Not only was this the Institute’s first film of Gaelic Games, it was also the first All-Ireland won by Waterford who also managed to win the Minor encounter with Kilkenny, a game featured briefly here as well. Among the prominent players is the flat-cap wearing John Keane at number 11, the only Waterford player included on the GAA Hurling Team of the Millennium, and scorer of three goals (one of which is captured in the film) and two points on the day. Among the Dublin players was the well- known RTÉ broadcaster Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin (12) who played at left half forward and Jimmy Kennedy (10) on the opposite wing. Apart from the footage of the game itself, the film is a fascinating record of post-war Dublin city, capturing the crowds arriving by steam train into Kingsbridge station (now Heuston) Station, and travelling by car, horse and cart, and bicycle along the Naas Road and from O’Connell Bridge to Croke Park. Other notable features are the fashions of the time, with men dressed predominantly in suits and women in their Sunday best. Also featured is the ceremony of the throw-in by Archbishop Kinane and subsequent rush to get off the pitch by the Bishop and media as the players clash around them, a prominent ceremonial feature of All-Irelands in these years.
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