Joe Breen- Tara Rocks

Joe Breen gave great service to the Tara Rocks football club over many years, playing his first game at junior level in 1969 and finishing up with them 16 years later in 1985. He played most of his games at full-forward, where his ebullient style caused problems for quite a number of full-backs in the Gorey District.

He was very committed to the club and played every game with enthusiasm and grandeur. In his role, he was prepared to harass, hound and fight for every ball and his actions were sustained for the full 60 mins. He was very energetic and dashing and loved to be on the winning side at the final whistle. Joe was very clever, decisive and courageous and was downhearted if he failed to score in any game.

He was born in 1947 and was educated at Gorey C.B.S.. His boyhood hero was – Nickey Rackard R.I.P..

One of the best goalie’s he has seen in football was – Martin Furlong (Offaly).

In hurling, he selects – Noel Skehan (Kilkenny) – as the best goalie he has seen.

The Tara Rocks footballers that stood out in Joe’s opinion were – Bill Owley, Pat Sheridan, Fergie Devereux, and Paddy Carter.

The greatest footballers he has ever seen were – Paídí O’Sé (Kerry), Colm Cooper (Kerry), Colm O’Rourke (Meath), Peter Canavan (Tyrone), Bernard Brogan (Dublin) and Matt Connor (Offaly).

In Wexford, the top footballers were – Andy Merrigan (Castletown) R.I.P., Oliver Cullen (Castletown), Michael Carty (Castletown), Denis Asple (Ballyhogue) and Mattie Forde (Kilanerin).

One of the greatest footballers he has seen was – Peter Canavan (Tyrone) and in Wexford, he selects – Mattie Forde (Kilanerin).

One of the greatest games of football he has seen at Inter Co. Level was the four games between – Dublin vs Meath – in the 1991 Leinster Senior Football Final particularly the final game which was won by Meath.

Joe played Juvenile with Tara Rocks in 1963. The three best midfielders he has seen in football were – Jack O’Shea (Kerry), Brian Mullins (Dublin) and Dermot Earley Snr. (Roscommon).

The three best full-backs he has seen were – Mick Lyons (Meath), Seamus Moynihan (Kerry) and John O’Keeffe (Kerry).

The three best full forwards he has seen were – Sean O’Neill (Down), Eoin “Bomber” Liston (Kerry) and Jimmy Keaveney (Dublin).

The greatest hurler he has seen in over the years were – Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny), Eddie Keher (Kilkenny), D.J. Carey (Kilkenny), Mick Roche (Tipperary) R.I.P., Jimmy Doyle (Tipperary) R.I.P. and Brian Whelehan (Offaly).

The greatest players he has seen in Wexford were – Billy Rackard R.I.P., Tim Flood R.I.P, Ned Wheeler, Phil Wilson and Tony Doran.

The greatest hurler he has ever seen was – Jimmy Doyle R.I.P..

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 the three dual players he selects as the best he has seen were – Phil Wilson (Ballyhogue), Martin Quigley (Rathnure) and Oliver Cullen.

The best club teams he has seen in football in Wexford were the – Castletown Team – from 1965 to the end of the 70’s.

In hurling, – the Buffers Alley team led by Tony Doran in the 70’s and most of the 80’s, were brilliant.

Difficult opponents Joe encountered while playing football in the Gorey District were – Tom Rath (Kilrush) R.I.P., Pat Cousins (Buffers Alley), Vincent Dixon (Naomh Eanna) and Mick Redmond (Clonee).

In the last 5 years, the footballers that stood out in Joe’s opinion were – Colm Cooper (Kerry), Bernard Brogan (Dublin), Michael Murphy (Donegal), Conor McManus (Monaghan) and Aidan O’Shea (Mayo).

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