1939 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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1939 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates 7 May – 3 September 1939
Teams 13
All-Ireland champions
Winning team Kilkenny (12th win)
Captain Jimmy Walsh
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Cork
Captain Jack Lynch
Provincial champions
Munster Cork
Leinster Kilkenny
Ulster Not Played
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
No. matches played 12
Goals total 91 (7.58 per game)
Points total 116 (9.66 per game)
Top Scorer Jim Langton (0-21)
All-Star Team See here

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship 1939 was the 53rd staging of the All-Ireland hurling championship since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1887. The championship began on 7 May 1939 and ended on 3 September 1939.

Dublin entered the championship as defending champions, however, they were eliminated in the provincial stages. Kilkenny won the title following a 2-7 to 3-3 victory over Cork in the thunder and lightning final.


A total of thirteen teams contested the championship, including all of the teams from the 1938 championship. Wexford re-entered the championship after a one-year absence.

Team summaries[edit]

Team Colours Most recent success
All-Ireland Provincial League
Clare Saffron and blue 1914 1932
Cork Red and white 1931 1931 1929-30
Dublin Navy and blue 1938 1938 1938-39
Galway Maroon and white 1923 1922 1930-31
Kilkenny Black and amber 1935 1937 1932-33
Laois Blue and white 1915 1915
Limerick Green and white 1936 1936 1937-38
Meath Green and gold
Offaly Green, white and gold
Tipperary Blue and gold 1937 1937 1927-28
Waterford Blue and white 1938
Westmeath Maroon and white
Wexford Purple and gold 1910 1918


Leinster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

Munster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

Championship statistics[edit]


  • Kilkenny's victory over Cork in the All-Ireland final is the fourth time that Kilkenny have beaten their great rivals by just a single point. Previous one-point wins came in 1904, 1907 and 1912. Among the attendance was the poet Louis MacNeice who was visiting Dublin.


  • Corry, Eoghan, The GAA Book of Lists (Hodder Headline Ireland, 2005).
  • Donegan, Des, The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games (DBA Publications Limited, 2005).
  • Horgan, Tim, Christy Ring: Hurling's Greatest (The Collins Press, 2007).
  • Nolan, Pat, Flashbacks: A Half Century of Cork Hurling (The Collins Press, 2000).
  • Sweeney, Éamonn, Munster Hurling Legends (The O'Brien Press, 2002).

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