Tuesday 20 August 2019

Another honour for men of 1956

THE WEXFORD Association in Carlow are to honour the hurling heroes of 1956 at their annual dinner dance in the Seven Oaks Hotel on March 10.

The 50th anniversary of that glorious triumph will be celebrated in style, with memories certain to come flooding back.

The 1950s was a golden decade for hurling, with some of the greatest games ever taking place. Wexford were beaten by Cork in the 1954 final but came back to see off Galway the following year in a fine contest.

Twelve months down the line they gained revenge on the Leesiders in an epic contest when they were led by their captain Jim English, of Seskinryan, Bagenalstown.

He later gave years of service to Carlow County Board and the Erin's Own club. Jim's sons also played with distinction on club and county hurling teams.

1956 was a great year for Wexford hurling as they won all of the major competitions (National League, Leinster, All-Ireland, Walsh Cup and Oireachtas), while ten of the team added Railway Cup medals.

They entertained over half a million people on the hurling fields of Ireland and were given great credit for being one of the most sporting teams ever to play in Croke Park.

They had set attendance records for all the finals they played in that year, led by the late, great Nickey Rackard, his brothers Bobby and Billy, Ned Wheeler, Nick O'Donnell, Jim English, Padge Kehoe, Tim Flood and company.

The attendance for the All-Ireland final of 1956 was at the 90,000 mark, a clear indication of the drawing power of this great Wexford team. In that game there was no substitution, no positional switch, and no injury to any player on the winning team - surely a record.

Anyone interested in supporting the event on March 10 and sharing in what should be a great night for the survivors of 1956 ought to contact the Wexford Association P.R.O., Tom O'Keeffe (087-2070652).

Tickets are available at the moment, but the demand is very high, so make sure to get in touch before it's too late.

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