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Waterford v Kilkenny – 1959 GAA All-Ireland Hurling Final

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


16 mins

This is the only final in this collection that went to a replay and also the first appearance of colour in the filming of All-Ireland hurling finals, a factor that improved their coverage significantly. Frank Ryan once again commentates, with Vincent Corcoran on camera. In the first game, Waterford set the pace and had considerably more scores overall, though Kilkenny managed to get back into the match by responding to Waterford’s formidable points tally of 17 with five goals, though only one of them by Billy Dwyer (14) is captured here. As the highlights suggest, great goalkeeping by Ollie Walsh kept the Waterford team to points until the finish when they managed to earn a draw with a great late goal by Séamus Power (8). In the replay, which attracted a record attendance for a replay of 77,825, it was Kilkenny who led from the beginning and were six points up by half time. However, Waterford fought back in the second period to win their second All-Ireland by the comprehensive margin of eight points. While Kilkenny had led the goal tally in the first encounter, it was Waterford who proved deadlier in front of goal second time around, with two of their goals by Tom Cheasty (11) and Tom Cunningham (14) respectively included in this film.

Other notable players featured include the superb Frankie Walsh (12) who captained Waterford on the day and played his part, scoring eight points. As the footage indicates, despite the best efforts of Eddie Keher (who came on as a substitute in the second half and is featured scoring two points), Billy Dwyer and Kilkenny captain Seán Clohessy (12) in attack and Paddy Buggy (5) and Tom Walsh (2) in defence, Waterford were not to be denied their second title. As well as the Senior games, also featured is footage of the Minor final between Tipperary and Kilkenny before the first final and the Junior All-Ireland final between London and Antrim that preceded the replay. Apart from coverage of the games, the film also includes footage of crowds gathering on Jones Road before the first final and the official opening and blessing of the new Hogan Stand the previous June.

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