The finals took place with a mammoth turnout of 67,154 including the President of Ireland Éamon de Valera, An Taoiseach Seán Lemass, Jack Lynch T.D. Minister for Industry and Commerce, and Dr. Morris, patron of the GAA and the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly.
Tipperary (led by Tony Wall) arrived to the finals with a narrow win over Cork in the Munster final. Wexford (led by Nick O’Donnell) hadn’t appeared in an All-Ireland since 1956, but had defeated Kilkenny to claim their place. Wexford started strongly with a point by Ollie ‘Hopper’ McGrath which was quickly equalised by Tipperary’s Jimmy Doyle. Padge Keogh scored a goal in the third minute and Wexford were soon six points up. Before half time, Tipperary staged a comeback but Kehoe gave Wexford a two-point lead going into the break. Wexford continued to dominate in the second half and after having scored another goal, completed the ten-point win over Tipperary. Towards the end of the match, supporters staged a pitch invasion and the game had to be restarted. Padge Keogh finished the game with 1-5 and Nick O’Donnell was presented the cup by Éamon de Valera.
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