Death of Unique Wexford All-Ireland Hurling Winner

The death has occured of former Wexford hurler Oliver Gough, who has the distinct honour of being the most recent, of only 10 men to win All Ireland hurling or football titles with two different counties. He also has the unique honour of being the only hurler to win an All-Ireland Senior Championship for both Wexford and Kilkenny.

Gough was born and raised in Co.Kilkenny, before moving to Craanford. During his time in Co.Wexford he played with the Gorey Emmetts, Ferns St Aidans and Rathnure.

Gough was a member of the Wexford Senior Hurling team in 1955 who defeated Galway in the All-Ireland hurling final, being brought on as a sub that day. Ferns St Aidans was his club at the time.

His debut for the Wexford Senior hurling team was in the 1955 Leinster Final Replay, where he scored 1-1 in a 3 point win over Kilkenny.

Gough was also in the Wexford squad the following year when he added a second All-Ireland medal to his collection.

In 1958 he scored 0-04 in a two point victory over Limerick in the National Hurling League final.

Work commitments in 1960 forced a move to Dublin, and subsequently to Thomastown, Co.Kilkenny, where he quickly made an impression on the Kilkenny hurling management. One of his first championship appearances for Kilkenny was against Wexford in the 1962 Leinster final, while it was the following year in 1963 he became the last man to achieve the feat of winning an All-Ireland with two different counties, when Kilkenny defeated Waterford in a high-scoring final. Gough was introduced as a sub that day, for Johnny McGovern, who was his direct opponent when he made his Wexford debut in 1955.

Shortly after that rare achievement, he called time on his hurling career, and went on to become one of the countries top amateur golfers.

May he rest in peace.

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