John McGrath was a well known Freshford publican

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Rest in Peace

Rest in Peace

The death occurred on August 22 at Brookhaven Nursing Home, Ballyragget of well known publican John McGrath late of The Square Freshford.


John who was in his late 80s had been unwell for some time. He was originally from Mullinahone Co.Tipperary and spent many years in England where he and his wife Bridie ran a very successful pub business.


He returned back to Ireland in 1972 and purchased the public house on the Square Freshford which he ran up to past few years and is now being run by his family.


He introduced darts to the pub after his arrival and had the first darts team in the village. He was a keen follower of GAA and a proud Tipp man. He was good living and will be remembered by his witty sayings and jokes.


He contributed to many Clubs in the village over the years and sponsored the first set of Jerseys for the local soccer club many years ago. His remains were removed from his residence on Sunday morning last for Funeral Mass in St.Lachtains Church followed by burial in St Lachtains Cemetery.


There was a guard of honour from the church to the graveyard by members of darts and Freshford Town Soccer Club. A rendering of his favourite Tipp song “Slievenamon” was members of the Panto chorus.


He is mourned by his wife Bridie and his daughters Joanne and Philomena, his six grandchildren, son in law, brother, sisters, nieces, nephews and extended family to whom deepest sympathy is extended.