HURLING fans in Wexford and far beyond were saddened to learn of the death yesterday of Christy Kehoe, a former star player and manager with the county.
Christy (59), who was a highly prolific forward, won Leinster championship medals in 1976 and 1977 and played a prominent role in both of those years' All-Ireland finals where Wexford lost to Cork.
He later managed Wexford on three separate occasions including the 1993 season when they were most unlucky to lose the National League final to Cork in a second replay, followed three months later by defeat against Kilkenny in a Leinster final replay.
Liam Griffin, who succeeded him as Wexford manager, said last night that that Christy had built the platform for the 1996 All-Ireland success.
"Christy was a great hurling man and gave remarkable service to Wexford hurling as a player and manager.
"He was very unfortunate not to have made the breakthrough in 1993. His name will always be remembered as a fantastic servant to Wexford hurling," said Griffin. M.B.