2008 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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2008 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates 25 May - 7 September
Teams 12
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Kilkenny (31st win)
Captain James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick
Manager Brian Cody
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Waterford
Captain Michael 'Brick' Walsh
Manager Davy FitzGerald
Provincial Champions
Munster Tipperary
Leinster Kilkenny
Ulster Antrim
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
No. matches played 24[1]
Goals total 79 (3.29 per game)
Points total 846 (35.25 per game)
Top Scorer Eoin Kelly
Player of the Year Eoin Larkin
All-Star Team See here
2007
2009

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship 2008 was the 122nd since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1887. The first matches of the season were played on 25 May 2008, and the championship ended on 7 September 2008. Kilkenny went into the 2008 championship as defending champions, having won their thirtieth All-Ireland title the previous year.

The championship culminated with the All-Ireland final, held at Croke Park, Dublin. The match was contested by Kilkenny and Waterford. It was their first meeting in the final since 1963. Kilkenny won the game by 3-30 to 1-13. It was their third All-Ireland title in succession and a record thirty-first for the county.

Format[edit]

The format of the 2008 championship was slightly different from previous formats:

12 counties participated in Tier 1 of the 2008 Championship. These teams were as follows:

Provincial Championships

The Leinster and Munster championships were played as usual. The Leinster and Munster champions advanced directly to the All-Ireland semi-finals.

All-Ireland Qualifiers

Phase 1: (1 match) This was a single match between Antrim and Galway.

Phase 2: (2 matches) The winner of the phase 1 game played the team eliminated in the first round of the Leinster Championship. The loser of the phase 1 game played the team eliminated in the first round of the Munster Championship.

Phase 3: (2 matches) This phase consisted of two knock-out games between the beaten provincial semi-finalists in Leinster and Munster. Teams from the same province could not meet in these games.

Phase 4: (2 matches) The winners from phase 2 played the winners from phase 3 in a knock-out format.

All-Ireland Series

Quarter-finals: (2 matches) The defeated Munster and Leinster finalists played the winners of the qualifier phase 4 games.

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The Munster and Leinster champions played the winners of the quarter-finals.

Promotion/Relegation

The losing teams from the qualifier phase 2 games played off. The loser of this game played a promotion/relegation play-off against the winners of the Christy Ring Cup.

Team facts[edit]

Team Colours Sponsor Captain(s) Manager(s) Most recent success
All-Ireland Provincial League
Antrim Saffron and white Creagh Concrete Paddy Richmond Terence 'Sambo' McNaughton
Dominic McKinley
2007
Clare Saffron and blue Vodafone Brian O'Connell Mike McNamara 1997 1998 1978
Cork Red and white O2 John Gardiner Gerald McCarthy 2005 2006 1998
Dublin Navy and blue Arnotts Stephen Hiney Tommy Naughton 1938 1961 1939
Galway Maroon and white Supermacs Ollie Canning Ger Loughnane 1988 2004 2004
Kilkenny Black and amber Glanbia James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick Brian Cody 2009 2010 2009
Laois Blue and white The Heritage Hotel Damien Fox
Niall Rigney
1915 1949
Limerick Green and white Sporting Limerick Mark Foley Richie Bennis 1973 1996 1997
Offaly Green, white and gold Carroll Cuisine Kevin Brady Joe Dooley 1998 1995 1991
Tipperary Blue and gold Enfer Eoin Kelly
Paul Ormonde
Liam Sheedy 2001 2001 2008
Waterford White and blue 3 Michael 'Brick' Walsh Davy FitzGerald 1959 2010 2007
Wexford Purple and yellow Wexford Cheddar Rory Jacob John Meyler 1996 2004 1973

Fixtures[edit]

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

May 25
1st Round
Laois 2-12 - 4-22 Offaly
W Hyland 2-3 (2-0f), N Costello 0-9 (7f). B Carroll 0-16 (11f, 1 '65'), D Hayden 1-1, G Healion, D Molloy, J Rigney 1-0 each, S Dooley 0-2, A Egan, B Murphy, P Cleary 0-1 each.
O'Moore Park, Portlaoise
Referee: C McAllister (Cork) [1]

May 25
1st Round
Dublin 3-21 - 0-11 Westmeath
D O'Callaghan 1-6 (1f), J Kelly, J Burke 1-1 each, R Fallon 0-3 (2f, 1 '65'), S Lambert, K Flynn, R O'Carroll 0-2 each, P Carton, D Curtin, M Carton, J McCaffrey 0-1 each. A Mitchell 0-4 (4f), B Murtagh 0-3, P Clarke, D McNicholas 0-2 each.
O'Moore Park, Portlaoise
Referee: C McAllister (Cork) [2]

June 14
Semi-final
Dublin 0-19 - 2-13 Wexford
D O'Callaghan 0-9 (3f), R O'Carroll 0-4, M Carton, J McCaffery (sl), S Lambert, J Burke, D O'Dwyer, K Flynn 0-1 each. E Quigley 1-2, D Lyng 0-5 (4f), S Banville 1-0, R Jacob 0-3, S Doyle 0-2, D Redmond 0-1.
Nowlan Park, Kilkenny
Referee: S Roche (Tipperary) [3]

June 15
Semi-final
Offaly 0-12 - 2-24 Kilkenny
B Carroll 0-6 (2f, 1’65’), G Healion, J Bergin 0-2 each, R Hanniffy, D Molloy 0-1 each. H Shefflin 0-11 (9f, 1’65’), E Larkin 0-4, M Comerford 1-1, A Fogarty 1-0, M Rice, E Brennan 0-2 each, J Fitzpatrick, M Fennelly, R Hogan, TJ Reid 0-1 each.
O'Moore Park, Portlaoise
Referee: J Sexton (Cork) [4]

June 22
Semi-final
Replay
Dublin 1-15 - 2-15 Wexford
D O'Callaghan 1-9, R Fallon, J McCaffrey 0-2 each, M Carton, K Flynn 0-1 each. R Jacob 1-2, S Banville 1-1, D Lyng 0-4, S Doyle 0-3, W Doran 0-2, D Redmond, PJ Nolan, E Quigley 0-1 each.
Croke Park, Dublin
Referee: M Wadding (Waterford) [5]

July 6
Final
Kilkenny 5-21 - 0-17 Wexford
H Shefflin 1-7 (1-7f), E Brennan 2-2, R Power 1-2, A Fogarty 1-1, J Fitzpatrick 0-4 (1f), E Larkin 0-3, D Lyng, M Comerford 0-1 each. D Lyng 0-7 (6f, 1 sl), R Jacob 0-3, PJ Nolan, D Redmond 0-2 each, S Doyle, M Jacob, B Lambert 0-1 each.
Croke Park, Dublin
Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath) [6]

Munster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

June 1
1st Round
Waterford 0-23 - 2-26 Clare
D Bennett 0-10 (9f), J Mullane 0-8, G Hurney, S Molumphy, S Prendergast, E McGrath, D Coffey 0-1 each. M Flaherty 1-7 (3f, 2 '65'), N Gilligan 1-2, T Griffin 0-5, C Plunkett 0-3 (2f), D McMahon 0-3, C Lynch, T Carmody 0-2 each, P Vaughan, B Bugler 0-1 each.
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Referee: D Murphy (Wexford)
[7]

June 8
Semi-final
Cork 1-13 - 1-19 Tipperary
B O'Connor 1-3 (2f), C Naughton 0-4, J O'Connor 0-2, S Óg Ó hAilpín, P O'Sullivan, T Kenny, B Corry 0-1 each. E Kelly 1-7 (5f), L Corbett 0-4, S Callinan 0-3, E Corcoran (sl), W Ryan, S McGrath, P Kerwick, M Webster 0-1 each.
Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork
Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)
[8]

June 22
Semi-final
Clare 4-12 - 1-16 Limerick
J Clancy 1-2, B Nugent 1-1, P Vaughan, D McMahon 1-0 each, M Flattery (3f), N Gilligan (2f) 0-3 each, T Carmody 0-2, C Lynch 0-1. A O’Shaughnessy 0-6 (5f), N Moran 0-5, O Moran 1-1, D Reale, D O'Grady, M O'Brien, D Ryan 0-1 each.
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Referee: E Morris (Dublin) [9]

July 13
Final
Tipperary 2-21 - 0-19 Clare
J O'Brien 1-4, S Callinan 1-3, E Kelly 0-6 (2f), S McGrath 0-3, L Corbett 0-2, J Woodlock, P Kerwick, H Maloney 0-1 each. N Gilligan 0-8 (5f), M Flaherty (3f), C Lynch 0-3 each, T Carmody 0-2, J Clancy, G Quinn, D McMahon 0-1 each.
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Attendance: 48,077
Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

Ulster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

2008 marked the first time in decades that all nine Ulster counties (plus London) competed in the Ulster championship.

Due to the historical strength of Antrim and the relative strength of Down, and more recently Derry and Armagh, a system of seeding was used to prevent one-sided matches. The success of the format was indicated by two 'underdog' victories, for Monaghan over Donegal, and London over Armagh, and a number of close matches. However, Antrim retained the trophy beating Down in the final.

May 11
1st Round
Cavan 1-16 - 2-15 Monaghan

May 11
1st Round
Tyrone 1-11 - 2-7 Fermanagh

May 18
2nd Round
Donegal 1-14 - 1-15 Monaghan

May 18
2nd Round
London 2-13 - 1-6 Tyrone

May 24
Quarter-final
Armagh 4-16 - 2-23 London

May 25
Quarter-final
Derry 7-23 - 3-13 Monaghan

June 1
Semi-final
Down 4-16 - 1-16 London

June 1
Semi-final
Antrim 2-17 - 1-12 Derry

June 15
Final
Down 2-16 - 3-18 Antrim

Qualifiers[edit]

June 28
Phase 1
Antrim 1-10 - 6-21 Galway
D Mc Naughton 0-4 (4f), M Magill 1-0, M Herron, K Stewart, K McKeegan (1f) 0-2 each. J Canning 2-6, K Wade 2-0, D Hayes 1-2, A Kerins 1-1, C Donnellan, I Tannian 0-3 each, A Cullinane, F Healy 0-2 each, E Cloonan, D Joyce 0-1 each.
Casement Park, Belfast
Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary) [19]

July 5
Phase 2
Waterford 6-18 - 0-15 Antrim
E Kelly 2-3 (3f), J Mullane 2-2, E McGrath 0-5, D Shanahan 0-4, G Hurney, E Molumphy 1-0 each, J Nagle 0-2, P Flynn, D Bennett 0-1 each. P Shiels 0-7 (5f), PJ O'Connell, K Stewart 0-2 each, C Herron, M Herron, B Quinn, S McNaughton 0-1 each.
Walsh Park, Waterford
Referee: M Haverty (Galway) [20]

July 5
Phase 2
Galway 1-26 - 0-9 Laois
J Canning 0-9 (4f), A Cullinane 1-2, G Farragher (2f), D Hayes 0-4 each, A Kerins 0-3, I Tannian, A Smith 0-2 each. N Costello (3f), J Brophy 0-3 each, J Rowney, E Holohan, W Hyland 0-1 each.
Pearse Stadium, Galway
Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath) [21]

July 12
Phase 3
Cork 1-17 - 0-15 Dublin
J Deane 1-1, C Naughton 0-3, T Kenny, J O'Connor, B O'Connor (1f), N Ronan 0-2 each, J Gardiner (1f), E Cadogan, N McCarthy, P Cronin, P Horgan 0-1 each. D O'Callaghan 0-10 (7f), R O'Carroll 0-3, P Ryan 0-2.
Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork
Referee: J Owens (Wexford) [22]

July 12
Phase 3
Limerick 0-18 - 3-19 Offaly
P Tobin 0-5, A O'Shaughnessy 0-4 (1f), N Moran 0-3, W McNamara, B Geary (1 '65'), M Foley, D Ryan, D Sheehan, K Tobin 0-1 each. J Bergin 3-2, S Dooley (1f), B Carroll (1f, 1 '65') 0-6 each, D Molloy 0-2, B Murphy, D Horan (1 '65'), D Currams 0-1 each.
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Referee: C McAllister (Cork) [23]

July 19
Phase 4
Waterford 2-18 - 0-18 Offaly
E Kelly 2-13, J Mullane 0-2, E McGrath, S Prendergast, S Molumphy 0-1 each. B Carroll 0-9, B Murphy, G Hannify 0-2 each; D Franks, P Cleary, S Dooley, D Molly, J Bergin 0-1 each.
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 30,082
Referee: M Haverty (Galway)

July 19
Phase 4
Galway 2-15 - 0-23 Cork
J Canning 2-12, N Healy, D Hayes, R Murray 0-1 each. B O’Connor 0-12, J Deane 0-4, C Naughton 0-3, J Gardiner 0-2, N McCarthy, P Horgan 0-1 each.
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 30,082
Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)

Relegation play-offs[edit]

July 19
Semi-final
Antrim 2-18 - 0-16 Laois
P Shiels 0-8 (8f), S McNaughton 1-3, Paddy Richmond1.1, K Stewart 0-2, J Campbell, E McCloskey, M Herron, C Duffin 0-1 each. N Costello 0-5 (4f), W Hyland, J Brophy (1f) 0-3 each, E Holohan, C Delaney 0-2 each, T Fitzgerald 0-1.
Páirc Tailteann, Navan
Referee: J O'Mahony (Limerick) [24]

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Laois 4-18 - 3-11 Carlow
W Hyland 1-5 (1f), D Peacock , T Fitzgerald 1-2 each, N Holmes 1-1, J Brophy 0-3 (1f), J Walsh, J Phelan 0-2 each, C Delaney 0-1. C Doyle 1-2, M Brennan 1-1, C Hughes (2f), S Kavanagh (2f , 1 '65') 0-3 each, D Murphy 1-0, R Foley, S Murphy 0-1 each.
Dr Cullen Park, Carlow
Referee: D Richardson (Limerick) [25]

All-Ireland Series[edit]

Quarter-Finals
July 27
Semi-Finals
August 10 / August 17
Final
September 7
                 
Kilkenny
 
Kilkenny 1-23
Cork 0-17
Clare 2-17
Cork 2-19
Kilkenny 3-30
Waterford 1-13
Wexford 3-15
Waterford 2-19
Waterford 1-20
Tipperary 1-18
 
Tipperary
July 27
Quarter-final
Wexford 3-15 - 2-19 Waterford
S Doyle 2-1, D Lyng 0-5 (5f), W Doran 1-1, R Jacob 0-3 (1f), D Redmond 0-2, S Nolan, E Quigley, D Fitzhenry (pen) 0-1 each. E Kelly 1-8 (1-6f, 1 '65'), E McGrath 0-4, D Shanahan 1-1, J Mullane 0-3, J Nagle, S Prendergast, S Molumphy 0-1 each.
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 46,571
Referee: J Sexton (Cork)

July 27
Quarter-final
Clare 2-17 - 2-19 Cork
N Gilligan 0-8 (3f, 1 '65'), D Mc Mahon, B Nugent 1-1 each, J Clancy, T Carmody 0-2 each, G Quinn (1f), P Donnellan, B O'Connell (sl) 0-1 each. B O'Connor 0-7 (3f, 1 '65'), T McCarthy, K Murphy 1-0 each, P Horgan 0-3, P Cronin, N Ronan 0-2 each, T Kenny, J O'Connor, N McCarthy, C Naughton, J Deane 0-1 each.
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 46,571
Referee: D Murphy (Wexford)

August 10
Semi-final
Kilkenny 1-23 - 0-17 Cork
H Shefflin 0-11 (6f), E Larkin 1-2, A Fogarty 0-5, TJ Reid 0-2, R Power, E Brennan, J Fitzpatrick 0-1 each. B O'Connor 0-8 (8f), N McCarthy, T Kenny, J O'Connor 0-2 each, C Naughton, J Gardiner, P Cronin 0-1 each.
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 71,235
Referee: M Wadding (Waterford)

August 17
Semi-final
Tipperary 1-18 - 1-20 Waterford
E Kelly 0-8 (6f), S Callinan 1-3, S McGrath 0-3, C O’Mahony (1f), L Corbett, P Kerwick, S Maher 0-1 each. E Kelly 1-10 (8f), J Mullane 0-3, E McGrath, S Molumphy, M Walsh 0-2 each, J Kennedy 0-1.
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 53,635
Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

September 7
Final
Kilkenny 3-30 - 1-13 Waterford
E Brennan 2-4, H Shefflin 0-8 (5f, 1 '65'), E Larkin 1-4, TJ Reid 0-4, A Fogarty, D Lyng 0-3 each, R Power, J Fitzpatrick 0-2 each. E Kelly 1-9 (9f), J Mullane 0-3, D Bennett 0-1.
Croke Park, Dublin
Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath) [26]

Championship statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Cards[edit]

Overall[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Kilkenny win their 31st All-Ireland title to become outright leaders on the all-time roll of honour for the first time in their history.

Player facts[edit]

Debutantes[edit]

The following players made their début in the 2008 championship:

Player Team Date Opposition Game
James Burke Dublin May 25 Westmeath Leinster quarter-final
Niall Corcoran Dublin May 25 Westmeath Leinster quarter-final
Noel Costello Laois May 25 Offaly Leinster quarter-final
Joe Dooley Laois May 25 Offaly Leinster quarter-final
Ger Healion Offaly May 25 Laois Leinster quarter-final
Eoin Holohan Laois May 25 Offaly Leinster quarter-final
Niall Holmes Laois May 25 Offaly Leinster quarter-final
Diarmuid Horan Offaly May 25 Laois Leinster quarter-final
Simon Lambert Dublin May 25 Westmeath Leinster quarter-final
Conor Mahon Offaly May 25 Laois Leinster quarter-final
Enda Barrett Clare June 1 Waterford Munster quarter-final
Mark Flaherty Clare June 1 Waterford Munster quarter-final
Richie Foley Waterford June 1 Clare Munster quarter-final
Gary Hurney Waterford June 1 Clare Munster quarter-final
Tadhg Keogh Clare June 1 Waterford Munster quarter-final
Séamus Callinan Tipperary June 8 Cork Munster semi-final
Brian Corry Cork June 8 Tipperary Munster semi-final
Pat Kerwick Tipperary June 8 Cork Munster semi-final
Conor O'Brien Tipperary June 8 Cork Munster semi-final
Paudie O'Sullivan Cork June 8 Tipperary Munster semi-final
Stephen Banville Wexford June 14 Dublin Leinster semi-final
Tommy Dwyer Wexford June 14 Dublin Leinster semi-final
Colm Farrell Wexford June 14 Dublin Leinster semi-final
Peter Kelly Dublin June 14 Wexford Leinster semi-final
Brendan O'Leary Wexford June 14 Dublin Leinster semi-final
David Redmond Wexford June 14 Dublin Leinster semi-final
Paul Ryan Dublin June 14 Wexford Leinster semi-final
James Tonks Wexford June 14 Dublin Leinster semi-final
Richie Hogan Kilkenny June 15 Offaly Leinster semi-final
T.J. Reid Kilkenny June 15 Offaly Leinster semi-final
Paudie O'Dwyer Limerick June 22 Clare Munster semi-final
Joe Canning Galway June 28 Antrim All-Ireland qualifier
Cyril Donnellan Galway June 28 Antrim All-Ireland qualifier
James Skehill Galway June 28 Antrim All-Ireland qualifier
Patrick Bergin Dublin July 12 Cork All-Ireland qualifier
Jamie Nagle Waterford July 21 Offaly All-Ireland qualifier
Paddy Stapleton Tipperary August 17 Waterford All-Ireland semi-final

Retirees[edit]

The following players played their last game in the 2008 championship:

Player Team Date Opposition Game Début
Colin Lynch Clare July 27 Cork All-Ireland quarter-final 1997
Frank Lohan Clare July 27 Cork All-Ireland quarter-final 1995
Joe Deane Cork August 10 Kilkenny All-Ireland semi-final 1996
Brian Murphy Cork August 10 Kilkenny All-Ireland semi-final 2004
Diarmuid O'Sullivan Cork August 10 Kilkenny All-Ireland semi-final 1997
Éamonn Corcoran Tipperary August 17 Waterford All-Ireland semi-final 1999
Dave Bennett Waterford September 7 Kilkenny All-Ireland final 1997
Tom Feeney Waterford September 7 Kilkenny All-Ireland final 1995
Paul Flynn Waterford September 7 Kilkenny All-Ireland final 1993
James McGarry Kilkenny September 7 Waterford All-Ireland final 1999

Top scorers[edit]

Season[edit]

Rank Player County Tally[2] Total Matches Average
1 Eoin Kelly Waterford 7-43 64 5 12.8
2 David O'Callaghan Dublin 2-33 39 4 9.75
Joe Canning Galway 4-27 39 3 13.0
4 Henry Shefflin Kilkenny 1-35 38 4 9.5
5 Brian Carroll Offaly 0-37 37 4 9.25
6 Ben O'Connor Cork 1-32 35 5 7.0
7 Martin Finn London 1-29 32 3 10.67
8 John Mullane Waterford 2-21 27 5 5.4
9 Eddie Brennan Kilkenny 4-12 24 4 6.0
Niall Gilligan Monaghan 1-21 24 4 6.0

Single game[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Eoin Kelly Waterford 2-13 19 Offaly
2 Joe Canning Galway 2-12 18 Cork
3 Brian Carroll Offaly 0-16 16 Laois
4 Eoin Kelly Waterford 1-10 13 Tipperary
5 David O'Callaghan Dublin 1-9 12 Wexford
Ben O'Connor Cork 0-12 12 Galway
Eoin Kelly Waterford 1-9 12 Kilkenny
Joe Canning Galway 2-6 12 Antrim
9 Henry Shefflin Kilkenny 0-11 11 Offaly
Eoin Kelly Waterford 1-8 11 Wexford
Henry Shefflin Kilkenny 0-11 11 Cork
Joe Bergin Offaly 3-2 11 Limerick
13 Dave Bennett Waterford 0-10 10 Clare
David O'Callaghan Dublin 0-10 10 Cork
Henry Shefflin Kilkenny 1-7 10 Wexford
Mark Flaherty Clare 1-7 10 Waterford
Eoin Kelly Tipperary 1-7 10 Cork
Eddie Brennan Kilkenny 2-4 10 Waterford
19 Noel Costello Laois 0-9 9 Offaly
David O'Callaghan Dublin 0-9 9 Wexford
Joe Canning Galway 0-9 9 Laois
Brian Carroll Offaly 0-9 9 Waterford
David O'Callaghan Dublin 1-6 9 Westmeath
Willie Hyland Laois 2-3 9 Offaly
Eoin Kelly Waterford 2-3 9 Antrim

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Vodafone Player of the Month Opel GPA Player of the Month
Player County Player County
May Brian Carroll Offaly David O'Callaghan Dublin
June Brian O'Connell Clare Brian O'Connell Clare
July Joe Canning Galway Joe Canning Galway
August Eoin Kelly Waterford Derek Lyng Kilkenny
September Eddie Brennan Kilkenny Eoin Larkin Kilkenny

Annual awards[edit]

Vodafone Hurler of the Year[edit]

The Vodafone Hurler of the Year award for 2008 was won by Eoin Larkin of Kilkenny.

The shortlist for the Vodafone Hurler of the Year award, in alphabetical order, was as follows:

Vodafone Young Hurler of the Year[edit]

The Vodafone Young Hurler of the Year award for 2008 was won by Joe Canning of Galway.

The shortlist for the Vodafone Young Hurler of the Year award, in alphabetical order, was as follows:

Opel GPA Hurler of the Year[edit]

The Opel GPA Hurler of the Year award for 2008 was won by Eoin Larkin of Kilkenny.

The shortlist for the Opel GPA Hurler of the Year award, in alphabetical order, was as follows:

Managerial changes[edit]

The following managerial changes took place during and immediately after the championship.

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position
Waterford Justin McCarthy Resigned 5 June 2008 Davy FitzGerald 9 June 2008 Defeated in Munster quarter-final
Laois Damien Fox Resigned 24 June 2008 Niall Rigney 24 June 2008 Defeated in Leinster quarter-final
Limerick Richie Bennis Not reappointed 12 August 2008 Justin McCarthy 7 October 2008 Defeated in All-Ireland qualifiers
Dublin Tommy Naughton Resigned 14 September 2008 Anthony Daly 23 November 2008 Defeated in All-Ireland qualifiers
Galway John Meyler Resigned 7 October 2008 Colm Bonnar 11 November 2008 Defeated in All-Ireland quarter-final
Galway Ger Loughnane Not reappointed 13 October 2008 John McIntyre 18 November 2008 Defeated in All-Ireland qualifiers

Stadia[edit]

The following stadia were used during the championship:

County Stadium Capacity
Dublin Croke Park 82,300
Tipperary Semple Stadium 55,000
Limerick Gaelic Grounds 50,000
Cork Páirc Uí Chaoimh 43,500
Galway Pearse Stadium 34,000
Antrim Casement Park 32,600
Kilkenny Nowlan Park 30,000
Meath Páirc Tailteann 30,000
Laois O'Moore Park 27,000
Carlow Dr. Cullen Park 21,000
Waterford Walsh Park 17,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ This figure does not include Ulster championship matches as these have no effect on the All-Ireland series
  2. ^ "Hurling Top Scorers 2008". www.hoganstand.com. Archived from the original on 22 April 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2009. 

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