1979 National Camogie League

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National Camogie League 1979
Championship Details
National Camogie League winners
Winners Dublin (1st title)
Captain Anne O'Brien
National Camogie League Runners-up
Runners-up Limerick
Matches played

The 1979 National Camogie League, the second most important elite level inter-county competition in the women's team field sport of camogie was won by Dublin, who defeated Limerick in the final, played at Russell Park.[1][2]


For the first time the league was divided into four, rather than two zones. Dublin defeated Derry, Wicklow and Antrim easily but were held to a draw by Cork in the semi-final, scoring 2-2 in the first ten minutes and leading 3-4 to 0-5 at half-time. They won the replay at Blanchardstown by 5-5 to 3-4 despite another brave second half rally by Cork. Limerick defeated the holders Kilkenny and Clare and then Down in the semi-final.

The Final[edit]

The final was the lowest scoring in the history of the League. Agnes Hourigan wrote in the Irish Press:

Their busy programme over the past few month was an advantage for Dublin. They were sharper and faster to the ball and would have own by a bigger margin were it not for the superb defensive work of the Limerick side.


Final stages[edit]

Limerick4-2 – 0-4Down

Limerick4-9 – 4-9 after extra timeDown

Limerick5-5 – 3-4Down

Dublin0-6 – 0-0Limerick
GK 1 Ann Carey
FB 2 Anne O'Brien
RWB 3 Sheila Wallace
CB 4 Marian Conroy
LWB 5 Catherine Doherty
MF 6 Anna McManus
MF 7 Mary Murphy
MF 8 Barbara Redmond
RWF 9 Marion Conroy
CF 10 Edel Murphy
LWF 11 Mary Mernagh
FF 12 Barbara O'Brien
GK 1 Helen Butler
FB 2 Vera Mackey
RWB 3 Bernadette O'Brien
CB 4 Geraldine O'Brien
LWB 5 Marjorie Neville
MF 6 Anne O'Sullivan
MF 7 Helen Mulcair
MF 8 Pauline McCarthy
RWF 9 Anne Sheehy
CF 10 Carrie Clancy
LWF 11 Betty Conway
FF 12 Breda Stokes


  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. ^ National Camogie League on Camogie.ie
  3. ^ Report of final in Irish Press, November 19, 1979
  4. ^ Report of final in Irish Independent, November 19, 1979
  5. ^ Report of final in Irish Times, November 19, 1979
  6. ^ Report of final in Irish Examiner, November 19, 1979
  7. ^ Report of final in Irish News, November 19, 1979

External links[edit]

Preceded by
National Camogie League 1978
National Camogie League
1977 – present
Succeeded by
National Camogie League 1980