternity peacefully this morning at his residence in Station Road, Lahinch. Tomsie turned 90 just last year.

He had been a community activist in his native Lahinch and a volunteer with the RNLI for almost six decades. He was also very involved with Friends of Ennistymon Hospital which he help to establish.

In his lifetime, Tomsie was a shop keeper, laundromat operator, Director of Lahinch Development, caravan park owner, a church usher, Minister of the Eucharist, Guide Dog trainer and fundraiser, marine radio operator and Peace Commissioner.

The late Tomsie O’Sullivan (left) picture with members of the crew of Rescue 115 – Photo: Pat Flynn

Tomsie was also a regular contributor on Clare FM’s drivetime programme in the 1990s and early 2000s reporting on local events.

Last year Tomsie received a special commemorative gold medal to celebrate his incredible 58 years of service with Lahinch RNLI.

Tomsie also founded Lahinch Sea Shore and Inland Rescue unit and was a former OC, “B”. Company 22nd Infantry Battalion of the F.C.A. (Lahinch camp).

Tomsie is predeceased by his loving wife Marie, deeply regretted by his loving family, son Owen, daughters Selina, Joan, and Helen, grandchildren Alannah, Jack, Susan, Milly, Siabh, Ellsie, sons-in-laws, daughter-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and extended family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

The late Tomsie O’Sullivan pictured with good friend Richard Devereaux at an event in Doolin in 2015.