Three-time All-Ireland winner Ned Wheeler has died at the age of 87, his club Faythe Harriers announced on Friday.

A linchpin of the great Wexford team that won All-Irelands in 1955, '56 and '60, Wheeler played at centre-forward or midfield in a side that boasted the likes of Nicky and Bobby Rackard, Art Foley and Nick O'Donnell.

Born in Laois, Wheeler spent the early years of his life in Kilkenny before settling in Wexford town in his teens. He won the first of six Leinster titles in 1951, after making his debut in 1949 at the age of 17.

The first provincial crown in 33 years, it sparked an unprecedented era of success for the Model County.

After retiring from intercounty hurling in 1965, he went on to coach adult and underage teams with Faythe Harriers.