While Europe was at war, 1914-’18, Wexford was enjoying a ‘golden era’ in senior football and in February 1919, Wexford won the 1918 All Ireland football final by defeating Tipperary by 0-5 to 0-4 in Jones’ Road (Croke Park) and in so doing collected their fourth All Ireland title in succession.
It was a remarkable achievement that has only been repeated twice (by Kerry from 1978 and 1981) and it was the last time that Wexford celebrated All-Ireland football success. It is a time for celebration a century later.
This evening (Saturday) at Wexford Park this era of outstanding sporting achievement will be remembered by Wexford GAA. The senior football team play Laois at 6.30 pm in the opening round of the Leinster Senior Football Championship and in this game Wexford will wear a one off retro jersey specially designed to mark the four-in-a-row success.
Coincidentally the first time Wexford wore a purple and gold jersey was in the opening round of the 1913 Leinster Senior Football Championship on August 11th in Croke Park and Wexford won to begin six year of domination of football in the province.
A special souvenir programme looking back on the golden era of Wexford football will be available for all supporters in Wexford Park this evening.
Prior to kick off in the senior contest a special commemorative plaque will be unveiled by Bishop Denis Brennan at the rear of the main stand in Wexford Park at 5.45 pm.
The original All-Ireland football trophy won by Wexford from 1915-18 was known as ‘The Great Southern and Western Railway Cup’ and this historic and precious piece of silverware will also be on display in Wexford Park this evening with permission being given by the family of the legendary Sean O’Kennedy of New Ross, who captained Wexford through the historic four years of successive success.