Sunday 18 August 2019

Butcher John Keane had a real passion for sport

THE LATE John Keane Senior passed away at his daughter Irene's residence on Thursday, 12 July, at Ballyhealy in Kilmore.

John was born on 8 April 1922 in Killinick. He attended the local national school in Ballymore.

He married the late Breda Keane (née Murphy) in 1947. They lived at 107 South Main Street, where they raised a family of six.

He will be remembered by all who knew him as a great family man and wonderful father to Marie, Tony, Irene, Ann, John and Bridine.

In 1949 he opened Keane Butchers on the South Main Street. The butcher shop was very successful for many years and supplied meat to many local customers and also hotels throughout the town and county.

Outside of his work life he loved to spend time with the younger members of his family.

He absolutely adored his 19 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren and in return they idolised him. They affectionately nicknamed him ' The Boss'.

His passion for sport was undeniable. He had a great love for horses. He rode horses at his home place in Rathholm and also was an active member of the Killinick Harriers' Hunt Club for many years.

Hurling was another favourite past time for him. He played Minor hurling for Wexford with St. Martin's GAA Club. He took home a Leinster medal with the club three years in a row. In recent times he was presented with a 'Seana Ghael' award for his outstanding dedication to the GAA.

John was a very popular man and was well know throughout the county.

This year he celebrated his 90th birthday amongst family members and friends.

John lived with his daughter Irene at Ballyhealy in Kilmore for the last four years of his life.

He was laid to rest in a moving ceremony at St. Mary's Church in Ballymore on Sunday, 15 July. His grandchildren Jenna Keane and Ricky Banville, along with relation Nicola Keane sang at his funeral mass.

May he rest in peace.

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