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1944 All-Ireland Semi-finalists

  Source:  The Nationalist December 1999

1944 Carlow All Ireland S.F.C team
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The 1944 Carlow - Kerry All Ireland S.F.C. Semi-final is the most famous game played in the history of Carlow G.A.A.  A most unique report-com-commentary of that game was unearthed some years ago in Matt Lynch's of Old Leighlin.

Found in the memorabilia of former Carlow County Secretary, Martin Lynch, it was tightly typed on brown paper and taking up some eight pages it gives a kick-by-kick account of that semi-final.

(Click here to: Read the full commentary of this famous match)

Back row (l to r) -  Ted Joyce, Jim Archibald, Paddy Farrell, Paddy Sullivan, Jim Morris, Seamus Corcoran, Brian O'Rourke, John Doyle, Mick Hughes, Chris Maher, Johnny Lawlor, Johnny Darcy, John Brady

Pennie Whelan CaptainFront row (l to r) - Luke Kelly, Johnny Moore, Jimma Rea, John Quinlan, Mickey Byrne, Andy Murphy, Willie Hosey, John Brennan, Matty Doyle, Pennie Whelan (captain.)

Kerry ..................3-3
Carlow ................0-10
Congratulations to Kerry!
Hard luck Carlow!
Better luck next time.

A record attendance of 40,727, paying gate receipts of £2,515, thronged to Croke Park, Dublin on August 27th 1944., for Carlow's first appearance in an All-Ireland S.F.C semi-final and after a thrilling performance the Barrowsiders were unlucky 3-3 to 0-10 losers.

Senior Football Results:

Kerry went on to win the final played at Croke Park on September 24 1944 beating Roscommon 1-9 to Kerry 2-4.

Source: GAA official website.


Carlow won our one and only Leinster Football title 1944.

1944 - Carlow Crowned Leinster Champions

"What a change in the last half did the minutes unroll. The boys from the Barrow were swarming the goal. It was blue in and odd spot, but red, gold an green. Were the colours that rallied the Carlow fifteen".

That verse from the "Carlow Fifteen", the county's victory song, captures the magnificent rally staged by Carlow in the Leinster S.F.C. final of 1944.

Housed in Athy on July 30 in front of an enormous crowd, the final proved a thrill-packed encounter, played at tremendous speed. Carlow trailed 0-5 to 0-1 at half-time, Jimma Rea having scored their lone point in the 8th minute.

However Carlow produced a terrific second-half performance. Early in the period a well flighted Jim Morris '50' was punched out by the Dublin goal man, Fagan, only to be sent crashing to the net by the opportunist Jimma!

Counihan replied with a Dublin goal, John Doyle registered an excellent Carlow point from a placed ball and then, in the 45th minute, Carlow launched an attack, Paddy O'Sullivan and John 'Buller' Moore being prominent, before John Doyle hammered the ball to the net, 2-2 to 1-5. Level!

A minute later Doyle points a free to give Carlow the lead for the first time and in the 50th minute the full-forward converts a free from an extremely difficult angle. Two up, 2-4 to 1-5.

Dublin's McGuire narrowed the gap to the minimum before Jimma Rea, who minutes earlier was denied a goal by the woodwork, restores Carlow's two point lead. In the 55th minute John Doyle, following a foul on Willie Hosey, flights over another free, the closing score of a memorable game, declaring Carlow Leinster champions for the first time ever on a 2-6 to 1-6 score line.

Source: Carlow GAA History:

The Carlow 1944 All-Ireland Semi-finalists

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