1995 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1995
Championship details
Dates 3 June – 24 September 1995
Teams 6
All-Ireland champions
Winners Cork (17th win)
Captain Denise Cronin
Manager Tom Nott
All-Ireland runners-up
Runners-up Kilkenny
Captain Angela Downey
Championship statistics
Matches played 7

The 1995 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship—known as the Bórd na Gaeilge All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship for sponsorship reasons—was the high point of the 1995 season. The championship was won by Cork who defeated Killkenny by a four-point margin in the final, taking the lead for only the first time in the match with a goal by Linda Mellerick that dropped into the net from a long shot with just 30 seconds of normal time left. [1] The match drew an attendance of 9,874, then the highest for a camogie-only final (one which was not on a jint hurling programme), beating the 52-year-old attendance record set for Dublin v Cork in 1943.[2][3][4][5] Lynn Dunlea scored 4-20 in the championship.


Bord na Gaeilge became the first sponsor of an All-Ireland camogie championship. At the launch Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Cathaoirleach of Bord na Gaeilge, said that “in sponsoring the camogie championship, Bord na Gaeilge is underlining the importance of promoting Irish at community level.”


A powerful finishing 15 minutes saw Cork beat Wexford in the All-Ireland semi-final at Páirc Uí Rinn in a match in which a match in which Lyn Dunlea scored 3-9.while Kilkenny trailed Galway by 1-6 to 0-6 at half-time in the semi-final at Nowlan Park before Sinéad Millea’s free-taking yielded eleven points and Sinéad ran through the Galway defence to place Jillian Dillon for the all-important goal to give Kilkenny a 1-14 to 1-9 victory.


Angela Downey brought her three-year-old daughter Katie in the pre-match parade for the final, a free ridden stop-start affair. She was marked by Paula Goggins in the final. Lynn Dunlea palmed a Cork goal, Angela Downey’s shot from a free cancelled it out. Cork sent on 17-year-old Vivienne Harris (a niece of international soccer player Miah Dennehy) as a sub and she made an immediate impact. Angela Downey scored another goal from another 15-metre free. Cork captain, Denise Cronin, finished a spectacular solo run through the Kilkenny defence with a goal. Kilkenny were leading by a point when Linda Mellerick gathered a short clearance and landed a speculative ball in the goal giving Cork the lead for the first time. A third close-in free by Angela Downey was defended and Cork won by four points. Kathryn Davis wrote in the Irish Times:

Putting ghosts to rest is a regular pastime at Corke Park and another was laid to rest yesterday when Cork defeated Killkenny for the first time in six final meetings over the past 20 years . A goal by Linda Mellerick with only 30 seconds of normal time remaining saw Cork take the trophy for the 17th time.[6]

Linda Mellerick said:

I knew we were a point down so when I caught the ball I kept going and just hit it. I was not certain whether I had scored as they were a bit slow in putting up the flag, but the crowd was cheering and then I realised that it was a goal. Words cannot describe what it is like beating Kilkenny in a final. With ten minutes to go we were dead and buried and God must have had a hand in it.[7]


Sisters Lynn and Stephanie Dunlea were grand-nieces of Kate Dunlea who captained Cork to their first All-Ireland success in 1934.[8]

Final stages[edit]

August 27
Cork 5-13 – 1-6 Wexford

August 27
Kilkenny 1-14 – 1-9 Galway

September 24
Cork 4-8 – 2-10 Kilkenny
GK 1 Kathleen Costine (Killeagh)
FB 2 Eithne Duggan (Bishopstown)
RWB 3 Paula Goggins (Inniscarra)
CB 4 Sandie Fitzgibbon (Glen Rovers)
LWB 5 Mags Finn (Fr O'Neill’s)
MF 6 Linda Mellerick (Glen Rovers) (1-0)
MF 7 Denise Cronin (Glen Rovers) (1-0) (Capt)
MF 8 Stephanie Dunlea (Glen Rovers)
RWF 9 Fiona O'Driscoll (Fr O'Neill’s) (1-1)
CF 10 Therése O'Callaghan (Glen Rovers)
LWF 11 Irene O'Keeffe (Inniscarra) (2-0)
FF 12 Lynn Dunlea (Glen Rovers) (1-7).
RWF Vivienne Harris (Bishopstown) Substituted in 45)'
GK 1 Michelle Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
FB 2 Deirdre Malone (St Brigid’s Ballycallan)
RWB 3 Margaret Hickey (St Lachtain's)
CB 4 Sinéad Costello (St Lachtain's)
LWB 5 Bridget Barnaville (Lisdowney)
MF 6 Marina Downey (Lisdowney)
MF 7 Ann Downey (Lisdowney)
MF 8 Marie Maher (St Martin’s)
RWF 9 Sinéad Millea (St Brigid’s Ballycallan) (0-5)
CF 10 Breda Holmes (Lisdowney)
LWF 11 Angela Downey (Lisdowney) (Capt) (2-5)
FF 12 Jillian Dillon (St Lachtain's)
RWF Tracey Millea (St Brigid’s Ballycallan) Substituted in 45)'


  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. ^ Report of final in Irish Independent, September 25, 1995
  3. ^ Report of final in Irish Times, September 25, 1995
  4. ^ Report of final in Irish Examiner, September 25, 1995
  5. ^ Report of final in Irish News, September 25, 1995
  6. ^ Report of final in Irish Times, September 25, 1995
  7. ^ Report of final in Irish Independent, September 25, 1995
  8. ^ Report of final in Irish Examiner, September 25, 1995

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Preceded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1994
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
1932 – present
Succeeded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1996