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Eddie Keher: Kilkenny Style & Craft In Abundance

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Eddie Keher Was An All Star Hurler Chosen On All Great Teams

The scoreboard keeper was always guaranteed a busy afternoon when Eddie Keher was in town to torment defences and his scoring record, particularly in All Ireland finals, is a testament to his competence. In 1963 he scored 14 points versus Waterford; in 1969 8 points V Cork; and in 1972 he scored 2-7 V Galway. The Rower - Inistioge clubman also topped the national scoring charts for hurling in 1965/66/68/70/71/72/73/74/75/76

Eddie Keher burst on the inter-county hurling stage as a minor hurler with Kilkenny and, despite winning four Leinster Minor titles Kilkenny and Eddie did not reach the All Ireland podium on those glorious occasions. After such disappointments were banished, the tide began to run very favourably and Kilkenny senior selectors threw caution to the wind in the famous 1959 All Ireland senior hurling final replay, when introducing Eddie as a sub to stem Waterfords onslaught. This was just a month after Eddie had played in the minor final V Tipperary.

 From 1959 to 1962 Kilkenny lost out in Leinster but in 1963 a hard fought encounter with Dublin enabled Kilkenny become Leinster champions again with Eddie scorching a new trail of goal and points scoring records. Waterford were again more than worthy opponents but with Eddie striking 14 points (10 from frees) and despite the legendary Ollie Walsh conceding 6 goals, victory went to the Noresiders by 4-17 to 6-8 in 1963.

A further five All Ireland senior medals came his way and a galaxy of team and individual honours also flowed. He will be remembered as one of the All Time Hurling Legends in the company of Ring, Mackey and Jimmy Doyle and his selection on the 1984 and 2000 teams of the Century and Millenium respectively, salute a hurler who always portrayed exceptionally high sporting standards in the great heat of so many intense battles.

 

 

CONTESTED 10 ALL IRELAND SENIOR HURLING FINALS 1959 - 1975

 

1959: [sub] Replay Waterford 3 - 12 Kilkenny 1 - 10

Final Waterford 1 - 17 Kilkenny 5 - 5

1963 Kilkenny 4 - 17 Waterford 6 - 8

1964 Tipperary 5 - 13 Kilkenny 2 - 8

1966 Cork 3 - 9 Kilkenny 1 - 10

1967 Kilkenny 3 - 8 Tipperary 2 - 7

1969 Kilkenny 2 - 15 Cork 2 - 9

1971 Tipperary 5 - 17 Kilkenny 5 - 14

1972 Kilkenny 3 - 24 Cork 5 - 11

1974 Kilkenny 3 - 19 Limerick 1 - 13

1975 Kilkenny 2 - 22 Galway 2 - 10

 

All Ireland Senior Hurling Medals: (6) 1963/67/69

1972/74/75

N.HL. Medals: 1961/62; 1975/76

Railway Cup: 9 Medals 1964; 1965;1967; 1971;1972;

1973;1974; 1975; 1977

 

Gaelic Weekly All Star: 1963/64/66/67

P.J.Carroll All Star:1971/72/73/74/75

Texaco Hurler of the Year:1972

 

Team Of Century 1984: Chosen left corner forward

Millennium Team 2000: Chosen left corner forward

Top National Scorer: 1965/66/68/70/71/72/73/74/75/76

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