In this documentary Mick Dunne tells the story of the 1947 All Ireland football final between Kerry and Cavan which was played in the Polo grounds in New York - the only All Ireland final ever to be played outside Irish shores.
Mick Dunne, a Laois man, was the voice and face of Saturday afternoons on RTÉ. Formerly with the Irish Press, he became RTÉ's first Gaelic Games' correspondent in 1970, a pioneering remit that had him commentating on everything from All Ireland finals to the weekly handball staple.
He was also instrumental in creating the All Star awards for Gaelic players which began in 1971.
In 'Star Spangled Football' Mick recalls the journey to New York for the famed All Ireland final and tales, of course, from the game itself. We also hear from John Kerry O’Donnell, Paddy MacFlynn, Micheal O’Rourke, Mick Higgins, Joe Keohane, Simon Deignan, Peter Donohue, Mitchell Cogley, Dan Kavanagh, Bat Garvey, Michael O’Hehir and Paddy Macmahon - includes accounts of the journey to New York and the game itself.
Produced by Ian Corr
First broadcast 14th September 1997.
An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries.