Thursday 23 November 2017

Breeder of champion horse among three killed on our roads

Dr John Waldron was among the first to bring a family planning clinic to Ireland. Photo: Caroline Norris
Dr John Waldron was among the first to bring a family planning clinic to Ireland. Photo: Caroline Norris

Caroline Crawford, Ralph Riegel and Wayne O'Connor

Tributes have been paid to a well-known horse breeder who was killed in a crash over the bank holiday weekend. Three people were killed and eight injured on our roads over the weekend.

Dr John Waldron, from Tuam, Co Galway, was killed after his car collided with another vehicle at Fortmoy Cross, Borrisokane, Co Tipperary, on Sunday evening.

A young motorist died and three others were injured in another horrific collision between a van and an ambulance in Cork. The accident occurred in thick fog shortly after 1am yesterday on the N20 Cork-Limerick road near Bottlehill, 12km north of Cork city.

In a third accident, in Limerick on Sunday, a man in his 20s was killed after his car left the road and hit a ditch near Cappamore.


Dr Waldron was returning home from a point-to-point meeting in Ballingarry. He was well known in horse-racing circles and bred horses for much of his life.

Among the horses he bred was the famous Faugheen, which won the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham last year, as well as a number of other high-profile races.

Dr Waldron had sold the gelding for just €3,500.

He was also involved in bringing family planning to Ireland. In late 1975, the Galway Family Planning Association was set up and Dr Waldron was among the first volunteer doctors to run the clinic.

The popular Tuam doctor, who was in his early 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene at Borrisokane and his body was taken to Limerick Hospital.

Tuam Fianna Fáil councillor Donagh Killilea paid tribute to Dr Waldron.

"He was a well respected doctor who made great advances in family planning and he bred horses all his life; but above it all, he was an adventurer more so than anything. He lived his life to the full," he said.

In Cork, the driver who died when his van collided with an ambulance was named locally as Michael Jewitt.

The 36-year-old suffered multiple injuries in the collision and died before he could be transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

Three people travelling in the ambulance - two paramedics and a patient - suffered minor injuries. All of them were transferred to CUH for precautionary treatment.

Irish Independent

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