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Wexford v Galway – 1955 GAA All-Ireland Hurling Final

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


11 mins

The promise that Wexford had shown in previous All-Irelands this decade was finally realised with their victory in 1955. Indeed, this was Wexford’s first title since 1910, but they would not have to wait as long for another. Nicky Rackard (number 14) was in his prime by 1955 and was top scorer on the day with 1-3; several of these scores are captured here, including his goal in the first half. Nicky’s brothers Bobby (2) and Billy (6) also feature prominently. Indeed, an increasing number of scores are captured here than in previous years including goals by Jimmy Burke (14) and Paddy Egan (13) for Galway, as well as Ned Wheeler’s (11) goal for Wexford in the second half. Billy Duffy (9) and Joe Salmon (8) also feature notably for Galway and controlled midfield for long spells as Galway led at half-time. But Wexford were not to be denied their first title in 45 years and gradually got on top in the second half, helped by scores by Paddy Kehoe (10) and Nicky Rackard. Also included in the film are shots of the crowds making their way to Croke Park led by a marching band behind US and Irish flags, while the previously more general shots of crowd reactions to scores are increasingly replaced here by some great shots of individual supporters’ reactions. This includes a fascinating clip of women watching the match in their makeup mirrors, presumably to see above the heads of the taller supporters in the rows in front. Also included here is footage from the Minor game between Galway and a victorious Tipperary team that included a young Jimmy Doyle, who would mature into one of the finest hurlers in the game winning six All-Irelands with Tipperary, and included in the GAA Hurling Team of the Millennium at right corner-forward. 

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