generations of Thomas Cleary lived in
Nenagh, Co.Tipperary. His grandfather
Thomas was land steward to the Riggs
Miller family and his grandmother (Ann
O'Shaughnessy) was their housekeeper.
They were always dog people - his father
was best known for cockers and greyhounds
- most well known in the greyhounds
the family owned was a bitch called
first success was handling a cocker
in a Junior Handlers Class in 1932.
Tom was born in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
and lived in Borrisokane for the early
years and then came to Dublin where
he met and married Eithne. He also played
the alto sax in Kevin Doherty's band
in the early 1950's. He made up his
first staffie in 1973 - Ch. Rothersyke
Vostock and also owned /campaigned Am/Ch.
Devil's Dike in Ireland.
vocational teacher by profession he
retired from the National Medical Rehabilitation
Centre in 1987 - He has also been Secretary
of Bray since 1983 and founded the Irish
Staffordshire Fanciers Club of which
he is still Secretary.
Staffordshires and Glen champions they
have owned are too numerous to record.