Brigid Doyle- Camogie- 2019 Seana Ghael

There are few superlatives that have not been used to describe the performances of – Brigid Doyle (nee Kehoe) – over the course of her brilliant camogie career. She was ranked as one of the finest camogie players of modern times.

She was naturally gifted and dominated each game from her centre half back position. Brigid was a star studded elite player, who became great on the camogie fields both at club and Inter Co. Level. She displayed bewildering skill, style, composure and control with the ball. She was personification of solidarity, playing her role with perfection.

Brigid had her opponents dazed and demoralized by her sheer brilliance of play. The way she handled the fame and success and yet remained so down to earth, polite and modest to everyone she came in contact with.

She was another member of the Kehoe sisters from Clonleigh that made headlines in the sporting fields for their grandeur and sportsmanship. In her day, one could place her in the top ten all time greats of the game.

She was born in 1948 and was educated at Poulpeasty N.S., Mercy Convent, New Ross, Holy Faith Convent, New Ross and Ling P.E. College, Upper Mount Street, Dublin.

Her heroes when in school were – Kathleen Mills (Camogie and Dublin) and Jim English R.I.P..

With Wexford at Senior Level, she won – 3 All Ireland Senior Camogie Medals in 1968, 1969 and 1975, 5 Leinster Medals at Club Level with Adamstown-Cloughbawn she won 9 Co. Titles with the Club also.

She played with Wexford from 1967 to 1979. Her favourite position when playing camogie was at centre half back.

Some of the greatest camogie players she has ever seen were – Margaret Leacy (nee O’Leary), Mary Dinan (nee Sinnott), Ann Downey, Angela Downey and Mairead McAtamney (Antrim).

In Wexford, the one’s that stood out in Brigid’s opinion were – Margaret Leacy, Mary Dinan, Elsie Cody (nee Walsh), Joan Murphy and Kit Codd (Sister). The greatest camogie player she has ever seen was the gifted – Margaret Leacy – who had everything that makes up a star.

One of the greatest performances she has ever seen on the camogie fields was given by – Margaret Leacy – in the 1969 All Ireland Final.

It was a superb exhibition of classical hurling at it’s very best. Difficult opponents Brigid encountered when playing camogie were – Ann Downey (Kilkenny), Angela Downey (Kilkenny), Orla Ní Siochain (Dublin) and Judy Doyle (Dublin).

Brigid’s sisters were all brilliant playing the game – Kit, Josie, Gretta, Anne, Bernie, Mary and Eileen. Kit and Josie received their Seana Ghael Awards in years gone by.

Brothers that were equally sublime on the Hurling fields were – Eamon, Pat, Jim, John, Davy and Peter.

What a family of superstars this was. Nieces that played were also very prominent were – Josephine O’Connor, Sinead Dempsey, Maura O’Connor, Aine McGuinness, Amy Dillon, Joanne Dillon, Siobhan Gahan, Jean Quigley and Joanne Quigley. Brigid’s husband – Philip Doyle R.I.P. – got a Seana Ghael Award in 2017 and her son – Philip Doyle Jnr. – played hurling with the

Faythe Harriers.

One of the most exciting games she played in was the 1968 All Ireland Final. One of the greatest goalie’s she has seen playing for Wexford was – Teresa Kehoe (nee Sheils).

Of the present day camogie players in Wexford, she is very impressed with – Mags Darcy (Goalie), Kate Kelly, Catriona Parrock, Mary Lacey and Ursula Jacob.

Hurlers in the County she was very impressed with were – Tim Flood R.I.P., Jim English R.I.P., Rory McCarthy, Tony Doran and Jim Kehoe (Brother).

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