1975 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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1975 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates 1 June - 7 September 1975
Teams 13
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Kilkenny (20th win)
Captain Billy Fitzpatrick
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Galway
Captain John Connolly
Provincial Champions
Munster Cork
Leinster Kilkenny
Ulster Not Played
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
No. matches played 14
Top Scorer Eddie Keher (4-23)
Player of the Year Liam 'Chunky' O'Brien
All-Star Team See here
1974
1976

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship of 1975 was the 89th staging of Ireland's premier hurling knock-out competition. Kilkenny won the championship, beating Galway 2-22 to 2-10 in the final at Croke Park, Dublin.

The championship[edit]

Format[edit]

Munster Championship

First round: (1 match) This is a single match between the first two teams drawn from the province of Munster. One team is eliminated at this stage while the winners advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The winner of the first round joins the other three Munster teams to make up the semi-final pairings. Two teams are eliminated at this stage while the winners advance to the final.

Final: (1 match) The winner of the two semi-finals contest this game. One team is eliminated at this stage while the winners advance to the All-Ireland semi-final.

Leinster Championship

First round: (2 matches) These are two matches between the first four teams drawn from the province of Leinster. Two teams are eliminated at this stage while the winners advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The winners of the two first round games join the other two Leinster teams to make up the semi-final pairings. Two teams are eliminated at this stage while the winners advance to the final.

Final: (1 match) The winners of the two semi-finals contest this game. One team is eliminated at this stage while the winners advance to the All-Ireland semi-final.

All-Ireland Championship

Quarter-final: (1 match) This is a single match between Galway and the winners of the All-Ireland 'B' championship. One team is eliminated at this stage while the winners advance to the semi-final.

Semi-final: (1 match) This is a single match between the Munster champions and the winners of the quarter-final. One team is eliminated at this stage while the winners advance to the final.

Final: (1 match) The winners of the semi-final and the Leinster champions contest this game.

Fixtures[edit]

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

June 1
First Round
Dublin 6-7 – 1-3 Laois
M. Bermingham (3-4), P. J. Holden (1-1), V. Holden (1-0), T. Grealish (1-0), R. Walsh (0-1), M. Reidy (0-1). J. Kirwan (1-0), M. Mahon (0-1), M. Walsh (0-1), M. Dunphy (0-1).
Geraldine Park, Athy
Referee: N. Matthews (Waterford)

June 22
First Round
Offaly 6-6 – 4-12 Kildare
B. Moylan (4-4), P. Mulhaire (2-0), M. Cleere (0-2). P. White (1-10), M. Moore (2-0), T. White (1-0), R. Burke (0-2).
O'Moore Park, Portlaoise
Referee: J. Rankins (Laois)

June 30
Semi-Final
Kilkenny 3-16 – 1-7 Dublin
E. Keher (1-8), L. O'Brien (1-0), M. Brennan (1-0), K. Purcell (0-3), M. Crotty (0-3), B. Fitzpatrick (0-1), B. Cody (0-1). M. Bermingham (1-1), P. Quigley (0-4), T. Grealish (0-1), V. Holden (0-1).

July 7
First Round Replay
Offaly 1-14 – 0-11 Kildare
B. Moylan (0-9), J. Egan (1-0), M. Cleere (0-3), D. Hanniffy (0-1), P. Horan (0-1). B. Burke (0-3), M. Moore (0-2), T. Guinan (0-1), J. O'Leary (0-1), Tony Carew (0-1), Tommy Carew (0-1), T. White (0-1), J. O'Connell (0-1).
Nowlan Park, Kilkenny
Referee: J. Rankins (Laois)

July 13
Semi-Final
Wexford 1-29 – 1-18 Offaly
S. Kinsella (1-8), M. Quigley (0-5), J. Quigley (0-4), T. Byrne (0-3), M. Casey (0-3), T. Doran (0-2), D. Bernie (0-2), C. Kehoe (0-1), C. Doran (0-1). B. Moylan (0-9), G. Mooney (1-2), B. Coolahan (0-2), P. Horan (0-1), J. Kelly (0-1), M. Clarke (0-1), D. Hanniffy (0-1), P. Mulhaire (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Referee: P. Johnston (Kilkenny)

August 3
Final
Kilkenny 2-20 – 2-14 Wexford
E. Keher (1-8), L. O'Brien (0-4), B. Fitzpatrick (0-3), M. Crotty (0-2), M. Brennan (0-1), K. Purcell (0-1), F. Cummins (0-1). N. Buggy (1-7), T. Doran (1-0), M. Quigley (0-2), J. Murphy (0-2), C. Keogh (0-1), T. Byrne (0-1), M. Casey (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 26,228
Referee: J. Rankins (Laois)

Munster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

June 8
First Round
Waterford 0-6 – 4-15 Cork
J. Galvin (0-2), M. Ormonde (0-2), P. O'Grady (0-1), A. Reide (0-1). C. McCarthy (2-1), S. O'Leary (1-2), G. McCarthy (1-2), J. Barry-Murphy (0-5), E. O'Donoghue (0-2), R. Cummins (0-1), D. Allen (0-1), C. Roche (0-1).
Walsh Park, Waterford
Referee: J. O'Grady (Limerick)

June 29
Semi-Final
Cork 3-14 – 1-9 Clare
S. O'Leary (2-2), G. McCarthy (0-5), C. McCarthy (1-1), R. Cummins (0-3), D. Allen (0-2), J. Barry-Murphy (0-1). T. Ryan (1-0), C. Honan (0-3), J. McNamara (0-3), M. Moroney (0-2), J. Callinan (0-1).
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Referee: J. O'Grady (Limerick)

July 6
Semi-Final
Tipperary 3-13 – 2-16 Limerick
M. Keating (2-3), F. Loughnane (1-3), J. Flanagan (0-3), S. Hogan (0-1), P. J. Ryan (0-1), F. Murphy (0-1), T. Butler (0-1). R. Bennis (1-6), F. Nolan (0-4), G. Moloney (1-0), E. Grimes (0-3), L. O'Donoghue (0-2), J. Neenan (0-1).
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: N. Dalton (Waterford)

July 20
Semi-Final Replay
Limerick 0-17 – 1-10 Tipperary
R. Bennis (0-9), L. O'Donoghue (0-2), E. Grimes (0-2), N. Rea (0-2), E. Cregan (0-1), J. McKenna (0-1). J. Flanagan (0-6), F. Murphy (1-1), F. Loughnane (0-1), M. Keating (0-1), P. J. Ryan (0-1).
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: N. Dalton (Waterford)

July 27
Final
Limerick 0-12 – 3-14 Cork
R. Bennis (0-6), E. Grimes (0-2), J. Meenan (0-1), F. Nolan (0-1), J. McKenna (0-1), L. O'Donoghue (0-1). C. McCarthy (1-5), J. Barry-Murphy (1-2), W. Walsh (1-1), R. Cummins (0-3), D. Allen (0-2), S. O'Leary (0-1).
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Attendance: 46,851
Referee: J. Moloney (Tipperary)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

July 6
Quarter-Final
Westmeath 1-8 – 6-14 Galway
M. Flanagan (1-2), P. Jackson (1-0, own goal), P. Curran (0-2), J. Keary (0-1), E. Clarke (0-1), M. Carr (0-1), M. Fagan (0-1). P. Fahy (2-0), P. J. Qualter (1-3), J. Connolly (1-3), M. Barrett (1-0), M. Connolly (0-3), P. J. Molloy (0-2), F. Burke (0-1).
Páirc Chiaráin, Athlone
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: M. Spain (Offaly)

August 17
Semi-Final
Galway 4-15 – 2-19 Cork
G. Coone (1-3), P. J. Qualter (1-2), J. Connolly (1-1), F. Burke (1-0), P. J. Molloy (0-3), P. Fahy (0-3), M. Connolly (0-3). C. Roche (1-5), J. Barry-Murphy (1-1), S. O'Leary (0-4), G. McCarthy (0-3), C. McCarthy (0-2), E. O'Donoghue (0-1), R. Cummins (0-1), W. Walsh (0-1), D. Allen (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 27,020
Referee: M. Spain (Offaly)

September 7
Final
Kilkenny 2-22 – 2-10 Galway
E. Keher (2-7), L. O'Brien (0-5), M. Crotty (0-5), M. Brennan (0-2), P. Delaney (0-1), P. Henderson (0-1), F. Cummins (0-1). G. Coone (0-6), F. Burke (1-0), P. J. Qualter (1-0), P. J. Molloy (0-3), J. Connolly (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 63,711
Referee: S. O'Connor (Limerick)
Kilkenny
Cork

Championship statistics[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • All championship games were reduced from eighty to seventy minutes.
  • The All-Ireland semi-final sees Galway's defeat Cork for the very first time in the history of the championship. It was also Cork's first-ever defeat in an All-Ireland semi-final.
  • The All-Ireland final between Galway and Kilkenny is the first time that these two sides have met at this stage of the championship.
  • It was revealed after the All-Ireland final that Kilkenny's Liam 'Chunky' O'Brien had two teeth extracted on the day before the final and had to call ad octor to his home at 1 a.m. on the Sunday morning to stop a gum haemorrhage.

Top scorers[edit]

Season[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Eddie Keher Kilkenny 4-23 35 3 11.66
2 Barney Moylan Offaly 4-22 34 3 11.33
3 Richie Bennis Limerick 1-21 24 3 8.00
4 Charlie McCarthy Cork 4-9 21 4 5.25
5 Seánie O'Leary Cork 4-8 20 4 5.00

Single game[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Barney Moylan Limerick 4-4 16 Kildare
2 Mick Bermingham Dublin 3-4 13 Laois
Eddie Keher Kilkenny 2-7 13 Galway
Pat White Kildare 1-10 13 Offaly
5 Eddie Keher Kilkenny 1-8 11 Dublin
Seánie Kinsella Wexford 1-8 11 Offaly
Eddie Keher Kilkenny 1-8 11 Wexford
8 Ned Buggy Wexford 1-7 10 Kilkenny
9 Michael 'Babs' Keating Tipperary 2-3 9 Limerick
Richie Bennis Limerick 1-6 9 Tipperary
Barney Moylan Offaly 0-9 9 Kildare
Barney Moylan Offaly 0-9 9 Wexford
Richie Bennis Limerick 0-9 9 Tipperary

Player facts[edit]

Debutantes[edit]

The following players made their début in the 1975 championship:

Player Team Date Opposition Game
Dinny Allen Cork June 8 Waterford Munster quarter-final
Jimmy Barry-Murphy Cork June 8 Waterford Munster quarter-final

References[edit]

  • Corry, Eoghan, The GAA Book of Lists (Hodder Headline Ireland, 2005).
  • Donegan, Des, The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games (DBA Publications Limited, 2005).

See also[edit]