All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship

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All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship
Founded 1928
Region Ireland (GAA)
Number of teams 6
Current champions Kilkenny (21st time)
Television broadcasters TG4
Website Official website

The All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship is an annual hurling competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1928 for the youngest (under-18) county teams in Ireland. It is currently sponsored by Electric Ireland and is therefore officially known as the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship.[1]

The series of games are played during the summer months with the All-Ireland final being played on the first Sunday in September in Croke Park, Dublin. The prize for the winning team is the Irish Press Cup. The championship was initially a straight knockout competition open only to the champions of each of the four provinces of Ireland. During the 1990s the tournament began to be expanded, incorporating a 'back-door system' for teams beaten in the provincial series.

The championship currently consists of several stages. In the present format it begins in late May with the provincial championships in Leinster, Munster and Ulster. Even though a team may be defeated in the provincial stage they still have a chance to compete for the All-Ireland title. The Munster and Leinster champions are rewarded by gaining automatic admission to the All-Ireland semi-finals.

Twenty-six teams currently participate in the championship, the most dominant teams coming from the provinces of Leinster and Munster. Kilkenny, Cork and Tipperary are considered to be 'the big three' of hurling. Between them, these teams have won on 57 All-Ireland championships.

The title has been won by ten different teams, nine of which have won the title more than once. The all-time record-holders are Kilkenny, who have won the competition 21 times and are the current champions.

Format[edit]

The All-Ireland Championship is a knockout tournament, however, there is a certain element of seeding. The Munster and Leinster champions are put on opposite sides of the draw in separate semi-finals. The Ulster champions and Galway are put on opposite sides of the draw in separate quarter-finals. The Munster and Leinster runners-up are drawn against these two teams in the quarter-finals.

Each match is played as a single leg. If a match is drawn there is a replay. Drawn replays are now settled with extra time, but if both sides are still level at the end of extra time a second replay takes place and so on until a winner is found.

The format has remained virtually the same since the very first championship in 1928. In 1997 the biggest change took place with the introduction of a 'back-door' to the All-Ireland quarter-finals for the defeated finalists in Munster and Leinster. This followed on from the success of the same system at senior level.

Overview[edit]

The All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship features the youngest competitive players of the game of hurling - players must be under eighteen years of age on 1 January of the year of the competition. The first minor championship was played in 1928 when Cork were crowned the champions. The championship has been held every year since then, except when it was suspended for a period during The Emergency.

The 'Big Three' of Cork, Kilkenny and Tipperary are the most dominant teams in minor hurling. All three counties have claimed famous three-in-rows over the years. The coveted treble of winning senior, under-21 and minor titles in the same year has been achieved by Cork in 1970 and by Kilkenny in 1975, 2003 and 2008.

Joe Dunphy of Mooncoin is the only player to captain a county team to two successive All-Ireland minor titles. He achieved this honour with Kilkenny in 1961 and 1962.

Top winners[edit]

Club Wins Years won

Kilkenny
21 1931, 1935, 1936, 1950, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2014

Tipperary
19 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1996, 2006, 2007, 2012

Cork
18 1928, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1951, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1995, 1998, 2001

Galway
9 1983, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011

Dublin
4 1945, 1946, 1954, 1965

Offaly
3 1986, 1987, 1989

Limerick
3 1940, 1958, 1984

Wexford
3 1963, 1966, 1968

Waterford
3 1929, 1948, 2013

Clare
1 1997

List of All-Ireland Finals[edit]

Recent finals[edit]

Year Winners Score Runners-up Score Venue Winning Captain
1966
(R)
Wexford 6-7 (25)
6-7 (25)
Cork 6-7 (25)
1-8 (11)
Croke Park
Croke Park
Pat Bernie
1967 Cork 2-15 (21) Wexford 5-3 (18) Croke Park Pat Moylan
1968 Wexford 2-13 (19) Cork 3-7 (16) Croke Park Tom Byrne
1969 Cork 2-15 (21) Kilkenny 3-06 (15) Croke Park Seán Collins
1970 Cork 5-19 (34) Galway 2-09 (15) Croke Park Pat Kavanagh
1971 Cork 2-11 (17) Kilkenny 1-11 (14) Croke Park Séamus Coughlan
1972 Kilkenny 8-07 (31) Galway 3-09 (18) Croke Park Brian Cody
1973 Kilkenny 4-05 (17) Galway 3-07 (16) Croke Park Kevin Robinson
1974 Cork 1-10 (13) Kilkenny 1-8 (11) Croke Park Billy Geaney
1975 Kilkenny 3-19 (28) Cork 1-14 (17) Croke Park Harry Ryan
1976 Tipperary 2-20 (26) Kilkenny 1-7 (10) Croke Park Joe Hogan
1977
(R)
Kilkenny 4-8 (20)
1-8 (11)
Cork 3-11 (20)
0-9 (9)
Croke Park
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Seán Fennelly
1978 Cork 1-15 (18) Kilkenny 1-8 (11) Croke Park P. Murphy
1979 Cork 2-11 (17) Kilkenny 1-9 (12) Croke Park Christy Coughlan
1980 Tipperary 2-15 (21) Wexford 1-10 (13) Croke Park Jim Maher
1981 Kilkenny 1-20 (23) Galway 3-9 (18) Croke Park E. Kennedy
1982 Tipperary 2-7 (13) Galway 0-4 (4) Croke Park John Kennedy
1983 Galway 0-10 (10) Dublin 0-7 (7) Croke Park Anthony Cunningham
1984
(R)
Limerick 1-14 (17)
2-5 (11)
Kilkenny 3-8 (17)
2-4 (10)
Croke Park
Semple Stadium
Anthony O'Riordan
1985 Cork 3-10 (19) Wexford 0-12 (12) Croke Park M. O'Mahony
1986 Offaly 3-12 (21) Cork 3-9 (18) Croke Park M. Hogan
1987 Offaly 2-8 (14) Tipperary 0-12 (12) Croke Park T. Moylan
1988 Kilkenny 3-13 (22) Cork 0-12 (12) Croke Park Patsy Brophy
1989 Offaly 2-16 (22) Clare 1-12 (15) Croke Park Brian Whelehan
1990
(R)
Kilkenny 3-14 (23)
3-16 (25)
Cork 3-14 (23)
1-11 (14)
Croke Park
Semple Stadium
James McDermott
1991 Kilkenny 0-15 (15) Tipperary 1-10 (13) Croke Park D. O'Neill
1992 Galway 1-13 (16) Waterford 2-04 (10) Croke Park Conor O'Donovan
1993 Kilkenny 1-17 (20) Galway 1-12 (15) Croke Park S. Doyle
1994 Galway 2-10 (16) Cork 1-11 (14) Croke Park Greg Kennedy
1995 Cork 2-10 (16) Kilkenny 1-02 (5) Croke Park Brian O'Keeffe
1996
(R)
Tipperary 0-20 (20)
2-14 (20)
Galway 3-11 (20)
2-12 (18)
Croke Park
Croke Park
William Maher
1997 Clare 1-11 (14) Galway 1-09 (12) Croke Park John Reddan
1998 Cork 2-15 (21) Kilkenny 1-09 (12) Croke Park Cathal McCarthy
1999 Galway 0-13 (13) Tipperary 0-10 (10) Croke Park John Culkin
2000 Galway 2-19 (25) Cork 4-10 (22) Croke Park Richie Murray
2001 Cork 2-10 (16) Galway 1-08 (11) Croke Park Tomás O'Leary
2002 Kilkenny 3-15 (25) Tipperary 1-07 (10) Croke Park Michael Rice
2003 Kilkenny 2-16 (22) Galway 2-15 (21) Croke Park Richie Power
2004
(R)
Galway 3-12 (21)
0-16 (16)
Kilkenny 1-18 (21)
1-12 (15)
Croke Park
O'Connor Park
John Lee
2005 Galway 3-12 (21) Limerick 0-17 (17) Croke Park Andrew Keary
2006 Tipperary 2-18 (24) Galway 2-07 (13) Croke Park Joey McLoughney
2007 Tipperary 3-14 (23) Cork 2-11 (17) Croke Park Brendan Maher
2008 Kilkenny 3-06 (15) Galway 0-13 (13) Croke Park Thomas Breen
2009 Galway 2-15 (21) Kilkenny 2-11 (17) Croke Park Richie Cummins
2010 Kilkenny 2-10 (16) Clare 0-14 (14) Croke Park Cillian Buckley
2011 Galway 1-21 (24) Dublin 1-12 (15) Croke Park Shane Moloney
2012[2] Tipperary 2-18 (24) Dublin 1-11 (14) Croke Park Bill Maher
2013 Waterford 1-21 (24) Galway 0-16 (16) Croke Park Kevin Daly
2014 Kilkenny 2-17 (23) Limerick 0-19 (19) Croke Park Darragh Joyce

All-time record[edit]

Year Winner Opponent
1965 Dublin 4-10 Limerick 2-07
1964 Cork 10-7 Laois 1-04
1963 Wexford 6-12 Limerick 5-09
1962 Kilkenny 3-06 Tipperary 0-09
1961 Kilkenny 3-13 Tipperary 0-15
1960 Kilkenny 7-12 Tipperary 1-11
1959 Tipperary 2-08 Kilkenny 2-07
1958 Limerick 5-08 Galway 3-10
1957 Tipperary 4-07 Kilkenny 3-07
1956 Tipperary 4-16 Kilkenny 1-05
1955 Tipperary 5-15 Galway 2-05
1954 Dublin 2-07 Tipperary 2-03
1953 Tipperary 8-06 Dublin 3-06
1952 Tipperary 9-09 Dublin 2-03
1951 Cork 4-05 Galway 1-08
1950 Kilkenny 3-04 Tipperary 1-05
1949 Tipperary 6-05 Kilkenny 2-04
1948 Waterford 3-08 Kilkenny 4-02
1947 Tipperary 9-05 Galway 1-05
1946 Dublin 1-06 Tipperary 0-07
1945 Dublin 3-14 Tipperary 4-06
1944 Suspended
1943 Suspended
1942 Suspended
1941 Cork 3-11 Galway 1-01
1940 Limerick 6-04 Antrim 2-04
1939 Cork 5-02 Kilkenny 2-02
1938 Cork 7-02 Kilkenny 5-04
1937 Cork 8-05 Kilkenny 2-07
1936 Kilkenny 2-04 Cork 2-03
1935 Kilkenny 4-02 Tipperary 3-03
1934 Tipperary 4-03 Laois 3-05
1933 Tipperary 4-06 Galway 2-03
1932 Tipperary 8-06 Kilkenny 5-01
1931 Kilkenny 4-07 Galway 2-03
1930 Tipperary 4-01 Kilkenny 2-01
1929 Waterford 5-00 Meath 1-01
1928 Cork 1-08 7-06 Dublin 3-02 4-00

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Munster GAA website
  2. ^ "Winters digs out Dubs". The Irish Examiner. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 

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