Death of Tuam’s much loved Dr John Waldron

Death Tuam’s much loved Dr John Waldron
Death of Tuam’s much loved Dr John Waldron

Tuam’s popular breeder passed away in a car accident on Sunday

The breeder of Ireland’s 2015 Horse of the Year, Faugheen, which went on to win last year’s Cheltenham Championship Hurdle, Dr. John Waldron, was killed in a car crash in Tipperary last Sunday.

Dr. Waldron from Bishop Street in Tuam, Co. Galway, was in his 70s and was popular both in his local community and in horse racing circles.

It is understood he was returning from a point-to-point meeting in Ballingarry when his car collided with another vehicle at Fortmoy Cross, Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary at 17:15 hours last Sunday. Dr Waldron was pronounced dead at the scene. His body, and the injured driver of the other car, a woman in her 60s, were taken to Limerick Hospital.

Death Tuam’s much loved Dr John Waldron
1 May 2015; Faugheen, with Ruby Walsh up, on their way to winning the Queally Group Celebrating 35 Years In Naas Punchestown Champion Hurdle. Punchestown Racecourse, Punchestown, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

In horse-racing circles Dr John Waldron was well known as the breeder of Faugheen, last year’s Irish Horse of the Year and winner of the 2015 Championship Hurdle at Cheltenham, back-to-back Christmas Hurdles in 2014 and 2015 and many other prestigious races.

Dr John, as he was known to family and friends, was also mentioned personally in the song Merry Christmas Tuam by popular local band, The Sawdoctors.

He is survived by his wife, Dr Mary, his sister, brothers and a wide circle of relations and friends.

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