Paddy Kehoe- Glynn-Barntown- 2019 Seana Ghael

Paddy Kehoe always remained a true Glynn-Barntown man, even though he left the area in the late 60’s to seek his luck further afield. He always remained a Glynn man, and his interest in his home area never faded. He is still fondly remembered in the area. The fortunes of Glynn-Barntown is the first thing he looks for after a game of Hurling or Football.

His father – Willy Kehoe R.I.P. – won honours with the club in the 30’s. Also his uncles – Tom Kehoe and Owen Kehoe – were also great players in their day. The famous Foley brothers – John, Tom, Mick and Willy – from Adamstown, are his uncles.

When playing Minor, he usuallly played full back and then moved up to play in the forwards. Paddy was born in 1946 and was educated at Glynn N.S..

His Boyhood Hero was – Nickey Rackard R.I.P.. He first game was with the Glynn School in the Rackard League. They reached the Co. Final, but lost out to a star studded – Kilmore – in 1959.

When he attended Clonakilty Agricultural College, he won Honours with the local Club in Minor and Junior. He played on the Carbury Team, a divisional team in West Cork, playing at full back. He was outstanding. It was a game in the Cork Senior Hurling Championship.

He went onto work in Dunboyne, Co.Meath and while their he played with the local team in 1964 in Minor Hurling.

Paddy played Minor Club Hurling in three different Counties. When he went to Dublin, he joined up with – Fr. Murphy’s, and played for a number of years with the club. Many famous names played with the club as guest players – Johnny Walsh, Ned Walsh (Brother), Mosie Morrissey, Oliver Cullen, Sean Sheridan, Johnny Connors R.I.P. and Micky Connors, along with many more superb players. It was great to play with such established stars.

Some of the greatest hurlers he has seen over the years were – Brian Whelehan, D.J. Carey, Eddie Keher, John Connolly and Frank Cummins.

In Wexford, in the last 50 years, the players Paddy selects are – Phil Wilson, Tom Neville, Dan Quigley, Martin Quigley and Johnny Walsh – as the best he has seen.

In Football, he selects – Matt Connor, Pat Spillane, Jack O’Shea, Peter Canavan and Sean O’Neill – as the best he has ever seen.

The best centre half back he has seen was – Mick Jacob Snr..

The best full forward he has seen was – Tony Doran.

The two best full backs he has seen in Hurling were – Brian Lohan (Clare) and Eugene Coughlan (Offaly).

The two best full backs he has seen in Football were – Jack Quinn (Meath) and Noel Tierney (Galway).

The two best Midfielders he has seen in Hurling were Frank Cummins (Kilkenny) and Mick Roche (Tipperary) R.I.P..

The two best Midfielders he has seen in Football was – Mick O’Connell and Jack O’Shea.

The two best club teams he has seen in Wexford in Hurling were the – Rathnure teams – in the early 70’s, winning 4 Co. Titles in a row, and the – Buffers Alley team – led by Tony Doran in the 70’s and 80’s.

The best goalie he has seen in Hurling was – Ollie Walsh (Kilkenny) R.I.P..

The best goalie he has seen in Football was – Martin Furlong (Offaly).

Present day players that Paddy finds very impressive are – Conor McManus (Monaghan), Colm Cavanagh (Tyrone) and Brian Fenton (Dublin).

Of the great Wexford team in the 50’s, his favourites were – Tim Flood R.I.P., Ned Wheeler, Bobby Rackard R.I.P., Nickey Rackard R.I.P. and Nick O’Donnell R.I.P..

Present day players that stand out in Paddy’s opinion are – T.J. Reid (Kilkenny), Cillian Buckley (Kilkenny), Liam Ryan (Wexford), Conor McDonald (Wexford), Joe Canning (Galway), Patrick Horgan (Cork) and David Burke (Galway).

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