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The Passing Of Tommy Gaffney Marks The End Of An Era

For those who make the ascent to the Summit, over the coming weeks and months, the atmosphere will feel that bit heavier, as the passing of one, Tommy Gaffney marks the end of an era for many and a huge loss to the community of Howth and beyond. Ever present to the proceedings, his ample frame, warm smile and kind word set the tone for local and rambler alike and his gentle demeanour made the customer feel at home, in his home – while his eyes surveyed the surrounds to make sure the house was in order.

For almost 5 decades, Tommy Gaffney ran proceedings, from the heyday of the over-the-counter trade, 5 deep at the bar, packed with teens who are 50’ (or 60′) somethings now, closing time called – do you have no homes to go to – but there always seemed time for one more. And on the odd night you ventured beyond the peninsula, returning to the Summit for that famous last one, had a home-coming feeling, layer upon layer of familiar aromas, local faces and a warm welcome from the master of the house, himself.

Outside the business, Tommy was known as a stalwart of the community, statesmanlike in his demeanour and a gentleman to one and all. He will be sorely missed but forever remembered for his heart-warming presence. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam dílis

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