1948 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
|Winning team||Waterford (1st win)|
|Top Scorer||John Keane (6-7)|
|All-Star Team||See here|
The 1948 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was the 62nd staging of the All-Ireland hurling championship since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1887. The championship began on 16 May 1948 and ended on 5 September 1948.
Kilkenny were the defending champions, however, they were defeated in the provincial championship. Waterford won the All-Ireland crown for the first time in their history, following a 6-7 to 4-2 defeat of Dublin in the final.
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 Leinster Championship advanced directly to the first All-Ireland semi-final.
- The winners of the Munster Championship advanced directly to the second All-Ireland semi-final.
- Antrim, the representatives from the Ulster Championship, were drawn to play the Leinster champions in the 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 were drawn to play the Munster champions.
|11 July Final||Dublin||5-9 - 3-3||Laois||O'Connor Park|
Referee: J Flaherty
|23 May Semi-final||Waterford||4-8 – 5-3||Clare||Thurles Sportsfield|
|Referee: P Purcell
|27 June Quarter-final||Tipperary||6-4 – 8-4||Limerick||Cork Athletic Grounds|
|Referee: PJ Quaine
|15 August Semi-final||Waterford||3-7 – 1-6||Galway||Croke Park|
Referee: J Flaherty
|5 September Final||Waterford||6-7 – 4-2||Dublin||Croke Park|
Referee: C Murphy (Cork)
- Corry, Eoghan, The GAA Book of Lists (Hodder Headline Ireland, 2005).
- Donegan, Des, The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games (DBA Publications Limited, 2005).