- When? 7 September 1980
- What? All-Ireland senior hurling final
- Wh0? Galway 2-15 Limerick 3-9
- Where? Croke Park
- Whistler? N O’Donoghue (Dublin)
Despite a petrol shortage were 64,895 in Croke Park for this spectacle, one of the most memorable finals of the modern age.
Galway got off to a blistering start, hitting 2-1 in the first ten minutes. It was only Eamon Cregan’s scoring consistency which kept the Treaty men in touch, Galway going in leading 2-7 to 1-5 at the break.
The Tribe refused to put Limerick away and when Cregan hit a 61st minute penalty it put just two points between the sides. Galway just had enough in the locker though and we were treated to Joe McDonagh’s immortal rendition of The West’s Awake.
Bernie Forde top scored for the Tribe with 1-5, followed by Joe Connolly with four points. Noel Lane hit 0-3, while PJ Molloy got the other goal. John Connolly with a brace and John Ryan with a point rounded out the Galway scoring.
Eamon Cregan put in an outrageous shift, scoring 2-7 for the Treaty, 1-5 coming from placed ball. The only other Limerick players to make the score sheet were Joe McKenna with 1-1 and sub Brian Carroll with a point.