First All Ireland

Did you know the First All Ireland was played in Birr!

The first ever All Ireland Hurling Final was played in Birr on Easter Sunday, 1 April 1888 to decide the All Ireland Championship for 1887. Tipperary was represented by Thurles and Galway by Meelick and the referee was Birr business man Patrick White. Birr was convenient, accessible and neutral for the two teams and special trains carried crowds, including the Tipperary team to the train station which serviced Birr from 1858-1963.


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