The sudden passing of John Dinnybobs McCarthy has left the sporting northside of Cork heartbroken

McCarthy was a great person, friend and teammate to many and was loved by all who met or knew him
The sudden passing of John Dinnybobs McCarthy has left the sporting northside of Cork heartbroken

John Dinnybobs McCarthy with his friend the late Vincey Thomson and some Blarney Street supporters celebrating winning the AOH Cup in the Joshua Tree bar.

THE Northside of Cork was stunned last weekend to hear of the untimely death of one of its best loved characters, John Dinnybobs McCarthy.

John McCarthy, Dinnybobs to all that knew him, was one of the best known and most loved sporting characters on the northside of Cork.

As a person, and a friend, you would not find better or funnier, however, Dinnybobs also had an incredible sporting career.

Dinny, who hails from Churchfield in the heart of Gurranabraher, is the son of Denis and the late Gracie, and his siblings are Kathleen and Rosie.

Dinny is one of those people who could put his hand to anything, and turn it to gold.

He was one of the greatest point guards that ever played basketball in this country, as he could do it all, shoot, dribble, pass and was full of tricks.

Dinny was also an accomplished soccer player, and was one of the top Dart players in Cork.

He was also a great Don player.  

He loved to sing and was always front and centre everywhere he went.  

You could not but help but be drawn towards his company.

Dinny started playing basketball as a seven year-old with his great friends Kieran Fitzgerald and the late Martin Ahern with GH74.

They were coached by the great John O’Leary at the time.

Martin and Dinny joined Neptune when they were 13 years of age, and they went on to win multiple trophies, including two Billy Kelly Tournaments, two Minor National Cups and a Senior National League and several Cups.

One of the greatest memories of how good a basketballer he was came when he was 12 years-old when he broke his right hand in three places preparing for a tournament. 

His hand was in plaster at the time, and his team GH74 had an U13 tournament coming up, so he cut off the plaster so that he could play.

They were beaten in the final by Neptune, however, Dinny scored 26 points with his left hand, and won the MVP award.

He joined Neptune the following year with his late great friend Martin Aherne and they went on to win every trophy that could be won under coaches Noel Allen, Pat Lucey, and Tony O’Connell.

Dinny also played for the U15 and U17 Irish teams at that time with his clubmates Don O’Sullivan, Bob Butler and Bernard O’Donovan.

He only played National League for a couple of years as he couldn’t commit fully to the sport because he still wanted to play soccer and darts.

He finished his basketball career playing for Glanmire in 1998 where he was coached by another great friend Kieran Doherty, and he went on to win a Cork Division One Championship with them.

Dinny's soccer career started with Shandon View at a very young age and he played there for three years before he moved to Castleview.

It was with Castleview that he showed his true potential, and made numerous Cork teams.

He then went on to play with Central Rovers and Blarney Street Athletic in his later years.

When Dinny retired form playing he joined the committee for the Street with the late Vincey Thompson, Paul Thomson and Anthony Ricken.

He played on a couple of Cork teams which was a great experience.

One of the funniest stories playing soccer was when he was playing for Central Rovers.

Philly Singleton was the manager and he asked Dinny where was his best positions on the pitch?

Dinny's reply was this: put me in the middle and scatter the rest around me.

Philly threw him the number 13 jersey, Dinny just laughed. Lesson learnt.

Dinny had some great days with the Street, however, his best memory was when Blarney Street won the AOH Cup, and the celebrations went on for days in the Joshua Tree on Blarney Street.

Dinny started playing darts for Conny Donovan's Bar with his cousin Carl Lawlor, and played for their B team.

He then went on to play with O’Mahony’s Bar on Blarney Street, the Joshua Tree, Island Tavern and the Tower Bar.

Some of Dinny’s successes were when he won the Cork Premier Individuals in 2006 beating John O’Shea in the final.

He also won the Murphy's Individuals six years later beating Peter Quinn in the final, and also won two Cork doubles tournaments with Christy Hennessy and Ken Morrison.

He soon got hooked on the game of darts and said there was nothing like the pressure of throwing when you were on the line, and the buzz you got when you finished the game on a big score was incredible and why he loved the game so much.

He played for a number of bars around the Northside, and made some great friends like Martin Dineen, Sean Leahy, his brother-in-law Paul McGarry, Paul Philpott, Martin Cotter, John O’Shea, Stephen Hill, Stephen O’Connor, and many more.

Dinny's passing has left a void in the lives of everyone that knew him.

The Cranky Corner in the Josh will never be the same.

It was there he spent his time with his good friends Mikey and Paul O’Mahony, Charlie Buckley, and and the end of the night he regularly was found belting out Sweet Caroline with musician and friend Brian Morey. 

He will also be missed by the Hoggie's Bar gang including Martin O’Brien and Tommy Daly.

Dinny's passing was an incredible shock to everyone that knew him, however he will never be forgotten.

Sleep tight my friend.

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