1887 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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1887 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates2 July 1887 - 1 April 1888
All-Ireland champions
Winning teamKerry (1st win)
CaptainJim Stapleton
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing teamGalway
CaptainPatrick Larkin
Provincial champions
MunsterNot Played
LeinsterNot Played
UlsterNot Played
ConnachtNot Played
Championship statistics
No. matches played4
Goals total8 (2.00 per game)
Points total22 (5.50 per game)
All-Star TeamSee here

The 1887 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was the first staging of the All-Ireland hurling championship. The championship began on 2 July 1887 and ended on 1 April 1888.

Kerry won the title following a 1-1 to 0-0 defeat of Galway in the final.[1]


The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), the governing body of Gaelic games in Ireland, had been formed in 1884, but for the first three years of its existence, its member clubs played only friendly matches and locally organised tournaments. In 1887, however, the existing county boards started to organise knock-out championships for the club teams within their own county. The county club championships were then extended to a national or All-Ireland inter-county series of games.


All of the existing county boards were eligible to enter a team, however, only six chose to do so. Disputes in Cork and Limerick over which club should represent the county resulted in neither county fielding a team.

In all five teams participated: Clare (Garraunboy Smith O'Briens), Dublin (Metropolitans) Galway (Meelick), Kilkenny (Tullaroan) Tipperary (Thurles) and Wexford (Castlebridge).

All of the original entrants subsequently went on the claim the All-Ireland title, while all of the participating clubs still exist in some form.


For the only time in its history there were no provincial championships and an open draw was used to determine the pairings in the All-Ireland championship.

All-Ireland Championship

First round: (1 match) This is a lone match between the first two teams paired together. One team is eliminated at this stage while the winning team advances to the second round.

Second round: (1 match) This is a lone match between the winner of the first round and another team. One team is eliminated at this stage while the winning team advances to the semi-finals.

Semi-final: (2 matches) The winners of the second round game join the three remaining teams to make up the semi-final pairings. Two teams are eliminated at this stage while the two winning teams advance to the final.

Final: (1 match) The winners of the two semi-finals contest this game. The winners are declared All-Ireland champions.


A unique scoring system was used in the first championship. One goal was worth more than any number of points, while "forfeit points" (5 forfeit points = 1 point) were awarded in place of 65's. Scores here are given in the form goals-points-forfeit points, e.g. 2-4-1. So (for example), 2-0-0 defeats 1-7-2 (goal outvalues any number of points); 1-3-4 defeats 1-2-7 (3.8 points vs. 3.4 points); 3-0-6 defeats 3-1-0 (six forfeit points outvalue one point). Similarly, the playing pitch was significantly larger than the modern day pitch, particularly in width, and teams had twenty-one players. The scoring area was exactly similar to the scoring area used in the International rules football games.


All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

2 July 1887 Semi-finalGalway2-8 - 1-0WexfordElm Park
30 July 1887 First roundTipperaryw/o - scr.DublinMountrath
24 September 1887 Second roundTipperary1-7 - 0-2ClareNenagh
27 October 1887 Semi-finalTipperary4-7 - 0-0KilkennyUrlingford
First round Second round Semi-finals Final
Tipperary w/o.  
Dublin scr.     Tipperary 1-7  
        Clare 0-2  
          Tipperary 4-7  
          Kilkenny 0-0  
          Tipperary 1-1
          Galway 0-0
          Galway 2-8  
          Wexford 1-0  

Championship statistics[edit]


  • Tipperary receive a walkover in their opening game against Dublin. The Dublin champions, Metropolitans, sought a postponement of the game from the GAA's Executive because some of their players were on holidays. The request was refused.


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

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Roll of Honour". The GAA website. Archived from the original on 5 September 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.