1989 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1989
Championship details
Dates 3 June – 5 September 1989
Teams 6
All-Ireland champions
Winners Kilkenny (9th win)
Captain Ann Downey
All-Ireland runners-up
Runners-up Cork
Captain Betty Joyce
Championship statistics
Matches played 7

The 1989 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship was won by Killkenny who defeated Cork by an eight-point margin in the final.[1] The match drew an attendance of 3,024 and marked Angela Downey’s ninth All Ireland medal.[2][3][4][5][6]


A great display from Betty Joyce and second half goals from Geraldine McCarthy, Betty Joyce and Cathy Landers helped Cork defeat Wexford in the semi-final. Angela Downey scored 2–3 and Ann Downey 1–4 in Kilkenny’s comprehensive 27-point victory over Dublin also at the semi-final stage.


Cork tried a tactical innovation, a sweeper, in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park on September 24th. Kilkenny played with the wind but their half time lead was down to an Angela Downey goal which was secured with a poor shot for which Marina McCarthy was unsighted. Within 15 second so the restart Linda Mellerick reduced Kilkenny’s lead to one point. Angela Downey kicked a second goal and Ann Downey drove a fifteen-metre free into a crowded goalmouth. The shot was parried but Ann followed up to drive the ball home. Pat Roche wrote in the Irish Times: “the final score tends to flatter Cork who trailed 3–10 to 1–5 in the closing minutes.”

Kilkenny’s second goal[edit]

Kilkenny’s second goal was one of the most famous in camogie history for the wrong reasons. A shot from Angela Downey took a deflection to place it out of the reach of Cork goalie, Marion McCarthy, Angela raced in to rob Marion McCarthy of possession, Liz O’Neill’s desperation tackle only succeeded in removing Downey’s skirt.[2][3][4][5][6] “Marion got the hurl, Liz got the skirt and I still scored,” she said afterwards, as unperturbed, she went on to race past two defenders to kick the ball into the Cork and celebrated the goal, skirtless. “luckily I had the regulation black knickers or I would have been suspended,” she joked afterwards.[7]

The skirt[edit]

The footage and photographs of Angela Downey losing her skirt as she scored the final goal were the subject of comment and some controversy pertaining to the coverage of women’s sports.[8][9][10] Speaking of the incident twenty years later Angela Downey said “the only time I ever made the front page of the Irish Times it was because I had lost my skirt.“ She was referring to a photograph of the event by Peter Thursfield which was to become one of the most famous in the history of the game.

Final stages[edit]

August 13
Cork 4–7 – 2–7 Wexford

August 20
Kilkenny 5–14 – 0–2 Dublin

September 24
Kilkenny 3–10 – 2–6 Cork
GK 1 Marie Fitzpatrick (St Brigid’s Ballycallan)
FB 2 Biddy O'Sullivan (Shamrocks)
RWB 3 Deirdre Malone (St Brigid’s Ballycallan)
CB 4 Bridie McGarry (St Paul’s)
LWB 5 Frances Rothwell (Mooncoin
MF 6 Clare Jones (St Paul’s)
MF 7 Ann Downey (St Paul’s) (1-4) (Capt)
MF 8 Anna Whelan (Lisdowney)
RWF 9 Marina Downey (Lisdowney) (0-1),
CF 10 Breda Cahill (St Brigid’s Ballycallan) (0-3),
LWF 11 Angela Downey (St Paul’s) (2-1)
FF 12 Breda Holmes (St Paul’s) (0-1).
GK 1 Marion McCarthy (Éire Óg)
FB 2 Liz Dunphy (Sarsfields)
RWB 3 Liz O'Neill (Bishopstown)
CB 4 Cathy Harnedy (Killeagh)
LWB 5 Mags Finn (Fr O'Neill’s)
MF 6 Clare Cronin (St Finbarr's)
MF 7 Therese O'Callaghan (Glen Rovers) Substituted off 55)'
MF 8 Sandie Fitzgibbon (Glen Rovers)
RWF 9 Linda Mellerick (Glen Rovers) (1-0)
CF 10 Betty Joyce (Killeagh) (0-3) (Capt)
LWF 11 Ger McCarthy (Glen Rovers) (1-1)
FF 12 Colette O'Mahony (St Finbarr's) Substituted off 36)'
FF Irene O'Leary (Na Piarsaigh (0-2) for O’Mahony Substituted in 36)'
CF Colette O'Mahony (St Finbarr's) for O’Callaghan Substituted in 55)'


  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. ^ a b Report of final in Irish Press, September 25, 1989
  3. ^ a b Report of final in Irish Independent, September 25, 1989
  4. ^ a b Report of final in Irish Times, September 25, 1989
  5. ^ a b Report of final in Irish Examiner, September 25, 1989
  6. ^ a b Report of final in Irish News, September 25, 1989
  7. ^ Angela Downey speaking at History of Camogie presentation and forum, presented by Cumann Camógaíochta Communications Committee at GAA Museum January 25, 2010
  8. ^ Women’s sport and the media: Discussion in UCD Mar 24 1990]
  9. ^ Kevin Cashman comment piece: Angela’s skirt and Media coverage Sunday Tribune Sept 31 1989
  10. ^ Irish Examiner Sept 24 2011 Does the media give women's sport proper coverage?

Preceded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1988
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
1932 – present
Succeeded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1990