Down through the years, so many great footballers have worn the jersey of the Gusserane O’Rahilly’s team. One of them was the clever ebullient – Patsy Farrell.
A real star elite who arrived in 1964 to play senior with the club. He continued to be a masterclass player for the next 20 years.
His defensive covering was first class, and he also had some outstanding games when playing in midfield. He had style and perfect balance and was supreme in his aerial fielding. Patsy in every game always looked composed, self-assured, cool and confident. His ability to police his opponents and close them down made him stand out as one of the best defenders in those 20 odd years.
He was born in 1945 and was educated at Ballymitty N.S..
His boyhood hero was – Paddy Kehoe R.I.P..One of the best goalie’s he has seen in football was – Brendan Duffin (Gusserane and Wexford) and in hurling, he selects – Pat Nolan (Oylegate).
One of the greatest football games he has seen was – Dublin vs Kerry – in the 1977 All Ireland semi-final.
In hurling, the greatest game he has seen was between – Tipperary vs Wexford – in the 1962 All Ireland hurling final.
One of Patsy’s finest games was for Gusserane-Clongeen in the 1963 Co. Minor football final win vs Rathnure, with a scoreline of 5.4 to 2.4. Playing at right halfback, he soared into the air to field the ball and kicked prodigious distance from the start. He knew he had a job to do and right well did he achieve his objective.
When playing, the most difficult opponents he encountered were – Jack Berry (St. Anne’s) R.I.P., Joe O’Shaughnessy (Castletown), Robin Walsh (Kilmore) and John Quigley (Rathnure).
The five – Gusserane O’Rahilly- footballers that were very impressive in Patsy’s opinion were – John Fitzharris, Sean Myers R.I.P., Mick Caulfield, Liam Fardy and Mick Culleton.
Two of the best dual players he has seen outside of Wexford were – Des Foley (Dublin) R.I.P. and Jimmy Barry Murphy (Cork).
In Wexford, he selects – Martin Quigley (Rathnure) and George O’Connor (St. Martin’s) – as tops.
The top teams he has seen at club level in football in Wexford were the – Duffry Rovers Team – and in hurling, he selects the – Rathnure team – in the early 70’s, winning 4 Co. titles in a row.
The greatest footballers he has seen were – Sean O’Neill (Down Forward), Colm Cooper (Kerry Forward), Peter Canavan (Tyrone Forward), Noel Tierney (Galway) and Jack O’Shea (Kerry).
In Wexford, he selects – Mattie Forde (Kilanerin), Jack Berry (St. Anne’s) R.I.P., Mick Carty (Castletown) and Andy Merrigan (Castletown) R.I.P. – as brilliant.
The greatest of these was – Sean O’Neill (Down). The four greatest hurlers he has seen in Wexford in the last 40 yrs. were – George O’Connor (St. Martin’s), Tony Doran (Buffers Alley), Mick Jacob Snr. (Oulart-The Ballagh) and Martin Quigley (Rathnure).
The greatest hurler he has seen was – D.J. Carey (Kilkenny).
Patsy played Juvenile, Minor and U’21 with Gusserane O’Rahilly’s.
One of the finest games he played in with Gusserane O’Rahilly’s was vs Halfway House, Bunclody in the 1965 Co. Junior football final. Playing at midfield, he was brilliant and dominated the area.
He played right cornerback when they won the 1975 Co. Senior football title defeating St. Anne’s.
One of the greatest football teams he has seen over the years was the – Kerry team – from 1975 to 1985.