Waterford lost two of its best known and most iconic characters on the local music and social scene in the past week, with the deaths of Patrick ‘Whacker’ Mulrooney and Liam ‘The Bok’ Maher.
Mr Mulrooney, who passed away on Saturday morning, was a legendary figure on Waterford’s and indeed Ireland’s Mod scene in the 1980s, with one tribute at the weekend describing him as Waterford’s answer to ‘Jimmy from Quadrophenia’.
The St Ursula’s Terrace resident was instantly identifiable for his Mod style, from his immaculate suits, his fishtail parkas and his two-tone shoes. He was well-known and highly respected amongst local scooter enthusiasts, who turned out in force for his funeral on Monday night. In the days after his death, friends recalled a warm, caring character who had a friendly word for all he met.
Earlier in the week, the death took place of Liam ‘The Bok’ Maher, of Belmont Heights, Ferrybank, Waterford and originally Hugginstown, Co Kilkenny.
Famed for his lively rendition of rebel songs, The Bok performed several nights a week in T&H Doolan’s for many years – to the delight of locals and tourists alike. He was also the resident musician in the upstairs room at The Roxy on O’Connell Street for several years. A true character, he was rarely seen without his guitar in hand.