Whether because Galway got a bye to this final (something never repeated) or that Tipperary had already beaten the reigning champions Kilkenny in a superb semi-final, the 1958 final attracted less interest than previous encounters and one of the lowest attendances since the early 1940s, at 47,270. Tipperary stamped their authority on proceedings early on with two goals in the first ten minutes – including one featured here by Larry Keane (number 13) – and while Galway fought back valiantly with Joe Salmon (8) in particular excellent at midfield, this final turned out to be a rather one-sided affair. Tipp eventually won by ten points, by which time many Galway supporters had already left with the early departure of some featured here. Tipp’s goal tally of four would have been much higher but for superb play by Fergus Benson (7) who was moved from left half back to the Galway goal after the interval. Tipperary’s captain Tony Wall (6) was outstanding in defence, ably assisted by John Doyle (7) and the great Tipp defence is foregrounded repeatedly here. In attack, Donie Nealon (10) was top scorer and his first half goal for Tipperary is included. 1958 also marked the arrival in the senior ranks of Tipperary’s ‘boy wonder’, Jimmy Doyle (12). As well as scenes from the Minor opener where Limerick beat Galway, the highlights include interesting interior shots prior to the Senior game of President Seán T. O’Kelly meeting the GAA patron, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly, Dr. Jeremiah Kinane. Watch out also for rare footage of one of the cameramen at work filming the parade before the main event.
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