1961 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1961
Championship Details
Dates
Counties
Sponsor
All Ireland Champions
Winners Dublin (20th title)
Captain Betty Hughes
Manager
All-Ireland Runners-up
Runners-up Tipperary
Kathleen Downes
Manager
Matches played

The 1961 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship was the high point of the 1961 season in Camogie. The championship was won by Dublin who defeated Tipperary by a ten-point margin in the final. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

The All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship is a competition for inter-county teams in the women's field sport of game of camogie played in Ireland. The series of games are organised by the Camogie Association and are played during the summer months with the All-Ireland Camogie Final being played on the second Sunday in September in Croke Park, Dublin. The prize for the winning team is the O'Duffy Cup. The current champions are Cork, who claimed their twenty-eighth title following a victory over Kilkenny in Croke Park, Dublin.

Camogie Irish stick-and-ball team sport played by women

Camogie is an Irish stick-and-ball team sport played by women; it is almost identical to the game of hurling played by men. Camogie is played by 100,000 women in Ireland and worldwide, largely among Irish communities. It is organised by the Dublin-based Camogie Association or An Cumann Camógaíochta. UNESCO lists Camogie as an element of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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Championship

The practice of giving Dublin a bye into the Leinster final was ended in 1961 and they had to play Wexford in a first round championship match. Judy Doyle scored three goals for Dublin on her inter-county debut as Dublin beat Laois by 8-4 to 2-1 to win the Leinster title at Parnell Park. Judy Doyle scored another three goals for Dublin against Galway in the semi-final and Una O’Connor two. Tipperary defeated Cork by 3-0 to 0-1 to win the Munster title at Clonmel with two goals by Kathleen Downes and a third by Kathleen Griffin. Antrim missed their full back Moya Forde from the All Ireland semi-final, a factor in Tipperary's morale-boosting win in Casment Park during which Kathleen Downes scored three goals, Tess Moloney two and Terry Cummins the sixth.

Judy Doyle is a former camogie player who was one of the leading goalscorers of her generation, the scorer of three goals for Dublin against Tipperary in the 1961 All Ireland final, four goals for Dublin against Antrim in the 1964 All Ireland final and five goals for Dublin against Tipperary in the 1965 All Ireland final. She won six All Ireland senior medals in all. She won six All Ireland medals from 1961 to 1966 and five Gael Linn Cup medals.

Parnell Park

Parnell Park is a GAA stadium in Donnycarney, Dublin, Ireland with a capacity of 13,499. It is the home of the Dublin GAA hurling, football, camogie and ladies' football teams at all levels of competition.

Úna O'Connor is a former Irish sportsperson who played senior camogie with Dublin from 1953 until 1975. She is regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time, a member of the team of the century. the first camogie player to win a Caltex award in 1966, and the Gaelic Weekly all-star award winner in 1967.

Final

Tipperary trailed by just one point at half-time but lost by ten. Agnes Hourigan wrote in the Irish Press:

Úna Uí Phuirséil was the 17th president of the Camogie Association. Born Agnes Hourigan in Ballingarry, County Limerick, she had three brothers, Dan, Sean, Fr Jack Hourigan, and four sisters [including Maisie and Ellen].

Dublin kept the trophy because of their better team work and crafty combination and yet this was a game in which Tipperary were not far behind the victors. Tipperary were by far the longer strikers and in the first half their forward looked more dangerous but failed to combine. Just before the interval Kathleen Downes left Tipperary supporters happy with a goal which left a point between the sides. Thought now against the wind, Dublin stretched the lead by 1-1 at the start of the second half. Although Tipp fought back, Dublin’s teamwork now proved decisive. After Kathleen Mills had put Dublin on the way to victory with a goal, Judy Doyle negated a Tipp goal with a similar score for Dublin. Brídie Scully was Tipperary’s star, playing first on the left wing, then switching to left back midway through the first half and ending up in her customary position of centre back in the second half. [7]

Kathleen "Kay" Mills-Hill was an Irish sportsperson who played senior camogie with Dublin from 1941 until 1961. She is regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time, winning a record 15 All Ireland Senior Medals "that no other player in Camogie, hurling or football has equalled."

Kathleen Mills retires

It was Kathleen Mills last match for Dublin. Agnes Hourigan wrote in the Irish Press:

Kathleen Mills, the most famed camogie player of all time, bade farewell to the game in a blaze of glory at Croke Park where she played a big part in Dublin’s victory. Kathleen won her 15th All-Ireland medal, an achievement unequalled in any team tame. No wonder the crowd cheered the blonde winger from CIE club when, carrying the O’Duffy Cup, she was chaired by her team mates. [8]

Croke Park stadium in Dublin, Ireland

Croke Park is a Gaelic Athletic Association stadium located in Dublin, Ireland. Named in honour of Archbishop Thomas Croke, it is often called Croker by some GAA fans and locals. It serves both as the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

Final stages

Dublin 5-2 – 0-5 Galway

Tipperary 6-3 – 3-3 Antrim

Dublin 7-2 – 4-1 Tipperary
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DUBLIN:
GK1 Eithne Leech (Celtic)
FB2 Betty Hughes (Celtic) (Capt)
RWB3 Nuala Murney (UCD)
CB4 Ally Hussey (Celtic)
LWB5 Nancy Timmins (CIÉ)
MF6 Colette Nolan (Eoghan Rua)
MF7 Kay Ryder (Naomh Aoife)
MF8 Kathleen Mills (CIÉ) (1-0)
RWF9 Mary Ryan (Austin Stacks) (1-0)
CF10 Joan Kinsella (Civil Service) (1-1)
LWF11 Judy Doyle (Celtic) (3-0)
FF12 Úna O'Connor (Celtic) (1-1)


TIPPERARY:
GK1 Maura Treacy (Elmville)
FB2 Kitty Flaherty (Cahir)
RWB3 Peg Moloney (Roscrea)
CB4 Bridie Scully (Roscrea)
LWB5 Kathleen England (Roscrea)
MF6 Terry Griffin (Roscrea)
MF7 Terry Cummins (Roscrea)
MF8 Phyllis Ryan (Elmville)
RWF9 Tess Moloney (Roscrea) (2-0)
CF10 Kathleen Griffin (Roscrea)
LWF11 Kathleen Downes (Roscrea) (2-1)
FF12 Brid McGrath (Cahir)

MATCH RULES

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

See also

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References

  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, October 7, 1961
  3. Report of final in Irish Independent, October 7, 1961
  4. Report of final in Irish Times, October 7, 1961
  5. Report of final in Irish Examiner, October 7, 1961
  6. Report of final in Irish News, October 7, 1961
  7. Irish Press Oct 9 1961
  8. Irish Press Oct 9 1961
Preceded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1960
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
1932 – present
Succeeded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1962