1923 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final

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1923 All-Ireland Senior Football Final
Event 1923 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Date 28 September 1924
Venue Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance 18,500

The 1923 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final was the 36th All-Ireland Final and the deciding match of the 1923 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, an inter-county Gaelic football tournament for the top teams in Ireland.


The Irish Civil War cast a shadow on the match - Kerry initially considered refusing to play in protest at the imprisonment of County Board chairman and republican Austin Stack. The Kerry team played a selection match between pro- and anti-Treaty players.[1]

Match summary[edit]

Dublin won the final by two points with a goal by PJ Kirwan.[1]

Joe Stynes, granduncle of Australian rules footballer Jim Stynes, played on the winning Dublin team that day.[2]

It was the third of three All-Ireland football titles won by Dublin in the 1920s, which made them joint "team of the decade" with Kerry who also won three.[3]


The 1923 final also marked the end of the initial era of the rivalry between Dublin and Kerry. Dublin would not beat Kerry in the Championship again until 1976. An attendance of 25,000 people was reported at the 1923 final. Dublin would not win another All-Ireland football title until 1942, the county's 19-year barren spell rivalled only by their team of the late 1990s and 2000s.[4]


  1. ^ a b High Ball magazine, issue #6, 1998.
  2. ^ "Dubliner who made a big impact playing Aussie Rules". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012. His parents were Gaelic games enthusiasts – a grand uncle, Joe, had played on the 1923 All-Ireland winning Dublin team – and his father, a public servant, had played for the Civil Service club. 
  3. ^ "Kerry on honour roll". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Moran, Sean (17 September 2011). "Kerry pioneers the kings of the urban-rural frontier". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. Retrieved 17 September 2011. The initial era of the rivalry ended in the 1923 championship – by which stage Dublin had recorded half of their six victories in the fixture's history – with Dublin recording the county's third and final three-in-a-row, clinching it with what would be the last All-Ireland championship win over Kerry until 1976. Contemporary reports put the attendance at 25,000.