1978 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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1978 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates 30 April - 3 September 1978
Teams 15
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Cork (24th win)
Captain Charlie McCarthy
Manager Fr. Bertie Troy
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Kilkenny
Captain Ger Henderson
Manager Fr. Tommy Maher
Provincial Champions
Munster Cork
Leinster Kilkenny
Ulster Not Played
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
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.

Cork entered the championship as defending champions, and they successfully defended their title following a 1-15 to 2-8 defeat of Kilkenny in the final.[1]


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 summaries[edit]

Team Colours Most recent success
All-Ireland Provincial League
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
Kildare White
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


Leinster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

Munster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

Championship statistics[edit]


  • 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.


  • Corry, Eoghan, The GAA Book of Lists (Hodder Headline Ireland, 2005).
  • Donegan, Des, The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games (DBA Publications Limited, 2005).
  • Nolan, Pat, Flashbacks: A Half Century of Cork Hurling (The Collins Press, 2000).


  1. ^ "Cork's three-in-a-row 70s hurling teams honoured". Hogan Stand website. 23 March 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2013.