Tom Hamilton was born in New Ross, Co Wexford. He joined the Naval Service in April 1963 and was to return to Wexford two months later for Naval Honour Guard for President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Trained as a chef, Tom spent many years both ashore and at sea. He was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Office in catering in the 80s and remained as assistant catering officer until 2007.
He went on to work in the Naval Dockyard until his retirement in January 2013, having spent nearly 50 years on the island of Haulbowline.
“Having discovered that a foundation stone for the Naval Dockyard had actually existed, my quest was now to try find the elusive stone. To do this meant rolling back the years, back to the 1800s to an island of rocks and foxes.
What I discovered during my months of searching and research was truly amazing as information accumulated. I pieced together the history of an island reborn from sheer stone rock and reclaimed land.
The island which ay dormant for centuries now began to grown and a great victualing yard, dockyard and drydock emerged, encompassing an area of over 15 acres.”
Tom ordered a mixture of hardback and softback books. His first print sold out within days and he soon ordered another.
Paddy Murray – Relating to Roscomroe
– A compliation of historical stories, facts and other matters of interest 1305-1960s.
During the 1940s, Paddy spent his early days at Coopers of Beaugh, Clears House which adjoined Coopers house, was often regarded as his second home where over the years he had breakfast, dinner and tea, with Martin Clear and Billy “Barney” Bergin (nephew) listening to Martins many stories, also stories told to his father, Joe Murray by Bill Pratt, John Mooney, Andy Quinlan, Tom and Geroge Smith.
His house in Gurteen was a rambling house where people would congregate to discuss the news of the day where the Midland tribune was read aloud beneath the flickering light of the oil lamp (no radio, television or phone). Mikie Chester (Clashroe) and Martin Whelan The Grove, Gurteen) seemed the wise men of the bunch. Later in life I got to know Bill and Pakie Guinan (Upper Gureen) Michael Walsh Postman, Brownhills) and Pakie Mulvey (Summerhill) who was a fountain of knowledge.
A brief encounter with Pat Cordial (1891-1969) Kinnitty in 1963 impressed on him the history of Roscomroe. The book includes plenty of information on the local area and the families that have lived there and it took fifteen years for Paddy to research, write and finish the book. Paddy gives the history of the area from 1305 all the up to 1960.
Paddy wanted to have a traditional cover for the book. Selfpubublishbooks.ie ordered a book block especially for the project and all involved were happy with the result. The book is hardback and all at selfpublishbooks.ie have no doubt that it will be a valuable resource for future readers and historians for generations to come.
For more information or to buy a copy, see the books website. http://relatingtoroscomroe.letshostsitebuilder.com/