1887 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

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1887 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Limerick (1st win)
Provincial Champions
Championship statistics

The 1887 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship is the first edition of GAA's premier inter-county Gaelic football tournament, played between 12 counties of Ireland. The tournament featured club teams who represented their respective counties after their county championship. The 21 a-side final was between Commercials of Limerick and Young Irelands of Louth. The final was played in Beech Hill, Clonskeagh (not Bird Avenue) on April 29, 1888, with Commercials winning by 1-4 to 0-3. Unlike later All-Irelands, there were no provincial championships and it was an open draw.


The 1887 championship was the only to be held as an open-draw knockout tournament, without provincial championships.

Representative clubs[edit]

From 1887 until 1891 the club champions represented the whole county. In the very first All-Ireland championship the participating counties were represented by the following clubs:

County Club
Kilkenny Kilmacow
Limerick Commercials
Louth Dundalk Young Irelands
Meath Dowdstown
Waterford Ballyduff Lower
Wexford Castlebridge


First Round[edit]

First Round
Louth 1-8-2 – 0-4-1 Waterford
Charles McAlester (goal) [1]
Elm Park, Merrion, Dublin
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Willie Halpin (Clare)

First Round
Limerick 3-2 – 0-2 Meath
Elm Park, Merrion, Dublin
Attendance: 10,000

First Round
Kilkenny 0-4 – 0-0 Cork

First Round
Tipperary w/o – scr. Dublin

First Round
Wexford w/o – scr. Galway

First Round
Clare w/o – scr. Wicklow

Second Round[edit]

Second Round
Louth 0-7-3 – 0-5-3 Wexford
St. Patrick’s club grounds, Kilmainham
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: J.K. Bracken (Tipperary)

Second Round
Tipperary W – L Clare

Second Round
Limerick 1-10 – 1-10 Kilkenny
St. Patrick’s club grounds, Kilmainham
Attendance: 5,000

Second Round Replay
Limerick W – L Kilkenny


Limerick W – L Tipperary


Limerick 1-4-0 – 0-3-0 Louth
Referee: John Cullinane

Winning Team[edit]

  • R. Breen
  • E. Casey
  • W. Cleary
  • D. Corbett
  • T. Fitzgibbon
  • P. Kelly
  • J. Hyland
  • P.J. Corbett
  • T. Keating
  • T. Kennedy
  • J. Kennedy
  • W. Gunning
  • P. Keating
  • W. Spain
  • R. Normoyle
  • M. O'Brien
  • E. Nicholas
  • T. McNamara
  • M. Slattery
  • J. Mulqueen
  • P. Reeves

Championship statistics[edit]


  • No Provincial championships in the first year of the championship.