The 1959 final attracted another huge crowd of almost 86,000 to Croke Park. This final is sometimes referred to as the ‘Seán Murphy final’ due to the outstanding display on the day by Kerry’s right half back. Despite the presence of legendary Kerry captain Mick O’Connell, Galway controlled midfield for long periods, with Mattie McDonagh and Frank Evers in fine form. However, a formidable Kerry half back line, led by Murphy and also including Kevin Coffey and Mick O’Dwyer, blocked most Galway attacks. Frankie Stockwell and captain Seán Purcell were Galway’s main threat again, but Kerry ultimately won the game by the considerable margin of 3-7 to 1-4, with the county’s Tadhgie Lyne, John Dowling and Dan McAuliffe all featured scoring here. Also included here is footage of the Minor final between Cavan and a Dublin team that won its fifth title in six years.
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