Old rivals, Tipperary and Kilkenny went into this final with Kilkenny looking to post their first victory over Tipperary since 1922. Kilkenny were the younger team, whilst the legendary Tipperary team had many years’ experience under their belt with some star players coming to the end of their playing days. The President of Ireland Éamon de Valera, An Taoiseach Jack Lynch, and Seamus Ryan who was in his first year of the GAA presidency, were amongst the dignitaries for this year’s All-Ireland finals.
The conditions were very blustery and despite Tipperary (led by Mick Roche) playing with the aid of the wind in the first half, Kilkenny (captained by Jim Treacy) went into a four-point lead after a goal from Paddy Moran. However, Donie Nealon scored two goals in that period meaning that Tipperary were leading at half time by six points. However, in the second half Kilkenny clawed their way back (now playing with the advantage of the wind) with a goal by Martin Brennan after Tim Walsh stumbled and missed a free before scoring another goal himself. Kilkenny led by four points, which was ultimately the final difference between the two teams. Kilkenny posted their first win over Tipperary in 45 years despite losing Eddie Keher to a broken wrist, Tom Murphy to a serious career-ending eye injury after an on-field accident, and Ollie Walsh playing with seven stitches in his arm from an injury he sustained on the train to Dublin before the game. This was the last final for John Doyle who had won eight All-Ireland hurling medals with Tipperary.
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