One of Young Munster’s greatest stalwarts has passed away.
Johnny Brennan, an absolute die-hard Young Munster man and a most loyal servant to the club,
Johnny was born with black and amber running through his veins. His uncle was the famous Danaher Sheehan who was part of the famous Bateman Cup winning team and Irish scrum-half in the twenties and thirties.
Johnny soon became a fixture around Greenfields and my first memory of Johnny was organiser of the underage teams with his lifelong friend Tony Grant. Johnny was bag man, medic and organiser of almost everything to us all young aspiring rugby players.
When Tony progressed to the Senior team as coach Johnny came too and was a permanent part of the team for many years thereafter.
Johnny’s proudest moment was winning the Munster Senior Cup in 1980 after 42 years of waiting.
Johnny’s interview with Len Dineen post-match has gone down in history.
In later years Johnny was ever-present at the Danaher Sheehan cup matches between ourselves and Cork Con and he was always very proud as he presented the cup on behalf of his family to the winning captain.
Johnny was such a popular person that when he decided to collect rugby memorabilia for his museum in his house in Hyde Road he accumulated fantastic items from players from all over Ireland. It is an amazing collection and has been viewed by thousands over the years.
Johnny Brennan as proud a Young Munster as you will ever meet. We will miss his good humour his renditions of My Boy and Shennandoah but most of all his friendship and loyalty. Our sympathies to his family and may he rest in peace.