Tim Guiney: the Tullamore Golf Club historian. An appreciation by Michael Byrne and Kevin Corrigan

Tim Guiney, late of Cork and Tullamore died at Tullamore Regional Hospital on 15 October 2021. It was only a few weeks earlier – on Sunday 5 September –  that we gathered in Tullamore Golf Club for the launch of a 125th anniversary publication on the club. Tim had led a team in publishing this book which was a follow on from the very fine history of 2010 to mark the centenary fourteen years earlier. Others had started the work on the 2010 book but Tim brought it to conclusion. He would put his team forward but it was he in his quiet persuasive way that ensured its completion. A doctor of science he brought his skills to the big 2010 history. This book will prove its worth for the social history of Tullamore in years to come.

We stood in the clubhouse on 5 September joking about the 100th anniversary of Brookfield in 2026 and remarking that there would be another day and another publication to mark that event. We will not have Tim to lead that project, but the benefit of all his work for the club and its history will enure and his contribution will endure. He saw the value of the research for the social history of Tullamore and its worth to the club. Furthermore, he ensured that the historic papers of the club would be safe by placing them in Offaly Archives. Walking the Brookfield course today we walk with others over almost a century. The two club histories that Tim was so much a part of make that walk so much the richer. Clubs are made the stronger by the members who keep on giving to the corporate body.

Tim Guiney speaking at the launch of the 125th review on 5 September 2021

The attractive update launched on 5 September 2021

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Kevin Corrigan writes:

Desperately sad news this weekend with the sudden death of a much cherished adopted son of Tullamore, Tim Guiney.

A native of Cork and proud of his home city and county all his life, he moved to Offaly in the 1970s when he took up employment in Goodbody’s of Clara. He set up Midland Bandages, based in Sragh Business and Technology Park in Tullamore in 1987 and this became a successful company, developing high quality bandages for the Irish market. They were sold to the Lynch Medical Group in 2007.

Tim Guiney possessed a lovely, gentle, endearing personality. He was very pleasant company, well spoken, a good conversationalist and a genuinely nice man.

A devoted family man, he was heartbroken at the death of his wife Mary a few years ago. Outside of family and business, he was particularly well known in Tullamore Golf Club and has made a lasting legacy there.

A very keen, committed golfer, he served the club well in a variety of capacities. He was their men’s captain in 2008 and in recent years, did trojan work as their men’s junior convenor. He was passionate about promoting junior golf, increasing and retaining membership among young people – a challenge for every golf club – and giving them every opportunity to fulfil their potential.

A very fair minded man, he organised coaching and competitions for young members as well as ensuring access to high level tuition for the more promising golfers. He helped run a weekly Find the Joker fundraiser for Tullamore Golf Club and was a very dedicated club member.

His contribution goes much deeper than that. Back in 2010, he was one of the main people behind the publication of the excellent Tullamore Golf Club history book. This was a superb production, detailing every aspect of Tullamore Golf Club since their foundation in 1896 and while he had the assistance of others, he was one of its driving forces. He was meticulous in making sure things were right and mistakes were minimal. He devoted huge time to research, articles and making sure the book was one that the club could be proud of. He certainly achieved that and just a few weeks ago, a smaller updated addition was published by the club, outlining the past ten years from 2011 to 2021. While he was disappointed that this hasn’t sold as well as he had hoped, the updated book was also a great addition to the club and the local history scene.

The fine history of 2010

He had been in great form at that launch and since then as he went about his daily and weekly routine and his sudden demise has been a great shock to his family, many friends and admirers.

The ‘top table’ that day in 1926 included J.S. McCann, Edmund Williams, Henry Brenan and Pat Egan

Tim Guiney was predeceased by his beloved wife Mary. Tim will be sadly missed by his loving sons Roger and Steven, daughters Louise and Áine, daughter in law Barbara, son in law Kevin, grandchildren Susan, Amelie, Jill and David, his brothers Bill, David and John, sisters Mary and Lynn, sisters in law, brothers in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many friends. The funeral was to the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore, followed by burial in St. Oliver’s Cemetery, Ballincollig, Cork.