John Ahearne played on the first Clonmel Bohemians soccer team

It was with great sadness that everyone in Clonmel Town Football Club, and people throughout the town, learned of the passing of John Ahearne early last week.

It was with great sadness that everyone in Clonmel Town Football Club, and people throughout the town, learned of the passing of John Ahearne early last week.

John, from Heywood Close, Clonmel, died peacefully at St. Bridget’s Hospital in Carrick-on-Suir.

He was one of the original Clonmel Bohemians players when the club was formed in 1963 and was part of the successful team that participated in the Waterford League. John won a Waterford League medal, an Ardagh Cup medal and was also a George French Shield winner.

He was a very fast, direct outside right with a great goalscoring record. He was known as Gento, after the famous Spanish player, a nickname given to him by another Clonmel Town stalwart, the late Liam Delahunty.

John’s playing career ended in 1968 when he emigrated to England. He continued to support and follow the club throughout the decades. He was a very popular person in Clonmel and will be greatly missed.

Sympathy is extended to his loving family including brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and many friends.

The removal took place on Tuesday evening of last week from Condon’s Funeral Parlour, Dillon Street, to St. Mary’s Church, Irishtown.

He was buried at St. Patrick’s Cemetery following Requiem Mass at St. Mary’s and a guard of honour was formed by his Clonmel Bohemians team mates at the funeral.