1979 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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1979 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates 27 May – 2 September 1979
Teams 11
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Kilkenny (21st win)
Captain Ger Fennelly
Manager Pat Henderson
Eddie Keher
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Galway
Captain Joe McDonagh
Manager Michael "Babs" Keating
Provincial Champions
Munster Cork
Leinster Kilkenny
Ulster Not Played
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
No. matches played 10
Goals total 43 (4.3 per game)
Points total 271 (27.1 per game)
Top Scorer Éamonn Cregan (2-17)
Player of the Year Ger Henderson
All-Star Team See here

The 1979 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was the 93rd staging of the All-Ireland hurling championship since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1887. The championship began on 27 May 1979 and ended on 2 September 1978.

Cork entered the championship as defending champions, however, they were beaten by Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final.[1] Kilkenny won the title after defeating Galway by 2-12 to 1-8 in the final.


A total of eleven teams contested the championship, one of the fewest participants in years. Only four team contested the Leinster series of games. Kildare, Laois and Westmeath withdrew from the provincial campaign, however, Laois did qualify for the All-Ireland series by winning the All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championship. They did this at Antrim's expense. Kerry withdrew from the Munster championship.

Team summaries[edit]

Team Colours Most recent success
All-Ireland Provincial League
Clare Saffron and blue 1914 1932 1977-78
Cork Red and white 1978 1978 1973-74
Dublin Navy and blue 1938 1961 1938-39
Galway Maroon and white 1923 1922 1974-75
Kilkenny Black and amber 1975 1978 1975-76
Laois Blue and white 1915 1949
Limerick Green and white 1973 1974 1970-71
Offaly Green, white and gold
Tipperary Blue and gold 1971 1971 1978-79
Waterford Blue and white 1959 1963 1962-63
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 capture a record-equalling fifth successive Munster title following a victory over Limerick. It is the second time that Cork have achieved the five-in-a-row, the first since 1905.
  • In the All-Ireland semi-final, Galway defeat Cork for only the second time in the history of the championship. It is Cork's first defeat since the All-Ireland semi-final of 1975 when the same opposition recorded their first win over 'the Rebels'.

Top scorers[edit]


Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Éamonn Cregan Limerick 2–17 23 3 7.66
2 Ned Buggy Wexford 1–16 19 2 9.50

Single game[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Éamonn Moroney Clare 2–4 10 Waterford
Joe McKenna Clare 2–4 10 Kilkenny
Liam 'Chunky' O'Brien Clare 1–7 10 Kilkenny
Ned Buggy Wexford 0–10 10 Offaly
5 Mick Holden Dublin 2–3 9 Kilkenny
P. J. Molloy Galway 1–6 9 Cork
Ned Buggy Wexford 1–6 9 Kilkenny
8 Éamonn Cregan Limerick 0–8 8 Clare
Mick 'Cloney' Brennan Kilkenny 0–8 8 Wexford
10 Mick Crotty Kilkenny 1–4 7 Dublin
Joe McKenna Limerick 1–4 7 Waterford
Matt Ruth Kilkenny 1–4 7 Wexford
Charlie McCarthy Cork 1–4 7 Limerick


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


  1. ^ O'Neill, Rory (26 April 2013). "Waiting In The Long Grass". RTÉ Sport website. Retrieved 30 October 2013.