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Friday 27 April 2018

Faythe Harriers celebrate the heroes of 1967

Brendan Furlong

At the 50th reunion of the Faythe Harriers 1967 U21 county champions in Wexford Golf Club recently were, back: Jim Foley, Michael Whitney, John Denton, Con Dowdall, Eddie Foley, Pat Kenny Walsh, Ned Buggy, Brendan Murphy, George O’Connor, Mick McMahon, Jimmy Daly, Jim Rossiter and Sean Saunders. Front; Dick Murphy, Martin Buggy, Kevin Murphy, John Meyler (captain), Nicky Keeling (Club Chairman), Eddie Walsh, Denny Grannell and Mick Browne
At the 50th reunion of the Faythe Harriers 1967 U21 county champions in Wexford Golf Club recently were, back: Jim Foley, Michael Whitney, John Denton, Con Dowdall, Eddie Foley, Pat Kenny Walsh, Ned Buggy, Brendan Murphy, George O’Connor, Mick McMahon, Jimmy Daly, Jim Rossiter and Sean Saunders. Front; Dick Murphy, Martin Buggy, Kevin Murphy, John Meyler (captain), Nicky Keeling (Club Chairman), Eddie Walsh, Denny Grannell and Mick Browne

The first of a hat-trick of Wexford under-21 hurling county titles was celebrated in some style when members of the winning Faythe Harriers team of 1967 gathered in Wexford Golf Club recently.

It was on October 22, 1967, that the Wexford town club caused somewhat of a shock when they defeated inter-county laden Rathnure in the under-21 hurling final, going on to win three successive titles in this grade, being the only club to achieve this record.

This was a first under-21 hurling victory for the club, but more importantly, it ensured that the club had won a county championship in every hurling grade.

The selectors on that team were Kevin Murphy, Pat Murphy (since deceased), Dough Murphy (deceased), the 'Da' Billington (since deceased), while the trainer was Ned Power (deceased) who trained Wexford and St. Peter's College to Leinster and All-Ireland titles, and was trainer to the Wexford teams of 1968 that completed the historic All-Ireland Minor and Senior hurling double.

Former Senior club players, Martin Buggy, Con Dowdall, who played for Wexford in three All-Ireland under-21 hurling finals, while he was on the winning team of 1965. Also present were Dick Murphy and Kevin Murphy, the current club President. Former stars of the past Ned Wheeler and Willie Murphy were unable to attend, while Liam Bent, Willie Carley and Tom 'Gawnery' Walsh were also unavoidably absent.

On the night John Meyler welcomed everyone and thankded Denny Grannell, Heffo Walsh, Mick McMahon and Kenny Walsh for their help in organising the occasion. A minutes silence was observed for deceased team members, Liam Bennett, Brendan Browne, selectors Pat and Dough Murphy, the 'Da' Billington and the team trainer Ned Power.

Club Chairman, Nicky Keeling, also spoke.

Wexford People