1995 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1995
Championship details
Dates3 June – 24 September 1995
Teams6
All-Ireland champions
Winners Cork (17th win)
Captain Denise Cronin
ManagerTom Nott
All-Ireland runners-up
Runners-up Kilkenny
Captain Angela Downey
Championship statistics
Matches played7
1994
1996

The 1995 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship known as the Bórd na Gaeilge All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship for sponsorship reasonswas the high point of the 1995 season. The championship was won by Cork who defeated Killkenny by a four-point margin in the final, taking the lead for only the first time in the match with a goal by Linda Mellerick that dropped into the net from a long shot with just 30 seconds of normal time left. [1] The match drew an attendance of 9,874, then the highest for a camogie-only final (one which was not on a jint hurling programme), beating the 52-year-old attendance record set for Dublin v Cork in 1943. [2] [3] [4] [5] Lynn Dunlea scored 4-20 in the championship.

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Sponsors

Bord na Gaeilge became the first sponsor of an All-Ireland camogie championship. At the launch Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Cathaoirleach of Bord na Gaeilge, said that “in sponsoring the camogie championship, Bord na Gaeilge is underlining the importance of promoting Irish at community level.”

Semi-finals

A powerful finishing 15 minutes saw Cork beat Wexford in the All-Ireland semi-final at Páirc Uí Rinn in a match in which a match in which Lyn Dunlea scored 3-9.while Kilkenny trailed Galway by 1-6 to 0-6 at half-time in the semi-final at Nowlan Park before Sinéad Millea’s free-taking yielded eleven points and Sinéad ran through the Galway defence to place Jillian Dillon for the all-important goal to give Kilkenny a 1-14 to 1-9 victory.

Final

Angela Downey brought her three-year-old daughter Katie in the pre-match parade for the final, a free ridden stop-start affair. She was marked by Paula Goggins in the final. Lynn Dunlea palmed a Cork goal, Angela Downey’s shot from a free cancelled it out. Cork sent on 17-year-old Vivienne Harris (a niece of international soccer player Miah Dennehy) as a sub and she made an immediate impact. Angela Downey scored another goal from another 15-metre free. Cork captain, Denise Cronin, finished a spectacular solo run through the Kilkenny defence with a goal. Kilkenny were leading by a point when Linda Mellerick gathered a short clearance and landed a speculative ball in the goal giving Cork the lead for the first time. A third close-in free by Angela Downey was defended and Cork won by four points. Kathryn Davis wrote in the Irish Times:

Putting ghosts to rest is a regular pastime at Corke Park and another was laid to rest yesterday when Cork defeated Killkenny for the first time in six final meetings over the past 20 years . A goal by Linda Mellerick with only 30 seconds of normal time remaining saw Cork take the trophy for the 17th time. [6]

Linda Mellerick said:

I knew we were a point down so when I caught the ball I kept going and just hit it. I was not certain whether I had scored as they were a bit slow in putting up the flag, but the crowd was cheering and then I realised that it was a goal. Words cannot describe what it is like beating Kilkenny in a final. With ten minutes to go we were dead and buried and God must have had a hand in it. [7]

Dunleas

Sisters Lynn and Stephanie Dunlea were grand-nieces of Kate Dunlea who captained Cork to their first All-Ireland success in 1934. [8]

Final stages

Cork 5-13 – 1-6 Wexford

Kilkenny 1-14 – 1-9 Galway

Cork 4-8 – 2-10 Kilkenny
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Cork
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Kilkenny
CORK:
GK1 Kathleen Costine (Killeagh)
FB2 Eithne Duggan (Bishopstown)
RWB3 Paula Goggins (Inniscarra)
CB4 Sandie Fitzgibbon (Glen Rovers)
LWB5 Mags Finn (Fr O'Neill’s)
MF6 Linda Mellerick (Glen Rovers) (1-0)
MF7 Denise Cronin (Glen Rovers) (1-0) (Capt)
MF8 Stephanie Dunlea (Glen Rovers)
RWF9 Fiona O'Driscoll (Fr O'Neill’s) (1-1)
CF10 Therése O'Callaghan (Glen Rovers)
LWF11 Irene O'Keeffe (Inniscarra) (2-0)
FF12 Lynn Dunlea (Glen Rovers) (1-7).
Substitutes:
RWF Vivienne Harris (Bishopstown) Sub on.svg 45)'
KILKENNY:
GK1 Michelle Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
FB2 Deirdre Malone (St Brigid’s Ballycallan)
RWB3 Margaret Hickey (St Lachtain's)
CB4 Sinéad Costello (St Lachtain's)
LWB5 Bridget Barnaville (Lisdowney)
MF6 Marina Downey (Lisdowney)
MF7 Ann Downey (Lisdowney)
MF8 Marie Maher (St Martin’s)
RWF9 Sinéad Millea (St Brigid’s Ballycallan) (0-5)
CF10 Breda Holmes (Lisdowney)
LWF11 Angela Downey (Lisdowney) (Capt) (2-5)
FF12 Jillian Dillon (St Lachtain's)
Substitutes:
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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 Independent, September 25, 1995
  3. Report of final in Irish Times, September 25, 1995
  4. Report of final in Irish Examiner, September 25, 1995
  5. Report of final in Irish News, September 25, 1995
  6. Report of final in Irish Times, September 25, 1995
  7. Report of final in Irish Independent, September 25, 1995
  8. Report of final in Irish Examiner, September 25, 1995
Preceded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1994
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
1932 – present
Succeeded by
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship 1996