All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship
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|GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Club Championship|
|Current season or competition:
2016–17 All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship
|Irish||Craobh Shinsear Iomáint Chlub na hÉireann|
|Trophy||Tommy Moore Cup|
|No. of teams||4|
|Title holders||Cuala, Dublin (1st title)|
|Most titles||Ballyhale Shamrocks, Kilkenny (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 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 the 1970-71 season.
The final is usually held on St. Patrick's Day with the winner receiving 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. The three provincial champions contest the All-Ireland semi-finals with the Galway champions who represent Connacht.
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 whom have won it more than once. Only four clubs —Sarsfields, Athenry, Birr and Portumna — have managed consecutive wins.
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. In 1983 Loughgiel Shamrocks became Ulster's first All-Ireland champions before winning again 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.
Provincial Champions Listed By Year
All-Ireland winners are shaded gold, and counties are given in brackets.
Finals Listed By Year
Summary Of All-Ireland Champions
|Province||All-Irelands||Last winning team|
|Leinster clubs||17||Cuala (Dublin), 2016–17|
|Munster clubs||15||Na Piarsaigh (Limerick), 2015–16|
|Connacht clubs||13||Portumna (Galway), 2013–14|
|Ulster clubs||2||Loughgiel Shamrocks (Antrim), 2011–12|
- All time
|3||Henry Shefflin||Ballyhale Shamrocks||4-110||122||18||6.77|
|6||Liam Watson||Loughgiel Shamrocks||8-91||115||15||7.66|
- Other high scorers
|Eoin Larkin||James Stephens||5-71||86||10||8.60|
- Cumulative finals
|7||Ger Fennelly||Ballyhale Shamrocks||2-13||19||4||4.75|
|8||T. J. Reid||Ballyhale Shamrocks||2-11||17||3||5.66|
- Single final
|1||Liam Watson||Loughgiel Shamrocks||3-7||16||Coolderry||2012|
|Tom Buckley||Glen Rovers||1-9||12||St. Rynagh's||1973|
|Joe Canning||Portumna||0-12||12||Ballyhale Shamrocks||2010|
|7||Brendan Fennelly||Ballyhale Shamrocks||0-11||11||St. Finbarr's||1981|
|Mark Kerins||Clarinbridge||1-7||10||O'Loughlin Gaels||2011|
|Joe Canning||Portumna||0-10||10||Mount Leinster Rangers||2014|
|Billy Walton||James Stephens||0-10||10||Mount Sion||1982|
- All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship
- All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
- All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship records and statistics
- "Na Piarsaigh storm to maiden hurling club title". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ Sport. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
- "Cuala secure historic All-Ireland crown with emphatic win over Ballyea". Irish Independent. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
- "Immortality for Na Piarsaigh as Cushendall rue big-day flop". Irish Examiner. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
- "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