The way I saw it: Nicky Rackard leads Wexford to Hurling glory (Martin Codd)

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GALWAY AND WEXFORD don’t have much of a hurling rivalry.

They last met in championship in the 2010 Leinster quarter-final, and their previous meetings before that came in the All-Ireland semi-finals of 1996 and, prior to that, in the last four clash of ’76.

The only year they battled it out in an All-Ireland final way was back in ’55. The ’50s were a magical time for hurling, when legendary figures like Christy Ring, Nickey Rackard and John Doyle were in their prime.

That decade also represented the golden-era of Wexford hurling, who had the three Rackard brothers – Nickey, Bobby and Billy – in their side. Between ’54 and ’56 the county competed in three straight All-Ireland finals, winning the latter two.

This is the story of Wexford’s long battle to reign supreme during that period.