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Farewell to a gentleman

Published 10 months ago 31st July 2021 by Jamie O’Flaherty

Martin Lonergan RIP

On Tuesday morning last, the sad news of the sudden death of former Mayor of Clonmel Martin Lonergan began to darken the doors of family, friends, supporters and former colleagues of the man who had a helping hand for all.

It was a surprise to many, including myself, to hear that Martin was just 39 years of age. Surprising because of what he achieved in those 39 years. Martin was interested in helping people and local projects. He felt that by getting involved in politics he could help the vulnerable in the Goatenbridge area and many times outside. He was not involved for power, greed or capitalism, he wanted to help those who needed help most. Such was his dedication to his local area, he could indeed be referred to as Mr Goatenbridge.

Martin Lonergan embarked on his political career when he ran in the local elections in 2014, topping the poll.


There was a guard of honour of sportsmen and women as Martin’s cortege made its way to St Mary’s Church in Ballybacon.

Saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy. But as his family and friends reflect on the life and times of a man who gave so unselfishly of himself, they will never forget to remember and cherish the quiet man with a friendly smile who was always a compadre with a warm heart. Their hearts may always be heavy but they will have the consolation of knowing that the man they adored was one of Tipperary’s finest.

Predeceased by his father Sean. He will be very sadly missed by his heartbroken mother Maureen, sister Noreen, brothers John and Noel, nieces Ellen and Ciara, nephews Sean Óg and Tadhg, brother in law Ger, sister in law Michelle, uncles Jim, Paddy and Martin, aunts Frances, Alice and Nancy, extended family and friends.

Rest easy Martin
You lived a live dedicated to helping others.

Jamie O’Flaherty

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