All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship

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GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under-21 Championship
Current season or competition:
2016 All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship
Irish Craobh Iomána Fé-21 na hÉireann
Founded 1964
Region Ireland (GAA)
Trophy Cross of Cashel
No. of teams 4
Title holders Limerick (5th title)
First winner Tipperary (9 titles)
Most titles Cork and Kilkenny (11 titles)
Sponsors Bord Gáis Energy
TV partner(s) TG4
Official website http://www.bgeu21.ie/

The GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under-21 Championship is an annual championship of hurling for male players under the age of 21 and is organized by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). The championship has been awarded every year since the first tournament in 1964.

The final, usually held in September, serves as the culmination of a series of games played during the summer months, and the results determine which county's team receives the Cross of Cashel. 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 May with provincial championships held in Leinster, Munster and Ulster, with the three respective champions contesting the subsequent All-Ireland semi-finals with Galway.

Cork and Kilkenny are the most successful teams with eleven titles each, followed by Galway with ten titles and Tipperary with nine. The title has been won by eight different teams, six of which have won the title more than once.

Limerick are the current holders.[1]

Qualification[edit]

The GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under-21 Championship features four teams in the final tournament. 17 teams contest the three provincial under-21 championships with the three respective champions and Galway, a team who face no competition in their own province, automatically qualifying for the All-Ireland series.

Province Championship
Leinster GAA Leinster Under-21 Hurling Championship
Munster GAA Munster Under-21 Hurling Championship
Ulster GAA Ulster Under-21 Hurling Championship

History[edit]

The All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship began in 1964 in response to a Congress motion put forward by the Kerry County Board for the introduction of a new championship grade. It was the fifth All-Ireland championship to be created after the senior, junior, minor and intermediate grades.

In 2008 a radical motion was brought before a special Congress in an effort to combat player burnout. It was proposed to merge the existing under-21 and minor championships to create a new All-Ireland Under-19 Hurling Championship.[2] This motion was defeated by 115 votes to 58.[3]

A similar motion was later introduced in an effort to lower the age and create a new All-Ireland Under-20 Championship, however, this motion was also defeated.[4]

Results[edit]

Summaries[edit]

Year Winners Score Runners-up Score Venue Winning Captain
1964 Tipperary 8-9 Wexford 3-1 Nowlan Park Francis Loughnane
1965 Wexford 3-7 Tipperary 1-4 Nowlan Park Willie O'Neill
1966 Cork 9-9 (4-9, 3-12) Wexford 5-9 (4-9, 5-6) Croke Park (Gaelic Grounds, Nowlan Park) Gerald McCarthy
1967 Tipperary 1-8 Dublin 3-7 Croke Park P. J. Ryan
1968 Cork 2-18 Kilkenny 3-9 Walsh Park Pat Hegarty
1969 Cork 5-13 Wexford 4-7 Walsh Park Mick McCarthy
1970 Cork 5-17 (3-8) Wexford 0-8 (2-11) Croke Park Teddy O'Brien
1971 Cork 7-8 Wexford 1-11 Walsh Park Pat McDonnell
1972 Galway 2-9 Dublin 1-10 Gaelic Grounds Iggy Clarke
1973 Cork 2-10 Wexford 4-2 Páirc Daibhín Martin O'Doherty
1974 Kilkenny 3-8 Waterford 3-7 Semple Stadium Ger Fennelly
1975 Kilkenny 5-13 Cork 2-19 Fraher Field Kevin Fennelly
1976 Cork 2-17 Kilkenny 1-8 Walsh Park Tadhg Murphy
1977 Kilkenny 2-9 Cork 1-9 Semple Stadium Mickey Lyng
1978 Galway 3-15 (3-5) Tipperary 2-8 (2-8) Gaelic Grounds Bernie Forde
1979 Tipperary 2-12 Galway 1-9 O'Moore Park Michael Doyle
1980 Tipperary 2-9 Kilkenny 0-14 Walsh Park P. J. Maxwell
1981 Tipperary 2-16 Kilkenny 1-10 Walsh Park Philip Kennedy
1982 Cork 0-12 Galway 0-11 St. Brendan's Park Martin McCarthy
1983 Galway 0-12 Tipperary 1-6 O'Connor Park Peter Casserly
1984 Kilkenny 1-12 Tipperary 0-11 Walsh Park Séamus Delahunty
1985 Tipperary 1-10 Kilkenny 2-6 Walsh Park Michael Scully
1986 Galway 0-14 Wexford 2-5 Semple Stadium Anthony Cunningham
1987 Limerick 2-15 Galway 3-6 Cusack Park Gussie Ryan
1988 Cork 4-11 Kilkenny 1-5 St. Brendan's Park Christy Connery
1989 Tipperary 4-10 Offaly 3-11 O'Moore Park Declan Ryan
1990 Kilkenny 2-11 Tipperary 1-11 O'Moore Park Jamesie Brennan
1991 Galway 2-17 Offaly 1-9 Gaelic Grounds Brian Feeney
1992 Waterford 0-12 (4-4) Offaly 2-3 (0-16) Nowlan Park Tony Browne
1993 Galway 2-9 (2-14) Kilkenny 3-3 (3-11) O'Connor Park Liam Burke
1994 Kilkenny 3-10 Galway 0-11 O'Connor Park Philly Larkin
1995 Tipperary 1-14 Kilkenny 1-10 Semple Stadium Brian Horgan
1996 Galway 1-14 Wexford 0-7 Semple Stadium Peter Huban
1997 Cork 3-11 Galway 0-13 Semple Stadium Dan Murphy
1998 Cork 2-15 Galway 2-10 Semple Stadium Dan Murphy
1999 Kilkenny 1-13 Galway 0-14 O'Connor Park Noel Hickey
2000 Limerick 1-13 Galway 0-13 Semple Stadium Donncha Sheehan
2001 Limerick 0-17 Wexford 2-10 Semple Stadium Timmy Houlihan
2002 Limerick 3-17 Galway 0-8 Semple Stadium Peter Lawlor
2003 Kilkenny 2-13 Galway 0-12 Semple Stadium Jackie Tyrrell
2004 Kilkenny 3-12 Tipperary 1-6 Nowlan Park James "Cha" Fitzpatrick
2005 Galway 1-15 Kilkenny 1-14 Gaelic Grounds Kenneth Burke
2006 Kilkenny 1-11 (2-14) Tipperary 0-11 (2-14) Semple Stadium (Croke Park) Michael Fennelly
2007 Galway 5-11 Dublin 0-12 Croke Park Kevin Hynes
2008 Kilkenny 2-13 Tipperary 0-15 Croke Park James Dowling
2009 Clare 0-15 Kilkenny 0-14 Croke Park Ciarán O'Doherty
2010 Tipperary 5-22 Galway 0-12 Semple Stadium Pádraic Maher
2011 Galway 3-14 Dublin 1-10 Semple Stadium Barry Daly
2012 Clare 2-17 Kilkenny 2-11 Semple Stadium Conor McGrath
2013 Clare 2-28 Antrim 0-12 Semple Stadium Paul Flanagan
2014 Clare 2-20 Wexford 2-11 Semple Stadium Tony Kelly
2015 Limerick 0-26 Wexford 1-7 Semple Stadium Diarmaid Byrnes

Performances by counties[edit]

No. Team Wins Years won Losses Years lost
1 Colours of Cork.svg Cork 11 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1982, 1988, 1997, 1998 2 1975, 1977
Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny 11 1974, 1975, 1977, 1984, 1990, 1994, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 11 1968, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1988, 1993, 1995, 2005, 2009, 2012
3 Colours of Galway.svg Galway 10 1972, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1991, 1993, 1996, 2005, 2007, 2011 10 1979, 1982, 1987, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2010
4 Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary 9 1964, 1967, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1989, 1995, 2010 8 1965, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1990, 2004, 2006, 2008
5 Colours of Leinster Council.svg Limerick 5 1987, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2015
6 Colours of Clare.svg Clare 4 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014
7 Colours of Monaghan.svg Waterford 1 1992 1 1974
Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford 1 1965 12 1964, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1986, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2014, 2015
9 Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin 4 1967, 1972, 2007, 2011
10 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly 3 1989, 1991, 1992
11 Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim 1 2013

Performances by province[edit]

A representative of each of the four provinces of Ireland have made an appearance in the final match of the All-Ireland.

To date, Munster leads with 30 titles, followed by Leinster with 12 titles and Connacht with 10 titles. A team from Ulster has made the championship final just once, but was defeated by a Munster side.

Province Performances
Winners Runners-up
Munster GAA 30 titles: Cork (11), Tipperary (9), Limerick (5), Clare (4), Waterford (1) 11 times: Tipperary (8), Cork (2), Waterford (1)
Leinster GAA 12 titles: Kilkenny (11), Wexford (1) 30 times: Wexford (12), Kilkenny (11), Dublin (4), Offaly (3)
Connacht GAA 10 titles: Galway (10) 10 times: Galway (10)
Ulster GAA 1 time: Antrim (1)

Sponsorship[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Limerick beat Wexford to secure All-Ireland U21 hurling crown". RTÉ Sport. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  2. ^ O'Riordan, Ian (23 January 2008). "Merge needs simple majority". Irish Times. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "GAA delegates reject U-19 proposal". RTÉ Sport. 26 January 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  4. ^ O'Riordan, Ian (11 September 2008). "Under-20 championship proposed". Irish Times. Retrieved 15 July 2015.