The world of coursing is in mourning this week for one of the stalwarts of the sport in Ireland, who died following a road traffic accident near his home, last week.
John Moloney, who lived at Lagganstown, New Inn, with his family, was chairman of Knockgraffon Coursing Club for 45 years, making him one of the longest and dedicated serving club chairmen in the country.
John, who was in his 70s, gave great service to his club over the years, and many tributes were paid to him by those who knew him through greyhound circles.
The Irish Coursing Club said: “John will be fondly remembered by everyone who came in contact with him on a coursing field, at a greyhound track or at the ICC Munster Provincial meetings and AGMs.”
John gave tremendous service to his club and it was fitting that he should win this year’s Inter Club Champion Working Members Stake at the Irish Cup meeting with his greyhound Under Achiever.
Near neighbour and chairman of South Tipperary County Council, Michael Fitzgerald, described Mr Moloney as “a good man to have in a community”.
“Above all else he was a great family man. He raised an absolutely lovely family.
John was a larger than life character, he loved the craic and there was always a bit of fun when you met him. I had great respect and time for him. He’ll be a tremendous loss in the Lagganstown/New Inn area.”
Mr Moloney also enjoyed the GAA and was a particular supporter of Rockwell Rovers in New Inn, where his family were involved.
The tragic accident in which John was fatally injured occurred near his home, at Lagganstown, last Wednesday afternoon at about 4pm. According to Cashel gardai it was a single vehicle accident, and the road was closed for a very short time afterwards.
His funeral took place at New Inn parish church last Saturday afternoon, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
John was married to Mairead and he is also survived by his daughter Irene, sons Don, PJ, Alan and well known national hunt jockey Paul, brothers Michael, Donal and Andrew, and sister Noreen, as well as his beloved grandchildren, inlaws, relatives and friends.