1979 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

The 1979 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship was the high point of the 1979 season. The championship was won by Antrim who defeated Tipperary by a three-point margin in the final.[1] The match drew an attendance of 2,900.[2][3][4][5][6]

All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1979
Championship Details
Dates Sept 9
All Ireland Champions
Winners Antrim (6th title)
Captain Mairéad McAtamney
All-Ireland Runners-up
Runners-up Tipperary
Captain Maureen Maher
Matches played 2


Kilkenny disposed of reigning champions Cork at Douglas by 4-5 to 0-10 on June 17 in the first round of the most open championship draw since the open draw was introduced six years earlier. Cork pleaded with some justification that midfielder Clare Cronin was nursing a leg injury, Marie Costine was ill and Pat Moloney had unexpectedly announced her retirement from the game. Antrim then surprised championship favourites Kilkenny by 5–5 to 4–3 at Randalstown on July 29 with two goals each from Kathleen McCaughey and Philomena Gillespie while Angela Downey scored three breakaway goals for Kilkenny.

Antrim went on to defeat Wexford, in the All Ireland semi-final at the same venue. A Margaret Griffin goal in the first half gave Tipperary victory over Limerick who were contesting their first ever senior semi-final.


Irish Press journalist Maol Muire Tynan, who played for Tipperary against Antrim in the 1979 All-Ireland final, wrote about her experience in the following day's newspaper. Her piece reflects the frustrations of a defeated player, as well as those of an inter-county camogie player in the face of the general apathy shown towards women’s sport:

Even when the lead slipped away from us, we fought back, desperate to inscribed our name on an All-Ireland trophy. But Fate, or, should I say, Antrim’s sheer talent and abundant stamina, interfered with our plans. Yesterday’s weather in Croke Park provided the perfect setting to an exciting duel. It was regrettable that those natural elements were not complemented by properly defined sidelines or freshly painted goal posts. Yet this game was a cracking performance of speed and skill. The few thousand supporters, all confined to the Hogan Stand, showed their appreciation as enthusiastically as the 53,535 who thronged it the previous week. The first 25 minutes were magical for Tipperary and by half time it seemed that the O'Duffy was southward bound. But our confidence was unjustified, the scoreboard did not reflect the run of play. While our forwards were running through a crumbling Antrim defence, their efforts rarely came to fruitful conclusion. This was due to the incredible anticipation of Antrim goalkeeper Carol Blaney who celebrated her 21st birthday in style. Antrim have successfully overcome the restrictions and difficulties the game has faced during the past decade. For the superb Antrim side, it is the resurrection of camogie in Northern ranks, while we in the Premier County, with our long, impressive tradition of hurling, must painfully carry out the post mortem on our sister game.[7]

Final stagesEdit

Kilkenny4-5 – 0-10Cork

Antrim2-9 – 0-2Galway

Limerick3-6 – 3-5Dublin

Tipperary4-3 – 4-1Down

Wexford4-7 – 1-4Clare

Antrim5-5 – 4-3Kilkenny

Antrim3-5 – 0-1Wexford

Tipperary1-6 – 0-6Limerick

GK 1 Carol Blaney (Tom Williams)
FB 2 Mairéad Donnelly
RWB 3 Mary McMullan (Loughguile)
CB 4 Jo McClements (Loughguile)
LWB 5 Jackie McAtamney (Portglenone)
MF 6 Siobhán McAtamney (Portglenone)
MF 7 Mairéad Magill (Capt) (Portglenone)
MF 8 Rita Moran (Creggan)
RWF 9 Philomena Gillespie (Loughguile)
CF 10 Mairéad Quinn (0-1)   Half time'
LWF 11 Ann McAllister (1-2)
FF 12 Kathleen McCaughey (1-0)
MF Maeve O'Hagan for Mairéad Quinn   Half time'
GK 1 Mary O'Brien (Portroe)
FB 2 Monica Butler (Drom-Inch)
RWB 3 Maura Hackett (Portroe)
CB 4 Deirdre Lane (Celtic) (0-1)
LWB 5 Rosie Ryan (St Bernadette’s Roscrea)
MF 6 Maureen Maher (Drom-Inch) (Capt)
MF 7 Sheila Delaney (Drom-Inch) (0-1)
MF 8 Mary Griffin (St Mary’s Newport-Kilcommon) ( (0-1)   50'
RWF 9 Mona Quigley (Portroe)
CF 10 Agnes Brophy (Lorrha)
LWF 11 Maol Muire Tynan (Drom-Inch)
FF 12 Siobhán Tynan?Siobhán Tynan-McDonnell (Drom-Inch) (1-0)
MF Ann Ralph (Moycarkey) for Mary Griffin   50'


  • 50 minutes
  • Replay if scores level
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions

See alsoEdit


  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 Press, September 10, 1979
  3. ^ Report of final in Irish Independent, September 10, 1979
  4. ^ Report of final in Irish Times, September 10, 1979
  5. ^ Report of final in Irish Examiner, September 10, 1979
  6. ^ Report of final in Irish News, September 10, 1979
  7. ^ irish Press page 1 September 10, 1979]

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