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One fine day - When Wexford went to Croker

A look at the momentous 1956 All-Ireland Hurling Final between Wexford and Cork.

One fine day - When Wexford went to Croker

The 1956 Wexford All Ireland Hurling team as per the photo: Front Row (l to r) - Tom Ryan, Mick Morrissey, Jim English (capt.), Art Foley, Tim Flood, Tom Dixon, Seamus Hearne. Back Row (l to r) - Billy Rackard, Nick O'Donnell, Ned Wheeler, Jim Morrissey, Martin Codd, Nicky Rackard, Podge Kehoe, Bobby Rackard

The 1956 All Ireland hurling Final between Wexford and Cork is considered by most to be one of the finest games of hurling ever seen.

In the run-up to the match, it seemed that all of Ireland was focussed on one county; Wexford. Over the previous six years, its hurling team had gone from losing every match to beating the best teams in the country.

In 1956, they faced their biggest challenge yet: to try to beat Cork in an All-Ireland final. Not only was Cork the greatest team in the country, who had won 22 All-Ireland medals, but it boasted the formidable Christy Ring, as its star player.

Wexford however also had its share of brilliant players, including the legendary Nickey Rackard. But could they take on Cork and would they win? This match was their chance to prove their worth on the field.

This documentary, narrated by Wexford's Billy Roche, talks to some of the great players in that match, including Billy Rackard, Tim Flood, Martin Codd and Ned Wheeler. The documentary also hears from life-long Wexford fans and listens again to live commentary of the match with the incomparable Micheál O Hehir.

Narrator: Wexford man and playwright Billy Roche

Producer: Sian O'Gorman

First Broadcast September 2007.

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