Waterford’s seniors and Cork’s minors go in search of All-Ireland glory

HAPPY AND LUCKY WATERFORD FANS: Proud grandparents and dedicated Waterford supporters, Tom and Catherine Murphy from Lismore, pictured with their very happy 5 months old grandchild, Iarlaith Kearney - Tom is wearing his lucky 'Tony Browne' autographed jersey ahead of Sunday's big match in Croke Park. (Pic: John Ahern)

Inspired by the likes of Tom Cheasty, Austin Flynn, Tom Cunningham and Phil Grimes, Waterford’s senior hurlers captured the Liam McCarthy Cup for only the second time in 1959 – they did it the hard way, defeating Cork in the Munster final and Kilkenny in the final (after a replay).

In an interview with this publication, one of that all conquering side, the late Ned Power from Tallow, recalled he never believed it would take so long to annex another title – he also recounted the contribution of unsung hero and sterling defender, Joe Harney.

“We had a brilliant team and deservedly won the title that year (1959). A lot of people won’t remember him now, but we had fellas like Joe Harney – Joe marked Christy Ring in the Munster final and did a great job on him, from a goalkeeper’s point of view (Ned was the Waterford goalkeeper), Joe was the perfect defender – lightning fast, brilliant skill and the heart of a lion,” Ned, who was always very generous with his time, told this reporter.

It troubled Ned that a county that continued to produce outstanding hurlers and very good teams after 1959 couldn’t break through again.

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