1980 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

The 1980 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was the 94th staging of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, the Gaelic Athletic Association's premier inter-county hurling tournament. The draw for the 1980 fixtures took place in September 1979. The championship began on 25 May 1980 and ended on 7 September 1980.

1980 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates25 May 1980 – 7 September 1980
All-Ireland champions
Winning teamGalway (2nd win)
CaptainJoe Connolly
ManagerCyril Farrell
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing teamLimerick
CaptainSeán Foley
ManagerNoel Drumgoole
Provincial champions
UlsterNot Played
ConnachtNot Played
Championship statistics
No. matches played11
Goals total52 (4.72 per game)
Points total279 (25.36 per game)
Top ScorerColours of Leinster Council.svg Éamonn Cregan (5–18)
Player of the YearColours of Galway.svg Joe Connolly
All-Star TeamSee here

Kilkenny were the defending champions but were defeated by Offaly in the Leinster final.[1] Laois re-entered the Leinster Championship, having won the All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championship the previous year.

On 7 September 1980, Galway won the championship following a 2-15 to 3-9 defeat of Limerick in the All-Ireland final.[2] This was their second All-Ireland title, their first in fifty-seven championship seasons.

Limerick's Éamonn Cregan was the championship's top scorer with 5-18. Galway's Joe Connolly was the choice for Texaco Hurler of the Year.


After a series of disappointing Munster finals in previous years, the Munster Council took the risk of a repetition and decided to stick with an open draw for the 1980 championship. Similarly, the Leinster Council decided to abandon their policy of seeding Kilkenny and Wexford on opposite sides of the draw in favour of an open draw.


Team Colours Most recent success
All-Ireland Provincial League
Clare Saffron and blue 1914 1932 1977-78
Cork Red and white 1978 1979 1979-80
Dublin Navy and blue 1938 1961 1938-39
Galway Maroon and white 1923 1922 1974-75
Kildare White
Kilkenny Black and amber 1979 1979 1975-76
Laois Blue and white 1915 1949
Limerick Green and white 1973 1974 1970-71
Offaly Green, white and gold
Tipperary Blue and gold 1971 1971 1978-79
Waterford Blue and white 1959 1963 1962-63
Wexford Purple and gold 1968 1977 1972-73


Leinster Senior Hurling ChampionshipEdit




Munster Senior Hurling ChampionshipEdit




All-Ireland Senior Hurling ChampionshipEdit




Championship statisticsEdit


  • For the first time since 1969 the Leinster final sees a pairing other than Kilkenny and Wexford.
  • The Leinster final sees Offaly defeat Kilkenny to take their very first provincial title.
  • Limerick's victory in the Munster final foils Cork's hopes of an unprecedented sixth provincial title in-a-row.
  • In the All-Ireland semi-final between Galway and Offaly the referee, J. J. Landers, signalled the end of the game with 52 seconds of normal time yet to be played and at least another half a minute of 'lost' time to be added on. Offaly were in the middle of a comeback at that stage, after cutting Galway's lead from nine points to just two. The game is also the first-ever championship meeting between these two sides.
  • Galway's victory over Limerick in the championship decider is their first All-Ireland title since 1923.

Scoring statisticsEdit

Top scorers overall
Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Éamonn Cregan Limerick 5–18 33 3 11.00
2 Billy Fitzpatrick Kilkenny 2–16 22 2 11.00
3 Johnny Flaherty Offaly 3–11 20 4 5.00
4 Joe Connolly Galway 3–10 19 3 6.33
5 Mark Corrigan Offaly 2–10 16 4 4.00
Pádraig Horan Offaly 0-16 16 3 5.33
7 Matt Ruth Kilkenny 4-02 14 2 7.00
Bernie Forde Galway 2-08 14 3 4.66
9 John Connolly Galway 3-04 13 3 4.33
John Fenton Cork 0-13 13 2 6.50
Top scorers in a single game
Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Joe Connolly Galway 3–05 14 Kildare
Billy Fitzpatrick Kilkenny 1–11 14 Wexford
3 Éamonn Cregan Limerick 2–07 13 Galway
4 Éamonn Cregan Limerick 2–05 11 Clare
5 Matt Ruth Kilkenny 3–01 10 Offaly
6 Éamonn Cregan Limerick 1–06 9 Cork
7 Noel Ryan Clare 2–02 8 Waterford
Bernie Forde Galway 1–05 8 Limerick
Billy Fitzpatrick Kilkenny 1–05 8 Offaly
Johnny Flaherty Offaly 1–05 8 Laois


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  • Donegan, Des, The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games (DBA Publications Limited, 2005).


  1. ^ "Five of the best Leinster hurling finals". JOE.ie. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  2. ^ "The men who changed the face of Galway hurling". Irish Independent. 7 September 2005. Retrieved 25 July 2015.