Connacht Minor Hurling Championship

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Connacht Minor Hurling Championship
Flag of Connacht.svg
Founded 1931
Region Connacht (GAA)
Number of teams 3
Current champions Defunct
Website Official website

The Connacht Minor Hurling Championship was an annual hurling competition organised sporadically by the Connacht Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association between 1931 and 1989 for the youngest competitors (under-18) in the province of Connacht in Ireland.[citation needed]

The series of games were played during the summer months with the Connacht final usually being played in June or July. The prize for the winning team was an unnamed cup. The championship was always played on a straight knockout basis whereby once a team lost they were eliminated from the series.[citation needed]

The Connacht Championship was an integral part of the wider All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship. The winners of the Connacht final, like their counterparts in the other three provinces, advanced directly to the semi-final stage of the All-Ireland series of games.[citation needed]

Only the strongest hurling teams participated in the Connacht Championship, namely Galway, Roscommon and Mayo.[citation needed]

The title has been won at least once by two of the Connacht counties, both of which have won the title more than once. The all-time record-holders are Galway, who have won the competition 26 times.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The Connacht Minor Hurling Championship was first played in 1931. It was the last of the four provincial championships to have been established after Leinster and Munster in 1928 and Ulster in 1930. Due to a lack of competitiveness and a predisposition towards Gaelic football in the province, both Galway and Roscommon became the most dominant teams.[citation needed]

In 1959 all of Galway's competing hurling teams transferred provinces to Munster. This left the weaker teams with a more level playing field with Roscommon, Mayo and Leitrim all becoming more competitive. In 1967 the provincial championship ended when Roscommon fielded a team in the All-Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship. Galway returned after their sojourn in Munster in 1970 and went on to represent the province unopposed until 1989 when the championship was unsuccessfully revived. Since then Galway have represented Connacht in the All-Ireland series, while the other teams have entered the All-Ireland Minor B Championship.[1]

General statistics[edit]

Performance by county[edit]

County Wins Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
1 Galway 26 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1989
2 Roscommon 5[2] 20 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1966 1931, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958
3 Mayo 1[3] 2 1964 1935, 1952
Leitrim 1 1965

Biggest Connacht final wins[edit]

List of Connacht Finals[edit]

All-Ireland runners-up
Year Winners Score Runners-up Score
1931 Galway 7-2 Roscommon 1-1
1932 Galway 9-5 (32) Roscommon 0-0 (0)
1933-1934 Galway unopposed
1935 Galway 9-4 (31) Mayo 1-3 (6)
1936 Galway 7-7 (28) Roscommon 1-1 (4)
1937 Galway 4-6 (18) Roscommon 0-2 (2)
1938 Galway 7-3 (24) Roscommon 3-0 (9)
1939 Galway 5-5 (20) Roscommon 2-2 (8)
1940 Galway 7-5 (26) Roscommon 1-2 (5)
1941 Galway unopposed
1942-1944 Championship suspended due to the Emergency
1945 Galway unopposed
1946 Galway 5-9 (24) Roscommon 0-1 (1)
1947 Galway 9-6 (33) Roscommon 1-1 (4)
1948 Galway 4-6 (18) Roscommon 5-2 (17)
1949
(R)
Galway 2-7 (13)
6-5 (23)
Roscommon 3-4 (13)
4-4 (16)
1950 Galway 8-7 (31) Roscommon 2-0 (6)
1951 Galway 6-9 (27) Roscommon 2-1 (7)
1952 Galway 3-7 (16) Mayo 1-1 (4)
1953 Galway 12-10 (46) Roscommon 1-0 (3)
1954 Galway 9-9 (36) Roscommon 1-1 (4)
1955 Galway 12-11 (47) Roscommon 2-1 (7)
1956 Galway 11-20 (53) Roscommon 1-1 (4)
1957 Galway w/o Roscommon scr.
1958 Galway 12-10 (46) Roscommon 1-1 (4)
1959 Roscommon 3-8 (17) Mayo 3-2 (11)
1960 Roscommon 2-8 (14) Mayo 2-5 (11)
1961 No championship
1962 Roscommon
1963 Roscommon 1-7 (10) Mayo 3-0 (9)
1964 Championship unfinished
1965 Leitrim 8-5 (29) Mayo 0-0 (0)
1966 Roscommon
1967-1969 The Connacht teams competed in the All-Ireland Minor B Championship
1970-1988 Galway represented the province in the All-Ireland series
1989 Galway 2-14 (20) Roscommon 0-6 (6)
1990–present Galway represented the province in the All-Ireland series

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mixed luck for Connacht minor hurling teams in B grade". Connacht GAA website. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "County profile: Roscommon". Hogan Stand website. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "County profile: Mayo". Hogan Stand website. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 

Sources[edit]

  • Des Donegan, The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games (Dublin: DBA Publications Ltd., 2005).

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