1948 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final

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1948 All-Ireland Senior Football Final
1948 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final programme.jpg
Event 1948 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Date 26 September 1948
Venue Croke Park, Dublin
Referee M.J. Flatherty (Offaly)
Attendance 74,645
Weather Windy

The 1948 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final was the 61st All-Ireland Final and the deciding match of the 1948 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, an inter-county Gaelic football tournament for the top teams in Ireland. Contested by a team from the Ulster (Cavan) and a team from Connacht (Mayo), such a meeting in the decider between teams from these provinces would not happen again until 2012.[1]


Cavan were the defending All-Ireland champions.

Match summary

Cavan retained the title they had won in 1947 at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, New York City.[2][3]

In a heavy wind, Cavan led 3-2 to 0-0 at half-time, but Mayo came back to lead the game. Cavan eventually made it two-in-a-row with a Peter Donahue point. This final's eight goals is the most scored in a final, a record shared with the 1977 match.[4]


  1. ^ McHugh, Martin; Cahill, Des. Highlights of the Dublin versus Mayo semi-final. The Sunday Game. RTÉ Television. 2 September 2012. Mayo defeated Dublin to earn the right to take on Donegal, who had beaten Cork the previous week. Cork and Dublin had both entered their respective matches as favourites; both comprehensively lost.
  2. ^ "Cavan GAA legend Mick Higgins dies at the age of 87". BBC Sport. January 28, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2010.
  3. ^ Martin Breheny (January 29, 2010). "Cavan football mourns loss of legend Higgins, hero of 1947 Polo Grounds". Irish Independent. Retrieved January 29, 2010.
  4. ^ High Ball magazine, issue #6, 1998.
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