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John Waldron dies: Breeder of legendary Faugheen killed in crash on way home from race meet

By Caroline Crawford

Tributes have been paid to a well-known horse breeder Dr John Waldron who was killed in a crash over the bank holiday weekend.

Dr Waldron from Tuam, Co Galway was killed after his car collided with another vehicle at Fortmoy Cross, Borrisokane, Co Tipperary on Sunday evening.

He was returning home from a point-to-point meeting in Ballingarry when the incident occurred.

Dr Waldron was well known in horse racing circles. He bred horses for much of his life and had been heavily involved in horse racing.

Among the horses that he bred was the famous Faugheen, who won the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham last year, as well as a number of other high-profile races. Dr Waldron sold the gelding for just €3,500.

Dr Waldron been the on call doctor at the Ballingarry point-to-point on the day of his death.

Dr Waldron was also involved in bringing family planning to Ireland. In late 1975 the Galway Family Planning Association was set up and Dr Waldron was among the first volunteer doctors to run the clinic - in the face of vocal protests from Catholic conservatives.

The popular Tuam doctor, who was in his early 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene at Borrisokane and his body was taken to Limerick Hospital.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Donagh Killilea paid tribute to Dr Waldron, saying he was a man who lived his life to the full.

"He was a well respected doctor who made great advances in family planning and he bred horses all his life but above it all he was an adventurer more so than anything. He lived his life to the full," he added.

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