If I keep playing I could be lining
Johnny Maguire set up Clonmore’s second goal in their recent win over Mount Leinster Rangers in the Junior Championship, and by all accounts was one of the most influential players on the field.
“It felt good all right. I played corner forward in the first half and things went our way. Then in the second half, they moved me back to corner back. When I got there, I met my marker, a young fella. He looked at me and asked what age I was. I told him 56 and then I asked him ‘why, what age are you?’ — 18 came his reply. And you know what, I held him scoreless for the entire second half.”
Originally from Cavan, Johnny and his family visited east Carlow for a weekend over a decade ago and he liked what he saw. “We spotted a lovely little cottage for sale. I bought it and we made the move down from Dublin where we were living. I joined the GAA club here a decade ago and it was one of the best moves I ever made.”
He’s played GAA all his life and loves his sport.
“I’d run seven or eight kilometres three times a week, and in the winter play five-a-side soccer. But really, I can’t think of anything better than kicking ball with your mates. I might be a little stiff and achy the following day after a match, and my body might not be able to do what it once could on a GAA field, but I can still do a job for the team.”
The father of three, to Chelsea (28), Rory (16) and Ailbhe (12), also assists as a coach