THE death, at the age of 100, has occured of one of Ireland’s leading modernisers and anglers.
Thomas Kenneth ‘TK’ Whitaker was born in Rostrevor in Co Down in 1916 and was the architect of the Republic’s economic revival in the 1960s. Donegal’s Noel Carr tells me,
“He caught his first salmon below Carrick bridge on the Glen river in 1964 and gave me a wonderful account of how he saw the river and village life in which we were blessed to grow up in back then. We still try to recover the water quality and the salmon stocks of that time but sadly not enough appreciate what we had and are now losing to so called progress.”
Taoiseach Enda Kenny described the former civil servant as ‘a national treasure.’