Many people in Wexford were saddened by the recent death of Johnny Breen.
Johnny, aged 46, of Donovan's Warf and formerly of 2 Liam Mellows Park passed away suddenly on May 24, his death causing widespread shock and sadness for the people of Wexford and in particular for his loving mother Mary, brother Jim, sisters Lorraine and Karyn and his three children Kyle, Karleigh and Nicole, whom he loved dearly.
Johnny was a family man and loved nothing better than to spend time with them.
He will be fondly remembered for his happy-go-lucky nature. He was a man of small stature but with a big heart, a big smile and a bigger personality.
From an early age Johnny had a keen interest in sport and for a time he boxed with the St Joseph's Boxing Club where he won many trophies and medals. He loved to watch all sport, but in particular the hurling and the football and a great memory for him was when he travelled with has good friend Brendan Frayne to watch his beloved Wexford win the All Ireland final in 1996. There was many a pint drank that day celebrating.
Johnny left school at an early age and went to work with his late father John and brother Jim as a plasterer. Once the work dried up in the '80s Johnny, like so many young lads, left Wexford for England and stayed there for a few years before returning to Wexford where he worked on the buildings for many years during the building boom.
With no work Johnny filled his days out visiting his many friends. He was always on the go.
He would call every day to see his mother Mary and do any jobs around the house that needed doing and on his way back home he would call in to see his good friend Wally.
He loved to torment Wally and have a rise out of him. Wally would give out yards to him and Johnny would break his heart laughing. For each day he had a different friend to call on - Joe, Billy, Richie, Paddy Wac or with Ted drinking tea or coffee, or up with Martin watching the soccer, or having a few cans by the fire with Eddie. He was always welcome at their door.
But once the summer came in and the evenings got longer the only place Johnny could be found was on Wexford bridge fishing. He spent long nights there and enjoyed the laughs and the chat with his friend Robbie and also made many new friends there. Even though there weren't many fish caught, he still enjoyed it.
Johnny lived life to the full and will be sadly missed by all those that knew him. He had a nature you could not help loving and a heart that was purer than gold, and to those who knew him and loved him his memory will never grow old.
RIP Johnny, until we meet again...