1978 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
|Dates||30 April - 3 September 1978|
|Winning team||Cork (24th win)|
|Manager||Fr. Bertie Troy|
|Manager||Fr. Tommy Maher|
|No. matches played||14|
|Goals total||64 (4.5 per game)|
|Points total||340 (24.2 per game)|
|Top Scorer||Liam O'Brien|
|Player of the Year||John Horgan|
|All-Star Team||See here|
The 1978 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was the 92nd staging of the All-Ireland hurling championship since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1887. The championship began on 30 April 1978 and ended on 3 September 1978.
A total of fifteen teams contested the championship, an increase of one from the 1977 championship. Laois withdrew from the Leinster series of games, however, they did qualify for the All-Ireland series by winning the All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championship. They did this at Antrim's expense.
|Team||Colours||Most recent success|
|Antrim||Saffron and white||1946|
|Clare||Saffron and blue||1914||1932||1977-78|
|Cork||Red and white||1977||1977||1973-74|
|Dublin||Navy and blue||1938||1961||1938-39|
|Galway||Maroon and white||1923||1922||1974-75|
|Kerry||Green and gold||1891||1891|
|Kilkenny||Black and amber||1975||1975||1975-76|
|Laois||Blue and white||1915||1915|
|Limerick||Green and white||1973||1974||1970-71|
|Offaly||Green, white and gold|
|Tipperary||Blue and gold||1971||1971||1967-68|
|Waterford||Blue and white||1959||1963||1962-63|
|Westmeath||Maroon and white|
|Wexford||Purple and gold||1968||1977||1972-73|
|Laois v WestmeathFirst round 30 April||Laois||2-8 - 2-7||Westmeath||O'Connor Park|
|Laois v DublinQuarter-final 4 June||Laois||2-10 - 2-13||Dublin||O'Connor Park|
|Offaly v KildareQuarter-final 11 June||Offaly||3-19 – 2-10||Kildare||O'Moore Park|
|Dublin v WexfordSemi-final 18 June||Dublin||4-13 - 5-16||Wexford||Dr. Cullen Park|
|Kilkenny v OffalySemi-final 25 June||Kilkenny||2-17 – 1-4||Offaly||O'Moore Park|
|Kilkenny v WexfordFinal 23 July||Kilkenny||2-16 – 1-16||Wexford||Croke Park|
|Waterford v KerryQuarter-final 4 June||Waterford||5-13 - 0-11||Kerry||Fraher Field|
|Limerick v TipperaryQuarter-final 11 June||Limerick||1-14 - 0-9||Tipperary||Páirc Uí Chaoimh|
|Cork v WaterfordSemi-final 25 June||Cork||3-17 – 2-8||Waterford||Semple Stadium|
|Clare v LimerickSemi-final 2 July||Clare||4-12 – 3-8||Limerick||Semple Stadium|
|Cork v ClareFinal 30 July||Cork||0-13 – 0-11||Clare||Semple Stadium|
|Galway v AntrimQuarter-final 23 July||Galway||4-19 – 3-10||Antrim||Croke Park|
|Galway v KilkennySemi-final 6 August||Galway||4-20 – 4-13||Kilkenny||Croke Park|
|Cork v KilkennyFinal 3 September||Cork||1-15 – 2-8||Kilkenny||Croke Park|
Referee: J Rankins (Laois)
- Cork retain the All-Ireland title for a third successive season. It is the fourth time in their history that they have achieved this feat and the first time since Cork in 1954 that a team has won three championships in succession.
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- Nolan, Pat, Flashbacks: A Half Century of Cork Hurling (The Collins Press, 2000).
- "Cork's three-in-a-row 70s hurling teams honoured". Hogan Stand website. 23 March 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2013.