Tuesday 6 December 2016

Flashback: Nine of the best action shots from All-Ireland hurling final clashes in the 1970s

Published 06/06/2016 | 11:02

Mick Malone (Cork) gets in his shot despite the attention of Colm Doran during the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final at Croke Park yesterday. Pic: Tom Burke, 5/9/76.
All-Ireland Hurling Final, September 5th 1976. Cork 2-21 Wexford 4-11.
(Part of Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)
Mick Malone (Cork) gets in his shot despite the attention of Colm Doran during the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final at Croke Park yesterday. Pic: Tom Burke, 5/9/76. All-Ireland Hurling Final, September 5th 1976. Cork 2-21 Wexford 4-11. (Part of Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)
'Hey! Come back here'...Limerick's Willie Moore, grabs in desperation at the jersey of Mick Brennan of Kilkenny as he dashes through to have a shot at goal. All-Ireland Hurling Final at Croke Park. 1/9/74
A brave Tommy Quaid, the Limerick keeper, saves under pressure from John Connolly of Galway, during the All-Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park. Pic: Donal Doherty, 7/9/80. All-Ireland Hurling Final, September 7th 1980. Galway 2-15 Limerick 3-9. (Part of Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)
Noel Skehan the Kilkenny keeper, clears as Charlie McCarthy (Cork) and Richard Reid (Kilkenny) look on. 3/9/78 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection.)
Cork's captain Ray Cummins in possession tries to break away from Wexford's defenders Willie Murphy and Liam Bennett in the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park.1976 All-Ireland Hurling Final, 5th September: Cork 2-21 Wexford 4-11 Pic: Matt Walsh(Part of Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)
Eddie Keher sets up a Kilkenny attack during the All-Ireland hurling final against Galway at Croke Park. Pic: Tom Burke 7/9/75 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection.)
Watched by Sean O'Leary (15, Cork) and Paddy Prendergast (2, Kilkenny), Noel Skehan the Kilkenny keeper, makes another fine save. 3/9/78 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection.)
Conneely, Galway keeper, clears under pressure from Kieran Purcell. September 1975. (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection.)
'Brave Save' - Kilkenny's Noel Skehan clears his goal as Limerick's Matt Ruth 'hitches-a-ride' in the big match. All-Ireland Hurling Final at Croke Park. (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection.)

The white heat at yesterday's Clare-Waterford championship game really whet the appetite of GAA fans the country over.

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The Deise have reached their second successive Munster senior hurling championship final after scoring a seven-point victory over The Banner at Semple Stadium.

Ahead of another exciting summer of hurling, Independent.ie have gathered some of the best action shots taken on the field almost 40 years ago.

The style may have changed since the 1970s, but the raw passion on the field is still the same.

'Hey! Come back here'...Limerick's Willie Moore, grabs in desperation at the jersey of Mick Brennan of Kilkenny as he dashes through to have a shot at goal. All-Ireland Hurling Final at Croke Park. 1/9/74
'Hey! Come back here'...Limerick's Willie Moore, grabs in desperation at the jersey of Mick Brennan of Kilkenny as he dashes through to have a shot at goal. All-Ireland Hurling Final at Croke Park. 1/9/74

These photographs show nine of these moments - when tensions are high and the crowd are on edge.

One snap shows the 1974 All-Ireland Hurling Final against Limerick and Kilkenny.

A brave Tommy Quaid, the Limerick keeper, saves under pressure from John Connolly of Galway, during the All-Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park. Pic: Donal Doherty, 7/9/80.
All-Ireland Hurling Final, September 7th 1980. Galway 2-15 Limerick 3-9.
(Part of Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)
A brave Tommy Quaid, the Limerick keeper, saves under pressure from John Connolly of Galway, during the All-Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park. Pic: Donal Doherty, 7/9/80. All-Ireland Hurling Final, September 7th 1980. Galway 2-15 Limerick 3-9. (Part of Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)

The image shows Limerick's Willie Moore grabbing in desperation at the jersey of Mick Brennan of Kilkenny as he dashes through to have a shot at goal.

Brennan didn't get his shot in, but he did get the inevitable free, which of course was sent over the bar.

Eddie Keher sets up a Kilkenny attack during the All-Ireland hurling final against Galway at Croke Park. Pic: Tom Burke 7/9/75
(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection.)
Eddie Keher sets up a Kilkenny attack during the All-Ireland hurling final against Galway at Croke Park. Pic: Tom Burke 7/9/75 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection.)

Another shot from the match shows Kilkenny's Noel Skehan clear his goal as Limerick's Matt Ruth 'hitches-a-ride' in the big match.

The game was a success for the Cats, ending Kilkenny 3-19 to Limerick's 1-13.

'Brave Save' - Kilkenny's Noel Skehan clears his goal as Limerick's Matt Ruth 'hitches-a-ride' in the big match. All-Ireland Hurling Final at Croke Park. (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection.)
'Brave Save' - Kilkenny's Noel Skehan clears his goal as Limerick's Matt Ruth 'hitches-a-ride' in the big match. All-Ireland Hurling Final at Croke Park. (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection.)

Kilkenny were back in Croker for the final in 1975, our exclusive photograph showing Eddie Keher setting up a Kilkenny attack during the game against Galway at Croke Park.

The Cats were the winners again, as Kilkenny won 2-22 to Galway's 2-10.

In 1976, it was the Rebels and the Yellow-bellies that took to the capital to battle it out for the All-Ireland title.

The image shows Cork captain Ray Cummins in possession tries to break away from Wexford's defenders Willie Murphy and Liam Bennett.

That game was a success for Cork, with the final score on the board 2-21 to the Rebels, and 4-11 to Wexford.

Pictures from 1978's All-Ireland final clash show Cork's own Sean O'Leary and Kilkenny's Paddy Prendergast watch on as the Cat's keeper Noel Skehan makes another fine save.

Finally, the archive snaps from the turn of the decade in 1980 depict a brave Tommy Quaid, the Limerick keeper, saving while under pressure from John Connolly of Galway, during the All-Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park.

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