The Waterford brothers who made hurling history - albeit for different counties
Ex-Wexford star cheers for Déise in tribute to All-Ireland winning brother
Two Waterford brothers made hurling history in the golden era of the game - albeit for different counties.
Now, 1960 Wexford All-Ireland winning hurler Seán Power will be unapologetic in his proud wearing of Waterford's blue and white on Sunday in memory of his late brother.
Séamus Power (87) was a star of the 1959 Waterford side that won the county's last Liam MacCarthy Cup.
His score in the first Croke Park clash with arch rivals Kilkenny was instrumental in ensuring the Déise earned a reply, which they subsequently won.
He also delivered a high-scoring performance in the 1963 All-Ireland final in which Kilkenny got revenge on their neighbours, despite Waterford scoring six goals.
Séamus went on to win an incredible 14 county championships with Mount Sion as well as five Railway Cup medals with Munster, where his teammates included such legends as Christy Ring and Jimmy Doyle.
Seán played hurling at underage level for Waterford and the famous Mount Sion club. However, due to work commitments, he had to switch his allegiance to Wexford where he subsequently became part of the famous 1960 All-Ireland winning side.
In so doing, he helped create one of the most famous of GAA table quiz questions: 'Which two brothers won All-Ireland senior hurling medals with different counties in successive years?'
Séamus sadly passed away last year before he could see his beloved Waterford get the chance to win their first title since his heroic effort in 1959.
But grandson Donal is now proudly keeping the family's GAA tradition alive and is currently on the Waterford Under-21 panel like his grandfather and granduncle before him.
"He even plays in midfield for Mount Sion, the same position his grandfather played," explained Séamus's son and Donal's father, Tom.
Séamus had two children, Tom and Joanne, and both are ingrained with a deep love of Waterford GAA.
"All-Ireland tickets are like hens' teeth in Waterford, but we'll be there on Sunday hoping for the county's first Liam MacCarthy Cup in 58 years," Tom added.
"It will be absolutely fantastic if they can do it."
Seán is now living in retirement in Co Cork with wife Mary after a career that saw him work as a political reporter in Dublin before he opened his own very successful public relations business.
His son, John, played international cricket for Ireland while his grandson, Ben Horgan, is a talented rugby, GAA, cricket and hockey player in Cork.
His daughter, Michele, works at University College Cork.
"I won't be at Croke Park on Sunday but I'm hoping Waterford can beat Galway and bring the MacCarthy Cup back across the Suir," he said.
"It would mean so much to Waterford city and county.
"I also think it would be great for the game because 58 years is too long a wait for a county that loves hurling as much as Waterford."
Seán previously worked for 'The Waterford Star', 'Wexford Free Press', 'Irish Press' and Irish Independent.
Very active in Fine Gael politics in the 1970s and 80s, Seán became a close friend of both former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald and former tánaiste Peter Barry.
A quirky footnote to the 1959 All-Ireland final was the fact that Séamus's hurley was presented on the day to legendary BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme after the Croke Park classic.
Mr Wolstenholme, who would later do the commentary as England won the 1966 World Cup, delivered the first ever BBC broadcast of an All-Ireland final in 1959.
He was so moved by the speed and excitement of the Waterford-Kilkenny clash that he described hurling as his second-favourite sport after football.