Faughs Celtic History – 1964 All Ireland Senior Camogie championship winners.

1964 All Ireland Senior Camogie championship winners.

Celtic were  the inaugural winner of the All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie Championship in 1964.

Celtic won the 1964 Dublin Senior championship defeating Austin Stacks 5-4 to 5-0 in the final at Croke Park.

In the Leinster Club Championship, Celtic defeated St. Ibar’s (Wexford) by 7-2 to 1-1 and St. Coleman’s (Offaly) 3-6 to Nil.

Celtic travelled to Cork in the All-Ireland Club semi-final and drew with Glen Rovers 4-1 to 3-4 at Ballinlough. Celtic won the replay 5-1 to 4-1 at Parnell Park.

The All-Ireland Final was played in Croke Park.  Celtic overcame Deirdre (Antrim) by 5-2 to 1-0.

The final, played on a bitterly cold December day, was an anti-climax after the excitement and tension of the games with Glen Rovers.

The Celtic team in the final was:

No. 1  Ethna Leech, No. 2 Hilda Walsh, No 3 Angela Gill, No.4 Ally Hussey, No. 5 Dervil Dunne, No. 6 Claire Heffernan, No. 7 Mary Casey, No 8 Mary Moran, No. 9 Cora Crowe, No 10 Mary O’Keeffe, No. 11 Brid Hanbury and No. 12 Una O’Connor.
Subs used Kit Kehoe and Alison McGarry

Match Report: Semi-final v. Glen Rovers (Cork)

To the fury of the organizers, Newport failed to travel to Belfast for the other semi-final.

Celtic arrived for their semi-final at Ballinlough to find that no camogie goalposts were available. After some debate, the match went ahead on the full-sized hurling pitch.

Celtic led 4–1 to 0–2 at half time. Glen were inspired by Peggy Dorgan at midfield in the second half, equalised with five minutes to go, and forced the match to a replay.

In the replay, things looked bad for Celtic when Glen Rovers led by four points with ten minutes to go, Una O’Connor retired with a head injury and Celtic substitute Kit Kehoe celebrated her arrival on the field by first-timing the ball in the direction of her own goal. Luckily for Celtic, Ethna Leech was alert and coped with the unexpected shot.

Kit Kehoe then raced to the dropping puck out and doubled on the ball for a goal at the correct end, and followed up by scoring a second with a powerful drive a few minutes later which Deirdre Sutton could not hold and dropped over the line.

They added a point on full-time for three points win.


Match Report: Final v. Deirdre (Antrim)

Celtic led 2-2 at half time against a Deirdre side that was over-dependent on Sue Ward. A great Sue Ward goal from a 30 proved too late to make much difference.

Una O’Connor scored three goals and Mary O’Keeffe two more as Celtic claimed the Jubilee Cup and were allowed to keep it permanently.

Agnes Hourigan wrote in the Irish Press:
The main factor in Dublin’s victory was their solid defence which was built around All-Ireland star Alice Hussey who gave a memorable display at centre back never relaxed its grip on Deirdre’s attack and was as effective against the wind after the interval as it had proved in the first half.

In addition, Celtic had in Una O’Connor a forward in a class of her own. Though closely marked from the start, she was always the obvious threat to Deirdre’s chances, and her first half scores laid the foundations of victory.


Back row:   Dorothy O’Boyle, Ally Hussey, Claire Heffernan, Mary Casey, Una O’Connor, Mary Moran, Allison McGarry and Jean McNally.

Front row:   Cora Crowe, Angela Gill, Brid Hanbury (Capt), Mary O’Keeffe, Dervil Dunne and Ethna Leech.