Late John (Johnny) Maher, R.I.P., Templemore
John Maher, best known as Johnny or Seanie, a Templemore native for more than 84 years, recently passed away following a short illness in the loving and kind care of the nurses and staff of the Community Hospital of the Assumption Thurles.
Johnny is survived and sadly missed by his sister Bridie, nephews, nieces, grand nephews and grandnieces.
Late of Park Road, Johnny was born and lived most of his life at 19 Main Street, Templemore, which up to the mid-seventies was a pivotal business premises of the town and surrounding hinterland.
However, the life of a shop owner was not for Johnny and 19 Main Street was soon to become the home for his love of greyhounds. As a young man, Johnny had a great love of sport, a love of which he was to passionately maintain throughout his life. He played football for The Brackens, formerly Templemore Eire Og whose members paid him tribute by forming a guard of honour on the morning of his funeral.
Johnny played some rugby with Thurles but it was his love of greyhounds and horseracing and the associated community that formed a huge part of Johnny’s life. The highlight of Johnny’s involvement with greyhounds was when leading in Vintage Prince to the traps for the 1997 Irish Derby Final and who finished a very respectable second for his very good friend Joe Kenny R.I.P.
Though having other notable involvements with dogs such as Fashions Fancy, Main Player, Small Panda, Lodge Prince, it was the friends and characters of the greyhound and horseracing community that he met along the way that always entertained and brought a smile to Johnny’s face as he did to them.
In many respects, Johnny lived the life of a free spirit, he lived it his way while at the same time enriching the lives of those that he met with his jovial endearing manner, a story of times past or with one of his many entertaining witty one liners.
In his years of retirement Johnny travelled the length and breadth of Ireland - be it to a greyhound track or a horseracing venue he was a familiar face. While loving his days away he always returned to his beloved Templemore of which he was an integral part. If Johnny was to give a reaction to all the friends and acquaintances that came to repay their respects at his funeral or did so through social media, he would most likely respond with one of his frequently used one liners ‘Outstanding’.
Johnny’s remains reposed at Grey’s Funeral Home.
Following Requiem Mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart Templemore, he was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
May His Gentle Soul Rest In Peace.