1981 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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1981 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates 24 May 1981 – 6 September 1981
Teams 13
All-Ireland champions
Winning team Offaly (1st win)
Captain Pádraig Horan
Manager Dermot Healy
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Galway
Captain Seán Silke
Manager Cyril Farrell
Provincial champions
Munster Limerick
Leinster Offaly
Ulster Not Played
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
No. matches played 14
Goals total 67 (4.78 per game)
Points total 381 (27.21 per game)
Top Scorer Colours of Leinster Council.svg Joe McKenna (7–12)
Player of the Year Colours of Offaly.svg Pat Delaney
All-Star Team See here
1980
1982

The 1981 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was the 95th staging of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, the Gaelic Athletic Association's premier inter-county hurling tournament. The draw for the 1981 fixtures took place in September 1980. The championship began on 24 May 1981 and ended on 6 September 1981.

Galway were the defending champions but were defeated by Offaly in the Leinster final.[1] Westmeath re-entered the Leinster Championship after a three-year absence.

On 6 September 1981, Offaly won the championship following a 2-12 to 0-15 defeat of Galway in the All-Ireland final.[2] This was their first All-Ireland title ever.

Limerick's Joe McKenna was the championship's top scorer with 7-12. Offaly's Pat Delaney was the choice for Texaco Hurler of the Year.

Teams[edit]

Team Colours Most recent success
All-Ireland Provincial League
Antrim Saffron and white 1946
Clare Saffron and blue 1914 1932 1977-78
Cork Red and white 1978 1979 1980-81
Dublin Blue and navy 1938 1961 1938-39
Galway Maroon and white 1980 19574-75
Kilkenny Black and amber 1979 1979 1975-76
Laois Blue and white 1915 1949
Limerick Green and white 1973 1980 1970-71
Offaly Green, white and gold
Tipperary Blue and gold 1971 1971 1978-79
Waterford White and blue 1959 1959 1962-63
Westmeath Maroon and white
Wexford Purple and gold 1968 1977 1972-73

Results[edit]

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

Munster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

Quarter-final

Semi-finals

Final

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

Quarter-final

Semi-finals

Final

Scoring statistics[edit]

Top scorers overall
Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Joe McKenna Limerick 7–12 33 5 6.60
2 Joe Connolly Galway 3–21 30 4 7.50
3 Éamonn Cregan Limerick 2–18 24 5 4.80
4 Pádraig Horan Offaly 4-07 19 3 6.33
5 Noel Lane Galway 1-12 15 4 3.75
6 John Grogan Tipperary 2–08 14 2 7.00
7 Bernie Forde Galway 2–06 12 4 3.00
Tony Doran Wexford 2–06 12 3 4.00
9 George O'Connor Wexford 1-08 11 3 3.66
Declan Coote Clare 1-08 11 3 3.66
Top scorers in a single game
Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Joe Connolly Galway 2–07 13 Limerick
2 Joe McKenna Limerick 3–03 12 Clare
John Grogan Tipperary 2–06 12 Limerick
4 Bernie Forde Galway 2–05 11 Antrim
5 Joe McKenna Limerick 3–01 10 Tipperary
6 Billy Bohane Laois 2–03 9 Offaly
Pádraig Horan Offaly 2–03 9 Wexford
Séamus Bourke Tipperary 2–03 9 Limerick
Noel Lane Galway 1–06 9 Antrim
Martin Brophy Laois 0–09 9 Westmeath

Sources[edit]

  • Corry, Eoghan, The GAA Book of Lists (Hodder Headline Ireland, 2005).
  • Donegan, Des, The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games (DBA Publications Limited, 2005).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The men who changed the face of Galway hurling". Irish Independent. 7 September 2005. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Offaly: The glory years". Irish Independent. 9 June 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2012.