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Meath v Cavan -1949 GAA All-Ireland Football Final

The GAA Collection
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The National Film Institute
Produced by:
The National Film Institute


10 mins

Cavan returned in 1949 to meet a strong Meath team that won its first Championship. The game attracted a record crowd of almost 80,000. Despite the best efforts of the formidable Cavan defence of John Joe Reilly, Tony Tighe and the skills of P.J. Duke and Peter Donahue (scorer of six points on the day), Meath, led by Brian Smyth, proved the stronger side. More close play is captured here than in the previous years’ footage, though the overcast conditions and limitations of the technology continued to hamper the cameramen with many important scores missed. Bill Halpenny’s decisive goal for Meath, after a great Paddy Meegan attack, is captured however. There is also great footage included here of Meath training prior to the final under the guidance of their trainer, Father Paddy Tully, as well as a short clip of the minor encounter between Armagh and Kerry, in which the northern county won their first title.

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