1978 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1978
Championship Details
All Ireland Champions
Winners Cork (11th title)
Captain Nancy O'Driscoll
All-Ireland Runners-up
Runners-up Dublin
Captain Sheila Murray
Manager [
Matches played

The 1978 All Ireland Camogie Championship was won by Cork, who beat Dublin by 17 points in the final.[1][2][3][4][5] It was the last final to be played using the second crossbar.[6]


Margaret O'Toole scored the goal to bring Clare into the All-Ireland semi-final for the second successive year and third time in all.


Dublin’s superior ground play and first half goals from Anne Byrne and Mary Mernagh proved decisive in a semi-final victory over Wexford played in torrential rain.


Cork scored three goals (from Sheila Murray, Nancy O'Driscoll and Pat Moloney) and two points without reply in the opening twenty minutes, ending the game as a contest. Cork added two goals late in the second half when Dublin showed signs of recovering. Sean Kilfeather wrote in the Irish Times:

Dublin were left with a completely hopeless task after only 20 minutes, by which time Cork had scored three goals and two points, without reply. By half-time Cork had added another goal and Dublin were still scoreless. The second half saw Dublin put up a plucky fright and we were left wondering why they were so ineffective earlier. Had Dublin adopted different tactics from the start, they would scarcely have been outscored to the extent of 17 points.

Agnes Hourigan wrote in the Irish Press:

In many years watching Cork camogie teams I do not think I have seen one play better than yesterday. Cork, for whom nothing could go wrong yesterday, were obviously far the superior side from the start, the game was always entertaining, even though it lacked a real competitive element. All through it was a delight t watch the speed style, and skill of such long serving Corkonians as Pat Moloney and full back Marie Costine.[7]

Mary Geaney was an Irish hockey international, and officials of the Irish Ladies Hockey Union attended the match as guests. Nancy O'Driscoll was the first player to have captained Cork at two different grades.

July 16
Wexford 2-9 – 3-2 Kilkenny

July 16
Dublin 2-4 – 0-2 Antrim

July 23
Clare 1-1 – 0-3 Tipperary
Rosslevin Park Ennis

July 23
Cork 3-13 – 0-3 Galway

Final stages[edit]

August 20
Cork 5-15 – 3-1 Clare

August 13
Dublin 2-4 – 2-3 Wexford


15:00 BST
Cork 6-4 – 1-2 Dublin
M Geary 3-0, P Moloney 2-0, M O'Leary 1-3, N O'Driscoll 0-1 N Fleming 1-1, H Roche (0-1),
GK 1 Marion McCarthy (South Pres)
FB 2 Marie Costine (Cloyne)
RWB 3 Marie Ryan
CB 4 Cathy Landers (Killeagh)
LWB 5 Patricia Riordan (Ballinlough)
MF 6 Claire Cronin (Balinlough)
MF 7 Angela Higgins Watergrasshill
MF 8 Nancy O'Driscoll Éire Óg) (captain) 0-1
RWF 9 Mary O'Leary (Watergrasshill) 1-3
CF 10 Marion Sweeney (Killeagh)
LWF 11 Pat Moloney (Killeagh) 2-0
FF 12 Mary Geaney Éire Óg) 3-0
GK 1 Sheila Murray (Austin Stacks)
FB 2 Sheila Wallace (Cuala-Naomh Mhuire)
RWB 3 Anne Redmond ((Cuala Naomh Mhuire}
CB 4 Bernie Conroy (Cuala-Naomh Mhuire) Substituted off 32'
LWB 5 Catherine Docherty (Celtic)
MF 6 Anna McManus (Austin Stacks)
MF 7 Marian Conway (Austin Stacks) Substituted off 20'
MF 8 Barbara Redmond (Cuala Naomh Mhuire}
RWF 9 Evelyn Sweeney (Celtic) Substituted off 20'
CF 10 Mary Mernagh (Eoghan Rua)
LWF 11 Noreen Fleming (Celtic) 1-1
FF 12 Anne Byrne (Austin Stacks)
LWF Helen Roche (Club unknown) for Evelyn Sweeney 0-1Substituted in 20'
RWF Felicity Sutton (Club unknown) for Marie Murphy Substituted in 20'
LWB Mary Murphy (Club unknown) for Bernie Conroy Substituted in 32'


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Report of final in Irish Press, September 18, 1978
  2. ^ Report of final in Irish Independent, September 18, 1978
  3. ^ Report of final in Irish Times, September 18, 1978
  4. ^ Report of final in Irish Examiner, September 18, 1978
  5. ^ Report of final in Irish News, September 18, 1978
  6. ^ Moran, Mary (2011). A Game of Our Own: The History of Camogie. Dublin, Ireland: Cumann Camógaíochta. p. 460.  978-1-908591-00-5
  7. ^ Report of final in Irish Press, September 18, 1978

External links[edit]

Preceded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1963
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
1932 – present
Succeeded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1965