For the first time ever a hurling championship took place in all of the four historic provinces of Ireland - Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster. For the purposes of the all GAA competitions, Britain was designated as a fifth Irish province. As a consequence, the winners of the championship in Britain would meet the winners of the championship in Ireland to decide the All-Ireland title holders.
The All-Ireland title went overseas for the first time when London defeated Cork in the decider. In doing so London became the sixth team to win the All-Ireland. The London team was made up of all Munster men: nine from Cork, four from Limerick, two from Clare and one each from Kerry and Tipperary.