1887 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final

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1887 All-Ireland Senior Football Final
Event 1887 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Date 29 April 1888
Venue The Big Bank, Clonskeagh, Dublin
Referee John Cullinane (Tipperary)

The 1887 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final was the first All-Ireland Final and the culmination of the 1887 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, an inter-county Gaelic football tournament for the top teams in Ireland. Limerick were the winners.[1] It was the first of two All-Ireland football titles for Limerick - the other coming in 1896.[2]

In 2005, a gold medal won by the final's man-of-the-match Malachi O'Brien fetched €26,500 (three times its guide price) at London auction house Sotheby's. It is believed to be the oldest All-Ireland football medal in existence. The Limerick Leader purchased the medal and said it intended to display it in Limerick.[3]

Plaque commemorating the match close to Beech Hill, Dublin


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