Gerald Kelly- Taghmon-Camross

For almost 20 years, Gerald Kelly was a big player with the Taghmon-Camross Football Club. He came from a family well known in the G.A.A. affairs. His father – Ger Kelly R.I.P. – and his uncle – Jimmy Kelly R.I.P – were former stalwarts with the Camross winning teams in the late 30’s and early 40’s. His son – Gerald Jnr. – also played regularly with with the club.

Gerald Snr. usually played at Midfield or at Centre Half Forward. No matter which position he was asked to play in, he always showed a willingness to work hard and seek his own opportunities.

He was blessed with speed, vision and stamina and his fielding was sublime controlled. This whole hearted player now residing in Wilkinstown, depicted all that is good in football. Gerald had the ability to get the best out of every ball. He was born in 1947 and was educated at Carrowreagh N.S. and St. Peter’s College, Wexford.

His Boyhood Hero was – Nickey Rackard R.I.P.. One of the best Goalie’s he has seen in

Football was – Stephen Cluxton (Dublin). In Hurling, he selects – Art Foley.

Gerald first played with the Club in 1966 and last played with them in 1985. The greatest game of Football he has seen was – Dublin vs Kerry – in the 1977 All Ireland Semi-Final. In Hurling, the game between – Kilkenny vs Tipperary – in the 2014 All Ireland Final in the drawn game was a thriller.

One of his finest games playing for – Taghmon-Camross – was vs Kilanerin in the 1973 Co. Intermediate Football Final. Playing at Centre Half Forward, he made a tremendous impact in the game with his dashing and clever play.

Difficult opponents he came up against when playing were – Con Donnelly (Clongeen), Larry Colfer (Clongeen), George Foley (Fethard) and Joe Considine (Kilanerin).

The Taghmon-Camross Footballers that were very impressive when he played with them were – Pat Murphy, Noel O’Gorman, Jim Morrissey and Pat Leacy.

The two best dual players he has seen outside of Wexford were – Jimmy Barry Murphy and Ray Cummins. In Wexford, the two stars were – Phil Wilson and George O’Connor.

One of the best Football Clubs he has seen in Wexford were the – Duffry Rovers Team – and in Hurling the – Buffers Alley Team.

Some of the greatest Footballers he has ever seen were – Mick O’Connell, Jack O’Shea, Pat Spillane, Jimmy Keaveney, Peter Canavan and Colm Cooper. In Wexford, he selects – Mattie Forde, John O’Gorman (Taghmon-Camross), Redmond Barry and MIck Carty (Castletown). The greatest of them all was – Mick O’Connell. The greatest Hurler he has ever seen was -Henry Shefflin.

In the last 40 years in Wexford, the Hurlers that stood out were – Tony Doran, Mick Jacob Snr., Dan Quigley, Martin Quigley and Willy Murphy.

The two best Full Backs he has seen in Football were – Andy Doyle (Taghmon-Camross) R.I.P. And John O’Gorman (Taghmon-Camross).

The two best Midfielders he has seen were – Mick O’Connell and Jack O’Shea. The two best Full Forwards he has seen were – Jimmy Keaveney and Peter Canavan.

The players that impressed Gerald the most in Club Football just to name a few were – Ger Howlin (Dan O’Connell’s), Mattie Forde (Kilanerin), John Harrington (Sarsfields), Phil Wilson (Ballyhogue) and Joe Foley (Ballyhogue).

He played Minor, Juvenile and U’21 with the Club.

He was Club Chairman from 2002 to 2009.

The most memorable and exciting game he played in was the 1973 Co. Intermediate Football Final vs Kilanerin which they lost.

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