Wexford returned in 1956 to retain their title. This was a final, as the credits indicate, unusually held on the fourth rather than first Sunday in September due to an outbreak of polio that led to its postponement. The commentary here is by an uncredited Frank Ryan. Robert Monks was joined on camera by Vincent Corcoran. The game itself, as Ryan’s commentary suggests at the end, is remembered as one of the greatest ever, with a climax to match the superb play on display throughout, including great goals for both teams, one from a 21-yard free from Christy Ring (number 15). A magnificent save by Wexford keeper Art Foley from a Ring effort three minutes from the end that inspired the Model County to victory was unfortunately not captured on film, but the subsequent goal by Wexford’s Nicky Rackard (14) is included. The second half in particular witnessed some superb hurling from both sides, with Ring driving Cork on with great scores, including a superb palmed point from play, while Nicky Rackard displayed his own formidable talents as joint top scorer with Ring on the day, each scoring 1-5. There are also great scores captured here from Padge Kehoe (10), Tim Dixon (15) and Martin Codd (11) for Wexford and Martin O’Regan (10) and Paddy Barry (12) for Cork. As well as some moments from the Minor clash between Kilkenny and Tipperary where the Premier County won their fourth title in five years, there are some wonderful shots of children playing hurling and crowds making their way to Croke Park before the game included in the highlights package.
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