2006 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 2006
Championship details
Dates 1 June — 9 September 2006
Teams 6
All-Ireland champions
Winners Cork (22nd win)
Captain Joanne O'Callaghan
Manager John Cronin
All-Ireland runners-up
Runners-up Tipperary
Captain Philly Fogarty
Manager Paddy McCormack

The 2006 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship—known as the Gala All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship for sponsorship reasons—was the high point of the 2006 season in the sport of camogie. The championship was won for the 22nd time by Cork who defeated Tipperary by an eight-point margin in the final despite having lost to them in the group stages. Rena Buckley was player of the match. The attendance was 20,685, at the time the second highest in camogie history.[1] [2]

Format change[edit]

The championship was changed from knockout to a round-robin system for the first time in 2006. The system was retained despite some high-profile criticism.[3] The six senior counties were all guaranteed a minimum of five competitive games, with the hope that standards all round would improve as a result of all the extra matches. Tipperary won their championship group game against Cork by 3-8 to 1-10 in Templemore with two goals from Emily Hayden and a third from Louise Young. They eventually lost the All-Ireland final to the same opposition, something that was happen four times in the first six competitions under the new structure.

Group Stages[edit]

For the final round of the championship Marie O'Connor arrived in Athenry by helicopter[4] after attending her brother's wedding and scored 2-2 as her side Kilkenny defeated Galway 3-5 to 0-10. Wexford defeated Limerick 4-18 to 0-4 in their final group game in Bruff but still did not qualify for the semis.


The closing stages were disappointing, Cork beating Galway by four points in a stop-start first semi-final and Claire Grogan’s sending Tipperary through to the final beating Kilkenny by five points in the second semi-final.


For the first time in camogie history, the All Ireland finals did not produce a single goal. Play flowed better than in the semi-finals and just one of the game's 16 scores, Jennifer O'Leary's fourth and final point for Cork, came from a free. Joanne Ryan fought what one reporter described as “mammoth and fascinating tussle” at mdidfield with Briege Corkery. Jim O’Sullivan, Gaelic games correspondent of the Irish Examiner wrote:

Consistent with what the scoreline suggests, powerful defensive play was key to Cork retaining their title in style in yesterday’s Gala All-Ireland senior camogie championship final in Croke Park. Starting without five of the team which looked destined to win last year’s final until Cork produced five late points, Tipperary’s inexperience in attack was to undermine their challenge. The one-sided nature of the contest was primarily down to Cork’s superiority as a team, reflecting the confidence gained in victory 12 months ago and the determination to prove that it was no fluke.[5]

Fintan McNamara of Clare refereed.

Final stages[edit]

Cork 1-7 – 0–6 Galway

Tipperary 0-13 – 1-8 Kilkenny

Cork 0-12 – 0-4 .[6] Tipperary
GK 1 Aoife Murray (Cloughduv)
RCB 2 Joanne O'Callaghan (Cloughduv) (Capt)
FB 3 Cathriona Foley (Rockbán)
LCB 4 Amanda O'Regan (Douglas)
RWB 5 Rena Buckley (Inniscarra)
CB 6 Mary O'Connor (Killeagh)
LWB 7 Anna Geary (Milford)
MF 8 Gemma O'Connor (St Finbarr's) (0-2)
MF 9 Briege Corkery (Cloughduv) (0-1)
RWF 10 Rachel Moloney (Courcey Rovers) (0-1)
CF 11 Angela Walsh (Killeagh) (0-1) Substituted off 49'
LWF 12 Jennifer O'Leary (Barryroe) (0-4)
RCF 13 Emer Dillon (Ballygarvan) (0-2)
FF 14 Una O'Donoghue (Cloughduv) (0-2)
LCF 15 Elaine Burke (Valley Rovers) Substituted off 36'
LCF Sarah O'Donovan (Brian Dillons) for Burke Substituted in 36'
CF Orla Cotter (St Catherine’s) for Walsh Substituted in 49'
GK 1 Jovita Delaney (Cashel)
RCB 2 Suzanne Kelly (Toomevara)
FB 3 Una O'Dwyer (Cashel)
LCB 4 Julie Kirwan (Moneygall)
RWB 5 Michelle Shortt (Drom-Inch)
CB 6 Philly Fogarty (Cashel) (Capt)
LWB 7 Sinéad Nealon (Burgess)
MF 8 Claire Grogan (Cashel)
MF 9 Joanne Ryan (Drom-Inch) (0-1)
RWF 10 Jill Horan (Cashel) Substituted off 48'
CF 11 Emily Hayden (Cashel) (0-2)
LWF 12 Cora Hennessy (Cashel) Substituted off 45'
RCF 13 Geraldine Kinnane (Drom-Inch)
FF 14 Louise Young (Toomevara) Substituted off Half time'
LCF 15 Eimear McDonnell (Burgess) (0-1).
FF Lorraine Bourke (Drom-Inch) for Young Substituted in Half time'
LWF Trish O'Halloran (Nenagh Éire Óg) for Hennessy Substituted in 45'
RWF Mary Ryan (Moneygall) for Horan Substituted in 45'


  1. ^ 2006 All Ireland final reports in Irish Examiner, Irish Independent, Irish Times and Youtube Video highlights part one and part two.
  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. ^ em-scrapped-77004.html John Cronin: Scrap the new championship system and go back to a straight knock-out, Irish Independent Sept 7 2006
  4. ^ Report Aug 7 2006 in Irish Independent
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ 2006 All Ireland final reports in Irish Examiner, Irish Independent, Irish Times and Youtube Video highlights part one and part two.

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Preceded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 2005
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
1932 – present
Succeeded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 2007