FROM THE ARCHIVE
It was glory all the way for Cork in Croke Park yesterday, where they made camogie history by becoming the first county to take both All-Ireland titles in the same year. The seniors also became the first Cork team to win four titles in a row, while the juniors won Cork’s first-ever junior title. Cork star Cally Riordan also had the distinction of winning two medals. She was the juniors’ big star, scoring two of her side’s goals, and she came on in the last five minutes of the senior game and played a vital role in their win.
The senior game, in which Cork scored a very narrow one-point win, was a very worthy showpiece of the camogie year. It had everything one would expect of an All-Ireland final — top class camogie, goalmouth thrills, and a scoreline in which a goal was the largest margin to separate the sides at any stage. fanatical Limerick supporters yesterday carried their heroes proudly across the wet-green sward of Croke Park after they had mastered Kilkenny in one of the most magnificent hurling finals of recent years.
The long blast of referee Michael Slavery’s whistle, which terminated the 33-year-old wait in the All-Ireland wilderness for the men from Shannonside, signalled the invasion onto the pitch of thousands of Limerick fans in the official attendance of 58,009.
This was Limerick’s moment of unrivalled glory and how they savoured it. In their efforts to shower congratulatory pats on the backs to the men who had realised their burning ambition, they tore down some barbed wire surrounding the pitch.
These legions of fans gave vent to their feelings in a wave of emotion. Many shed tears of joy unashamedly.
It was indeed an unforgettable moment when team captain Eamonn Cregan was eventually allowed through The Sam Maguire Cup, silver symbol of football supremacy, was homeward bound for Cork. Its new resting place, after a lapse of 28 years, was decided at Croke Park yesterday when the white and red heroes of Cork defeated Galway by 3-17 to 2-13 to win the All- Ireland senior football championship for the fourth time in their history.
The dream that had turned into a nightmare so often in the past had become a reality at last. The heartbreaks so often encountered since Cork’s last victory in 1945 had finally been washed away in the final wave of victory. Cork were the champions of Gaelic football once again, their hunger for success had been appeased, their stronghold on the Sam Maguire trophy had become firm. 73,308 spectators, the biggest crowd to attend an All-Ireland final since the capacity of the ground was reduced after the final of 65, thronged into Croke Park for this glamour final.
The homecoming reception for the Cork Junior and Senior All-Ireland-winning camogie teams outside the Victoria Hotel, Patrick St, on September 17, 1973.