1959 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1959
Championship Details
All Ireland Champions
Winners Dublin (18th title)
Captain Bríd Reid
Manager Nell McCarthy
All-Ireland Runners-up
Runners-up Mayo
Captain Josie Ruane
Manager PJ Hennelly
Matches played 11

The 1959 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship was the high point of the 1959 camogie season. The championship was won by Dublin who defeated surprise finalists Mayo by a 33-point margin in one of the most one-sided finals in camogie history.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The match drew an attendance of 4,000. The championship was the first to have a match televised, when a BBC television crew covered the All-Ireland semi-final between Antrim and Dublin in Belfast.


Boosted by the presence of the talented Josie Ruane from Keelogues at full-back and later at centre-back, and by the interest of PJ Hennelly, who later became general manager of the Connaught Telegraph, and Gerry Bracken of Newport, editor of The Mayo News, Mayo surprised Galway in Mulranny on May 31 in the Connacht semi-final and defeated Sligo 7-2 to 0-3 in the most unusual Connacht final in camogie history at Manulla on July 5, with three goals from Peggy Coughter, two from Eileen Clarke and one each from Josie Ruane and Bridie Kilroy.

Waterford won the Munster championship for the first time with an outstanding full back Josie McNamara, who refereed the All Ireland semi-final between Dublin and Antrim, and was also a noted badminton player. With outstanding performances from Geraldine Power, Lilian Howlett and Pat Doyle, Waterford defeated Clare by 19 points in the first round of the Munster championship, then Limerick, Cork and London in the All Ireland quarter-final. Dublin beat Wexford in the lienster final.


The unlikely pairing of Mayo and Waterford met in a farcical semi-final at Newport on an unplayable field. The match, the first inter-county fixture to be drawn since the 1942 final, went into extra time and Waterford were leading by three points when Eileen Clarke pounced for an equalising goal. There was a suggestion that the teams play another period of extra time but the captains refused to continue. Instead the All-Ireland final fixed for August 16 was postponed to enable a replay in Roscrea.

Waterford led 1-5 to 1-1 at half-time in the replay before a great fight-back and a last minute victory for Mayo, who had 2-2 from Eileen Clarke a goal from Peggy Coughter and a point from Josie Ruane. Mayo snatched a last-minute victory, with a long-range point from centre-back, Josie Ruane, by 3-4 to 2-6. Una O'Connor scored two goals, the first by pouncing on a bad clearance, and Kathleen Mills a third as Dublin won the All Ireland semi-final by two points from Antrim.


Dublin went into the lead from the throw-in of the final, when Úna O'Connor raced through for a goal and eventually ran up a remarkable tally of 5-2. By half time Dublin led by 6-2 to 0-1, Mayo rallied briefly after the interval but Dublin continued to dominate exchanges and pile up the scores. It was late in the game before Mayo registered their only score from play, a well-taken goal by Eileen Clarke which was greeted with the greatest cheer of the evening. Agnes Hourigan wrote in the Irish Press:

Dublin’s superiority stemmed from midfield where the hard-working Annette Corrigan, Kay Mills and captain Brid Reid, who had flown back from her honeymoon to play, were always in complete control. These three laid on perfect passes for their clever forwards, who cut through the Mayo defence almost at will. Mayo seldom showed us anything of the fine form that had characterized their earlier victories. Sole exception was their captain, Josie Ruane, who did Trojan work at centre-back all through, and who was deadly accurate from frees, scoring all of her team’s points. Their lack of experience told against them and some of their players seemed over-awed by the setting and the occasion.[7]

Final stages[edit]

Dublin 3-3 – 2-4 Antrim

Mayo 3-3 – 2-4 Waterford

Mayo 3-4 – 2-6 Waterford

Dublin 11-6 – 1-3 Mayo
Annette Corrigan 0-1, Kathleen Mills 1-1, Mary O'Sullivan 2-1, Kay Ryder 2-0, Annie Donnelly 2-0, Una O'Connor 3-3 Eileen Clarke 1-0, Josie Ruane 0-3
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Nancy Murray (Antrim)
GK 1 Eithne Leech (Celtic)
FB 2 Betty Hughes (CIE)
RWB 3 Nuala Murney (UCD)
CB 4 Doreen Brennan (Austin Stacks)
LWB 5 Kay Lyons (Celtic)
MF 6 Bríd Reid (Austin Stacks) (Capt)
MF 7 Annette Corrigan (UCD) (0-1)
MF 8 Kathleen Mills (CIE) (1-1)
RWF 9 Mary O'Sullivan (Civil Service) (2-1)
CF 10 Kay Ryder (Naomh Aoife) (2-0)
LWF 11 Annie Donnelly (UCD) (2-0)
FF 12 Úna O'Connor (Celtic) (3-3)
GK 1 Mary Maguire (Islandeady) Substituted off 30'
FB 2 Margaret Kelly (Newport)
RWB 3 Kathleen Staunton (Islandeady)
CB 4 Josie Ruane (Manulla) (0-3)
LWB 5 Margaret Clarke (Manulla)
MF 6 Marcella McDonnell (Manulla)
MF 7 Vera McDonnell (Manulla)[8]
MF 8 Carmel McHugh (Manulla) Substituted off 25'
RWF 9 Eileen Clarke (Manulla) (1-0)
CF 10 Bríd Moran (Newport) Substituted off 16'
LWF 11 Teresa Hoban (Newport)
FF 12 Bridie Kilroy (Newport)
CF Peggy Coughter (Manulla) for Moran Substituted in 16'
MF Rose Conway (Newport) for McHugh Substituted in 25'
GK Mary Daly for Maguire Substituted in 30'


  • 50 minutes
  • Replay if scores level
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Moran, Mary (2011). A Game of Our Own: The History of Camogie. Dublin, Ireland: Cumann Camógaíochta. p. 460.  978-1-908591-00-5
  2. ^ Report of final in Irish Press, September 14, 1959
  3. ^ Report of final in Irish Independent, September 14, 1959
  4. ^ Report of final in Irish Times, September 14, 1959
  5. ^ Report of final in Irish Examiner, September 14, 1959
  6. ^ Report of final in Irish News, September 14, 1959
  7. ^ Report of final in Irish Press, September 14, 1959
  8. ^ Vera Mannion obituary in Mayo News Feb 5 2008

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Preceded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1958
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
1932 – present
Succeeded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1960