1977 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1977
Championship Details
Dates Sept 18
All Ireland Champions
Winners Kilkenny (3rd title)
Captain Angela Downey
All-Ireland Runners-up
Runners-up Wexford
Captain Margaret Leacy
Matches played 2

The 1977 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship was the high point of the 1977 season. The championship was won by Killkenny who defeated Wexford by a seven-point margin in the final for a historic first success.[1] The match drew an attendance of 4,000. It marked the first victory as captain for Angela Downey, arguably the greatest player in the history of camogie, who also scored 2-3 in the match.[2][3][4][5][6]

Early Rounds[edit]

In the quarter-finals Wexford had a comfortable victory over Cork, Dublin defeated Antrim and 1974 junior champions Clare defeated 1976 junior champions Down (they led convincingly 5-2 to 0-3 at half time) to qualify for their first semi-final since 1944. A 20th-minute goal from Bernie Murphy meant Wexford took command of the semi-final, Clare trailed 3-1 to 0-1 at half time and their only rewards for a strong third quarter was a goal from Margaret O’Toole before Wexford finished with three more goals. Kilkenny beat Tipperary| in the quarter-final and Angela Downey scored four of Kilkenny’s goals in their semi-final victory over Dublin at Parnell Park.


Two first half goals gave Kilkenny the initiative which they never lost in the final. In the 17th minute Angela Downey’s high cross from the left was touched on by Carmel Savage to Jo Dunne who availed of a defensive mistake to score. Angela came racing back to point and then sent a close free through the crowded goalmouth to the net to put Kilkenny two goals clear. Pádraig Puirséil wrote in the Irish Press:

Angela Downey was the outstanding player on the field, but she got plenty of help from the other forwards Carmel Savage, Jo Dunne and Mary Purcell. Though she started at left forward, Angela switched to the right for the entire second half. Kilkenny excelled yesterday not only in their strength in the really vital positions but in the all-round efficiency of the entire side. Wexford, with the north-easterly breeze behind them, looked by far the livelier side at the start but, though they more or less dominated the outfield exchanges through the opening 15 minutes, they made surprisingly little impression on a Kilkenny defence in which Liz Neary at full back and Mary Canavan soaked up so much pressure that goal-keeper Teresa O’Neill was rarely in trouble. The sisters Bridget Doyle and Kit Codd tried all they knew to turn the tide, as did the Walshs and Mairéad Darcy but, on the day, Wexford just had not what it took to recapture an All-Ireland title from a well-balanced Kilkenny side, which has now won the title three tiumes in the past four seasons and thus joins Wexford on camogie’s Roll of Honour.


Final stages[edit]

June 19
Wexford 1-11 – 1-8 Galway

June 26
Dublin 2-12 – 1-1 Antrim

July 4
Wexford 3-8 – 1-5 Cork

July 31
Clare 6-6 – 1-3 Down

July 31
Kilkenny 7-5 – 1-4 Tipperary

August 14
Wexford 6-4 – 1-3 Clare

August 21
Kilkenny 5-3 – 2-4 Dublin

September 18
Kilkenny 3-4 – 1-3 Wexford
GK 1 Teresa O’Neill (St Paul’s)
FB 2 Liz Neary (St Paul’s)
RWB 3 Anne Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
CB 4 Bridie Martin (Lisdowney)
LWB 5 Mary Canavan (St Paul’s)
MF 6 Helena O’Neill (St Paul’s) (0-1)
MF 7 Ann Downey (St Paul’s)
MF 8 Mary Fennelly (St Paul’s)
RWF 9 Jo Dunne (Carrickshock) (1-0)
CF 10 Mary Purcell (Carrickshock)
LWF 11 Angela Downey (St Paul’s) (Capt) (2-3)
FF 12 Carmel Savage-Doyle (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
GK 1 Kathleen Tonks
FB 2 Margaret Leacy (Capt)
RWB 3 Mairéad Darcy
CB 4 Bridget Doyle (1-1)
LWB 5 Dorothy Walsh
MF 6 Breda Murphy
MF 7 Elsie Walsh
MF 8 Maggie Hearne (0-2)
RWF 9 Kit Codd
CF 10 Bridie Doran Substituted off 30'
LWF 11 Bernie Murphy
FF 12 Eileen O’Gorman
MF Annie Kennedy for Doran 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 19, 1977
  3. ^ Report of final in Irish Independent, September 19, 1977
  4. ^ Report of final in Irish Times, September 19, 1977
  5. ^ Report of final in Irish Examiner, September 19, 1977
  6. ^ Report of final in Irish News, September 19, 1977
  7. ^ Irish Press Sept 20 1977 Page 13: Angela foils Wexford’s bid

External links[edit]

* Historical reports of All Ireland finals 
Preceded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1976
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
1932 – present
Succeeded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1978