Tom Kehoe in the 60’s was one of Na Fianna’s star players during his teams great run during that period. At midfield or at centre half back, he was outstanding. He was a player with indomitable spirit, courage and vision and had lots of skills. When playing, especially at midfield, he covered an enormous amount of ground over the course of the game.
Tom played with great composure and was a supreme competitor. His consistent high level of performances played a big part in Na Fianna’s great Junior Hurling Achievements during the 60’s.
In his games playing at centre half back, he controlled the ball from the air as a conjuner picks cards and they was no sign of weakness in his overall defensive play. I
n 1965, he got a trial with the Wexford Intermediate Hurlers, arising from a great performance vs Rathgarogue-Cushionstown in the Co. Junior Hurling Semi-Final. In this encounter, playing at midfield, he was absolutely supreme. He was his teams
most creative force with his foraging runs and the peripheral vision, to do the right thing. The Na Fianna Hurlers that impressed him the most when playing with them were – Willy Bierney R.I.P., Tom Cleary R.I.P., Pat Hynes and Lionel Rochford. The greatest Hurlers he has seen were – Eddie Keher, Brian Whelehan, Jimmy Doyle R.I.P., Henry Shefflin and Tommy Walsh.
The greatest Hurlers he has seen in Wexford was – Billy Rackard R.I.P., Jim English R.I.P. and Ned Wheeler. In the last 40 years, the players he selects were – Tony Doran, Mick Jacob Snr., Dan Quigley, Martin Quigley and Willy Murphy.
The greatest Footballers he has seen were – Mick O’Connell, Jack O’Shea, Colm Cooper and Peter Canavan. The greatest of all these was – Mick O’Connell.
The two best dual players he has seen outside of Wexford were – Jimmy Barry Murphy (Cork) and Des Foley (Dublin) R.I.P.. In Wexford, he selects – Paddy Kehoe R.I.P. and Phil Wilson – as top class players.
The best Club Team he has seen in Wexford were the – Faythe Harriers Hurling Team – in the 60’s. While in Football, he selects the – Sarsfields Team – also in the 60’s.
The two best Full Backs he has seen in Hurling was – Nick O’Donnell R.I.P. and Pat Hartigan (Limerick). The two best Midfielders he has seen were – Phil Wilson and Ned Wheeler. The two best Full Forwards he has seen were – Ray Cummins and Tony Doran.
Of the present day Hurlers, the one’s that impressed him the most are – Liam Rushe (Dublin), Niall McMorrow (Dublin), T.J. Reid (Kilkenny), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), Austin Gleeson (Waterford), Patrick Curran (Waterford)., Tony Kelly (Clare), John Conlan (Clare) and Joe Canning (Galway).
Tom was born in 1945 and was educated at Bennettsbridge N.S. and Rosslare N.S.. He lived with his family in Killinick and played Juvenile, Minor and Junior with St. Fintan’s and U’21 and Junior with St. Martin’s. He was still a Juvenile when he first played Junior Hurling with St. Fintan’s.
One of the best games of Hurling he has seen was between – Tipperary vs Wexford – in the 1962 All Ireland Final.
Difficult opponents he encountered when playing were – Tony Doran, Joe Foley, Philip Doyle R.I.P. (Raheenduff Moonlighters) and Oliver Cullen.
The greatest Hurling Team that he has seen was the Kilkenny line out in the 2000’s.