The Homecoming

Tom Muldoon

He lay on the ground, panting and shaking, like a distressed athlete after a marathon run. 

Some welcome, some homecoming, he thought.

A returning emigrant, he had been looking forward to this visit to his old home, the land of his birth, after so many years abroad.

They had been waiting for him. They knew he was coming, these cruel deceitful people who had lured him to his death which now came swiftly with a sharp rap of the priest to the base of his skull, severing his spinal cord. 

His obituary was written the following day.

“A gourmet’s delight

The first wild salmon of the season, hollandaise on the side”.


Tom Muldoon (August 4 1938-April 26 2020) was born in Castleblayney Co Monaghan. He received scholarships to attend St Macartin’s secondary school and later University College Dublin where he obtained a degree in engineering.  He spent his career in the ESB involved in the development of the service nationwide.  In the later stages of his career he worked with ESB International in Ghana for many years  again developing their electrical infrastructure.  Tom died after a short illness at the height of the COVID19 restrictions.  We didn’t know our father as a writer.  Alone with our loss, without the usual family and friends, it was a treasure to find this as it epitomizes much about him. His sense of fun, and fair play and his connection to Ireland and Irish culture.  He would be delighted to see it published and we hope others enjoy it.

The Muldoon Family

Tom Muldoon