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On this weekend in GAA history...

Tipperary footballers had their finest hour, the point was invented and so was a Kerry legend.

Image: © INPHO/Billy Stickland

1885

On 14 June, at a scoreless hurling match, Maurice Davin suggested the victor should be decided by the first team to knock the ball over the crossbar. It became the point and by the end of that same year, the posts had been altered to allow for this type of score.

1922

On 11 June Dan Breen, who had fired one of the first shots in the War of Independence, threw the ball in for the delayed All Ireland final between Dublin and Tipperary. The game had been delayed because of fighting and was the same line-up on Bloody Sunday. Tom Power scored a goal for the Munster champions as they triumphed by 1-6 to 1-2. They haven’t won an All Ireland football title since.

1936

They didn’t know what they’d created but on 9 June the biggest name in Gaelic football history was born in Waterville. Since then Mick O’Dwyer as a player has won 11 Munster titles, seven National Football Leagues, and four All Ireland titles. If would take a hell of a manager to leave all that as an afterthought but the eight All Irelands with Kerry and provincial titles with Kildare and Laois did just that. However stats cannot do his career justice.

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