By Dan Walsh
Tributes are pouring in for long-serving Wexford hurling goalkeeper, Pat Nolan, (84), who won every accolade in a sporting career spanning 20 years, who has died at his home at Ballinastraw, Glenbrien, near Enniscorthy.
Pat Nolan arrived on the inter-county hurling scene at the age of 17 with the Wexford minor team in 1955 and he became sub-goalkeeper for the 1956 All-Ireland championship winning team.
He succeeded Art Foley as net-minder and between 1957 and 1974 made 36 championship appearances (162 in total) for Wexford.
He won three All-Ireland medals (1956, 1960 and 1968), but also played in three other finals where Wexford lost, 1962, 1965 and 1970 (the first ever 80-minute final).
He also holds six Leinster titles, four Railway Cup medals with Leinster, three National Hurling League titles, a county senior hurling championship medal with Oylegate-Glenbrien in 1963, and numerous other accolades and awards.
Deepest sympathy is extended his wife Lily, his children Myles, Aileen, Mikie, Rory and his wider family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.
Funeral arrangements later.