1984 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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1984 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates 27 May – 2 September 1984
Teams 13
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Cork (25th win)
Captain John Fenton
Manager Fr. Michael O'Brien
Justin McCarthy
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Offaly
Captain Pat Fleury
Manager Dermot Healy
Provincial Champions
Munster Cork
Leinster Offaly
Ulster Not Played
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
No. matches played 12
Goals total 50 (4.16 per game)
Points total 317 (26.41 per game)
Top Scorer John Fenton (1–33)
Player of the Year John Fenton
All-Star Team See here
1983
1985

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship 1984 was the 98th series of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, Ireland's premier hurling knock-out competition. Cork won the championship, beating Offaly 3–16 to 1–12 in the centenary year final at Semple Stadium, Thurles.

Centenary year[edit]

1984 was a special year in the annals of Gaelic games as it was the centenary of the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association. Because of this a series of events celebrating the occasion were planned to take place throughout the year. The festivities were officially launched on 18 March at the Michael Cusack cottage in Carron, County Clare. Ash trees were planted to mark the occasion and a plaque was also unveiled in memory of the founder of the association. The Railway Cup finals were later played in Cusack Park, Ennis.

A £100,000 film was also commissioned by the centenary committee. Made by Louis Marcus the film was designed to be a portrait rather than a chronological history of the GAA.

One of the biggest events during the centenary celebrations was the staging of the All-Ireland final in Semple Stadium, Thurles. It was the first time since 1937 that the championship decider did not take place in Croke Park. The staging of the game in Thurles was a gesture to the cradle-town of the GAA and to the county regarded as 'the home of hurling'.

Pre-championship[edit]

Prior to the opening of the championship Kilkenny were installed as the favourites to retain the All-Ireland title for a third consecutive year. The last time they achieved this was in 1913, however, no final took place that year and Kilkenny were awarded the title as Limerick refused to play. Since then they failed to capture the 'three-in-a-row', in spite of having the opportunity in 1933 and again in 1976. Cork, the defeated All-Ireland finalists in 1982 and 1983, were regarded as the biggest threat to Kilkenny's ambitions. 1984 also provided Cork with the dubious honour of becoming the first team to lose three All-Ireland finals in-a-row. National League champions Limerick and newcomers Offaly were also regarded as teams that would make life difficult for the reigning champions.

Teams[edit]

A total of thirteen teams contested the championship, a reduction of one team from the 1983 championship and one new entrant.

The Leinster championship was reduced to five teams as Westmeath declined to take part and instead decided to field a team in the All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championship. 'The Lakelanders' went on to win that championship and qualified for the All-Ireland quarter-final.

Once again the five traditional hurling teams contested the Munster championship.

Antrim and Galway, two teams who faced no competition in their respective provinces, entered the championship at the All-Ireland semi-final stage.

Team summaries[edit]

Team Colours Grounds Most recent success
All-Ireland Provincial League
Antrim Saffron and white Casement Park
Clare Saffron and blue Cusack Park 1914 1932 1977–78
Cork Red and white Cork Athletic Grounds 1978 1983 1980–81
Dublin Blue and navy Parnell Park 1938 1961 1938–39
Galway Maroon and white Pearse Stadium 1980 1974–75
Kilkenny Black and amber Nowlan Park 1983 1983 1982–83
Laois Blue and white O'Moore Park 1949 1949
Limerick Green and white Gaelic Grounds 1973 1981 1983–84
Offaly Green, white and gold St. Brendan's Park 1981 1981
Tipperary Blue and gold Semple Stadium 1971 1971 1978–79
Waterford White and blue Walsh Park 1959 1963 1962–63
Westmeath Maroon and white Cusack Park
Wexford Purple and gold Wexford Park 1968 1977 1972–73

Format[edit]

Munster Championship

Quarter-final: (1 match) This is a lone 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 winners of the lone quarter-final join the other three Munster teams to make up the semi-final pairings. Two teams are eliminated at this stage, while two teams 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.

Leinster Championship

Quarter-final: (1 match) This is a lone match between the first two teams drawn from the province of Leinster. One team is eliminated at this stage, while the winners advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The winners of the lone quarter-final join the other three Leinster teams to make up the semi-final pairings. Two teams are eliminated at this stage, while two teams 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.

All-Ireland Championship

Quarter-final: (1 match) This is a lone match between Galway and the All-Ireland 'B' champions. One team is eliminated at this stage, while the winners advance to the All-Ireland semi-final where they play the Leinster champions.

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The winners of the lone quarter-final join the Leinster and Munster champions and Antrim to make up the semi-final pairings. The Munster and Leinster champions will be on opposite sides of the draw. Two teams are eliminated at this stage, while two teams advance to the final.

Final: (1 match) The two semi-final winners will contest the final.

Fixtures[edit]

Leinster Senior Hurling championship[edit]

27 May
Quarter-Final
3:30 pm
Kilkenny 4–15 – 1–16 Laois
B. Fitzpatrick (1–6), L. Fenelly (2–0), C. Heffernan (1–1), H. Ryan (0–3), R. Power (0–2), D. Carroll (0–1), G. Fennelly (0–1), K. Brennan (0–1). B. Bohane (0–12), P. O'Brien (1–1), M. Walsh (0–1), P. J. Cuddy (0–1), M. Cuddy (0–1).
Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: N. O'Donoghue (Dublin)

17 June
Semi-Final
1:45 pm
Offaly 2–11 – 1–11 Dublin
B. Bermingham (1–1), P. Kirwan (1–0), P. Corrigan (0–3), J. Kelly (0–3), D. Fogarty (0–1), P. Carroll (0–1), A. Fogarty (0–1), T. Conneely (0–1). J. Towell (1–1), L. Walsh (0–4), J. Twomey (0–2), E. O'Shea (0–2), G. Hogarty (0–1), V. Holden (0–1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 33,061
Referee: P. Delaney (Laois)

17 June
Semi-Final
3:30 pm
Wexford 3–10 – 1–13 Kilkenny
M. Fitzhenry (2–3), T. Doran (1–2), T. Harrington (0–2), S. Kinsella (0–1), J. Conran (0–1), J. Houlihan (0–1). B. Fitzpatrick (0–5), C. Heffernan (1–1), K. Brennan (0–3), H. Ryan (0–2), R. Heffernan (0–1), R. Power (0–1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 33,061
Referee: G. Kirwan (Offaly)

8 July
Final
3:30 pm
Offaly 1–15 – 2–11 Wexford
P. Horan (1–1), T. Conneely (0–3), P. Corrigan (0–3), J. Dooley (0–2), P. Carroll (0–2), M. Corrigan (0–1), B. Keeshan (0–1), D. Fogarty (0–1), A. Fogarty (0–1). B. Byrne (1–1), J. Murphy (1–0), S. Kinsella (0–2), G. O'Connor (0–2), T. Harrington (0–1), P. Courtney (0–1), J. McDonald (0–1), M. Quigley (0–1), M. Fitzhenry (0–1), T. Doran (0–1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 30,016
Referee: P. Long (Kilkenny)

Quarter-final Semi-finals Leinster final
      
          Offaly 2–11  
          Dublin 1–11  
            Offaly 1–15
            Wexford 2–11
          Wexford 3–10
 Kilkenny 4–15      Kilkenny 1–13    
 Laois 1–16  

Munster Senior Hurling championship[edit]

27 May
Quarter-Final
3:45 pm
Clare 0–15 – 2–8 Waterford
C. Lyons (0–8), T. Guilfoyle (0–3), J. Callinan (0–3), G. McInerney (0–1). E. Rockett (2–0), P. Curran (0–2), P. Ryan (0–2), M. Walsh (0–1), C. Curley (0–1), S. Aherne (0–1), M. Walsh (0–1).
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 5,200
Referee: W. Horgan (Cork)

3 June
Semi-Final
3:45 pm
Limerick 2–13 – 3–15 Cork
P. Kelly (0–6), J. McKenna (1–1), M. Rea (1–1), O. O'Connor (0–2), M. Carroll (0–1), A. Garvey (0–1), D. Fitzgerald (0–1). J. Fenton (1–7), J. Barry-Murphy (1–2), S. O'Leary (1–1), P. Hartnett (0–2), D. Walsh (0–1), T. Crowley (0–1), K. Hennessy (0–1).
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Attendance: 32,343
Referee: J. J. Landers (Waterford)

17 June
Semi-Final
3:45 pm
Tipperary 1–15 – 2–11 Clare
S. Power (0–5), L. Maher (1–1), N. English (0–4), N. O'Dwyer (0–2), P. Fitzelle (0–2), D. O'Connell (0–1). G. McInerney (2–0), C. Lyons (0–5), J. Callinan (0–3), E. O'Connor (0–1), C. Honan (0–1), J. Shanahan (0–1).
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 18,105
Referee: N. Duggan (Limerick)

15 July
Final
3:45 pm
Tipperary 3–14 – 4–15 Cork
S. Power (1–6), D. O'Connell (1–2), N. English (1–0), N. O'Dwyer (0–2), P. Kennedy (0–2), P. Dooley (0–1), L. Maher (0–1). J. Fenton (0–7), J. Barry-Murphy (2–0), S. O'Leary (1–1), T. O'Sullivan (1–0), P. Horgan (0–3), K. Hennessy (0–3), P. Hartnett (0–1).
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 50,093
Referee: J. Moore (Waterford)

Quarter-final Semi-finals Munster final
      
          Cork 3–15  
          Limerick 2–13  
            Cork 4–15
            Tipperary 3–14
          Tipperary 1–15
 Clare 0–15      Clare 2–11    
 Waterford 2–8  

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

22 July
Quarter-Final
3:30 pm
Galway 2–17 – 2–8 Westmeath
M. McGrath (1–4), J. Connolly (0–5), P. J. Molloy (1–1), F. Gantley (0–2), N. Lane (0–2), J. Boland (0–1), A. Staunton (0–1), J. Ryan (0–1). D. Kilcoyne (2–2), E. Gallagher (0–2), D. McCormack (0–2), M. Cosgrave (0–1), M. Kilcoyne (0–1).
St. Brendan's Park, Birr
Attendance: 4,559
Referee: N. Duggan (Limerick)

5 August
Semi-Final
3:30 pm
Cork 3–26 – 2–5 Antrim
J. Fenton (0–12), K. Hennessy (1–2), T. Crowley (1–2), J. Crowley (1–0), T. O'Sullivan (0–3), D. Walsh (0–3), P. Hartnett (0–2), J. Buckley (0–1), J. Barry-Murphy (0–1). D. McNaughton (1–2), C. Donnelly (1–0), B. Donnelly (0–3).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 2,343
Referee: P. Long (Kilkenny)

5 August
Semi-Final
3:45 pm
Offaly 4–15 – 1–10 Galway
J. Dooley (2–3), P. Horan (2–2), P. Corrigan (0–3), M. Corrigan (0–2), P. Carroll (0–2), B. Bermingham (0–1), P. Delaney (0–1), T. Conneeley (0–1). S. Mahon (1–0), M. McGrath (0–3), P. J. Molloy (0–3), J. Ryan (0–1), N. Lane (0–1), S. Silke (0–1), M. Connolly (0–1).
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 18,708
Referee: J. J. Landers (Waterford)

2 September
Final
3:30 pm
Cork 3–16 – 1–12 Offaly
S. O’Leary (2–1), J. Fenton (0–7), T. O’Sullivan (0–6), K. Hennessy (1–0), T. Mulcahy (0–1), P. Hartnett (0–1) M. Corrigan (1–2), P. Carroll (0–4), P. Delaney (0–4), P. Horan (0–2)
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 59,814
Referee: P. Long (Kilkenny)

Quarter-final Semi-finals All-Ireland final
      
          Cork 3–26  
          Antrim 2–5  
            Cork 3–16
            Offaly 1–12
          Offaly 4–15
 Galway 2–17      Galway 1–10    
 Westmeath 2–8  

Championship statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

  • Widest winning margin: 24 points
    • Cork 3–16 : Antrim 2–5 (All-Ireland-final, 5 August 1984)
  • Most goals in a match: 7
    • Cork 4–15 : Tipperary 3–14 (Munster final, 15 July 1984)
  • Most points in a match: 31
    • Kilkenny 4–15 : Laois 1–16 (Leinster quarter-final, 27 May 1984)
    • Cork 3–16 : Antrim 2–5 (All-Ireland-final, 5 August 1984)

Top scorers[edit]

Season[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 John Fenton Cork 1–33 36 4 9.00
2 Seánie O'Leary Cork 4–3 15 3 5.00
3 Pádraig Horan Offaly 3–5 14 4 3.50
Séamus Power Tipperary 1–11 14 2 7.00
Billy Fitzpatrick Kilkenny 1–11 14 2 7.00

Single game[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 John Fenton Cork 0–12 12 Antrim
Billy Bohane Laois 0–12 12 Kilkenny
3 John Fenton Cork 1–7 10 Limerick
4 Billy Fitzpatrick Kilkenny 1–6 9 Laois
Séamus Power Tipperary 1–6 9 Cork
Martin Fitzhenry Wexford 2–3 9 Kilkenny
Joe Dooley Offaly 2–3 9 Galway
8 Cyril Lyons Clare 0–8 8 Waterford
David Kilcoyne Westmeath 2–2 8 Galway
Pádraig Horan Offaly 2–2 8 Galway

Sources[edit]

  • 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).

External links[edit]

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