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Watch: Mikey Sheehy And Paddy Cullen Brilliantly Recreate The Most Famous Goal Ever Scored

Watch: Mikey Sheehy And Paddy Cullen Brilliantly Recreate The Most Famous Goal Ever Scored
By Michael McCarthy Updated

It might be the most famous All-Ireland Final goal of all time. It's 1978 and Kerry and Dublin are back at Croke Park for the fourth year in a row, with Kerry attempting to stop the Dublin three-in-a-row.

It's late in the first half, and the All-Ireland champions are up by a point. Then this happens:


Paddy Cullen is (harshly) adjudged to have picked the ball off the ground. Cullen complains. Dublin corner-back Robbie Kelleher doesn't think twice about handing the ball to Kerry free-taker Mikey Sheehy, who sees an opportunity and kicks the ball into the empty goal.

Just how bizarre the goal was is summed up by the great Michael O'Hehir's befuddled commentary.

Paddy Cullen going out for it....

And Paddy Cullen....

Oh dear, oh dear. Paddy Cullen adjudged.....


OH! A GOAL, in the greatest freak of all time! The referee... gave a free to, eh, Kerry from the 14 metre line. Nobody was expecting the ball to be kicked, and before Paddy Cullen could get back into the goal, the ball was in the net.

It completely turns the game. Dublin only score two more points in the entire game and Kerry go on to win by 17 points. It's the first of four All-Irelands in a row and a domination of the Dubs that lasts until 2011.

The two most prominent Kerry players in the story, Sheehy and Ger Power, who puts Cullen under pressure for the (alleged) foul, are both members of Austin Stacks GAA Club in Tralee, who this year celebrate their centenary.

To celebrate this milestone, the two, along with official "good sports" Paddy Cullen and Robbie Kelleher have got together in Croke Park to recreate the goal nearly 40 years later.


Con Houlihan famously described the scene.

Mick Sheehy was running up to take the kick -- and suddenly Paddy dashed back towards his goal like a woman who smells a cake burning.

Cullen was only too happy to embrace this description in the reenactment.

Me cake!

Although Paddy admits he didn't always take it as well.

I wish it was funny then.

This is just one of the events celebrating the Austin Stacks centenary.


Last Friday, the club embarked on a full calendar of events by having a corporate lunch in Ballygarry hotel with 450 people in attendance.
Stacks100.ie will capture this and much more as it grows over 2017.

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