All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship
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|GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Club Championship|
|Current season or competition:
2014–15 All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship
|Trophy||Tommy Moore Cup|
|No. of teams||4|
|Title holders||Ballyhale Shamrocks (6th title)|
|First winner||Roscrea (1 title)|
|Most titles||Ballyhale Shamrocks (6 titles)|
|Sponsors||Allied Irish Banks (AIB)|
|Motto||The toughest of them all|
The All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship is an annual inter-county club hurling competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and contested by the top senior clubs in Ireland. Regarded as the most prestigious club competition in hurling, the tournament has taken place every year since 1971.
The final, usually held on St. Patrick's Day, serves as the culmination of a series of games played during the winter and spring months, and the results determine which county's team receives the Tommy Moore Cup. The championship has always been played on a straight knockout basis whereby once a team loses they are eliminated from the series. In the present format, it begins in October with provincial championships held in Leinster, Munster and Ulster, with the three respective champions contesting the subsequent All-Ireland semi-finals with the Galway champions.
Ballyhale Shamrocks is the most successful club in the competition's history, having won the championship six times. Galway clubs have accumulated the highest number of victories (13 wins), followed by Kilkenny (11 wins) and Cork (9 wins). The championship has been won by 24 different clubs, 10 of which have won it more than once. Only four clubs—Sarsfields, Athenry, Birr and Portumna— have managed consecutive wins. The reigning champions are Ballyhale Shamrocks, who secured their sixth title in the competition after defeating Kilmallock by 1-18 to 1-6 in the 2015 final.
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.
The GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Club Championship features four teams in the final tournament. 16 teams contest the three provincial club championships with the three respective champions and the Galway champions, a team who face no competition in their own province, automatically qualifying for the All-Ireland series.
|Leinster GAA||Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship|
|Munster GAA||Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship|
|Ulster GAA||Ulster Senior Club Hurling Championship|
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
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.
Roll of honour
All-Ireland winners are shaded gold, and counties are given in brackets.
List of Finals
Roll of honour
Performances by club
|Team||Winners||Years won||Runners-up||Years runners-up|
|Ballyhale Shamrocks||6||1981, 1984, 1990, 2007, 2010, 2015||1||1979|
|Birr||4||1995, 1998, 2002, 2003||2||1992, 2008|
|Portumna||4||2006, 2008, 2009, 2014||1||2010|
|Athenry||3||1997, 2000, 2001||2||1988, 2005|
|James Stephens||3||1976, 1982, 2005||0|
|Blackrock||3||1972, 1974, 1979||1||1976|
|St. Finbarr's||2||1975, 1978||1||1981|
|Glen Rovers||2||1973, 1977||0|
|Loughgiel Shamrocks||2||1983, 2012||0|
|St. Joseph's Doora-Barefield||1||1999||1||2000|
|Rathnure||0||5||1972, 1974, 1978, 1987, 1999|
|Dunloy||0||4||1995, 1996, 2003, 2004|
|St. Rynagh's||0||3||1971, 1973, 1983|
|De La Salle||0||1||2009|
|Mount Leinster Rangers||0||1||2014|
Performances by county
|Province||All-Irelands||Last winning team|
|Leinster clubs||16||Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny), 2014–15|
|Munster clubs||14||Newtownshandrum (Cork), 2003–04|
|Connacht clubs||13||Portumna (Galway), 2013–14|
|Ulster clubs||2||Loughgiel Shamrocks (Antrim), 2011–12|
- All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship
- All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
- All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship records and statistics
- "Ballyhale are Kings of Croke Park again as Shefflin savours a third club championship". The 42. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
- "Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-18 Kilmallock 1-6". GAA.ie. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
- "Ballyhale brush aside Kilmallock to claim hurling title". RTE Sport. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
- "Brilliant Ballyhale Shamrocks turn on the style". Irish Examiner. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
- "All Ireland Club SHC final: Shamrocks ease to title #6". Hogan Stand. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
- "All-Ireland Club SHC final: four-midable Portumna see off MLR". Hogan Stand. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
- "Might and fight seal historic day for St Thomas’". Irish Examiner. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
- 2012 Final Report