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Cavan v Mayo – 1948 GAA All-Ireland Football Final

The GAA Collection
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The National Film Institute
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The National Film Institute


10 mins

The 1948 final was eagerly anticipated with almost 75,000 attending. The game was marred by poor conditions and the first half was one-sided with Cavan, aided by a strong wind, leading by 3-2 to no score at half-time. However, Mayo, in their first final since 1936, staged a sensational comeback in the second half, including a penalty featured here scored by Pádhraic Carney and an equaliser point by Éamonn Mongey. Indeed, Cavan only won with a late Peter Donohue point which gave them victory 4-5 to 4-4. The goal count still remains the highest scored in a final, matched only by the 1977 encounter between Dublin and Armagh. There is also a short clip here of the minor match between Tyrone and Dublin, as well as rare footage of Croke Park being prepared for the big game (including groundsman Jimmy Curran lining the pitch), crowds travelling towards it, and Dublin city in the late 1940s.

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