Wales beat Ireland to take the Triple Crown at a packed Lansdowne Road Dublin. Norman Hodgson caught that atmosphere and the action in this colour film.
Hopes are high from the supporters of both teams as they arrive at Lansdowne Road to see Ireland play Wales in the Five Nations. Inside the ground, the crowd is treated to entertainment from supporters from both sides and Garda and army marching bands. Both sets of players pose for the official team photographs before taking to the pitch. President Seán T O'Kelly meets the Welsh team.
The game itself is dominated by Wales who take the lead with a penalty kick from Lewis Jones. The best score of the game came from Wales with a move which started with a scrum on their own line. Cliff Morgan weaved his way through the Irish defence before passing to Ken Jones who outpaces George Phipps to touch down for a try. Gerry Murphy kicked Ireland's only score from a penalty.
The final score was Wales 14 Ireland 3.
This colour film of the game was shot by Norman Hodgson at Lansdowne Road on the 8 March 1952.
Norman Hodgson (1905-74) was born in Lenzie in Scotland. He married Marjorie Towers in 1932 and came to live in Skerries in the late 1930s. The couple had four children. Norman was an avid amateur film maker who recorded many sporting and social highlights of Irish life (much of it in colour) during the late 1940s and 1950s.
Norman’s daughters Helen Hodgson and Rosalie Pickering cared for his films, camera and projector before donating the collection to RTÉ Archives.