Lukie in full stride at 70th birth­day bash

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - Sto­ries be­hind the scenes

MEM­BERS OF Sli­abh Buidhe Rovers A.C. and many in the Ferns com­mu­nity joined the fam­ily in a sur­prise cel­e­bra­tion for Lukie Ke­hoe’s 70th birth­day on the Satur­day be­fore Christ­mas, held in The Court­yard.

A great night was had by all, and Lukie was joined by friends, fam­ily and run­ners from the S.B.R. club and Wex­ford Ath­let­ics. Lukie’s many friends danced the night away, and it was a cel­e­bra­tion that will be long re­mem­bered.

Lukie has en­joyed a great his­tory with S.B.R., dat­ing back to 1966. He won his first Se­nior county medals in cross-coun­try while still a youth and won county Un­der-18, Un­der-21, Novice, In­ter­me­di­ate, Ju­nior and Se­nior ti­tles.

He was a part of a num­ber of win­ning Se­nior county teams and has a 2:44 marathon to his credit. Lukie also won the 1989 county vet­er­ans’ road race.

He has been a mem­ber of S.B.R. for more than 52 years and has long been one of the driv­ing forces be­hind the club.

Lukie was elected Chair­man in 1989 and in his time since at the helm, S.B.R. has won nu­mer­ous Se­nior cross-coun­try ti­tles and Se­nior road race ti­tles.

In re­cent years he has coached an ex­cel­lent women’s team, win­ning medals at many county events.

One of his points of pride is the S.B.R. men’s cur­rent streak of nine con­sec­u­tive Wex­ford Se­nior cross-coun­try ti­tles.

This run ties the long­est in Ath­let­ics Ire­land his­tory at county level, shared with the pres­ti­gious Lee­vale A.C. in Cork.

Ev­ery­one in Ferns, Sli­abh Buidhe Rovers and the Ke­hoe fam­ily wish Lukie a happy 70th and more great achieve­ments to come.

Lukie Ke­hoe with his sis­ter, Kath­leen, and brother, Bar­tie.

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