1954 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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1954 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates 11 April - 5 September 1954
Teams 14
All-Ireland champions
Winning team Cork (19th win)
Captain Christy Ring
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Wexford
Captain Padge Kehoe
Provincial champions
Munster Cork
Leinster Wexford
Ulster Not Played
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
No. matches played 14
Goals total 87 (6.2 per game)
Points total 183 (13.0 per game)
Top Scorer Nicky Rackard (12-19)
All-Star Team See here

The 1954 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was the 68th staging of the All-Ireland hurling championship since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1887. The championship began on 11 April 1954 and ended on 5 September 1954.

Cork were the defending champions and retained their title following a 1-9 to 1-6 victory over Wexford in the final.[1]


A total of fourteen teams contested the championship, an increase of one on the previous championship. Antrim, who last participated at this level in 1949, re-entered the championship in spite of facing no competition in the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship.

Team summaries[edit]

Team Colours Most recent success
All-Ireland Provincial League
Antrim Saffron and white 1946
Clare Saffron and blue 1914 1932 1945-46
Cork Red and white 1953 1953 1952-53
Dublin Blue and navy 1938 1952 1938-39
Galway Maroon and white 1923 1950-51
Kilkenny Black and amber 1947 1953 1932-33
Laois Blue and white 1915 1949
Limerick Green and white 1940 1940 1946-47
Meath Green and gold
Offaly Green, white and gold
Tipperary Blue and gold 1951 1951 1953-54
Waterford White and blue 1948 1948
Westmeath Maroon and white
Wexford Purple and gold 1910 1951


Leinster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

First round Second round Semi-finals Leinster final
            Wexford 5-11  
         Kilkenny 0-7  
            Wexford 8-5
 Meath 1-10        Dublin 1-4
 Laois 1-9      Meath
 Offaly 6-8      Offaly
 Westmeath 1-3        Dublin 3-8  
            Meath 2-4  

Munster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

Quarter-final Semi-finals Munster final
          Tipperary 5-6  
          Clare 3-3  
            Tipperary 1-8
            Cork 2-8
          Cork 7-8
 Limerick 0-1      Waterford 4-5    
 Waterford 4-3  

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

Championship statistics[edit]


  • Widest winning margin: 44 points
  • Most goals in a match: 14
  • Most points in a match: 20
  • Most goals by one team in a match: 12
  • Most goals scored by a losing team: 4
  • Most points scored by a losing team: 9


  • Meath qualified for the Leinster semi-finals for the first time in the history of the championship.
  • Antrim took part in the All-Ireland semi-finals for the first time since 1949. It was their last game at this stage of the championship until re-entering the championship in 1984.
  • Wexford's Nicky Rackard scores 7-7 in their All-Ireland semi-final meeting with Antrim. It is believed to be a record score for an All-Ireland semi-final.
  • Cork's Christy Ring wins a record-breaking eighth All-Ireland medal as Cork claim a third successive championship for the third time in their history.

Player facts[edit]


The following players made their début in the 1954 championship:

Player Team Date Opposition Game
Peter Darby Meath April 11 Laois Leinster first round
Mick Cashman Cork June 27 Waterford Munster semi-final
Johnny Clifford Cork June 27 Waterford Munster semi-final
Éamonn Goulding Cork June 27 Waterford Munster semi-final


The following players played their last game in the 1954 championship:

Player Team Last Game Date Opposition Début
Tom O'Sullivan Cork Munster final July 18 Tipperary 1953


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  • Donegan, Des, The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games (DBA Publications Limited, 2005).
  • Horgan, Tim, Christy Ring: Hurling's Greatest (The Collins Press, 2007).
  • Nolan, Pat, Flashbacks: A Half Century of Cork Hurling (The Collins Press, 2000).
  • Sweeney, Éamonn, Munster HUrling Legends (The O'Brien Press, 2002).


  1. ^ "As Kilkenny aim for a historic five-in-a-row, the records show how hard it is to keep winning". Irish Independent. 2 September 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2013.