1951 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1951
Championship Details
All Ireland Champions
Winners Dublin (11th title)
Captain Sophie Brack
All-Ireland Runners-up
Runners-up Antrim
Sarah O'Neill
Matches played 2

The 1951 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship was the high point of the 1951 season in Camogie. The championship was won by Dublin who defeated Antrim by a 17-point margin in the final.[1] The final was played at Croke Park.


London entered the championship at the quarter-final stage and beat Galway 3-4 to 2-2, with strong performances from Nora Scully, Kathleen Waters, Noreen Collins and Bridie Ennis. They lost heavily in the semi-final at New Eltham with Deirdre O’Gorman, Moya Forde and Peg Dooey leading Antrim’s effort.


Sophie Brack scored 4-2 for Dublin in the final. Unaccustomed to the surroundings of Croke Park surroundings the Antrim team did not find their feet until near the end of the first half, by which time Dublin had run up a big score and led 5-3 to 0-1. Antrim did better after half time, their forwards played with more confidence and scored three goals in the opening minutes of the second half and four in all, two from Mary McKeever, and one each from Sarah O'Neill and Madge Rainey. The match was played on front of what was described as a “large attendance” and according to the Irish Independent

“The colours were lavishly displayed by the supporters, the sky-blue of Dublin contrasting with the saffron and white of the Ulster supporters.

The newspaper commented:

In Eileen Duffy the winners had a goalkeeper whose anticipation and clearances must surely have disconcerted the most goal hungry forward line. At times she was inspired, oany of her saves being superb.

The Irish Press reports:

The game a s a whole failed to reach the heights expected following last year’s great tussle between the teams. Antrim in particular were disappointing, their defence being very lax, especially in the first half.

Final stages[edit]

Antrim 5-1 – 0-1 London

Dublin 6-6 – 0-1 Tipperary

August 19
Dublin 8-6 – 4-1 Antrim
GK 1 Eileen Duffy (Celtic)
FB 2 Nan Mahon
RWB 3 Carmel Walsh (CIÉ)
CB 4 Deborah Dunne (Austin Stacks)
LWB 5 Mona Walsh
MF 6 Joan Cosgrave
MF 7 Kathleen Cody (CIÉ) (0-3)
MF 8 Kathleen Mills (CIÉ) (0-1)
RWF 9 Patsy Cooney (1-0)
CF 10 Annie Donnelly (1-0)
LWF 11 Eileen Bourke (UCD) (2-0)
FF 12 Sophie Brack (CIÉ) (Capt) (4-2)
GK 1 Pat Rafferty
FB 2 Nancy Murray
RWB 3 Moya Forde
CB 4 Deirdre O’Gorman
LWB 5 Geraldine Swindles
MF 6 Ethna Dougan (0-1)
MF 7 Sue McMullen
MF 8 Mary McGarry
RWF 9 Madge Rainey (1-0)
CF 10 Sarah O’Neill (1-0)
LWF 11 Mary McKeever (2-0)
FF 12 Mary Rua McGarry
  • 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

External links[edit]

Preceded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1950
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
1932 – present
Succeeded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1952