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Galway v Cork – 1956 GAA All-Ireland Football Final

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


9 mins

The 1956 final produced a closely contested encounter, played in wet conditions. On the day, Galway would prove to be the stronger team. They were captained by their goalkeeper Jack Mangan who we see here make several important saves, and the team featured two of the greatest players of their generation, Frankie Stockwell (who scored an impressive 2-5 from play in the game) and the versatile Seán Purcell. Cork was led by Donal O’Sullivan, but despite great performances by Denis ‘Toots’ Kelleher (scorer of two goals in the second half) and Niall Fitzgerald in the forward line, the rebels were unable to overcome a formidable Galway side who came out on top by 2-13 to 3-7. The Cork team included Paddy Harrington at half back, father of the three-times major-winning golfer, Pádraig. Also included here is footage of the Minor final between Dublin and Leitrim.

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