Gael Linn Cup 1996

The 1996 Gael Linn Cup, the most important representative competition for elite level participants in the women's team field sport of camogie, was won by Munster, who defeated Ulster in the final, played at Russell Park.[1][2]

Gael Linn Cup 1996
Championship Details
Gael Linn Cup winners
Winners Munster (11th title)
Gael Linn Cup Runners-up
Runners-up Ulster
Matches played 3


Matches were played off over the weekend of 16 June at Russell Park. Maureen McAleenan scored 2–7 for Ulster and Denise Gilligan 2–6 for Connacht as Ulster beat Connacht 4–8 to 4–7 in the semi-final. Leinster suffered their worst-ever Gael-Linn Cup defeat, losing 3–16 to 0–to Munster.

The FinalEdit

The final was a ten-goal thriller, and the only time in a major camogie competition when the losing team scored six goals. Ulster led Munster by eight points at half-time, Munster's second half come-back brought the match to extra time and Munster's fitness told as they won 4–18 to 6–10. Fiona O'Driscoll scored 2–10 for Munster and Maureen McAleenan 3–4 for Ulster.[3][4][5][6][7]

Gael Linn TrophyEdit

Ulster defeated Connacht, 3–12 to 1–3, Munster defeated Leinster by 4–13 to 2–7 and Munster completed the double with a 3–17 to 1–7 victory over Ulster.

Final stagesEdit

Munster4–18 – 6–10 after extra timeUlster


GK 1 Kathleen Costine (Cork)
FB 2 Eithne Duggan (Cork)
RWB 3 Miriam Deasy (Cork)
CB 4 Mags Finn (Cork)
LWB 5 Triona Bonnar (Tipperary)
MF 6 Catherine O'Loughlin (Clare)
MF 7 Vivienne Harris (Cork)
MF 8 Denise Cronin (Cork) (captain)
RWF 9 Lynn Dunlea (Cork)
CF 10 Fiona O'Driscoll (Cork)
LWF 11 Irene O'Keeffe (Cork)
FF 12 Deirdre Hughes (Tipperary)
GK 1 Margaret McKee (Armagh)
FB 2 Martina Mulholland (Derry)
RWB 3 Edel Mason (Down)
CB 4 Pauline Greene (Down)
LWB 5 Deirdre Savage (Down)
MF 6 Geraldine Haughey (Armagh)
MF 7 Mary Black (Armagh) (captain)
MF 8 Leona Fay (Tyrone)
RWF 9 Bernie McBride (Armagh)
CF 10 Maureen McAleenan (Down)
LWF 11 Grace McMullan (Antrim)
FF 12 Colette Byrne (Armagh)

Junior FinalEdit

Munster3–17 – 1–7Ulster


GK 1 Breda O'Brien (Limerick)
FB 2 Niamh Bonnar (Tipperary)
RWB 3 Paula Bulfin (Tipperary)
CB 4 Claire Madden (Tipperary)
LWB 5 Ann Lenihan (Limerick)
MF 6 Hilda Kenneally (Cork)
MF 7 Mary O'Connor (Cork)
MF 8 Maeve Stokes (Tipperary)
RWF 9 Noelle Kennedy (Tipperary)
CF 10 Helen Kiely (Tipperary)
LWF 11 Pauline McCarthy (Limerick)
FF 12 Vera Sheehan (Limerick)
GK 1 Fiona Daly (Tyrone)
FB 2 Donna Greeran (Down)
RWB 3 Paula Daly (Fermanagh)
CB 4 Cathy Mulholland (Down)
LWB 5 Mary Rose McGrady (Tyrone)
MF 6 Eileen O'Neill (Derry)
MF 7 Denise O'Boyle (Antrim)
MF 8 Ita Brady (Cavan)
RWF 9 Michelle Corry (Fermanagh)
CF 10 Mary O'Kane (Derry)
LWF 11 Sinéad McGovern (Down)
FF 12 Elaine Dowds (Antrim)


  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. ^ Gael Linn Cup on
  3. ^ Report of final in Evening Echo, 18 June 1996
  4. ^ Report of final in Irish Independent, 18 June 1996
  5. ^ Report of final in Irish Times, 18 June 1996
  6. ^ Report of final in Irish Examiner, 18 June 1996
  7. ^ Report of final in Irish News, 18 June 1996

External linksEdit

Preceded by Gael Linn Cup
1954 – present
Succeeded by
Gael Linn Cup 1996