All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship

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For the ladies equivalent, see Dolores Tyrrell Memorial Cup.
All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship
Current season or competition:
2013–14 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship
Founded 1970 – 1971
Region Ireland (GAA)
Trophy Andy Merrigan Cup
Title holders St. Vincent's (3rd title)
Most titles Nemo Rangers (7 titles)
Sponsors Allied Irish Banks (AIB)

The All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship is an annual Gaelic football tournament run since 1971, played between the thousands of senior football clubs in Ireland. The current champions are St. Vincents of Dublin, who defeated Castlebar Mitchels of Mayo on 17 March 2014 to win their third title. The prize for the winning team is the Andy Merrigan Cup, which is named in honour of Castletown and Wexford footballer Andy Merrigan, who died as a result of a farm accident at the height of his playing career. It was first presented in 1974.

Structure[edit]

Each of Ireland's 32 counties play their own championship between all the Gaelic football clubs in the county - depending on the county, it can be league, knockout, or a mixture of both. The 32 county champions play in the 4 provincial championships, with the four winners of these advancing to the All-Ireland Semi-Finals (one team usually plays the London champions in a quarter-final). The All-Ireland Final is played in Croke Park on St. Patrick's Day.

Schedule
  • County championships: June — November
  • Provincial championships: October — December
  • All-Ireland quarter-final and semi-finals: February
  • All-Ireland Final: March 17

History[edit]

Ulster and Connacht tournaments were first held in the 1960s before an All-Ireland tournament was mooted at the GAA National Congress in 1969 - despite opposition from many delegations the motion received the 2/3 majority necessary and the first winners in 1970–71 were an East Kerry divisional team (nowadays amalgamations of clubs are not allowed to enter the All-Ireland). The Andy Merrigan Cup was first awarded in 1974, donated by the Castletown club in memory of the great Wexford footballer who died in a farming accident at the height of his career.

Dublin clubs (UCD x2 and St. Vincent's of Raheny) won a three-in-a-row of All-Irelands in 1974–76, before Kerry and Cork clubs began to dominate, winning 9 titles in 13 years, 1977–89, including four for Nemo Rangers of Cork. Clan na nGael (Drum and Clonown) won 7 Connacht titles in 8 years (1983–90), but did not win a single All-Ireland.

Burren of Down ended a 14-year Ulster drought when they were victorious in 1986. Baltinglass caused a major shock in 1990 by winning their and Wicklow's first national honour, while Nemo pulled ahead with their fifth title in 1994. In 1998, Corofin won Galway's and Connacht's first national award, six months before the county team's first All-Ireland for 32 years.

In the late 1990s the club championship rose to national prominence with regular TV coverage and the prestigious St. Patrick's Day fixture in Croke Park for the final. Crossmaglen Rangers claimed 3 All-Irelands in 4 years from 1997–2000. While the Caltra club of Galway won their first Galway title, first Connacht award and first All-Ireland in one year, 2003–04. 2006 saw Salthill-Knocknacarra of Galway complete a Connacht three-in-a-row.

In 2010, St. Gall's of Belfast in Antrim beat Kilmurry Ibrickane of Clare to win their first title.[1]

Past winners[edit]

All-Ireland winners are shaded gold, and counties are given in brackets.

Year Leinster champions Munster champions Ulster champions Connacht champions
1970–71 Gracefield (Offaly) East Kerry (Kerry) Bryansford (Down) Fr. Griffin's (Galway)
1971–72 Portlaoise (Laois) UCC (Cork) Bellaghy (Derry) Claremorris (Mayo)
1972–73 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Clan na nGael (Armagh) Fr. Griffin's (Galway)
1973–74 UCD (Dublin) UCC (Cork) Clan na nGael (Armagh) Knockmore (Mayo)
1974–75 UCD (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Clan na nGael (Armagh) Roscommon Gaels (Roscommon)
1975–76 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) St. Joseph's (Donegal) Roscommon Gaels (Roscommon)
1976–77 Portlaoise (Laois) Austin Stacks (Kerry) Ballerin (Derry) Killererin (Galway)
1977–78 Summerhill (Meath) Thomond College (Limerick) St. John's (Antrim) St. Mary's (Sligo)
1978–79 Walsh Island (Offaly) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Scotstown (Monaghan) Killererin (Galway)
1979–80 Walsh Island (Offaly) St. Finbarr's (Cork) Scotstown (Monaghan) St. Grellan's (Galway)
1980–81 Walterstown (Meath) St. Finbarr's (Cork) Scotstown (Monaghan) St. Mary's (Sligo)
1981–82 Raheens (Kildare) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Ballinderry Shamrocks (Derry) Garrymore (Mayo)
1982–83 Portlaoise (Laois) St. Finbarr's (Cork) St. Gall's (Antrim) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1983–84 Walterstown (Meath) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Burren (Down) St. Mary's (Sligo)
1984–85 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Castleisland Desmonds (Kerry) Burren (Down) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1985–86 Portlaoise (Laois) Castleisland Desmonds (Kerry) Burren (Down) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1986–87 Ferbane (Offaly) St. Finbarr's (Cork) Castleblayney Faughs (Monaghan) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1987–88 Portlaoise (Laois) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Burren (Down) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1988–89 Parnells (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Burren (Down) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1989–90 Baltinglass (Wicklow) Castlehaven (Cork) Scotstown (Monaghan) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1990–91 Thomas Davis (Dublin) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Lavey (Derry) Salthill-Knocknacarra (Galway)
1991–92 Thomas Davis (Dublin) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Castleblayney Faughs (Monaghan) Corofin (Galway)
1992–93 Éire Óg (Carlow) O'Donovan Rossa (Cork) Lavey (Derry) Knockmore (Mayo)
1993–94 Éire Óg (Carlow) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Errigal Ciarán (Tyrone) Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo)
1994–95 Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) Castlehaven (Cork) Bellaghy (Derry) Tuam Stars (Galway)
1995–96 Éire Óg (Carlow) Laune Rangers (Kerry) Mullaghbawn (Armagh) Corofin (Galway)
1996–97 Éire Óg (Carlow) Laune Rangers (Kerry) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Knockmore (Mayo)
1997–98 Erins Isle (Dublin) Castlehaven (Cork) Dungiven (Derry) Corofin (Galway)
1998–99 Éire Óg (Carlow) Doonbeg (Clare) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Ballina Stephenites (Mayo)
1999–00 Na Fianna (Dublin) UCC (Cork) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Crossmolina Deel Rovers (Mayo)
2000–01 O'Hanrahans (Carlow) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Bellaghy (Derry) Crossmolina Deel Rovers (Mayo)
2001–02 Rathnew (Wicklow) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Ballinderry Shamrocks (Derry) Charlestown Sarfields (Mayo)
2002–03 Dunshaughlin (Meath) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Errigal Ciaran (Tyrone) Crossmolina Deel Rovers (Mayo)
2003–04 St. Brigid's (Dublin) An Gaeltacht (Kerry) An Lúb (Derry) Caltra (Galway)
2004–05 Portlaoise (Laois) Kilmurry Ibrickane (Clare) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Ballina Stephenites (Mayo)
2005–06 Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) St. Gall's (Antrim) Salthill-Knocknacarra (Galway)
2006–07 Moorefield (Kildare) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) St. Brigid's (Roscommon)
2007–08 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Ballina Stephenites (Mayo)
2008–09 Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) Dromcollogher-Broadford (Limerick) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Corofin (Galway)
2009–10 Portlaoise (Laois) Kilmurry Ibrickane (Clare) St. Gall's (Antrim) Corofin (Galway)
2010–11 Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) St. Brigid's (Roscommon)
2011–12 Garrycastle (Westmeath) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) St. Brigid's (Roscommon)
2012–13 Ballymun Kickhams (Dublin) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) St. Brigid's (Roscommon)
2013–14 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Ballinderry Shamrocks (Derry) Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo)

List of Finals[edit]

Year Winner Score County Opponent Score County Referee
2013–14[2] St. Vincent's 4-12 Dublin Castlebar Mitchels 2-11 Mayo Eddie Kinsella (Laois)
2012–13[3] St. Brigid's 2-11 Roscommon Ballymun Kickhams 2-10 Dublin Pádraig Hughes (Armagh)
2011–12 Crossmaglen Rangers 0-15, 2-19 (R) Armagh Garrycastle 1-12, 1-07 (R) Westmeath Rory Hickey (Clare), Marty Duffy (Sligo) (R)
2010–11 Crossmaglen Rangers 2-11 Armagh St. Brigid's 1-11 Roscommon Cormac Reilly (Meath)
2009–10 St. Gall's 0-13 Antrim Kilmurry Ibrickane 1-05 Clare Derek Fahy (Longford)
2008–09 Kilmacud Crokes 1-09 Dublin Crossmaglen Rangers 0-07 Armagh Gerry Kinneavy (Galway)
2007–08 St. Vincent's 1-11 Dublin Nemo Rangers 0-13 Cork Joe McQuillan (Cavan)
2006–07 Crossmaglen Rangers 1-09, 0-13 (R) Armagh Dr. Crokes 1-09, 1-05 (R) Kerry Syl Doyle (Wexford), Eugene Murtagh (Longford) (R)
2005–06 Salthill-Knocknacarra 0-07 Galway St. Gall's 0-06 Antrim David Coldrick (Meath)
2004–05[4] Ballina Stephenites 1-12 Mayo Portlaoise 2-08 Laois Brian Crowe (Cavan)
2003–04 Caltra 0-13 Galway An Ghaeltacht 0-12 Kerry Michael Monahan (Kildare)
2002–03 Nemo Rangers 0-14 Cork Crossmolina Deel Rovers 1-09 Mayo Brian Crowe (Cavan)
2001–02 Ballinderry Shamrocks 2-10 Derry Nemo Rangers 0-09 Cork Seamus McCormack (Meath)
2000–01 Crossmolina Deel Rovers 0-16 Mayo Nemo Rangers 1-12 Cork John Bannon (Longford)
1999–00 Crossmaglen Rangers 1-14 Armagh Na Fianna 0-12 Dublin Michael Curley (Galway)
1998–99 Crossmaglen Rangers 0-09 Armagh Ballina Stephenites 0-08 Mayo John Bannon (Longford)
1997–98 Corofin 0-15 Galway Erins Isle 0-10 Dublin Pat Casserly (Westmeath)
1996–97 Crossmaglen Rangers 2-13 Armagh Knockmore 0-11 Mayo Brian White (Wexford)
1995–96 Laune Rangers 4-05 Kerry Éire Óg 0-11 Carlow Pat McEneaney (Monaghan)
1994–95 Kilmacud Crokes 0-08 Dublin Bellaghy 0-05 Derry
1993–94 Nemo Rangers 3-11 Cork Castlebar Mitchels 0-08 Mayo
1992–93 O'Donovan Rossa 1-12, 1-07 (R) Cork Éire Óg 3-06, 0-08 (R) Carlow
1991–92 Dr. Crokes 1-11 Kerry Thomas Davis 0-13 Dublin
1990–91 Lavey 2-09 Derry Salthill-Knocknacarra 0-10 Galway
1989–90 Baltinglass 2-07 Wicklow Clann na nGael 0-07 Roscommon Tommy Sugrue (Kerry)
1988–89 Nemo Rangers 1-13 Cork Clann na nGael 1-03 Roscommon
1987–88 Burren 1-09 Down Clann na nGael 0-08 Roscommon
1986–87 St. Finbarr's 0-10 Cork Clann na nGael 0-07 Roscommon
1985–86 Burren 1-10 Down Castleisland Desmonds 1-06 Kerry
1984–85 Castleisland Desmonds 2-02 Kerry St. Vincent's 0-07 Dublin
1983–84 Nemo Rangers 2-10 Cork Walterstown 0-05 Meath
1982–83 Portlaoise 0-12 Laois Clann na nGael 2-00 Roscommon
1981–82 Nemo Rangers 6-11 Cork Garrymore 1-08 Mayo
1980–81 St. Finbarr's 1-08 Cork Walterstown 0-06 Meath
1979–80 St. Finbarr's 3-09 Cork St. Grellan's 0-08 Galway
1978–79 Nemo Rangers 2-09 Cork Scotstown 1-03 Monaghan Tommy Moran (Leitrim)
1977–78 Thomond College 2-14 Limerick St. John's 1-03 Antrim
1976–77 Austin Stacks 1-13 Kerry Ballerin 2-07 Derry
1975–76 St. Vincent's 4-10 Dublin Roscommon Gaels 0-05 Roscommon
1974–75 UCD 1-11 Dublin Nemo Rangers 0-12 Cork
1973–74 UCD 1-06, 0-14 (R) Dublin Clan na Gael 1-06, 1-04 (R) Armagh
1972–73 Nemo Rangers 2-11, 4-06 (R) Cork St. Vincent's 2-11, 0-10 (R) Dublin
1971–72 Bellaghy 0-15 Derry UCC 1-11 Cork
1970–71 East Kerry 5-09 Kerry Bryansford 2-07 Down

By club[edit]

Club All-Irelands Province
Nemo Rangers (Cork), 2002–03 7 Flag of Munster.svg Munster
Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh), 2011–12 6 Flag of Ulster.svg Ulster
St. Vincent's (Dublin), 2013–14 3 Flag of Leinster.svg Leinster
St. Finbarr's (Cork), 1986–87 Flag of Munster.svg Munster
Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin), 2008–09 2 Flag of Leinster.svg Leinster
UCD (Dublin), 1974–75
Burren (Down), 1987–88 Flag of Ulster.svg Ulster

Nineteen unlisted clubs have managed to win a single title.

By county[edit]

L, M, U, C refer to Leinster/Munster/Ulster/Connacht championships won by clubs from the county. "Last winning team" gives the name of the club from the county which last won the All-Ireland; if no club has, the name of the last provincial champion is given in italic type.

# County All-Irelands L M U C Last winning team
1 Cork clubs 11 25 Nemo Rangers, 2002–03
2 Dublin clubs 7 16 St. Vincent's, 2013–14
3 Armagh clubs 6 12 Crossmaglen Rangers, 2011–12
4 Kerry clubs 5 13 Laune Rangers, 1995–96
5 Galway clubs 3 14 Salthill-Knocknacarra, 2005–06
6 Derry clubs 3 12 Ballinderry Shamrocks, 2001–02
7 Mayo clubs 2 14 Ballina Stephenites, 2004–05
8 Down clubs 2 6 Burren, 1987–88
9 Roscommon clubs 1 13 St. Brigid's, 2012–13
10 Laois clubs 1 7 Portlaoise, 1982–83
11 Antrim clubs 1 4 St. Gall's, 2009–10
12= Wicklow clubs 1 2 Baltinglass, 1989–90
Limerick clubs 2 Thomond College, 1977–78
14= Monaghan clubs 0 6 Castleblayney Faughs, 1991–92
Carlow clubs 6 O'Hanrahans, 2000–01
16= Meath clubs 0 4 Dunshaughlin, 2002–03
Offaly clubs 4 Ferbane, 1986–87
18= Sligo clubs 0 3 St. Mary's, 1983–84
Clare clubs 3 Kilmurry Ibrickane, 2009–10
20= Tyrone clubs 0 2 Errigal Ciarán, 2002–03
Kildare clubs 2 Moorefield, 2006–07
22= Donegal clubs 0 1 St. Joseph's, 1975–76
Westmeath clubs 1 Garrycastle, 2011–12

No club from Cavan, Fermanagh, Kilkenny, Leitrim, London, Longford, Louth, Tipperary, Waterford or Wexford has ever won a national or provincial title.

By province[edit]

Province All-Irelands Most recent winning team
Flag of Munster.svg Munster clubs 17 Nemo Rangers (Cork), 2002–03
Flag of Ulster.svg Ulster clubs 12 Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh), 2011–12
Flag of Leinster.svg Leinster clubs 9 St. Vincent's (Dublin), 2013–14
Flag of Connacht.svg Connacht clubs 6 St. Brigid's (Roscommon), 2012–13

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St Gall's celebrate centenary in real style". Irish Times. 2010-03-18. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  2. ^ "St. Vincent’s crowned champions courtesy of Connolly masterclass". Irish Independent. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Dolan puts Brigid’s in dreamland". Irish Examiner. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ballina best in dogged decider". Hogan Stand. 17 March 2005. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 

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