All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship
Current season or competition:
2014–15 All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship
Founded 1971
Region Ireland (GAA)
Title holders Flag of the counties of Fermanagh and Limerick.svgBallyhale Shamrocks (6th title)
First winner Flag of the counties of Cork, Derry and Louth.svgRoscrea
Most titles Flag of the counties of Fermanagh and Limerick.svgBallyhale Shamrocks (6 titles)
Sponsors Allied Irish Banks (AIB)

The All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship, commonly known from current sponsorship as the AIB Club Hurling Championship, is an Irish hurling competition. Like its equivalent at senior inter-county level, it is played on a provincial knockout (single elimination) basis. Unlike the All-Ireland inter-county championship there is no "back-door" or second chance for defeated teams. The competition is open to the champion clubs of the strongest hurling counties in the four provinces.


In the 1960s a number of new initiatives took place with regard to developments in Gaelic games competitions. Firstly the All-Ireland under-21 championships in hurling and Gaelic football were introduced in 1964 as a new grade of competition for young hurlers. Secondly, the Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship was established that same year as a competition for the champion clubs of the six counties of the southern province. Prior to this, however, tournaments and charity games involving clubs from different counties had taken place as far back as the thirties.

At the GAA's annual congress in 1969 Donegal, Galway and Wexford put down a motion for the introduction of All-Ireland club championships in both codes. The competition eventually began in 1970-71.


Each of Ireland's 32 counties play their own championship between all the hurling 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. Until the introduction of the Intermediate and Junior Championships one team usually played the London champions in a quarter-final. The London champions now play in the Intermediate Championship. The All-Ireland Final is played in Croke Park on St. Patrick's Day.


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


Action from the 2009 semi-final between De La Salle (white and red) and Cushendall (maroon)

The club championship was first held in 1971, with Roscrea of Tipperary becoming the first champions. Ironically, given the county's initial opposition to the tournament, Cork clubs won seven All-Irelands in this decade. James Stephens of Kilkenny were the first Leinster team to win.

Castlegar won Connacht's first title in 1980, and in '83 Loughgiel Shamrocks became Ulster's first and only All-Ireland champions at the time, repeating the feat in 2012. Teams from the traditional hurling counties (Cork, Tipperary and Kilkenny) dominated for the rest of the 80s.

Since the 1990s Galway clubs have come to the fore, with Sarsfields, Athenry and Portumna managing to retain the title. Birr also enjoyed much success, winning four titles in nine seasons.

In defeating De La Salle of Waterford in the 2009 final, Portumna of Galway won a third title in four years, the first club to manage this feat.

Roll of honour[edit]

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

Year Munster champions Leinster champions Connacht champions
(Galway unless stated)
Ulster champions
(Antrim unless stated)
1970–71 Roscrea (Tipperary) St. Rynagh's, Cloghan-Banagher (Offaly) Liam Mellows Loughgiel Shamrocks
1971–72 Blackrock (Cork) Rathnure (Wexford) Tommy Larkin's Loughgiel Shamrocks
1972–73 Glen Rovers (Cork) St. Rynagh's, Cloghan-Banagher (Offaly) Castlegar O'Donovan Rossa
1973–74 Blackrock (Cork) Rathnure (Wexford) Castlegar St. John's
1974–75 St. Finbarr's (Cork) The Fenians (Kilkenny) Ardrahan Ballycran (Down)
1975–76 Blackrock (Cork) James Stephens (Kilkenny) Ardrahan Ballygalget (Down)
1976–77 Glen Rovers (Cork) Camross (Laois) Tremane (Roscommon) Ballycran (Down)
1977–78 St. Finbarr's (Cork) Rathnure (Wexford) Four Roads (Roscommon) O'Donovan Rossa
1978–79 Blackrock (Cork) Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) Ardrahan McQuillans, Ballycastle
1979–80 Blackrock (Cork) Crumlin (Dublin) Castlegar McQuillans, Ballycastle
1980–81 St. Finbarr's (Cork) Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) Sarsfield's McQuillans, Ballycastle
1981–82 Mount Sion (Waterford) James Stephens (Kilkenny) Gort Ruairí Óg, Cushendall
1982–83 Moycarkey-Borris (Tipperary) St. Rynagh's, Cloghan-Banagher (Offaly) Kiltormer Loughgiel Shamrocks
1983–84 Midleton (Cork) Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) Gort McQuillans, Ballycastle
1984–85 Sixmilebridge (Clare) St Martin's (Kilkenny) Castlegar McQuillans, Ballycastle
1985–86 Kilruane MacDonagh's (Tipperary) Buffers Alley, Monamolin (Wexford) Turloughmore Ruairí Óg, Cushendall
1986–87 Borris-Ileigh (Tipperary) Rathnure (Wexford) Killimordaly McQuillans, Ballycastle
1987–88 Midleton (Cork) Rathnure (Wexford) Athenry Ruairí Óg, Cushendall
1988–89 Patrickswell (Limerick) Buffer's Alley,Monamolin (Wexford) Four Roads (Roscommon) O'Donovan Rossa
1989–90 Ballybrown (Limerick) Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) Sarsfield's Loughgiel Shamrocks
1990–91 Patrickswell (Limerick) Glenmore (Kilkenny) Kiltormer Dunloy Cú Chulainn's
1991–92 Cashel King Cormacs (Tipperary) Birr (Offaly) Kiltormer Ruairí Óg, Cushendall
1992–93 Kilmallock (Limerick) Buffers Alley, Monamolin (Wexford) Sarsfield's Ruairí Óg, Cushendall
1993–94 Toomevara (Tipperary) St. Rynagh's, Cloghan-Banagher (Offaly) Sarsfield's Ballycran (Down)
1994–95 Kilmallock (Limerick) Birr (Offaly) Athenry Dunloy Cú Chulainn's
1995–96 Sixmilebridge (Clare) Glenmore (Kilkenny) Sarsfield's Dunloy Cú Chulainn's
1996–97 Wolfe Tones (Clare) Camross (Laois) Athenry Ruairí Óg, Cushendall
1997–98 Clarecastle GAA (Clare) Birr(Offaly) Sarsfield's Dunloy Cú Chulainn's
1998–99 St. Joseph's Doora-Barefield (Clare) Rathnure (Wexford) Athenry Ballygalget (Down)
1999–2000 St. Joseph's Doora-Barefield (Clare) Birr (Offaly) Athenry Ruairí Óg, Cushendall
2000–01 Sixmilebridge(Clare) Graigue-Ballycallan (Kilkenny) Athenry Dunloy Cú Chulainn's
2001–02 Ballygunner (Waterford) Birr (Offaly) Clarinbridge Dunloy Cú Chulainn's
2002–03 Mount Sion (Waterford) Birr (Offaly) Athenry Dunloy Cú Chulainn's
2003–04 Newtownshandrum (Cork) O'Loughlin Gaels (Kilkenny) Portumna Dunloy Cú Chulainn's
2004–05 Toomevara (Tipperary) James Stephens (Kilkenny) Athenry O'Donovan Rossa
2005–06 Newtownshandrum (Cork) James Stephens (Kilkenny) Portumna Ballygalget (Down)
2006–07 Toomevara (Tipperary) Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) Loughrea Ruairí Óg, Cushendall
2007–08 Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) Birr (Offaly) Portumna Dunloy Cú Chulainn's
2008–09 De La Salle (Waterford) Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) Portumna Ruairí Óg, Cushendall
2009–10 Newtownshandrum (Cork) Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) Portumna Dunloy Cú Chulainn's
2010–11 De La Salle (Waterford) O'Loughlin Gaels (Kilkenny) Clarinbridge Loughgiel Shamrocks
2011–12 Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) Coolderry (Offaly) Gort Loughgiel Shamrocks
2012–13 Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) Kilcormac-Killoughey (Offaly) St. Thomas's Loughgiel Shamrocks
2013–14 Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) Mount Leinster Rangers (Carlow) Portumna Loughgiel Shamrocks
2014–15 Kilmallock (Limerick) Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) Gort Portaferry (Down)

List of Finals[edit]

Year Winner Score County Opponent Score County
2014-15[1] Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-18 Kilkenny Kilmallock 1-06 Limerick
2013-14[2] Portumna 0-19 Galway Mount Leinster Rangers 0-11 Carlow
2012-13[3] St. Thomas's 1-11 Galway Kilcormac-Killoughey 1-09 Offaly
2011-12[4] Loughgiel 4-13 Antrim Coolderry 0-17 Offaly
2010-11 Clarinbridge 2-18 Galway O'Loughlin Gaels 0-12 Kilkenny
2009-10 Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-19 Kilkenny Portumna 0-17 Galway
2008-09 Portumna 2-24 Galway De La Salle 1-08 Waterford
2007-08 Portumna 3-19 Galway Birr 3-09 Offaly
2006-07 Ballyhale Shamrocks 3-12 Kilkenny Loughrea 2-08 Galway
2005-06 Portumna 2-08 Galway Newtownshandrum 1-06 Cork
2004-05 James Stephens 0-19 Kilkenny Athenry 0-14 Galway
2003-04 Newtownshandrum 0-17 Cork Dunloy 1-06 Antrim
2002-03 Birr 1-19 Offaly Dunloy 0-11 Antrim
2001-02 Birr 2-10 Offaly Clarinbridge 1-05 Galway
2000-01 Athenry 3-24 Galway Graigue-Ballycallan 2-19 Kilkenny
1999-00 Athenry 0-16 Galway St Josephs 0-12 Clare
1998-99 St Josephs 2-14 Clare Rathnure 0-08 Wexford
1997-98 Birr 1-13 Offaly Sarsfields 0-09 Galway
1996-97 Athenry 0-14 Galway Wolfe Tones 1-08 Clare
1995-96 Sixmilebridge 5-10 Clare Dunloy 2-06 Antrim
1994-95 Birr 0-09; 3-13 Offaly Dunloy 0-09; 2-03 Antrim
1993-94 Sarsfields 1-14 Galway Toomevara 3-06 Tipperary
1992-93 Sarsfields 1-17 Galway Kilmallock 2-07 Limerick
1991-92 Kiltormer 0-15 Galway Birr 1-08 Offaly
1990-91 Glenmore 1-13 Kilkenny Patrickswell 0-12 Limerick
1989-90 Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-16 Kilkenny Ballybrown 0-16 Limerick
1988-89 Buffers Alley 2-12 Wexford O'Donovan Rossa 0-12 Antrim
1987-88 Midleton 3-08 Cork Athenry 0-09 Galway
1986-87 Borrisoleigh 2-09 Tipperary Rathnure 0-09 Wexford
1985-86 Kilruane MacDonaghs 1-15 Tipperary Buffers Alley 2-10 Wexford
1984-85 St Martins 2-09; 1-13 Kilkenny Castlegar 3-06; 1-10 Galway
1983-84 Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-10; 1-10 Kilkenny Gort 1-10; 0-07 Galway
1982-83 Loughgiel 1-08; 2-12 Antrim St. Rynagh's 2-05; 1-12 Offaly
1981-82 James Stephens 3-13 Kilkenny Mount Sion 3-08 Waterford
1980-81 Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-15 Kilkenny St Finbarr's 1-11 Cork
1979-80 Castlegar 1-11 Galway McQuillans, Ballycastle 1-08 Antrim
1978-79 Blackrock 5-07 Cork Ballyhale Shamrocks 5-05 Kilkenny
1977-78 St Finbarr's 2-07 Cork Rathnure 0-09 Wexford
1976-77 Glen Rovers 2-12 Cork Camross 0-08 Laois
1975-76 James Stephens 2-10 Kilkenny Blackrock 2-04 Cork
1974-75 St Finbarr's 3-08 Cork Fenians 1-06 Kilkenny
1973-74 Blackrock 3-08 Cork Rathnure 1-09 Wexford
1972-73 Glen Rovers 2-18 Cork St. Rynagh's 2-08 Offaly
1971-72 Blackrock 5-13 Cork Rathnure 6-09 Wexford
1970-71 Roscrea 4-05 Tipperary St. Rynagh's 2-05 Offaly

Roll of honour[edit]

By club[edit]

Listing the most successful clubs only. Four further clubs are on two titles – Glen Rovers and St. Finbarr's (both of Cork), Sarsfields, of Galway and, most recently, Loughgiel of Antrim.

Club All-Irelands Province
Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny), 2014–15 6 Flag of Leinster.svg Leinster
Portumna (Galway), 2013–14 4 Flag of Connacht.svg Connacht
Birr (Offaly), 2002–03 4 Flag of Leinster.svg Leinster
Athenry (Galway), 2000–01 3 Flag of Connacht.svg Connacht
James Stephens (Kilkenny), 2004–05 3 Flag of Leinster.svg Leinster|
Blackrock (Cork), 1978–79 3 Flag of Munster.svg Munster

By county[edit]

M, L, C, U refer to Munster/Leinster/Connacht/Ulster 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 M L C U Last winning team
1 Galway clubs 13 41 Portumna, 2013–14
2 Kilkenny clubs 11 19 Ballyhale Shamrocks, 2014–15
3 Cork clubs 9 15 Newtownshandrum, 2003–04
4 Offaly clubs 4 13 Birr, 2002–03
5 Tipperary clubs 3 10 Borris-Ileigh, 1986–87
6= Wexford clubs 2 9 Buffers Alley, 1992–93
Clare clubs 7 St. Joseph's Doora-Barefield, 1999–2000
Antrim clubs 38 Loughgiel Shamrocks, 2011–12
10= Limerick clubs 0 8 Kilmallock, 2014–15
Waterford clubs 5 De La Salle, 2010–11
Laois clubs 2 Camross, 1996–97
Carlow clubs 1 Mount Leinster Rangers, 2013–14
Dublin clubs 1 Crumlin, 1979–80
Down clubs 7 Portaferry, 2014–15
Roscommon clubs 3 Four Roads, 1988–89

No club from Armagh, Cavan, Derry, Donegal, Fermanagh, Kerry, Kildare, Leitrim, London, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Sligo, Tyrone, Westmeath or Wicklow has ever won a national or provincial title.

By province[edit]

Province All-Irelands Last winning team
Flag of Leinster.svg Leinster clubs 16 Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny), 2014–15
Flag of Munster.svg Munster clubs 14 Newtownshandrum (Cork), 2003–04
Flag of Connacht.svg Connacht clubs 13 Portumna (Galway), 2013–14
Flag of Ulster.svg Ulster clubs 2 Loughgiel Shamrocks (Antrim), 2011–12

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