If I keep play­ing I could be lin­ing

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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