Current Kilkenny manager, Ann Downey led the county to All-Ireland victory in 1989
Kilkenny may be relative newcomers to the All-Ireland senior camogie scene, but they have made their presence felt since making the breakthrough in the seventies.
Thirty-eight finals were played before Kilkenny made their first appearance in the senior decider.
The first final was played in 1932 when Dublin beat Galway, but the Cats didn’t appear in the decider until 1970.
The first O’Duffy Cup final experience was a losing one, Cork winning by 5-7 to 3-2.
Lost second final
Kilkenny went on to lose a second final before team captain, Teresa O’Neill led them to their first victory in 1974 when they beat Cork (3-3 to 1-5 ).
Kilkenny and Cork have enjoyed a great rivalry in the championship, and they will clash again in the final in Croke Park on Sunday week (4.15pm).
Earlier in the season they met in the Camogie League final in Nowlan Park, when the Cats prevailed.
This will be the third successive clash of the counties in the final. The honours were shared in the last two deciders.
Obviously Kilkenny are chasing a League/Championship double, a feat they attained lasts in 2016.
Manager Ann Downey’s charges will be looking for a sixth national title in five years to go with the All-Ireland (2016) and League titles (4) won since 2014.
As a matter of interest, the camogie Roll of Honour is - Cork 27; Dublin 26; Kilkenny 13; Wexford 7; Antrim 6; Tipperary 5; Galway 2.
All-Ireland final appearances
The following are Kilkenny’s appearances in finals, with the winning captains named:
1970: Cork/Kilkenny: 5-7 to 3-2 (Ann Comerford)
1972: Cork/Kilkenny: 2-5 to 1-4 (Hannah Dineen)
1974: Kilkenny/Cork: 3-3 to 1-5 (R Teresa O’Neill)
1976: Kilkenny/Dublin: 0-6 to 1-2 (Mary Fennelly)
1977: Kilkenny/Wexford: 3-4 to 1-3 (Angela Downey)
1981: Kilkenny/Cork: 1-9 to 0-7 (R Liz Neary)
1985: Kilkenny/Dublin: 0-13 to 1-5 (Bridie McGarry)
1986: Kilkenny/Dublin: 2-12 to 2-3 (Liz Neary)
1987: Kilkenny/Cork: 3-10 to 1-7 (Bridie McGarry)
1988: Kilkenny/Cork: 4-11 to 3-8 (Angela Downey)
1989: Kilkenny/Cork: 3-10 to 2-6 (Ann Downey)
1990: Kilkenny/Wexford: 1-14 to 0-7 (Breda Holmes)
1991: Kilkenny/Cork: 3-8 to 0-10 (Angela Downey)
1994: Kilkenny/Wexford: 2-11 to 0-8 (Ann Downey)
1995: Cork/Kilkenny: 4-8 to 2-10 (Denise Cronin)
1999: Tipperary/Kilkenny: 0-12 to 1-8 (Maeve Stokes)
2001: Tipperary/Kilkenny: 4-13 to 1-6 (Emily Hayden)
2009: Cork/Kilkenny: 0-15 to 0-7 (Amanda O’Regan)
2013: Galway/Kilkenny: 1-9 to 0-7 (Lorraine Ryan)
2014: Cork/Kilkenny: 2-12 to 1-09 (Anna Geary)
2016: Kilkenny/Cork: 1-13 to 1-9 (Michelle Quilty)
2017: Cork/Kilkenny: 0-10 to 0-9 (Rena Buckley)
Kilkenny have arranged a number of fund-raising events in the run up to the All-Ireland final.
No more than the GAA Board, the Camogie Board also has to make ends meet. In a bid to make it a trouble free run up to and beyond the final for the players they will bidding to generate badly needed finance.
The pre-final gigs are as follows:
August 29 - All-Ireland final open night at Nowlan Park (6.30pm) where fans can meet the players and watch them training. This will be followed by the media night (8pm).
Sunday, September 2 - All-Ireland drive-in bingo in Thomastown GAA grounds (2 to 6pm).
Friday, August 31 - Matt the Millers presents ‘Belles and Balls Ho Ho Ho Christmas Party ’ in aid of the All-Ireland camogie fund from 10pm.
Thursday, September 6 - Hurls and curls camogie radio quiz. Venues to be confirmed from 8 to 11pm with quizmaster John Walsh, assisted by Edwina Grace and Eoin Carey.
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