1999 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1999
Championship details
Dates 3 June — 5 September 1999
Teams 8
All-Ireland champions
Winners Tipperary (1st win)
Captain Meadhbh Stokes
Manager Biddy Phillips
All-Ireland runners-up
Runners-up Kilkenny
Captain Gillian Dillon

The 1999 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 1999 season and the first final to be played with 15 players a side. The championship was won by Tipperary who defeated Kilkenny by a single point margin in the final. It was Tipeprary’s first success after seven previous final losses. The attendance, a then record of 15,084, included President Mary McAleese and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern [1][2]

National League[edit]

After Tipperary’s humiliating 9-19 to 2-4 defeat to Kilkenny in the National Camogie League final in Thurles in May, Biddy Phillips called in Michael Cleary and Colm Bonnar as team coaches to help rebuild the team’s confidence. They bounced back with a 1-18 to 1-6 championship opening round victory over Clare.


Winners of the All-Ireland intermediate championship in 1998, Donna Greeran‘s Down were heavily defeated in the semi-final against Tipperary at Parnell Park. The second 15-a-side semi-final between Cork and Kilkenny at Nowlan Park was one of the best in the game’s history and a great advertisement for the 15-a-side game. Cork held the lead until seconds from the final whistle. Sinéad Millea sent a fifty-five metre free through three Cork defenders into the net to give Kilkenny a two-point victory.


Sinead Millea created the only goal in the final, four minutes before half-time, that, unjustly, had Tipp behind at the interval (1-5 to 0-7). Her free was blocked by a cluster of bodies, and in the scramble, 16-year-old Lizzie Lyng managed to guide the sliotar to the net.

In first half injury time, Niamh Harkin's drive was inches away from the Kilkenny net. Eleven minutes into the second period, as Kilkenny led by two points 1-7 to 0-8 Kilkenny introduced Ann Downey who was seeking her 13th All-Ireland medal. Tipperary were again denied a goal after 43 minutes when Emer McDonnell's strike came back off the bar.

A point from Deirdre Hughes from a tight angle just in front of the New Cusack Stand and another from Noelle Kennedy tied up the scores at 1-7 to 0-10. The teams remained elevel for 13 minutes. Two minutes from time, a deflected free from Catherina Hennessy produced the save of the day from Kilkenny goakeper, Miriam Holland, at the expense of a '45.

Two minutes into additional time, Catherina Hennessy, from some 30 yards, and to the left of the posts, sent over the winning point. Millea had a difficult, last chance of forcing a replay, but her free from the half-way line dropped short and the glory went to Tipperary.


Ann Downey announced her retirement after the match having won 12 All-Ireland senior medals, 9 National Camogie League medals, seven All-Ireland club medals and 10 Gael Linn Cup medals, having represented Ireland at squash and played inter-provincial hockey. Tipperary manager Biddy Phillips said after the match:

"``It was everyone's dream in Tipperary to win the All-Ireland camogie title, and this will be a major boost to the game in the county. I felt it was one of the best All-Irelands that I have seen, and at half-time we told the girls just to keep digging in there and it would come right.

Final stages[edit]

August 21
Tipperary 6-22 – 1-3 Down

August 21
Kilkenny 2-12 – 1-13 Cork

August 21
Semi-Final Replay
Tipperary 3-13 – 1-12 [3] Cork

September 5
Tipperary 0-12 – 1-8 [4] Kilkenny
GK 1 Jovita Delaney (Cashel)
RCB 2 Suzanne Kelly (Toomevara)
FB 3 Una O'Dwyer (Cashel)
LCB 4 Claire Madden (Portroe)
RWB 5 Méadhbh Stokes (Cashel) (Capt)
CB 6 Ciara Gaynor (Kilruane)
LWB 7 Sinéad Nealon (Burgess)
MF 8 Emily Hayden (Cashel)
MF 9 Angie McDermott (Kildangan)
RWF 10 Noelle Kennedy (Toomevara) (0-6)
CF 11 Therese Brophy (Burgess)
LWF 12 Helen Kiely (Drom-Inch)
RCF 13 Eimear McDonnell (Burgess) (0-1)
FF 14 Deirdre Hughes (Toomevara) (0-3)
LCF 15 Niamh Harkin (Drom-Inch)
FF Caitriona Hennessy (Drom-Inch) for Harrington Substituted in 49'
FF Philly Fogarty (Cashel) for Harrington Substituted in 49'
GK 1 Miriam Holland (Lisdowney)
RCB 2 Tracey Millea (St Brigid’s Ballycallan)
FB 3 Margaret Hickey (St Lachtain's)
LCB 4 Una Murphy (Tullogher)
RWB 5 Sinéad Costello (St Lachtain's)
CB 6 Jillian Dillon (St Lachtain's) (Capt)
LWB 7 Mairéad Costello (St Lachtain's)
MF 8 Kelly Long (St Lachtain's)
MF 9 Sinéad Millea (St Brigid’s Ballycallan) (0-7)
RWF 10 Sandra Gleeson (Lisdowney)
CF 11 Bridget Mullally (Glenmore)
LWF 12 Marina Downey (Lisdowney)
RCF 13 Margaret Comerford (St Brigid’s Ballycallan)
FF 14 Martina Maher (St Martin’s) (0-1)
LCF 15 Lizzie Lyng (Rower-Inistioge) (1-0)
FF Ann Downey (Lisdowney) for Harrington Substituted in 49'


  1. ^ 1999 All Ireland final reports in Irish Examiner Archived 2011-06-29 at the Wayback Machine., Irish Independent and Irish Times also comment on reversal of League final result
  2. ^ Moran, Mary (2011). A Game of Our Own: The History of Camogie. Dublin, Ireland: Cumann Camógaíochta. p. 460.  978-1-908591-00-5
  3. ^ Semi-final report in Irish Independent
  4. ^ 1999 All Ireland final reports in Irish Examiner Archived 2011-06-29 at the Wayback Machine., Irish Independent and Irish Times also comment on reversal of League final result

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Preceded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1998
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
1932 – present
Succeeded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 2000