All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championship

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The All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championship was an annual hurling competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association between 1974 and 2004 for the so-called 'weaker' hurling teams in Ireland.

The series of games began every year immediately after the completion of the National Hurling League with the All-Ireland final being played in June or July, initially in Croke Park, Dublin but later in provincial venues around the country and in Britain.

The championship was open to all hurling teams who did not take part in the proper All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. It was a knock-out competition whereby once a team lost they were eliminated from the championship.

The title was won by 11 different teams, 6 of which won the title more than once. The all-time record-holders are London, who won the competition 5 times. The history of the championship was bookended by victories for Kildare, winners of the first title in 1974 and the last in 2004.

Top winners[edit]

The following is a list of the top county teams by number of wins

Team Wins Last win Runners-up Last losing final
1 London 5 1995 15 1994
2 Kildare 4 2004 1 1990
3 Antrim 3 1982 1 1974
Laois 3 2002 0 N/a
Westmeath 3 1991 0 N/a
Kerry 3 1986 0 N/a
4 Carlow 1 1992 1 1987

Roll of honour[edit]

Year Winner Opponent
2004 Kildare 3-14 Mayo 3-07
2003 Wicklow 4-16 Roscommon 2-13
2002 Laois 2-20 Wicklow 2-07
2001 No Competition
2000 No Competition
1999 No Competition
1998 No Competition
1997 No Competition
1996 New York Derry
1995 London 2-07 Wicklow 0-08
1994 Roscommon 1-10 London 1-09
1993 Meath 2-16 London 1-16
1992 Carlow 2-15 London 3-10
1991 Westmeath 2-12 London 2-06
1990 London 1-15 Kildare 5-02
1989 Kildare 2-06 London 1-07
1988 London 2-06 Down 1-07
1987 London 0-20 Carlow 1-15
1986 Kerry 3-10 London 1-09
1985 London 1-09 Meath 1-06
1984 Westmeath 4-10 London 1-16
1983 Kerry 2-08 London 1-07
1982 Antrim 2-16 London 2-14
1981 Antrim 3-17 London 3-14
1980 Kildare 2-20 London 2-14
1979 Laois 1-20 London 0-17
1978 Antrim 1-16 London 3-07
1977 Laois 3-21 London 2-09
1976 Kerry 0-15 London 1-10
1975 Westmeath 3-23 London 2-07
1974 Kildare 1-26 Antrim 3-13