1994 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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1994 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates 1 May - 3 September 1994
Teams 19
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Offaly (3rd win)
Captain Martin Hanamy
Manager Éamonn Cregan
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Limerick
Captain Gary Kirby
Manager Tom Ryan
Provincial Champions
Munster Limerick
Leinster Offaly
Ulster Antrim
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
No. matches played 19
Top Scorer Gary Kirby
Player of the Year Brian Whelehan
All-Star Team See here
1993
1995

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship of 1994 was the 108th staging of Ireland's premier hurling knock-out competition. Offaly won the championship, beating Limerick 3-16 to 2-13 in a sensational final at Croke Park, Dublin.

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, 1976 and 1984. National League champions Tipperary and runners-up Galway were regarded as the two teams that would provide the strongest challenges to Kilkenny's supremacy. Cork at 4/1, regarded as a team in decline, and Wexford at 6/1 formed the next grouping of teams who hoped to claim the All-Ireland crown. Offaly, a team who claimed three Leinster titles in succession in the late 1980s but failed to reach the All-Ireland final, were regarded as outsiders at 16/1. Antrim, Down, Limerick and Dublin were rank outsiders at 25/1 each.

The Championship[edit]

Participating counties[edit]

Province County Most recent success
All-Ireland Provincial
Leinster Dublin 1938 1961
Carlow
Kilkenny 1993 1993
Laois 1915 1949
Meath
Offaly 1985 1990
Westmeath 1937
Wexford 1968 1977
Wicklow
Munster Clare 1914 1932
Cork 1990 1992
Kerry 1891 1891
Limerick 1973 1981
Tipperary 1991 1993
Waterford 1959 1963
Connacht Galway 1988 1922
Roscommon 1913
Ulster Antrim 1993
Down 1992

Format[edit]

Munster Championship[edit]

Quarter-final: (2 matches) These are two lone matches between the first four teams drawn from the province of Munster. Two teams are eliminated at this stage, while two teams advance to the next round.

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

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[edit]

First Round: (2 matches) These are two lone matches between two 'weaker' teams drawn from the province of Leinster. Two teams are eliminated at this stage, while two teams advance to the next round.

Second Round: (1 match) The winners of the first round play each other in a lone second round game. One team is eliminated at this stage, while the winners advance to the Leinster quarter-final.

Quarter-finals: (2 matches) The winner of the second round game joins three other Leinster teams to make up the two quarter-final pairings. Two teams are eliminated at this stage, while two teams advance to the Leinster semi-finals.

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

Ulster Championship[edit]

Final: (1 match) This is a lone match between the two competing Ulster teams. One team is eliminated at this stage, while the winners advance to the All-Ireland semi-final.

All-Ireland Championship[edit]

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 Munster and Leinster champions will play the winners of the lone quarter-final and the Ulster champions. The Munster and Leinster winners will be in opposite semi-finals. Two teams are eliminated at this stage, while the two winnerss advance to the All-Ireland final.

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

Fixtures[edit]

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

May 1
First Round
Meath 3-10 – 1-8 Westmeath
P. Potterton (1-5), C. Sheridan (1-2), J. Andrews (1-0), D. Martin (0-2), M. Cole (0-1). D. Kilcoyne (0-5), S. McLoughlin (1-0), C. Murtagh (0-1), M. O'Farrell (0-1), S. Qualter (0-1).

May 1
First Round
Carlow 4-16 – 1-10 Wicklow
D. Doyle (2-6), B. Hayden (1-6), M. Farrell (0-1), B. Lawlor (0-1), J. McDonald (0-1). J. Keogh (0-6), N. Cremin (1-0), D. Hyland (0-3), T. Mulroe (0-1).

May 15
Second Round
Carlow 1-10 – 1-12 Meath
P. Potterton (0-5), R. Kelly-Lynch (1-0), J. Andrews (0-3), M. Cole (0-1), C. Sheridan (0-1), M. Smith (0-1). D. Doyle (1-2), J. McDonald (0-5), D. Murphy (0-1), P. Hayden (0-1), B. Lawlor (0-1).
Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: M. Sheridan (Kildare)

June 5
Quarter-Final
Wexford 3-13 – 2-16 Dublin
P. Finn (2-3), A. Fenlon (0-5), L. Murphy (1-1), M. Storey (0-3), J. O'Connor (0-1). J. Twomey (1-5), S. McDermott (1-1), A. O'Grady (0-3), P. Tobin (0-2), S. Dalton (0-1), C. McCann (0-1), R. Boland (0-1), J. Murhy (0-1), C. Barr (0-1).
Nowlan Park, Kilkenny
Referee: S. O'Meara (Offaly)

June 5
Quarter-Final
Kilkenny 1-19 – 1-8 Meath
D. Gaffney (1-5), D. J. Carey (0-7), L. McCarthy (0-2), P. O'Neill (0-2), A. Ronan (0-2), B. Hennessy (0-1). P. Potterton (0-4), R. Kelly -Lynch (1-0), M. Cole (0-2), C. Sheridan (0-1), M. Smith (0-1).

Referee: P. Aherne (Carlow)

June 19
Quarter-Final
Replay
Wexford 3-22 – 1-11 Dublin
E. Scallan (0-7), M. Storey (1-3), B. Byrne (1-1), J. O'Connor (1-0), L. Dunne (0-2), A. Fenlon (0-2), P. Finn (0-2), T. Kehoe (0-1), J. Fleming (0-1), L. Murphy (0-1), T. Dunne (0-1), G. Cushe (0-1). A. O'Grady (0-7), R. Boland (1-0), J. Murphy (0-2), P. Tobin (0-1), B. McMahon (0-1).
Nowlan Park, Kilkenny
Referee: S. O'Meara (Offaly)

June 26
Semi-Final
Wexford 4-24 – 4-6 Laois
E. Scallan (2-4), M. Storey (0-8), B. Byrne (1-2), L. Murphy (1-1), T. Kehoe (0-3), A. Fenlon (0-2), T. Dunne (0-2), P. Finn (0-1), L. Dunne (0-1). J. Taylor (2-0), P. Bergin (1-1), D. Cuddy (1-1), N. Delaney (0-1), A. Bergin (0-1), J. Dollard (0-1), N. Rigney (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 25,271
Referee: P. O'Connor (Limerick)

June 26
Semi-Final
Offaly 2-16 – 3-9 Kilkenny
Johnny Dooley (0-6), Joe Dooley (1-2), B. Dooley (1-2), M. Duignan (0-2), B. Whelehan (0-1), D. Pilkington (0-1), D. Regan (0-1), J. Pilkington (0-1). D. J. Carey (2-1), E. Morrissey (0-4), J. Brennan (1-0), D. Gaffney (0-1), P. J. Delaney (0-1), M. Phelan (0-1), J. Power (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 25,271
Referee: A. Mac Suibhne (Dublin)

July 17
Final
Offaly 1-18 – 0-14 Wexford
Johnny Dooley (0-9), B. Dooley (1-1), J. Troy (0-2), J. Pilkington (0-2), B. Kelly (0-1), M. Duignan (0-1), D. Regan (0-1), D. Pilkington (0-1). E. Scallan (0-5), M. Storey (0-2), T. Kehoe (0-2), T. Dempsey (0-1), L. Murphy (0-1), B. Byrne (0-1), L. Dunne (0-1), P. Finn (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 32,141
Referee: A. Mac Suibhne (Dublin)

Munster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

May 29
Quarter-Final
Clare 2-11 – 0-13 Tipperary
J. O'Connor (0-7), T. Guilfoyle (2-0), J. McInerney (0-1), P. J. O'Connell (0-1), F. Tuohy (0-1), G. O'Loughlin (0-1). M. Cleary (0-9), D. Ryan (0-1), A. Crosse (0-1), A. Ryan (0-1), P. Fox (0-1).

Referee: W. Horgan (Cork)

June 5
Quarter-Final
Limerick 4-14 – 4-11 Cork
G. Kirby (2-5), P. Heffernan (2-0), M. Galligan (0-3), M. Houlihan (0-2), F. Carroll (0-2), D. Quigley (0-1), T. J. Ryan (0-1). K. Murray (2-0), M. Mullins (1-2), B. Egan (0-5), G. Manley (1-0), S. McCarthy (0-1), T. O'Sullivan (0-1), D. Quirke (0-1), T. Kelleher (0-1).
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Attendance: 19,191
Referee: S. McMahon (Clare)

June 12
Semi-Final
Kerry 1-8 – 2-16 Clare
M. Hennessy (1-5), S. Sheehan (0-2), C. Walsh (0-1). J. McInerney (1-2), J. O'Connor (0-5), A. Whelan (1-1), G. O'Loughlin (0-2), P. J. O'Connell (0-2), J. Chaplin (0-2), F. Tuohy (0-1), J. O'Connell (0-1), C. Chaplin (0-1).
Austin Stack Park, Tralee
Attendance: 10,150
Referee: J. McDonnell (Tipperary)

June 19
Semi-Final
Limerick 2-14 – 2-12 Waterford
G. Kirby (1-7), P. J. Ryan (1-1), M. Galligan (0-2), P. Heffernan (0-1), J. Roche (0-1), G. Hegarty (0-1), F. Carroll (0-1). B. O'Sullivan (1-3), G. Harris (1-1), P. Flynn (0-4), J. Meaney (0-2), L. O'Connor (0-1), P. Fanning (0-1).
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 22,364
Referee: D. Murphy (Wexford)

July 10
Final
Limerick 0-25 – 2-10 Clare
G. Kirby (0-9), M. Galligan (0-7), C. Carey (0-2), F. Carroll (0-2), P. Heffernan (0-2), D. Quigley (0-2), T. J. Ryan (0-1). T. Guilfoyle (1-0), C. Lyons (1-0), G. O;Loughlin (0-3), J. O'Connor (0-3), J. McInerney (0-1), S. Sheedy (0-1), C. Chaplin (0-1), A. Whelan (0-1).
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 43,368
Referee: W. Barrett (Tipperary)

Ulster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

July 3
Final
Antrim 1-19 – 1-13 Down
A. Elliot (0-5), P. Walsh (0-4), C. McCambridge (1-0), J. Connolly (0-3), P. Jennings (0-3), Gregory O'Kane (0-2), P. McKillen (0-1), J. Carson (0-1). D. O'Prey (0-6), C. Mageean (1-0), H. Gilmore (0-3), N. Sands (0-1), K. Coulter (0-1), D. Hughes (0-1), B. Coulter (0-1).
Casement Park, Belfast
Referee: P. Horan (Offaly)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

July 17
Quarter-Final
Roscommon 2-6 – 2-21 Galway
L. Murray (1-1), D. Coyle (0-4), F. Farrell (1-0), M. Cunniffe (0-1). L. Burke (1-9), J. Rabbitte (1-0), M. McGrath (0-3), M. Coleman (0-2), J. Cooney (0-2), Pádraig Kelly (0-1), F. Forde (0-1), N. Shaughnessy (0-1), P. Kelly (0-1), K. McGrath (0-1).
Athleague
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: J. McDonnell (Tipperary)

August 7
Semi-Final
Limerick 2-23 – 0-11 Antrim
G. Kirby (1-6), F. Carroll (0-7), M. Galligan (1-1), M. Houlihan (0-3), D. Quigley (0-2), T. J. Ryan (0-1), L. O'Connor (0-1), G. Hegarty (0-1), C. Carey (0-1). J. Carson (0-4), P. Jennings (0-2), P. McKillen (0-2), Conor McCambridge (0-1), Greg O'Kane (0-1), S. McMullan (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 45,053
Referee: D. Murphy (Wexford)

August 7
Semi-Final
Offaly 2-13 – 1-10 Galway
Johnny Dooley (0-7), B. Dooley (1-1), John Troy (1-0), Joe Dooley (0-2), P. O'Connor (0-1), M. Duignan (0-1), K. Martin (0-1). L. Burke (0-5), J. Cooney (1-1), J. Rabbitte (0-1), M. McGrath (0-1), P. Malone (0-1), J. McGrath (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 45,053
Referee: W. Barrett (Tipperary)

September 3
Final
15:30 UTC+1
Offaly 3-16 – 2-13 Limerick
Johnny Dooley (1-4), Joe Dooley (1-2), B. Dooley (0-5), P. O'Connor (1-0), J. Pilkington (0-2), M. Duignan (0-1), D. Pilkington (0-1), J. Troy (0-1). D. Quigley (2-3), G. Kirby (0-6), C. Carey (0-2), L. O'Connor (0-1), M. Houlihan (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 56,458
Referee: W. Barrett (Tipperary)
Offaly
Limerick

Scoring[edit]

  • Widest winning margin: 18 points
  • Most goals in a match: 8
  • Most points in a match: 35
  • Most goals by one team in a match: 4
  • Most goals scored by a losing team: 4
  • Most points scored by a winning team: 25
  • Most points scored by a losing team: 14

Top scorers[edit]

Season[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Gary Kirby Limerick 4-33 45 5 9.00
2 Johnny Dooley Offaly 1-26 29 4 7.25
3 Éamonn Scallan Wexford 2-16 22 4 5.50

Single game[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 David Doyle Carlow 2-6 12 Wicklow
Liam Burke Galway 1-9 12 Roscommon
3 Gary Kirby Limerick 2-5 11 Cork
4 Gary Kirby Limerick 1-7 10 Waterford
Éamonn Scallan Wexford 2-4 10 Laois
6 Paul Finn Wexford 2-3 9 Dublin
Damien Quigley Limerick 2-3 9 Offaly
Gary Kirby Limerick 1-6 9 Antrim
Brendan Hayden Carlow 1-6 9 Wicklow
Johnny Dooley Offaly 0-9 9 Wexford
Michael Cleary Tipperary 0-9 9 Clare
Gary Kirby Limerick 0-9 9 Clare

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).
  • Fullam, Brendan, Captains of the Ash (Wolfhound Press, 2002).

External links[edit]

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