The man who invented the Rooster potato at Oak Park has died at the age of 83.
Harry Kehoe passed away in his Co. Carlow home on Wednesday (May 29th).
The husband and father-of-five led the potato breeding programme at Teagasc Oak Park for over 40 years.
He is described in the Teagasc book Growing Knowledge – Fifty Years of Research and Development as “one of Europe’s most renowned potato breeders”.
Throughout his career Harry worked closely with IPM Potato Group Ltd, and many varieties released during his tenure continue to grow and be successfully marketed in over forty countries worldwide.
He was Oak Park’s “most successful potato breeder” and ranks up with the great international names in potato breeding like Archibald Finley (1841-1921), Donald McKelvie (1867-1947), Dr. William Black (1903-1975), Dr Harold Howard, John Clarke, (1889- 1980) and Dr Brian Costello.
Image source: Teagasc