Leg­endary Oyle­gate artist John Ger Ke­hoe (69) dies

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

THE artis­tic com­mu­nity around the county mourned the loss of a leg­endary fig­ure last week with the pass­ing of John Ger Ke­hoe at the age of 69. John was well-known as an artist and lived in Oyle­gate for over 40 years, where he es­tab­lished the Oyle­gate Art Gallery on the site of the old post of­fice. His work has been im­mor­talised af­ter a pait­ing of his ‘The Men of Vine­gar Hill’ was hung in Wex­ford County Coun­cil’s head­quar­ters as part of the county art col­lec­tion.

John was born in Dublin in 1948 to his par­ents, the late John Joseph Ke­hoe from Ferns and Ann Ke­hoe from Scarawalsh, who served as post­mistress in Oyle­gate un­til 1988.

He was ed­u­cated at Synge Street CBS in Dublin and later went on to uni­ver­sity in UCD be­fore work­ing as a teacher at Belvedere Col­lege, Dublin and the Vo­ca­tional School in Wex­ford, even­tu­ally mov­ing into the Civil Ser­vice. Pas­sion­ate about the arts, John was a self­taught pain­ter of some re­pute. Per­haps his best loved work is Vine­gar Hilll 1798, in­spired by Wex­ford his­to­rian Nicholas Fur­long and his works still proudly hang in the likes of County Hall and the Fri­ary in Wex­ford town. He also had a great pas­sion for writ­ing and pub­lished a book of self-penned plays writ­ten over a num­ber of years and a col­lec­tion of Po­etry back in 1993.

John’s fu­neral Mass takes place this morn­ing (Tues­day) at 11 a.m. in St David’s Church Oyle­gate. Burial will take place after­wards in Ferns Ceme­tery. May he rest in peace.

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