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Fifties hurling hero excelled in many facets of life Tom set high standards in sport, politics and farming

WEXFORD PEOPLE expressed widespread sadness and regret following the death of Tom Dixon, of Kyle House, Crossabeg, at Knockeen Nursing Home, in Barntown.

Tom died peacefully on Sunday, February 9, surrounded by his loving family following a long illness borne with great courage.

Tom was born in Castlebridge in 1930, the only son of the late George and Mary Dixon, a brother of the late Moya Kehoe, the late Alice Dixon and Cissie Kehoe. He commenced his working career with Wexford County Council and later moved to St. John's Hospital as administrator, where he worked until he retired in 1988.

His love of the land was fulfilled through his meticulous dedication to farming. He had a distinguished hurling career with his local club, St. Aidan's, and won All-Ireland medals with Wexford in 1955 and 1956. He also served as Secretary to Crossabeg-Ballymurn G.A.A. club for 12 years.

Tom bred and trained many successful greyhounds over his lifetime. These included 'Dale Lad' - the winner of numerous English classics; 'Kerry's Pal'; 'Jack's Away' - winner of the Bob Goff Trophy at Enniscorthy; 'Kyledale Star' - winner of the Roban Insurance Stake at Enniscorthy, along with numerous other successes.

He was an active and dedicated member of Fianna Fail, serving as secretary of the local Crossabeg Cumann for 30 years, and was treasurer of Enniscorthy Comhairle Ceanntair for a record 27 years.

With great foresight he actively campaigned against the nuclear power station planned for Carnsore Point and spoke forcefully on this issue at a Fianna Fail Ard Fheis in 1978.

Tom had a great interest in history and literature and was actively involved in many parish activities including the restoration work performed on St. Patrick's and St. Bridget's Church in 1976.

The huge attendance at both the removal from his residence and funeral bore testimony to the esteem in which Tom was held.

The requiem mass at Crossabeg Church was celebrated by Canon Pat Cummins, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Also in attendance were Monsignor Lory Kehoe, Fr. John Sweetman, Fr. John O'Brien, Canon Sean McCarthy, Fr. Hugh Byrne, Canon Noel Hartley, Fr. Tom Doyle and Canon Edmund Connolly who died suddenly on Saturday last.

Above all Tom was a devoted family man and will be sadly missed by his wife Mairead (nee McDonald), sons Jim and Paul, daughters Mary Kehoe (The Moyne) and Anita Tector (Bray), sons in law Michael and Heatley, daughters in law Catherina and Maria, brothers and sisters in law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and his many friends. RIP.