The sad news came through yesterday of the passing of one of the great doggy men, John Kenny.

Known to so many as the “Gunboat” man, John was responsible for breeding, training and owning some exceptional greyhounds over the years from his Borrisoleigh base.

These included Gunboat Jeff, who captured the Irish Cesarewitch at the old Navan track before becoming one of the top six bend stars of the early nineties in the UK. John also bred Cool Survivor, who won the 1995 Irish Oaks and subsequently threw another Oaks winner, Borna Survivor.

In recent years, John also tasted some success. Gunboat Showman was a quarter finalist in the Irish Derby just last year, while also reaching the quarter finals of the Leger. He no doubt gave John great fun through 2021.

All that knew John will tell you he loved his sport, loved his dogs and that he was great company. WE would like to send on our sincerest condolences to his son Sean, brothers Joseph and Brendan, his sister Geraldine, his aunt Claire, extended family, neighbours and many friends.

May He Rest In Peace.

Funeral details

The death has occurred of John Kenny

Lios Pádraig, Borrisoleigh, Tipperary

In the loving care of the staff of the Community Hospital of the Assumption Thurles. Deeply regretted by his loving son Sean, Fiona, brothers Joseph and Brendan, sister Geraldine (Walsh), loving aunt Claire, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

Rest In Peace.

Reposing at Kennedy's Funeral Home on Monday from 5pm with removal at 8pm to the Sacred Heart Church Borrisoleigh. Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 11am followed by interment in St. Brigid's Cemetery.

John's Mass will be live streamed on:

Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to the Hospital of The Assumption.

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