The first of Cork’s three-in-a-row in the 1950s and our first footage of possibly the greatest player ever to life a Camán, Christy Ring (12). However, as the footage suggests, Ring was well marshalled on the day itself by Dublin’s Dessie Ferguson (5), and managed only two points from play, one a magnificent score from the ground. More of the goalmouth play is captured here as the camera positions move closer to the Railway end of the Hogan, as well as keeping the position of the second camera towards the Canal end of the Hogan Stand. Other scorers featured include Cork’s captain Paddy Barry (15) and two goals from Liam Dowling (14). However, this game is best remembered for the extraordinary performances of the two goalkeepers, Dublin’s Kevin Mathews and particularly Cork’s Dave Creedon. This was also, as O’Hehir remarks in his commentary, a ‘year of surprises’ as evidenced by the arrival of Dublin at this stage beating a much-fancied Wexford team on their way to the final. Also featured here are some scenes from the Minor game between Tipperary and Dublin, in which Tipperary ran out comfortable winners. Included in the Tipp team on the day was a young Liam Devaney who returned to Croke Park in 1958 to collect his first of five All-Ireland senior winner’s medals.
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