1985 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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1985 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Offaly (2nd win)
Captain Pat Fleury
Manager Dermot Healy
Provincial Champions
Munster Cork
Leinster Offaly
Ulster Antrim
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
Player of the Year Eugene Coughlan
All-Star Team See here
1984
1986

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship of 1985 was the 99th edition of Ireland’s premier hurling knockout competition. The championship ran from May to September of that year, culminating with the All-Ireland final, held at Croke Park, Dublin on 1 September. The match was contested by Offaly and Galway, with Offaly taking the title by 2–11 to 1–12. It was Offaly's second-ever All-Ireland title.

Format[edit]

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was run on a provincial basis as usual. All games were played on a knockout basis whereby once a team lost they were eliminated from the championship. The format for the All-Ireland series of games ran as follows:

  • The winners of the Munster Championship advanced directly to the first All-Ireland semi-final.
  • The winners of the Leinster Championship advanced directly to the second All-Ireland semi-final.
  • Galway, a team who faced no competition in the Connacht Championship, entered the championship at the All-Ireland semi-final stage where they played the Munster champions.
  • The winners of the Ulster Championship advanced directly to a lone All-Ireland quarter-final where they played the winners of the All-Ireland ‘B’ championship. The winners of this game advanced to the All-Ireland semi-final where they played the Leinster champions.

Fixtures[edit]

Leinster Senior Hurling championship[edit]

26 May
Quarter-Final
Laois 4–16 – 2–10 Dublin
E. Fennelly (0–11), P. J. Cuddy (2–0), P. Cleary (1–2), M. Walsh (1–1), T. Taylor (0–1), P. Critchley (0–1). P. Carton (1–3), E. O'Shea (1–0), J. Twomey (0–2), G. Hogarty (0–2), S. Dalton (0–1), L. Byrne (0–1), P. Mulhare (0–1).
O'Connor Park, Tullamore
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: P. Long (Kilkenny)

26 May
Quarter-Final
Kilkenny 1–30 – 1–10 Westmeath
K. Brennan (1–9), G. Fennelly (0–6), B. Fitzpatrick (0–4), H. Ryan (0–4), R. Heffernan (0–3), J. Murphy (0–2), R. Power (0–1), G. Henderson (0–1). B. McCabe (1–0), D. Kilcoyne (0–3), M. Kilcoyne (0–2), M. Cosgrave (0–2), R. Gallagher (0–1), J. Fitzsimons (0–1), P. Bradley (0–1).
O'Connor Park, Tullamore
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: J. Rankins (Laois)

24 June
Semi-Final
Laois 1–18 – 2–13 Wexford
E. Fennelly (0–10), M. Walsh (0–4) M. Cuddy (1–0), P. J. Cuddy (0–2), P. Cleary (0–1), C. Jones (0–1). T. Dempsey (1–3), M. Fitzhenry (1–1), J. Fleming (0–3), G. Coady (0–2), M. Quigley (0–1), P. Courtney (0–1), G. O'Connor (0–1), B. Byrne (0–1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 29,586
Referee: N. O'Donoghue (Dublin)

24 June
Semi-Final
Offaly 3–18 – 3–18 Kilkenny
P. Corrigan (1–6), M. Corrigan (1–3), J. Kelly (1–1), P. Delaney (0–4), P. Horan (0–2), P. Carroll (0–1), D. Owens (0–1). L. Fennelly (2–0), H. Ryan (0–5), K. Brennan (0–4), C. Heffernan (1–0), G. Fennelly (0–3), P. Walsh (0–3), R. Power (0–2), R. Heffernan (0–1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 29,586
Referee: N. O'Donoghue (Dublin)

14 July
Semi-Final Replay
Offaly 1–20 – 0–17 Kilkenny
P. Corrigan (1–11), P. Cleary (0–3), P. Carroll (0–3), M. Corrigan (0–2), D. Owens (0–1). K. Brennan (0–7), H. Ryan (0–2), L. Fennelly (0–2), J. Hennessy (0–1), G. Henderson (0–1), G. Fennelly (0–1), R. Heffernan (0–1), P. Walsh (0–1), R. Power (0–1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 22,171
Referee: N. O'Donoghue (Dublin)

21 July
Final
Offaly 5–15 – 0–17 Laois
M. Corrigan (1–5), P. Cleary (2–1), P. Horan (2–0), P. Delaney (0–3), P. Corrigan (0–2), J. Dooley (0–1), P. Carroll (0–1), G. Coughlan (0–1), F. Conneely (0–1). E. Fennelly (0–7), M. O'Sullivan (0–4), M. Walsh (0–2), C. Jones (0–2), P. J. Cuddy (0–1), M. Cuddy (0–1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 32,123
Referee: J. Denton (Wexford)

Munster Senior Hurling championship[edit]

26 May
Quarter-Final
Limerick 2–14 – 0–11 Waterford
P. Kelly (0–7), F. FitzGerald (1–3), R. Sampson (1–1), J. McKenna (0–2), M. Carroll (0–1). D. Byrne (0–9), M. Ronayne (0–1), P. Ryan (0–1).
Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork
Attendance: 5,571
Referee: F. Murphy (Cork)

9 June
Semi-Final
Clare 1–8 – 1–8 Tipperary
C. Lyons (0–4), T. Guilfoyle (1–0), V. Donnellan (0–2), D. Coote (0–1), A. Nugent (0–1). M. Doyle (1–0), S. Power (0–2), J. McIntyre (0–1), I. Conroy (0–1), N. English (0–1), D. O'Connell (0–1), L. Maher (0–1), G. O'Neill (0–1).
Cusack Park, Ennis
Attendance: 21,305
Referee: J. Moore (Waterford)

16 June
Semi-Final
Cork 2–13 – 1–9 Limerick
J. Fenton (1–5), J. Barry-Murphy (1–0), P. Hartnett (0–3), K. Hennessy (0–2), D. Walsh (0–2), T. O'Sullivan (0–1). S. Fitzgibbon (1–3), M. Carroll (0–1), J. Carroll (0–1), R. Sampson (0–1), O. O'Connor (0–1), P. McCarthy (0–1), P. Kelly (0–1).
Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork
Attendance: 37,231
Referee: J. Moore (Waterford)

23 June
Semi-Final Replay
Tipperary 3–14 – 4–6 Clare
S. Power (2–5), N. English (2–0), D. O'Connell (1–3), G. O'Neill (0–3), M. Doyle (0–1), M. Scully (0–1), L. Maher (0–1). C. Lyons (1–4), V. Donnellan (2–0), T. Guilfoyle (0–1), G. McInerney (0–1).
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 23,673
Referee: J. Moore (Waterford)

7 July
Final
Cork 4–17 – 4–11 Tipperary
J. Fenton (1–6), J. Barry-Murphy (1–3), D. Walsh (1–2), T. Mulcahy (1–0), T. O'Sullivan (0–3), K. Hennessy (0–1), P. Horgan (0–1), D. Mac Curtain (0–1). N. English (2–3), G. O'Neill (1–3), L. Maher (1–0), A. Ryan (0–1), S. Power (0–1), B. Ryan (0–1), I. Conroy (0–1), G. Stapleton (0–1).
Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork
Attendance: 48,902
Referee: J. Moore (Waterford)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

21 July
Quarter-Final
Antrim 3–12 – 1–15 London
D. Donnelly (2–3), P. Boyle (0–4), B. Donnelly (1–0), C. Donnelly (0–2), J. McKiernan (0–2), C. McVeigh (0–1). M. Burke (0–9), N. Uniack (1–1), D. Fox (0–3), J. McCormack (0–1), L. Walsh (0–1).
Casement Park, Belfast
Referee: G. Ryan (Tipperary)

4 August
Semi-Final
Offaly 3–17 – 0–12 Antrim
P. Cleary (2–2), M. Corrigan (1–5), P. Corrigan (0–5), D. Owens (0–3), J. Dooley (0–1), P. Delaney (0–1). D. Donnelly (0–4), C. McVeigh (0–2), C. Donnelly (0–2), G. Cunningham (0–1), D. McKinley (0–1), P. McKillen (0–1), P. Boyle (0–1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 8,205
Referee: G. Ryan (Tipperary)

4 August
Semi-Final
Galway 4–12 – 5–5 Cork
P. J. Molloy (0–5), B. Forde (1–3), N. Lane (1–2), J. Cooney (1–1), B. Lynskey (1–0), M. McGrath (0–1). J. Fenton (2–2), K. Hennessy (2–1), K. Kingston (1–0), D. Walsh (0–1), T. Crowley (0–1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 8,205
Referee: N. O'Donoghue (Dublin)

1 September
Final
Offaly 2–11 – 1–12 Galway
P. Cleary (2–0), P. Corrigan (0–5), P. Horan (0–3), M. Corrigan (0–2), B. Bermingham (0–1). P. J. Molloy (1–6), B. Lynskey (0–2), M. McGrath (0–1), J. Cooney (0–1), N. Lane (0–1), T. Keady (0–1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 61,451
Referee: G. Ryan (Tipperary)
Offaly
Galway

Championship statistics[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Laois qualify for the Leinster final for the first time since 1951.
  • In the All-Ireland semi-final, Galway defeat Cork for only the third time in the history of the championship. Previous victories for the Galway men came in the All-Ireland semi-finals of 1975 and 1979.

Top scorers[edit]

Season[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Paddy Corrigan Offaly 2–29 35 5 7.00
2 Pat Cleary Offaly 7–9 30 5 6.00
3 Eugene Fennelly Laois 0–28 28 3 9.33
4 Mark Corrigan Offaly 3–17 26 5 5.20
5 Kieran Brennan Kilkenny 1–20 23 3 7.66

Single game[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Paddy Corrigan Offaly 1–11 14 Kilkenny
2 Kieran Brennan Kilkenny 1–9 12 Westmeath
3 Séamus Power Tipperary 2–5 11 Clare
Eugene Fennelly Laois 0–11 11 Dublin
5 Eugene Fennelly Laois 0–10 10 Wexford
6 Nicky English Tipperary 2–3 9 Cork
Dessie Donnelly Antrim 2–3 9 London
Paddy Corrigan Offaly 1–6 9 Kilkenny
John Fenton Cork 1–6 9 Tipperary
P. J. Molloy Galway 1–6 9 Offaly
Denis Byrne Waterford 0–9 9 Limerick
Mick Burke London 0–9 9 Antrim

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]