Goalkeeping great feted in Big Apple

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Published 13/10/2015 | 00:00

Sixty years on from winning his first All-Ireland Senior hurling medal in 1955, the New York Wexford Association will honour Wexford great and double All-Ireland winning goalkeeper, Art Foley, at a function on Friday, November 20, in the Manhattan Club.

Chairman of the Association, Ramsgrange man John Murphy, said 'this promises to be a night to remember' and welcomed all Wexford people in New York to come along.

Murphy said they are also expecting people a number of people to travel out for the event from Wexford and encouraged others to do so too. 'We'd love to see G.A.A. and other clubs back home coming along'.

Art is one the last surviving members of the great Wexford team of the 1950s which of course was backboned by the Rackards. He has resided in New York since 1957 when he travelled to the city as part of a team holiday, working for 34 years with TWA airlines.

Art is probably best remembered for the now legendary save made in the dying minutes of the 1956 All-Ireland final, what's been called 'the greatest save in the history of the sport'.

Defending champions Wexford were leading by two points at Croke Park with just three minutes to play, when Cork's Christy Ring, in search of his ninth All-Ireland medal, bore down on goal and fired a point-blank shot.

The crowd held its breath as Foley saved it, with Ring famously coming in and shaking the hand of the Wexford netminder in acknowledgement of the quality of the save - one great to another. Wexford went on to win that final by 2-14 to 2-8.

The event will run from 6.30 to 11 p.m. on Friday, November 20, in the Manhattan Club - the banquet space above Rosie O'Grady's in the heart of midtown (52nd and 7th Avenue).

There will be a cocktail reception followed by a banquet dinner with a four-hour open bar. Tickets cost $100 per head, while corporate tables of ten are also available.

Contact Caroline Byrne to confirm attendance and any guests at cobyrne@johnmurphylaw.com

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