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POWER PACKED: An­other record was cred­ited to Ned Power, the Wex­ford trainer, as this was the first oc­ca­sion that the same man trained both Se­nior and Minor teams to achieve vic­tory on the same day. And it was the same Ned Power who had ear­lier pre­pared the St. Peter’s Col­lege team which won the All-Ire­land ti­tle.

MINOR MEN­TORS: The Wex­ford Minor hurl­ing se­lec­tors who helped bring a third All-Ire­land to the county were: Pat Mur­phy (Faythe Har­ri­ers), Michael Mur­phy (Geral­dine O’Hanrahans), Do­minic Mur­phy (Ferns St. Ai­dan’s), Rob­bie Sin­nott (Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh), Martin Doyle (En­nis­cor­thy St. Ai­dan’s). Trainer: Ned Power (St. Peter’s Col­lege).

MICK JOINED SE­LECT BAND: When the fi­nal whis­tle sounded for Wex­ford’s vic­tory, Mick Kin­sella, the Buf­fers Al­ley de­fender and team sub­sti­tute, be­came one of the se­lect band of play­ers in the coun­try to have won All-Ire­land medals in all grades. He won a Col­leges medal with St. Peter’s in 1962, a Minor medal the fol­low­ing year, Un­der-21 and In­ter­me­di­ate medals in 1965, and a Se­nior medal in 1968.

When he came on to the In­ter­me­di­ate tem in 1965 he re­placed Vin­cent Sta­ples, a player who holds Le­in­ster medals in all these grades, but when Sta­ples was called up by the Se­niors in 1965 he missed out on an All-Ire­land In­ter­me­di­ate medal. Sea­mus Whe­lan and Paul Lynch also hold the dis­tinc­tion of win­ning All-Ire­land Ju­nior, In­ter­me­di­ate and Se­nior medals.

ART IN CON­TACT: The first over­seas tele­gram con­grat­u­lat­ing the hurlers of Wex­ford opened by County Sec­re­tary, Paddy Roche, was from that great goal­keeper of the 1950-’57 era, Art Fo­ley, who is now in New York.

VA­CANT SEATS: There were two va­cant seats at the All-Ire­land fi­nals at Croke Park and the rea­son why they were un­oc­cu­pied be­came known the fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day, three days af­ter the big games.

On the Tues­day prior to the fi­nals, the Sec­re­tary of Wex­ford County G.A.A. Board posted two tick­ets for the fi­nals to a gen­tle­man in Mor­riscas­tle. As the day of the fi­nals drew near and the tick­ets had not reached their des­ti­na­tion, there were fran­tic tele­phone calls to the Sec­re­tary, who was adamant that the pre­cious doc­u­ments had been sent out.

In fact, he ex­plained, he had a note in his post-book show­ing the date of mail­ing. The caller was sat­is­fied that the tick­ets were on their way but when would they ar­rive?

The an­swer came on the Wed­nes­day morn­ing, three days af­ter the match, with a let­ter con­tain­ing the now out-of-date tick­ets. The let­ter had been redi­rected from Jersey, Chan­nel Is­lands, where they had been sent in ar­ror.

WORLD CUP WIN: Wex­ford added the World Cup to their month-old All-Ire­land crown when de­feat­ing New York at O’Kennedy Park, New Ross, on a 1-17 to 3-5 fi­nal score­line. On the New York team was Wex­ford great of the fifties, Mick Mor­ris­sey.

Wex­ford: Pat Nolan; Jimmy Fur­long, Ed­die Kelly, Ned Colfer; Vin­nie Sta­ples, Dan Quigley, Wil­lie Mur­phy; Phil Wil­son, Michael Ja­cob; John Quigley, Jack Berry, Christy Ja­cob; Sea­mus Bar­ron, Tony Do­ran, Sea­mus Whe­lan.

GROUNDS SUC­CESS: Wex­ford added the Grounds tour­na­ment to their lau­rels at Croke Park with a 4-6 to2-8 vic­tory over Clare.

Wex­ford: Pat Nolan; Tom Neville, Ed­die Kelly, Ned Colfer; Teddy O’Con­nor, Dan Quigley, Wil­lie Mur­phy; Michael Ja­cob, Dave Bernie; John Quigley, Paul Lynch, Phil Wil­son; Christy Ja­cob, Sea­mus Whe­lan, Jack Berry.

SPORTSTAR: On the Mon­day morn­ing af­ter the fi­nals, Larry Byrne was named Sports Star of the Week on the Dub­tex-spon­sored pro­gramme.Thus within the short space of a few months, the young Kil­more-Rathangan hurler re­ceived the hon­our twice. He also won the ti­tle and the hand­some prize that went with when as­sist­ing St. Peter’s Col­lege in the All-Ire­land Col­leges Se­nior fi­nal re­play vic­tory over Coláiste Chríost Rí.

DO­RAN FETED: Buf­fers Al­ley’s Tony Do­ran was pre­sented with the Weekly Sportswrit­ers award in the Raidio Tele­fís Eire­ann Mon­trose Stu­dios by Micheál O’He­hir.

OLD­EST SUP­PORTER: One of Wex­ford’s old­est and keen­est sup­port­ers, 93-year-old Mrs. Cather­ine Walker of En­nis­cor­thy, was in Croke Park to cheer on her favourites.

MINOR THREE-TIMER: Wex­ford won their third provin­cial Minor hurl­ing ti­tle in a row de­feat­ing Kilkenny by 4-11 to 4-4 in the provin­cial fi­nal in Croke Park.

OUT ON HIS OWN: Rath­nure’s Dan Quigley was named Hurler of the Year.

MINOR DOU­BLE: Mick But­ler and Pat Cox be­came the first Wex­ford boys to win two All-Ire­land Minor hurl­ing medals. But­ler was play­ing in his third con­sec­u­tive fi­nal, and Cox was sub­sti­tute goal­keeper on the win­ning team of 1966.

SPE­CIAL PRE­SEN­TA­TIONS: Be­fore the team left for their home­com­ing from Bray on the Mon­day af­ter­noon, spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tions were made to trainer Ned Power and Mick Quinn (masseur). The pre­sen­ta­tions (wrist­let watches) were made on be­half of the play­ers by Dan Quigley as to­kens of their ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

TOP TA­BLE: The two men to lead Wex­ford from the top ta­ble were Sen­a­tor Seán Browne (Chair­man) and Paddy Roche (Sec­re­tary). They were de­scribed as Wex­ford’s finest-ever of­fi­cers who car­ried out their roles pro­fes­sion­ally on a vol­un­tary ba­sis.

PATH TO FI­NAL: Beat Dublin 3-15 to 1-11 at Kilkenny on June 16 (Scor­ers: Tony Do­ran 2-2, Paul Lynch 0-6, Christy Ja­cob 1-2, Jimmy O’Brien 0-3, Ned Buggy and Con Dow­dall 0-1 each).

Beat Kilkenny 3-13 to 4-9 at Croke Park on July 14 (Scor­ers: Paul Lynch 0-7 frees, Tony Do­ran 2-0, Christy Ja­cob 1-2, Jimmy O’Brien 0-2, Con Dow­dall and Ned Buggy (’70) 0-1 each).

DORANS’ RECORD: One of Wex­ford’s fore­most hurl­ing fam­i­lies, the Dorans of Mon­amolin, be­came unique in the hurl­ing world as a re­sult of this vic­tory.

They be­came the only fam­ily in the game that could boast All-Ire­land hurl­ing tro­phies in all grades open to their county, in the case of Wex­ford: Minor, Un­der-21, In­ter­me­di­ate and Se­nior.

Bill won In­ter­me­di­ate in 1961, fol­lowed by Tony’s Minor in 1963, while Tony and Joe were on the tri­umphant Un­der-21 team of 1965. The youngest, Colm, went on to serve Wex­ford with dis­tinc­tion too.

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