Paddy and Joan Kehoe

Paddy and Joan Kehoe discuss Paddy's inter-county football and hurling career for Wexford in the 1950s. Paddy recalls his family involvement in Gaelic games and his minor hurling and football career before he joined the army in The Curragh in the 1940s. He describes playing hurling, football, and rugby in the army and recalls cycling 35 miles each way to a match in Portlaoise. Paddy also discusses his inter-county career in the 50s, hurling alongside the Rackards in Wexford. He describes his various successes and mentions various notable players of the 50s. He and Joan also reflect on the excitement of that era, when Wexford dominated hurling nationally, and he mentions travelling to America with the county team in the 50s to play Cork in New York's Polo Grounds. Furthermore, Paddy presents his views on the opening of Croke Park and the lifting of the ban on foreign games. In addition, Joan compares the treatment of the partners of inter-county players in the GAA today with the lack of respect shown to wives of players during Paddy's career. Finally, she ponders the impact of Paddy's dedication to his career on their marriage and family life.

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