My name is Finbar Barry and I would like to introduce you to my son Thomas.
Thomas was born with Downs Syndrome as well as a host of other serious illnesses ie, Perthes Disease, Hirschsprung Disease, Heart Murmur, Under-active Thyroid, Hiatus Hernia, stomach Re-flux. Thomas was the youngest person in Ireland to have a total hip replacement. As a child he was always sick and spent many months each year in hospital for various illnesses. When he reached the age of about 14 years old he was constantly telling me he was going to get himself a job and to make a lunch for him. I suppose he got the idea of going to work from watching his older brothers and myself going out to work, so he thought he would do the same. His Mother and I would humor him each time he brought up the subject by saying ‘O yes Thomas you will get a job maybe next year’.
In reality Thomas could never hold down a regular type of job due to his intellectual and physical disabilities, but this had no effect on his creative desire to express his inner self. Those who know Thomas know when he makes up his mind about something he is very determined to see it through.
I have been looking at some options over the years in the hope to provide some way for Thomas to feel like he can have a job just like everybody else (bearing in mind his disabilities) and the answer was staring me in the face,Thomas has always played with socks, he would put one sock into the other and swings them round his fingers for hours he is quite an expert with it after many years of practice.He never played much with toys in his early childhood but would go nowhere without his socks, some children get comfort from a teddy with Thomas it was always the socks, .
So we are launching Thomas’s Trendy Socks an online business for Thomas selling socks the things he loves most, I felt this is something Thomas could manage with the help of family members and of course your support. The name of his company is called Thomp2, because when Thomas signs his name it looks like Thomp2 which is something he can identify with as you can see in the logo.
Please see our range of Trendy socks and also socks in support of Downs Syndrome and Autism awareness. We have pledged to give 5% of any profits to the St. John of Gods organisation who have cared for Thomas for many years.
Thank you for your support, please tell your family members and friends to help Thomas realise his dream we look forward to hearing from you real soon.
What a fantastic day at the Hampton Hotel on the 12th of May. Thank you so much to all those who came along and showed your support. Special thanks to Paul Dillon Photography for organising the event, Ruby O Kelly for the lovely music, Lisa Hogan for the amazing pictures, Graham Kennedy for wrapping his Jaguar in Thomas’s Logo, Paul Jones for bringing along is amazing Mustang and to all the friends and family who helped make the day special!
A few words about
We are a local family run business. The idea came from Finbar, Thomas’s Dad to give Thomas a sense of purpose in life. With the help of grand-son Shane Thomp2.com was created.
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Our socks are made using premium materials, making them long lasting.
Giving back is at the heart of what we do. We donate 5% of all sales to charity
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