All Ireland Final 1957


As we drove to Croke Park the final to see
Our friend Dan O’Hanlon says ‘listen to me’
‘Look out for the Louth boys for I’m telling you
They’ll win this All Ireland, its long over-due
The experts all say we are on the small side
But the small man can humble the big fellows pride
And with Louth’s fighting spirit between, you and me
We could topple the giants from the Banks of the Lee’

And Hurrah for the Wee County Champions to-night
And the trainer who brought them out fit for the fight
May youths coming up follow on in their wake
To win further honours for the wee County’s sake
And as we grow older and sit round the fire
The children will listen and never once tire
To the All Ireland final when Louth won the day
And the name of each man and the place he did play

Now we’re here in Croke Park and the ball’s thrown in
Sure I felt from that moment, the Louth boys would win
They were first in the air, they were first on the ground
From goal-line to goal-line each player was sound
Two grand sporting teams out there do their might
To bring home the honours to their County to-night
In the years that do come, they will never forget
They’ll be heroes to children unborn as yet

Tom Conlon that stonewall, may he never die
Pat Smith through the game gave the experts the lie
Sean Flood in the goal was a real living wire
But ’twas Meehan who pulled the game out of the fire
When Cork got that free, sure my heart got a pain
I thought that our efforts had all been vain
But when Meehan burst out with that ball it is said
Every Cork man in Croke Park that moment was red

O’Neill and Beahan out there at mid-field
To their giant opponents, not a chance would they yield
But an experts opinion I must say was poor
For he gave them no chance against Ryan and Moore
The forward line everywhere worked like one man
With O’Donnell and Roe at the head of the band
They all did their share but we must not forget
When Cunningham tapped the ball into the net


Written by Nicholas Craven




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