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Friday 16 November 2018

Hurler Seamus Hearne was a member of 1950s All-Ireland winning teams

ONE OF Wexford's great hurlers from the halcyon days of the 1950s has sadly passed away at his London home.

Seamus Hearne, described as one of the most versatile players to have ever donned the Wexford county colours, died on November 7 in Wembley.

During his hurling career, Seamus was involved in four all-Ireland sides, playing alongside hurling giants the Rackards. He won all-Ireland medals in 1955 and 1956, and was on the runner up side in both 1951 and 1954.

Formerly from Ballina, Curracloe, Seamus lived in Wembley at the time of his death, but travelled back and forth regularly to his native Wexford. He had been in hospital for a month prior to his death.

A carpenter by trade, his work brought him all over Ireland, the UK and America. In Cork he played with Midleton, and was also found in the colours of the famed Blackrock. He also lined out with New Ross Insurgents when employed in the town for a year.

With his county he won three Leinster Senior hurling championship medals in addition to his two all- Ireland medals, while he also won Oireachtas and National League honours.

Small of stature, but formidable in the mid field, he made up for his lack of physique with a shrewd hurling brain, tremendous skill and great speed.

He is survived by his sister Maeve; brothers Jack and Michael; nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

His remains were interred in Screen Cemetery on Monday following 11 a. m. Requiem Mass in St. Cyprian's Church, Screen. Fr Walter Forde officiated at the Mass.

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