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The GAA goes on tour and plays the All Ireland final to the city that never sleeps, where Cavan meet Kerry

Football final bites the Big Apple

When the GAA took the All-Ireland football final to the Polo Grounds in 1947, it did so as a good-will gesture to the Irish diaspora of America. Most of the Cavan team took a 29-hour flight – including a stopover in the Azores – from Shannon out to the Big Apple whereas the majority of the Kerry party took a six-day journey by sea from Cobh on the SS Mauretania. Michael O’Hehir was sent over to cover the game via radio and called out the final score: Cavan 2-11 Kerry 2-07. Mick Higgins leading the Breffni to a famous win in the city of his birth.