Peter McDermott became the only man to win an All-Ireland after refereeing the previous year’s final when he captained Meath to victory in 1954. Meath dominated this encounter combining a great defence – in particular full-back Paddy ‘Hands’ O’Brien – with more accuracy in front of the posts, from Mattie McDonnell, Paddy Meegan, Michael Grace, and Brian Smyth. Kerry was captained by forward John Dowling while other leading players for the county were Seán Murphy, Paudie Sheehy and Jim Brosnan. The camerawork continues to improve, though both goals in the game, Kerry’s by John Joe Sheehan and Meath’s by Tom Moriarty, were missed. Also featured is footage of the Minor final between Kerry and Dublin, coverage of the build-up to the game on Dublin’s northside and an intriguing pageant with ‘Mother Ireland’ for Irish unity at half time.
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