Limerick GAA club stalwart remembers being ‘a good bowler’ and ‘a real gentleman’
HOT tributes have been paid following the death of a Limerick businessman and southern GAA club stalwart.
John, or Johnny Power, sadly passed away on Thursday after a brief illness and is remembered as one of Old Christians GAA Club’s “most successful underage coaches in history”.
The red and black of the Rathbane club ran deep in John’s veins, with his father John Sr one of its founding members in 1962.
In a statement posted on Instagram, the club said: “He became a legendary player and manager in his time.”
“Having worn the red and black at all levels and at all age levels, winning numerous titles, it is his ability and his connection to our miners academy that will cement his legacy in our hall of fame,” the club said.
John has managed numerous under 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 year old teams in hurling and football.
Notably, he led the Old Christians boys in the 2013 Feile hurling, and it was winning the Premier County Under-14 football final that same year that would have been his crowning achievement.
To date, this is the last time the Christian elders have won an A-level county title.
“Johnny wasn’t the only one to produce heroes on the pitch during those golden times, he was instrumental in producing young gentlemen, he taught them how to behave and was there for them in good times. bad times. They saw him as a father figure. Many of those boys now men, still wear the jersey and represent with pride today. Simply, he will be remembered as one of the most successful minor coaches in the history of our club, but also as an excellent bowler, a true gentleman, a bloody red, our friend and most importantly, our extended family member,” the club concluded.
Club Limerick Dublin, which exists to promote Treaty County in the capital, paid their own tribute, describing John as “a true gentleman who loves hurling in abundance”.
“You will be missed by all who had the good fortune to cross your path. Sincere condolences to the Power family and John’s friends.”
RIP John Power junior…a true gentleman who loves hurling galore. You will be missed by all who were lucky enough to cross your path. Sincere condolences to the Power family and friends of John @ocgaaclub pic.twitter.com/QqAvZ9F937
— Club Limerick Dublin (@ClubLmkDub)
August 12, 2022
In his working life, John was a director of Power Insurances of Ballinacurra Road. He had more than 20 years of experience in this field, specializing in the automotive and waste trades.
John passed away peacefully at Limerick University Hospital in the presence of his loving family.
The son of the late John, he is very deeply missed by his partner Michelle, children Garreth, Evan and Ali, mother Anne, siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, family extended and friends.
He will rest at his family residence, ‘Santa Lucia’ Marian Drive, Roxboro Road, tomorrow Sunday from 4-7 p.m. Her move will take place Monday at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Roxboro Road, to arrive for Requiem Mass at noon, followed by private cremation at Shannon Crematorium.
For those unable to attend John’s funeral, his requiem mass will be streamed live at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_65300plyg
Private house outside rest periods.
As a mark of respect, the offices of Power Insurances in Ballinacurra Road and Hearing Ear Health Care in Croom will remain closed on Monday and reopen the following morning.
May he rest in peace.