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1975 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship of 1975 was the 89th staging of Ireland's premier hurling knock-out competition. Kilkenny won the championship, beating Galway 2-22 to 2-10 in the final at Croke Park, Dublin.

1975 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates1 June - 7 September 1975
Teams13
All-Ireland champions
Winning teamKilkenny (20th win)
CaptainBilly Fitzpatrick
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing teamGalway
CaptainJohn Connolly
Provincial champions
MunsterCork
LeinsterKilkenny
UlsterNot Played
ConnachtNot Played
Championship statistics
No. matches played14
Top ScorerEddie Keher (4-23)
Player of the YearLiam 'Chunky' O'Brien
All-Star TeamSee here
1974
1976

Rule changeEdit

As a result of a decision taken at the Gaelic Athletic Association's (GAA) annual congress the previous year, as of 1975 all provincial finals, All-Ireland semi-finals and the All-Ireland final itself were reduced to 70 minutes playing time. Prior to this all championship matches were eighty minutes in duration for the past 5 years.

The championshipEdit

FormatEdit

Munster Championship

First round: (1 match) This is a single match between the first two teams drawn from the province of Munster. One team is eliminated at this stage while the winners advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The winner of the first round joins the other three Munster teams to make up the semi-final pairings. Two teams are eliminated at this stage while the winners advance to the final.

Final: (1 match) The winner of the two semi-finals contest this game. One team is eliminated at this stage while the winners advance to the All-Ireland semi-final.

Leinster Championship

First round: (2 matches) These are two matches between the first four teams drawn from the province of Leinster. Two teams are eliminated at this stage while the winners advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The winners of the two first round games join the other two Leinster teams to make up the semi-final pairings. Two teams are eliminated at this stage while the winners advance to the final.

Final: (1 match) The winners of the two semi-finals contest this game. One team is eliminated at this stage while the winners advance to the All-Ireland semi-final.

All-Ireland Championship

Quarter-final: (1 match) This is a single match between Galway and the winners of the All-Ireland 'B' championship. One team is eliminated at this stage while the winners advance to the semi-final.

Semi-final: (1 match) This is a single match between the Munster champions and the winners of the quarter-final. One team is eliminated at this stage while the winners advance to the final.

Final: (1 match) The winners of the semi-final and the Leinster champions contest this game.

FixturesEdit

Leinster Senior Hurling ChampionshipEdit

Dublin6-7 – 1-3Laois
M. Bermingham (3-4), P. J. Holden (1-1), V. Holden (1-0), T. Grealish (1-0), R. Walsh (0-1), M. Reidy (0-1). J. Kirwan (1-0), M. Mahon (0-1), M. Walsh (0-1), M. Dunphy (0-1).
Referee: N. Matthews (Waterford)

Offaly6-6 – 4-12Kildare
B. Moylan (4-4), P. Mulhaire (2-0), M. Cleere (0-2). P. White (1-10), M. Moore (2-0), T. White (1-0), R. Burke (0-2).
Referee: J. Rankins (Laois)

Kilkenny3-16 – 1-7Dublin
E. Keher (1-8), L. O'Brien (1-0), M. Brennan (1-0), K. Purcell (0-3), M. Crotty (0-3), B. Fitzpatrick (0-1), B. Cody (0-1). M. Bermingham (1-1), P. Quigley (0-4), T. Grealish (0-1), V. Holden (0-1).

Offaly1-14 – 0-11Kildare
B. Moylan (0-9), J. Egan (1-0), M. Cleere (0-3), D. Hanniffy (0-1), P. Horan (0-1). B. Burke (0-3), M. Moore (0-2), T. Guinan (0-1), J. O'Leary (0-1), Tony Carew (0-1), Tommy Carew (0-1), T. White (0-1), J. O'Connell (0-1).
Referee: J. Rankins (Laois)

Wexford1-29 – 1-18Offaly
S. Kinsella (1-8), M. Quigley (0-5), J. Quigley (0-4), T. Byrne (0-3), M. Casey (0-3), T. Doran (0-2), D. Bernie (0-2), C. Kehoe (0-1), C. Doran (0-1). B. Moylan (0-9), G. Mooney (1-2), B. Coolahan (0-2), P. Horan (0-1), J. Kelly (0-1), M. Clarke (0-1), D. Hanniffy (0-1), P. Mulhaire (0-1).
Referee: P. Johnston (Kilkenny)

Kilkenny2-20 – 2-14Wexford
E. Keher (1-8), L. O'Brien (0-4), B. Fitzpatrick (0-3), M. Crotty (0-2), M. Brennan (0-1), K. Purcell (0-1), F. Cummins (0-1). N. Buggy (1-7), T. Doran (1-0), M. Quigley (0-2), J. Murphy (0-2), C. Keogh (0-1), T. Byrne (0-1), M. Casey (0-1).
Attendance: 26,228
Referee: J. Rankins (Laois)

Munster Senior Hurling ChampionshipEdit

Waterford0-6 – 4-15Cork
J. Galvin (0-2), M. Ormonde (0-2), P. O'Grady (0-1), A. Reide (0-1). C. McCarthy (2-1), S. O'Leary (1-2), G. McCarthy (1-2), J. Barry-Murphy (0-5), E. O'Donoghue (0-2), R. Cummins (0-1), D. Allen (0-1), C. Roche (0-1).
Referee: J. O'Grady (Limerick)

Cork3-14 – 1-9Clare
S. O'Leary (2-2), G. McCarthy (0-5), C. McCarthy (1-1), R. Cummins (0-3), D. Allen (0-2), J. Barry-Murphy (0-1). T. Ryan (1-0), C. Honan (0-3), J. McNamara (0-3), M. Moroney (0-2), J. Callinan (0-1).
Referee: J. O'Grady (Limerick)

Tipperary3-13 – 2-16Limerick
M. Keating (2-3), F. Loughnane (1-3), J. Flanagan (0-3), S. Hogan (0-1), P. J. Ryan (0-1), F. Murphy (0-1), T. Butler (0-1). R. Bennis (1-6), F. Nolan (0-4), G. Moloney (1-0), E. Grimes (0-3), L. O'Donoghue (0-2), J. Neenan (0-1).
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: N. Dalton (Waterford)

Limerick0-17 – 1-10Tipperary
R. Bennis (0-9), L. O'Donoghue (0-2), E. Grimes (0-2), N. Rea (0-2), E. Cregan (0-1), J. McKenna (0-1). J. Flanagan (0-6), F. Murphy (1-1), F. Loughnane (0-1), M. Keating (0-1), P. J. Ryan (0-1).
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: N. Dalton (Waterford)

Limerick0-12 – 3-14Cork
R. Bennis (0-6), E. Grimes (0-2), J. Meenan (0-1), F. Nolan (0-1), J. McKenna (0-1), L. O'Donoghue (0-1). C. McCarthy (1-5), J. Barry-Murphy (1-2), W. Walsh (1-1), R. Cummins (0-3), D. Allen (0-2), S. O'Leary (0-1).
Attendance: 46,851
Referee: J. Moloney (Tipperary)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling ChampionshipEdit

Westmeath1-8 – 6-14Galway
M. Flanagan (1-2), P. Jackson (1-0, own goal), P. Curran (0-2), J. Keary (0-1), E. Clarke (0-1), M. Carr (0-1), M. Fagan (0-1). P. Fahy (2-0), P. J. Qualter (1-3), J. Connolly (1-3), M. Barrett (1-0), M. Connolly (0-3), P. J. Molloy (0-2), F. Burke (0-1).
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: M. Spain (Offaly)

Galway4-15 – 2-19Cork
G. Coone (1-3), P. J. Qualter (1-2), J. Connolly (1-1), F. Burke (1-0), P. J. Molloy (0-3), P. Fahy (0-3), M. Connolly (0-3). C. Roche (1-5), J. Barry-Murphy (1-1), S. O'Leary (0-4), G. McCarthy (0-3), C. McCarthy (0-2), E. O'Donoghue (0-1), R. Cummins (0-1), W. Walsh (0-1), D. Allen (0-1).
Attendance: 27,020
Referee: M. Spain (Offaly)

Kilkenny2-22 – 2-10Galway
E. Keher (2-7), L. O'Brien (0-5), M. Crotty (0-5), M. Brennan (0-2), P. Delaney (0-1), P. Henderson (0-1), F. Cummins (0-1). G. Coone (0-6), F. Burke (1-0), P. J. Qualter (1-0), P. J. Molloy (0-3), J. Connolly (0-1).
Attendance: 63,711
Referee: S. O'Connor (Limerick)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Championship statisticsEdit

MiscellaneousEdit

  • All championship games were reduced from eighty to seventy minutes.
  • The All-Ireland semi-final saw Galway defeat Cork for the very first time in the history of the championship. It was also Cork's first-ever defeat in an All-Ireland semi-final.
  • The All-Ireland final between Galway and Kilkenny was the first time that these two sides met at this stage of the championship.
  • It was revealed after the All-Ireland final that Kilkenny's Liam 'Chunky' O'Brien had two teeth extracted on the day before the final and had to call a doctor to his home at 1 a.m. on the Sunday morning to stop a gum haemorrhage.

Top scorersEdit

SeasonEdit

Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Eddie Keher Kilkenny 4-23 35 3 11.66
2 Barney Moylan Offaly 4-22 34 3 11.33
3 Richie Bennis Limerick 1-21 24 3 8.00
4 Charlie McCarthy Cork 4-9 21 4 5.25
5 Seánie O'Leary Cork 4-8 20 4 5.00
6 Mick Bermingham Dublin 4-5 17 2 8.50
7 Jimmy Barry-Murphy Cork 2-9 15 4 3.75
8 P. J. Qualter Galway 3-5 14 3 4.66
9 Pat White Kildare 1-10 13 2 6.50
10 Liam O'Brien Kilkenny 1-9 12 3 4.00
Gerry Coone Galway 1-9 12 3 4.00

Single gameEdit

Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Barney Moylan Limerick 4-4 16 Kildare
2 Mick Bermingham Dublin 3-4 13 Laois
Eddie Keher Kilkenny 2-7 13 Galway
Pat White Kildare 1-10 13 Offaly
5 Eddie Keher Kilkenny 1-8 11 Dublin
Seánie Kinsella Wexford 1-8 11 Offaly
Eddie Keher Kilkenny 1-8 11 Wexford
8 Ned Buggy Wexford 1-7 10 Kilkenny
9 Michael 'Babs' Keating Tipperary 2-3 9 Limerick
Richie Bennis Limerick 1-6 9 Tipperary
Barney Moylan Offaly 0-9 9 Kildare
Barney Moylan Offaly 0-9 9 Wexford
Richie Bennis Limerick 0-9 9 Tipperary

Player factsEdit

DebutantesEdit

The following players made their début in the 1975 championship:

Player Team Date Opposition Game
Dinny Allen Cork June 8 Waterford Munster quarter-final
Jimmy Barry-Murphy Cork June 8 Waterford Munster quarter-final

ReferencesEdit

  • Corry, Eoghan, The GAA Book of Lists (Hodder Headline Ireland, 2005).
  • Donegan, Des, The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games (DBA Publications Limited, 2005).

See alsoEdit