1947— From the POLO GROUNDS, NEW YORK
THE MATCH BETWEEN KERRY AND CAVAN
The year was ’47, our wireless on a mat,
Lay neath the kitchen window,around it we all sat.
Eight of us and Dad and Mum, with neighbours chocker block,
Listening to the gallant game from the Polo Grounds New York.
Our hearts, they beat for Kerry, but Cavan won with dare,
I can almost hear the wild applause and beloved Micheál O’Heihir,
Great, outstanding were our boys, how proud, indeed, were we,
Jim Brosnan, Dowling and Keohane, Gega and Dan O’Keefe.
As far as I can recollect, the Ref. was named “O’Neill”
But Cavan too, had mighty men, how they could kick and leap.
Duignan, Tighe, O’Donoghue, and the great man called “John Joe”
Gunner Brady, Stafford brave, Gannon and many more.
Though I was only a small wee girl, to me they were the best,
Radio Eireann brought into our homes excitement, joy and jest,
To me that wee black radio was the greatest gift from God
My heart it beat so fast and throbbed, what a brilliant game it was.
Mairead Tuohy Duffy (C) 2004