Cork Senior Hurling Championship

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Cork Senior Hurling Championship
IRL Cork flag.gif
Irish Craobh Iomána Sinsearach Chorcaí
Founded 1887
Trophy Seán Óg Murphy Cup
Title holders Midleton (7th title)
Most titles Blackrock (32 titles)
Sponsors Evening Echo

Cork Senior Hurling Championship (currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Evening Echo Cork County Senior Hurling Championship) is an annual competition for hurling clubs organised by the Cork County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1887.

The series of games are played during the summer and autumn months with the county final currently being played at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in October. The prize for the winning team is the Seán Óg Murphy Cup. The championship had always been played on a straight knockout basis whereby once a team loses they are eliminated from the series, but in recent years there is a 'back door' for teams defeated in the first round.

The Cork County Championship is an integral part of the wider Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship. The winners of the Cork county final join the champions of the other four hurling counties to contest the provincial championship.

Twenty-five clubs, divisions and colleges currently participate in the Cork County Championship. The title has been won at least once by nineteen different clubs. The all-time record-holders are Blackrock National Hurling Club, who have led the roll of honour since the competitions inception and have won a total of 32 titles. The other two members of the so-called 'big three' are Glen Rovers and St Finbarr's who have won 25 titles each.

Midleton are the current title-holders after defeating Sarsfield's in the 2013 championship decider.


The Cork Senior Club Hurling Championship is one of the most hotly contested club hurling championships in Ireland. Such is the prestige of the competition that it has often been referred to as 'the little All-Ireland.' The first Cork Hurling Championship took place in 1887 when Tower St. were crowned the first Cork County Champions. There was no championship played in 1905 and 1921. Over the years the county final has attracted followers of the game from all over the country and has produced some legendary hurling battles. In 1977 a record-breaking 34,000 spectators watched St Finbarr's defeat Glen Rovers in the county final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. The Cork SHC was at its strongest in the 1970s when a Cork team won the All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship every year of the decade, except for 1971 and 1976. This success at club level paved the way for the Cork senior hurlers to win three All-Ireland hurling titles in-a-row between 1976 and 1978.

Blackrock, Glen Rovers and St Finbarr's are affectionately known as "the Big Three" in Cork club hurling. Together they have won over 80 Cork County titles. Blackrock has always been ahead in the roll of honour from the beginnings of the competition, and other notable distinctions include Glen Rovers' run of winning eight titles in-a-row in the 1930s and 1940s. In recent years the dominance of these three clubs has diminished somewhat as the East Cork clubs have emerged successful. A city club has not won a title since Na Piarsaigh's victory in 2004 with all of the subsequent titles going to East Cork or North Cork clubs.



The Cork County Championship is a knockout tournament with pairings drawn at random—there are no seeds.

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, however, 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.

Twenty-five teams currently take part in the championship, however, these teams are divided into two sections:

  • the club section contains 16 teams
  • the divisional and college section contains 9 teams.

Club section[edit]

In 2012 the following 16 teams participated in the club section of the championship:

First Round: Sixteen teams contest this round. An open draw is made to determine the eight pairings. The eight winners of these games advance directly to the fourth round, which is effectively the last sixteen of the championship. The eight losing teams advance to the second round where they are provided with another chance to qualify for the knock-out stages.

Second Round: The eight losing first round teams contest this round. An open draw is made to determine the four pairings. The four winners of these games advance directly to the fourth round, the last sixteen of the championship. The four losing teams advance to the third round where they were provided with a final chance to qualify for the knock-out stages.

Third Round: The four losing second round teams contest this round. An open draw is made to determine the two pairings. The two winners of these games advance directly to the fourth round, the last sixteen of the championship. The two losing teams contest the relegation final. The loser of this game is relegated to the Cork Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship.

Divisional/College section[edit]

The following teams participate in the divisional and college section:

First Round: Six teams contest this round. An open draw is made to determine the three pairings. The three winners of these games advance directly to the second round. The three losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Second Round: Four teams contest this round. The three winners from the first round joined a fourth team who receives a bye to this section. An open draw is made to determine the two pairings. The two winners of these games advance directly to the third round. The two losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Third Round: Four teams contest this round. The two winners from the second round join the two college teams who both receiv a bye to this section. The two colleges are on opposite sides of the draw. The two winners of these games advance directly to the last sixteen of the championship. The two losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Knock-out section[edit]

Fourth Round Sixteen teams contested this round. It comprised the eight first round winners, six teams that came via the 'back door' route and the two teams from the divisional section. The eight first round winning-teams were on one side of the draw and could not meet each other. Eight teams advanced to the quarter-finals while the eight losing teams were eliminated from the championship at this stage.

Quarter-finals Eight teams contested this round. An open draw was made to determine the four pairings. The four winning teams advanced to the semi-finals while the four losing teams are eliminated from the championship at this stage.

Semi-finals Four teams contested this round. An open draw was made to determine the two pairings. The two winning teams advanced to the final while the two losing teams are eliminated from the championship at this stage.

Final The county final was contested by the two semi-final winners.


Since 2005 the Cork County Championship has been sponsored by the Evening Echo. The competition was previously sponsored by Permanent TSB.


The winning team is presented with the Seán Óg Murphy Cup. A native of Cork city, Seán Óg Murphy (1897–1956) played hurling for Blackrock and football for Nils. He won three All-Ireland medals with Cork and served as secretary of Cork County Board from 1929 until his death in 1956.

Club championship moments[edit]

  • Glen Rovers 4-7 : 2-2 Ballincollig (12 October 1941 at the Cork Athletic Grounds)—In a game that set them apart from all other teams, Glen Rovers continued their stranglehold of club hurling in Cork by claiming their eighth championship title in succession. It was a team backboned by some of the greatest hurlers of all-time, including Jack Lynch and Christy Ring. The eight-in-a-row marked a new record, not only in Cork but in the annals of Gaelic games as Limerick's Ahane had previously achieved seven county titles in-a-row.
  • Glen Rovers 3-12 : 2-7 St. Finbarr's (11 October 1964 at the Cork Athletic Grounds)—It was the southside against the northside as 'the Glen' and 'the Barr's' contested the championship decider for the first time since 1958. Glen Rovers triumhed by eight points and preserved a unique record. The club had won the county title in ever year ending in a four since 1934. Christy Ring also claimed his thirteenth county championship winners' medal.
  • UCC 2-12 : 0-15 Muskerry (22 November 1970 at the Cork Athletic Grounds)—After losing seven finals in the previous thirteen years (including a replay), University College Cork finally triumphed to claim their second championship. It was a team made up of inter-county stars from the traditional hurling counties of Munster and Leinster, while Muskerry, appearing in their first ever final, fielded a team made up of junior and intermediate club players from mid-Cork.
  • St Finbarr's 1-17 : 1-5 Glen Rovers (18 September 1977 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh)—A record attendance of 34,151 sees St. Finbarr's enter their second century with a devastating twelve-point defeat of their northside rivals. 'The Barr's' defeated 'the Glen', who were also the reigning All-Ireland club champions, with a younger fresher team.
  • Carbery 3-12 : 3-6 Midleton (11 September 1994 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh)—Carbery ended a 61-year wait for their first championship title with a stunning comeback against the former All-Ireland club champions. Trailing by seven points at one stage, the west Cork division came storming back to win by six points at the finish, helped in no small part by the dismissal of Midleton's full-back Mick Boylan. The win was all the more remarkable as Carbery is considered the heartland of Gaelic football in Cork.
  • Avondhu 1-12 : 1-12 Imokilly (22 September 1996 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh)—In an historic occasion, the county championship decider is contested by two divisional teams for the first time in history as north Cork battles east Cork. Imokilly look set to claim the title, however, a remarkable comeback by Avondhu saw the north Cork men earn a draw.
  • Newtownshandrum 0-14 : 0-11 Erin's Own (8 October 2000 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh)—Four years after graduating from the intermediate grade, the Newtownshandrum club contest their very first county final. It was far from a 'traditional' decider as one-time champions Erin's Own provided the opposition. It was east Cork versus north Cork, however, the club from the tiny parish of eight hundred triumphed, albeit in controversial circumstances as a late Erin's Own goal was disallowed.
  • Erin's Own 2-19 : 3-14 Cloyne (22 October 2006 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh)—While Erin's Own claimed their first county title in fourteen year, the story of the game was Cloyne's defeat. In a score-fest of a game that saw a score being recorded almost every 90 seconds, Cloyne looked destined to make it third time lucky and claim their first championship. The team lost their way in the second-half and left the field as defeated finalists for the third time in-a-row.
  • Glen Rovers 3-23 : 1-17 Bride Rovers (27 June 2010 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh)—'The Glen's' extra-time second round victory was overshadowed by fighting involving players, substitutes and mentors from both sides in first half stoppage-time. Following an investigation, the Cork county board proposed a fine of €7,500 for both clubs and two-month suspensions for a player on each side. This fine was later reduced to €2,000, however, both sides were expelled from the championship. This caused chaos for the fixtures and, following a re-think, the county board allowed both teams to rejoin the championship.

Top winners[edit]

Team Wins Years won
1 Blackrock 32 1887, 1889, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1897, 1898, 1903, 1908, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1920, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1956, 1961, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1999, 2001, 2002
2 St.Finbarr's 25 1899, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1919, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1932, 1933, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1965, 1968, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1993
2 Glen Rovers 25 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1976, 1989
4 Midleton 7 1914, 1916, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1991, 2013
5 Sarsfields 5 1951, 1957, 2008, 2010, 2012
Redmonds 5 1892, 1900, 1901, 1915, 1917
7 Newtownshandrum 4 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009
8 Erin's Own 3 1992, 2006, 2007
8 Dungourney 3 1902, 1907, 1909
8 Avondhu 3 1952, 1966, 1996
8 Na Piarsaigh 3 1990, 1995, 2004
12 UCC 2 1963, 1970
12 Imokilly 2 1997, 1998
12 Carrigtwohill 2 1918, 2011
15 Tower Street 1 1888
15 Aghabullogue 1 1890
15 Ballyhea 1 1896
15 Éire Óg 1 1928
15 Carbery 1 1994

Roll of honour[edit]


Year Winner Score Runner-up Score Winning captain
1887 Cork Nationals (Blackrock) Passage West
1888 Tower Street 4-1 Ballygarvan 0-1 William Gleeson
1889 Blackrock Wo Aghada Scr Stephen Hayes
1890 Aghabullogue 7-3 Aghada 1-1 Dan Lane
1891 Blackrock 4-4 Inniscarra 0-0 Stephen Hayes
1892 Redmond’s 2-4 Blackrock 0-5 Bill O'Callaghan
1893 Blackrock 2-5 Redmond’s 1-1 John 'Curtis' Murphy
1894 Blackrock 1-5 Blarney 0-2 Stephen Hayes
1895 Blackrock 1-2 Ballyhea 1-1
1896 Ballyhea 6-10 Ballygarvan 1-2 J. Murphy
1897 Blackrock 5-8 Aghada 0-0
1898 Blackrock 2-9 Carrigtwohill 0-2
1899 St. Finbarr's 0-8 Redmond’s 0-7
1900 Redmond’s 1-9 Dungourney 2-3
1901 Redmond’s 1-11 St. Finbarr's 2-4 Paddy Cantillon
1902 Dungourney 3-10 Shanballymore 2-5 Jamesy Kelleher
1903 Blackrock 2-8 St. Finbarr's 1-10 Steva Riordan
1904 St. Finbarr's Wo Castletownroche Scr Dan Harrington
1905 No championship
1906 St. Finbarr's 2-9 Ballymartle 0-6
1907 Dungourney 5-17 Castletownroche 0-3 Jamesy Kelleher
1908 Blackrock 4-11 Midleton 2-3
1909 Dungourney 6-10 Sarsfields 1-8
1910 Blackrock 6-3 Dungourney 3-1
1911 Blackrock 3-2 Aghabullogue 0-0
1912 Blackrock 4-2 Redmond’s 0-1 Andy 'Dooric' Buckley
1913 Blackrock 3-3 Midleton 2-3 Barry Murphy
1914 Midleton Wo Blackrock Scr
1915 Redmond’s 4-1 Collegians 0-01 Connie Sheehan
1916 Midleton 4-0 Shamrocks 3-02 James O'Connell
1917 Redmond’s 5-1 Midleton 1-3 Connie Sheehan
1918 Carrigtwohill 4-01 Blackrock 1-07
1919 St. Finbarr's 5-3 Blackrock 4-1 T. Finn
1920 Blackrock 14-4 Fairhill 2-0 Mattie Murphy
1921 No championship
1922 St. Finbarr's Wo Blackrock Scr
1923 St. Finbarr's 0-06 Blackrock 1-02 Maurice O'Brien
1924 Blackrock 3-5 Redmond’s 1-2 Seán Óg Murphy
1925 Blackrock 6-4 St. Finbarr's 2-3 Seán Óg Murphy
1926 St. Finbarr's 6-2 Blackrock 5-4
1927 Blackrock 5-5 Redmond’s 2-1 Seán Óg Murphy
1928 Éire Óg 5-2 Mallow 3-2 Dinny Barry-Murphy
1929 Blackrock 5-6 St. Finbarr's 2-2
1930 Blackrock 3-8 Glen Rovers 1-3 Eudie Coughlan
1931 Blackrock 2-4 Éire Óg 0-3
1932 St. Finbarr's 5-3 Carrigtwohill 4-4
1933 St. Finbarr's 4-6 Carrigtwohill 5-3
Replay St. Finbarr's 6-6 Carrigtwohill 5-0
1934 Glen Rovers 3-2 St. Finbarr's 0-6 Joe Lee
1935 Glen Rovers Wo. Carrigtwohill Scr. Joe Lee
1936 Glen Rovers 7-05 Sarsfields 4-02 Joe Lee
1937 Glen Rovers 3-5 Carrigtwohill 1-0 Joe Lee
1938 Glen Rovers 5-6 Midleton 1-3 Joe Lee
1939 Glen Rovers 5-4 Blackrock 2-5 Jack Lynch
1940 Glen Rovers 10-6 Sarsfields 7-5 Jack Lynch
1941 Glen Rovers 4-7 Ballincollig 2-2 Connie Buckley
1942 St. Finbarr's 5-7 Ballincollig 2-2
1943 St. Finbarr's 3-3 Ballincollig 3-3
Replay St. Finbarr's 7-9 Ballincollig 1-1 J. Horgan
1944 Glen Rovers 5-7 St. Finbarr's 3-3 Din Joe Buckley
1945 Glen Rovers 4-10 Carrigdhoun 5-3 Paddy O'Donovan
1946 St. Finbarr's 2-3 Glen Rovers 2-1
1947 St. Finbarr's 4-6 Sarsfields 4-4
1948 Glen Rovers 5-7 Blackrock 3-2 Jim Young
1949 Glen Rovers 6-5 Imokilly 0-14 Dave Creedon
1950 Glen Rovers 2-8 St. Finbarr's 0-5 John Lyons
1951 Sarsfields 5-8 Glen Rovers 3-7 Pat O'Leary
1952 Avondhu 3-9 St. Finbarr's 4-6
Replay Avondhu 3-8 St. Finbarr's 4-3
1953 Glen Rovers 8-5 Sarsfields 4-3 Josie Hartnett
1954 Glen Rovers 7-7 Blackrock 3-2 Christy Ring
1955 St. Finbarr's 2-6 Glen Rovers 1-9
Replay St. Finbarr's 2-8 Glen Rovers 2-6 Tony O'Shaughnessy
1956 Blackrock 2-10 Glen Rovers 2-2 Mick Cashman
1957 Sarsfields 5-10 UCC 4-6 Mossie O'Connor
1958 Glen Rovers 4-6 St. Finbarr's 3-5
1959 Glen Rovers 3-11 Blackrock 3-5 John Lyons
1960 Glen Rovers 3-8 UCC 1-12 Joe Twomey
1961 Blackrock 4-10 Avondhu 3-7 Mick Cashman
1962 Glen Rovers 3-7 UCC 2-10
Replay Glen Rovers 3-8 UCC 2-10 Finbarr O'Regan
1963 UCC 4-17 Blackrock 5-6
1964 Glen Rovers 3-12 St. Finbarr's 2-7 Christy Ring
1965 St. Finbarr's 6-8 UCC 2-6
1966 Avondhu 2-11 UCC 4-4
1967 Glen Rovers 3-9 St. Finbarr's 1-9 Seán Kennefick
1968 St. Finbarr's 5-9 Imokilly 1-19
1969 Glen Rovers 4-16 UCC 1-13 Denis O'Riordan
1970 UCC 2-12 Muskerry 0-16 Mick McCarthy
1971 Blackrock 2-19 St. Finbarr's 5-4 John Horgan
1972 Glen Rovers 3-15 Youghal 1-10 Denis Coughlan
1973 Blackrock 2-12 Glen Rovers 2-10 John Horgan
1974 St. Finbarr's 2-17 Blackrock 2-14 Jim Power
1975 Blackrock 4-11 Glen Rovers 0-10 Éamonn O'Donoghue
1976 Glen Rovers 2-7 Blackrock 0-10 Martin O'Doherty
1977 St. Finbarr's 1-17 Glen Rovers 1-5 Denis Burns
1978 Blackrock 4-12 Glen Rovers 1-7 John Horgan
1979 Blackrock 2-14 St. Finbarr's 2-6 Tim Murphy
1980 St. Finbarr's 1-09 Glen Rovers 2-04 Billy O'Brien
1981 St. Finbarr's 1-12 Glen Rovers 1-9 Dónal O'Grady
1982 St. Finbarr's 2-17 Blackrock 3-9
1983 Midleton 1-18 St. Finbarr's 2-9 John Fenton


Year Winner Score Runner-up Score Venue Winning Captain
1984 St. Finbarr's 1-15 Ballyhea 2-4 Páirc Uí Chaoimh John Hodgins
1985 Blackrock 1-14 Midleton 1-8 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Andy Creagh
1986 Midleton 1-18 Blackrock 1-10 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Kevin Hennessy
1987 Midleton 2-12 Na Piarsaigh 0-15 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Ger Power
1988 St. Finbarr's 3-18 Glen Rovers 2-14 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Ger Cunningham
1989 Glen Rovers 4-15 Sarsfield's 3-13 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Tomás Mulcahy
Na Piarsaigh 1-12
St. Finbarr's 3-6
Páirc Uí Chaoimh Christy Coughlan
1991 Midleton 1-17 Glen Rovers 1-8 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Ger FitzGerald
1992 Erin's Own 1-12 Na Piarsaigh 0-12 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Frank Horgan
1993 St. Finbarr's 1-14 Carbery 1-13 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Mick Barry
1994 Carbery 3-12 Midleton 3-6 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Barry Harte
1995 Na Piarsaigh 1-12 Ballyhea 3-1 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Leonard Forde
Avondhu 1-12
Imokilly 1-12
Páirc Uí Chaoimh Aidan Kenny
1997 Imokilly 1-18 Sarsfield's 2-12 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Brian O'Driscoll
1998 Imokilly 1-10 Blackrock 1-5 Páirc Uí Chaoimh William O'Riordan
1999 Blackrock 3-17 UCC 0-8 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Noel Keane
2000 Newtownshandrum 0-14 Erin's Own 0-11 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Donal Mulcahy
2001 Blackrock 4-8 Imokilly 2-7 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Wayne Sherlock
2002 Blackrock 1-14 Newtownshandrum 0-12 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Wayne Sherlock
2003 Newtownshandrum 0-17 Blackrock 0-9 Páirc Uí Chaoimh John McCarthy
2004 Na Piarsaigh 0-17 Cloyne 0-10 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Mark Prendergast
2005 Newtownshandrum 0-15 Cloyne 0-9 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Brendan Mulcahy
2006 Erin's Own 2-19 Cloyne 3-14 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Kieran 'Hero' Murphy
2007 Erin's Own 1-11 Newtownshandrum 0-7 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Kieran 'Hero' Murphy
2008 Sarsfield's 2-14 Bride Rovers 2-13 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Kieran 'Fraggy' Murphy
2009 Newtownshandrum 3-22 Sarsfield's 1-12 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Dermot Gleeson
2010 Sarsfield's 1-17 Glen Rovers 0-18 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Alan Kennedy
2011[1] Carrigtwohill 0-15 CIT 1-11 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Brian Lordan
2012[2] Sarsfield's 1-15 Bishopstown 1-13 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Joe Barry
2013[3] Midleton 2-15 Sarsfield's 2-13 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Padraig O'Shea


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