Oireachtas Tournament

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Oireachtas Tournament
Founded 1939
Abolished 1999
Region Ireland (GAA)
No. of teams Various
Last Title holders Kilkenny ( title)

The Oireachtas Tournament was an annual hurling competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association between 1939 and 1999 for the top inter-county teams in Ireland.[1]

The series of games were usually played in the autumn months after the completion of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. The prize for the winning team was the Oireachtas Cup and a special set of gold medals for the winning team. The tournament was initially a one-off challenge game between two top teams, however, as more teams entered a straight knock-out tournament developed.

The Oireachtas Tournament was once seen as a prestigious post-championship hurling competition with large crowds thronging Croke Park on the day of the final. Over time, however, it fell out of favour with both players and supporters and was eventually scrapped.

The title was won at least once by eleven different counties, eight of which have won the title more than once. The all-time joint record-holders are Galway and Tipperary, who won the competition eleven times.

General statistics[edit]

Performance by county[edit]

County Wins Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
1 Galway 11 10 1950, 1952, 1958, 1976, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997 1944, 1945, 1947, 1959, 1978, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1998, 1999
Tipperary 11 2 1945, 1949, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1990 1962, 1989
3 Kilkenny 10 8 1940, 1947, 1957, 1959, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1984, 1996, 1999 1939, 1951, 1955, 1956, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1983
4 Wexford 9 14 1951, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1986, 1994 1950, 1952, 1954, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1966, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1981, 1988, 1991, 1995
5 Cork 5 9 1973, 1974, 1975, 1985, 1998 1940, 1960, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1976, 1984, 1994, 1997
6 Clare 4 3 1954, 1982, 1983, 1996 1953, 1967, 1993
7 Dublin 2 1944, 1948
Limerick 2 1 1939, 1971 1982
9 Antrim 1 1946
Waterford 1 4 1962 1948, 1957, 1974, 1992
Offaly 1 2 1995 1979, 1980
12 Laois 2 1946, 1949

List of Oireachtas Finals[edit]

All-Ireland champions
All-Ireland runners-up
Year Winners Score Runners-up Score Venue
1939 Limerick 4-4 Kilkenny 2-5 Croke Park
1940 Kilkenny 7-11 Cork 1-6 Croke Park
1941-1943 Run as a Gaelic football tournament
1944 Dublin 6-6 Galway 3-6 Croke Park
1945 Tipperary 4-6 Galway 4-3 Croke Park
1946 Antrim 2-7 Laois 0-10 Croke Park
1947 Kilkenny 2-12 Galway 2-6 Croke Park
1948 Dublin 3-6 Waterford 2-6 Croke Park
1949 Tipperary 2-8 Laois 1-6 Croke Park
1950 Galway 2-9 Wexford 2-6 Croke Park
1951 Wexford 4-7 Kilkenny 3-7 Croke Park
1952 Galway 3-7 Wexford 1-10 Croke Park
1953 Wexford 5-11 Clare 4-5 Croke Park
1954
(R)
Clare 2-8
3-6
Wexford 2-8
0-12
Croke Park
1955 Wexford 3-11 Kilkenny 3-4 Croke Park
1956 Wexford 0-16 Kilkenny 1-9 Croke Park
1957 Kilkenny 4-10 Waterford 3-5 Croke Park
1958 Galway 5-16 Wexford 2-4 Thurles Sportsfield
1959 Kilkenny 6-6 Galway 5-8 Croke Park
1960 Tipperary 4-11 Cork 2-10 Croke Park
1961
(R)
Tipperary 3-6
2-13
Wexford 2-9
3-4
Croke Park
1962 Waterford 4-12 Tipperary 3-9 Croke Park
1963 Tipperary 4-15 Wexford 3-12 Croke Park
1964 Tipperary 5-7 Kilkenny 4-8 Croke Park
1965 Tipperary 2-12 Kilkenny 2-7 Croke Park
1966 Kilkenny 4-7 Wexford 1-7 Croke Park
1967 Kilkenny 4-4 Clare 1-8 Croke Park
1968 Tipperary 1-9 Cork 1-6 Thurles Sportsfield
1969 Kilkenny 4-14 Cork 3-10 Croke Park
1970 Tipperary 1-12 Cork 0-8 Thurles Sportsfield
1971 Limerick 4-12 Wexford 3-8 Croke Park
1972
(R)
Tipperary 2-13
2-13
Wexford 2-13
1-8
Croke Park
Nowlan Park
1973 Cork 1-8 Kilkenny 1-6 Cork Athletic Grounds
1974 Cork 3-15 Waterford 1-5 Mardyke Park
1975 Cork 3-13 Wexford 2-7 Croke Park
1976 Galway 1-15 Cork 2-9 Croke Park
1977 No final took place
1978 Wexford 0-18 Galway 1-10 Wexford Park
1979 Wexford 3-17 Offaly 5-8 Croke Park
1980 Wexford 1-19 Offaly 3-5 St. Brendan's Park
1981 Galway 1-15 Wexford 1-7 Páirc Uí Chaoimh
1982 Clare 3-9 Limerick 2- Cusack Park
1983 Clare 1-12 Kilkenny 1-11 Cusack Park
1984 Kilkenny 1-11 Cork 1-7 Páirc Uí Chaoimh
1985 Cork 2-11 Galway 1-10 Páirc Uí Chaoimh
1986 Wexford 3-17 Galway 1-22 Kenny Park
1987 No tournament
1988 Galway 4-15 Wexford 3-11
1989 Galway 1-19 Tipperary 0-8 Cusack Park
1990 Tipperary 1-15 Galway 0-7 Cusack Park
1991 Galway 2-12 Wexford 3-5 Duggan Park
1992 Galway 1-13 Waterford 0-10 Páirc an Aghasaigh
1993 Galway 2-19 Clare 3-9 Kenny Park
1994 Wexford 2-7 Cork 1-8 Fraher Field
1995 Offaly 2-13 Wexford 0-9 Wexford Park
1996 Clare 0-11 Kilkenny 1-4 Cusack Park
1997 Galway 0-14 Cork 0-8 Duggan Park
1998 Cork 0-15 Galway 0-10 Páirc Uí Rinn
1999 Kilkenny 4-6 Galway 0-12 MacDonagh Park

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peaceful final resting place for Oireachtas". Irish Independent. 4 December 2000. Retrieved 18 February 2012.