The 1955 final attracted a record-breaking crowd to Croke Park, at over 87,000. Kerry, captained again by John Dowling, led from the beginning and, despite strong play from Dublin’s Kevin Heffernan, Jim Crowley, and Ollie Freaney (scorer of a late goal five minutes from the end), held onto the lead to win by 0-12 to 1-6. Seán Murphy and Tadhgie Lyne (uncle of Pat Spillane and scorer of six of his county’s 12 points) in particular were excellent for Kerry, while Kerry defenders John Cronin, Micksie Palmer and Jerome O’Shea (father of future Irish rugby international Conor) are also prominently featured here blocking many Dublin attacks on goal. Also included in the package is footage of the Minor All-Ireland Final between Dublin and Tipperary, in which the Liffeysiders retained their title.
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