The Late Tom cheasty

The Late Tom Cheasty

1934 - 2007

Born in Ballyduff Lower, Kilmeaden, Co Waterford in 1934, his father, Geoffrey, was a native of the parish. His mother , Kathleen (Walsh), was from Mooncoin in South Kilkenny. At about the age of four he went to live with his mother's aunt and uncle, who were from South Kilkenny. As with most kilkenny people, there was always talk about hurling and all Irelands.

He played his first hurling in a small field near his grandmother's house in Grange, near Mooncoin. He then moved back to Ballyduff and started to play minor hurling when he was fifteen years old. He played for the Waterford minors the following year at wing half forward. His brother Edmond also played hurling, he was on goal when Ballyduff won the junior Championship in 1961.

Tom played his first senior hurling game for Waterford in unusual circumstances. He had gone to the sports field (Walsh Park) to see Waterford plalying Kilkenny in the league. As a number of players did not turn up the late Tom Penkert asked Tom to tog out. In October 1954, Tom was on the panel for the championship game against Limerick and come on as a sub.

His first full game for Waterford was against Cork in Fermoy in 1956. It was a bit of a breakthrough for him as he scored five points from play. He was picked for the Rest of Ireland Team later that year. He then went on with the Waterford team to win the Munster Championship in 1957 and again in 1959, beating Kilkenny after a reply in the 1959 All Ireland Fianl.

 

In 1963 Tom was on the Waterford team that won the Munster Final, the League Final against Tipperary and beaten by Kilkenny in the All Ireland Final. Tom was a leading light with Waterford senior hurlers for years. A legend in hurling, he has been referred to as "one of the greatest hurlers of his era and an iconic name in Waterford sport". He retained his great intererst in the game throughout his lifetime. Sadly Tom died in 2007.