Monday 11 November 2019

Art Foley - RIP

Foley pulled off what John D Hickey described in the Irish Independent as “one of his many miracle saves”. Stock photo: Sportsfile
Foley pulled off what John D Hickey described in the Irish Independent as “one of his many miracle saves”. Stock photo: Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

It happened all of 63 years ago, but still retains its place as possibly the most famous save in hurling history.

Art Foley, the Wexford man who made it in the 1956 All-Ireland final against Cork, has died in New York at the age of 90.

He was the last remaining survivor of the Wexford teams that completed the All-Ireland double in 1955-56.

The fact that the goal-bound strike came from Christy Ring, arguably the greatest hurler of all time, added to the mystique that attached itself to Foley's super stop.

Wexford were leading by two points late in the game when Ring drove a fearsome shot for goal. However, Foley pulled off what John D Hickey described in the Irish Independent as "one of his many miracle saves".

Wexford went on to win by six points, recording their first - and only - All-Ireland double.

Ring's immediate response to Foley's save was to congratulate him, which added to the magic of a moment that will always remain on the GAA's most iconic list.

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