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Cavan v Kerry – 1947 GAA All-Ireland Football Final

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In 1947, as a commemoration of the centenary of the Great Famine and to revitalise Gaelic games in America, the All-Ireland Football Final was held in New York. The game was played in the Polo Grounds, home of the New York Giants baseball team. The scorching conditions were difficult for players and the unusually shaped […]

Tipperary v Galway – 1958 GAA All-Ireland Hurling Final

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Whether because Galway got a bye to this final (something never repeated) or that Tipperary had already beaten the reigning champions Kilkenny in a superb semi-final, the 1958 final attracted less interest than previous encounters and one of the lowest attendances since the early 1940s, at 47,270. Tipperary stamped their authority on proceedings early on […]

Wexford v Cork – 1956 GAA All-Ireland Hurling Final

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Wexford returned in 1956 to retain their title. This was a final, as the credits indicate, unusually held on the fourth rather than first Sunday in September due to an outbreak of polio that led to its postponement. The commentary here is by an uncredited Frank Ryan. Robert Monks was joined on camera by Vincent […]

Wexford v Galway – 1955 GAA All-Ireland Hurling Final

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The promise that Wexford had shown in previous All-Irelands this decade was finally realised with their victory in 1955. Indeed, this was Wexford’s first title since 1910, but they would not have to wait as long for another. Nicky Rackard (number 14) was in his prime by 1955 and was top scorer on the day […]

Cork v Wexford – 1954 GAA All-Ireland Hurling Final

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Cork returned in 1954 to secure their third All-Ireland in a row in what is regarded as one of the greatest hurling battles of them all. This game also saw Christy Ring (number 12) complete the magnificent feat of winning eight All-Ireland winners medals, and ‘Mr Hurling himself’ as O’Hehir describes him, played a vital […]

Cork v Galway – 1953 GAA All-Ireland Hurling Final

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The 1953 All-Ireland drew the largest crowd ever to attend a hurling final, 71,195. However, the game itself is often recalled, unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons. Galway, who had surprisingly beaten a much-fancied Kilkenny team in the semi-final, were intent to disrupt Cork’s game and marked their players closely throughout, particularly the much-feared Christy […]

Tipperary v Wexford – 1951 GAA All-Ireland Hurling Final

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While 1951 saw Tipperary win their third All-Ireland in a row, it also announced the arrival of Wexford, after a 33-year hiatus, to the All-Ireland final stage. Wexford would go on to be one of the dominant forces in hurling later in the decade, driven on by the powerful presence of the Rackard brothers, Nicky […]

Cork v Dublin – 1952 GAA All-Ireland Hurling Final

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The first of Cork’s three-in-a-row in the 1950s and our first footage of possibly the greatest player ever to life a Camán, Christy Ring (12). However, as the footage suggests, Ring was well marshalled on the day itself by Dublin’s Dessie Ferguson (5), and managed only two points from play, one a magnificent score from […]

Tipperary v Kilkenny – 1950 GAA All-Ireland Hurling Final

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Tipperary returned to Croke Park in 1949 to claim their second All-Ireland in a row, though in a much closer contest that they won by the narrowest of margins. This was the final that announced the arrival of John Doyle as one of the greatest defenders of the hurling game, but also a game that […]

Tipperary v Laois – 1949 GAA All-Ireland Hurling Final

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Though on the losing side in 1948, Jimmy Kennedy’s performance for Dublin would lead to his selection by his native Tipperary the following year, and his return to Croke Park where he won his first of two All-Ireland medals with the county. Indeed, Kennedy (number 12) was top scorer in a one-sided affair, notching up 2-4 of Tipperary’s 3-11 and […]

Waterford v Dublin – 1948 GAA Hurling All-Ireland

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Not only was this the Institute’s first film of Gaelic Games, it was also the first All-Ireland won by Waterford who also managed to win the Minor encounter with Kilkenny, a game featured briefly here as well. Among the prominent players is the flat-cap wearing John Keane at number 11, the only Waterford player included […]

Kilkenny v Waterford – 1957 GAA Hurling All-Ireland

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This final was immortalised in the British film Rooney, a loose adaptation of a Catherine Cookson novel concerning a Dublin binman whose real talents lie on the hurling field. The film incorporated actual footage of the final itself and John Gregson, the Liverpool actor who played the lead role, lined out with the Kilkenny team […]