SOCCER pioneer Seamus Kirwan has reached the age of 80 and the passing of the milestone was marked with a party at The Courtyard in Ferns.
The man from Mullaunreagh in Boolavogue was joined by wife Breda and a hundred well wishers for the occasion.
Among the attendance were several members of the St. Cormac's side which won the Wexford cup back in 1962.
The birthday boy, who has never been a smoker or a drinker, still looked capable of taking to the field, one of the fittest men of his generation.
He was a consistent goal poacher back in the days when he helped to establish the Wexford soccer league in the fifties.
He was inspired to bring the sport to the county after regular trips to Kilcohan Park to watch the great Waterford side of the time.
The first two clubs to show an interest came from the boxing gyms at Boolavogue and the Boys' Club in Enniscorthy.
Subsequently, Seamus's son James was good enough to earn a trial with League of Ireland side Bohemians.
And his young grandson Cillian, who is a member of the Callan United club, is set to lead the teams out on to the pitch at next month's Ireland v Sweden World Cup game.
Meanwhile, Seamus remains active working in the family marquee hire business with no thought of retirement.