Wednesday 17 January 2018

Jack was a talented sportsman in his youth

Jack Maguire 1918 - 2012

Jack Maguire, Patrick Street, Dundalk who died peacefully in the tender care of the staff of St. Oliver Plunkett Hospital on October 31st was a member of one of Dundalk's best known families and a fine footballer and boxer in his youth.

Born in 1918, Jack was the last surviving of seven sons of Patrick and Elizabeth Maguire.

He is survived by his two sisters, Jean and Bernadette who reside in England.

Jack was born into the family home in Carrickasticken near Forkhill and soon after his birth the family moved to Patrick Street where Jack resided for the remainder of his life.

His brothers, Eddie and Benny inherited the musical talent in the family and had their own orchestra/band which was much in demand during the 1950's and 1960's.

Jack did not share in that musical talent, but he had a gift of a different kind for he was a fine sportsman.

He was an accomplished boxer in his day and a noted soccer player who was a member of a number of prominent junior clubs who played in the Dundalk Summer League.

He played with Dealgan Rovers in their 20 win in the Byrne & Maguire Cup in 1943, the same year that he was selected for the Dundalk and District League against Belfast Blades. He scored in the 3-3, playing left half in the game. Then in 1944 he helped Dealgan Rovers win the Dundalk Challenge Cup before becoming a member of the outstanding Bank Rovers team that lifted the Dundalk and District League title in 1948. The following year he was a member of the first St. Joseph's team to win the Summer League trophy and later in the same season the Joes won the Challenge Cup. Widely regarded as one of the 'greats' of Summer League football, Jack also played for a number of teams when he resided in Coventry. Jack worked in Coventry in England for many years but when he returned to Dundalk in 1971 he worked with his brother in 'Benny's Bar' in Bridge Street. Later in 1977 he joined the family electrical and furniture business in Church Street and worked in the sales department of the very successful outlet until he was 78 years of age.

His loyalty to the business was unstinting, and he was a popular figure in the business that expanded rapidly over the year to incorporate the old ballroom, the Plaza in Church Street.

A very quiet, unassuming man, Jack was a man of habits, and one habit that he never missed was daily attendance at Mass for he was devoted to his religion. Another daily habit that he enjoyed was walking his dog in the vicinity of his home.

His sporting instincts were directed towards snooker and pool when he could not longer play football and he enjoyed a regular game in the Commercial Club. He was a social drinker, preferring the company that a visit to his local presented.

For over six years he had been a patient in St. Oliver's where the excellent care he received was deeply appreciated by his family.

His death even at such an advanced aged will be deeply mourned by his family for he was a loving presence in all their lives. He was very close to his sister, Jean and visited her regularly in Coventry.

Jack is survived by his sisters, Jean Rice (Coventry) and Bernadette Callan (London), and by nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Michael, Patsy, Seamus, Gerry, Eddie and Benny.

Having reposed at Quinn's Funeral Home, Bridge Street, Jack's remains were taken to St. Nicholas Church where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Very Rev. M. O'Hagan, Adm., St. Patrick's who gave the eulogy.

The Readings were given by sister, Bernadette and nephew, Benedict Maguire and the Prayers of Intercession were led by Fr. O'Hagan.

The beautiful music was provided by soloist, Susan Dixon and the organist was Sarah Coggins.

After Mass burial took place in St. Patrick's cemetery.

Month's Mind Mass will be held on January 2nd in St. Nicholas Church at 12noon.

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