Cork Junior A Hurling Championship

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Cork Junior A Hurling Championship
Current season or competition:
2019 Cork Junior A Hurling Championship
IrishCraobh Iomána Shóisearach A Chorcaí
CodeHurling
Founded1895; 125 years ago (1895)
RegionColours of Cork.svg Cork (GAA)
TrophyJohn Quirke Cup
No. of teams14
Title holdersColours of Kilkenny.svg Russell Rovers (1st title)
Most titlesColours of Roscommon.svg Carrigtwohill (5 titles)
Colours of Leitrim.svg Cobh (5 titles)
Colours of Leitrim.svg Blackrock (5 titles)
Colours of Leinster Council.svg Redmonds (5 titles)
SponsorsThe Echo
Official websiteCork GAA

The Cork Junior A Hurling Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as The Echo Cork County Junior A Hurling Championship and abbreviated to the Cork JAHC) is an annual hurling competition organised by the Cork County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association and contested by the top-ranking junior clubs in the county of Cork in Ireland. It is the sixth tier overall in the entire Cork hurling championship system and is regarded as one of the toughest club competitions to win.[1]

The Cork Junior Championship was introduced in 1895 as a countywide competition for teams deemed not eligible for the senior grade or second-string senior teams. At the time of its creation it was the second tier of Cork hurling.

In its current format, the Cork Junior A Championship begins in September following the completion of the seven Divisional Junior Championships. The 14 participating teams compete in a single-elimination tournament which culminates with the final match at Páirc Uí Rinn in October or November. The winner of the Cork Junior A Championship, as well as being presented with the John Quirke Cup, qualifies for the subsequent Munster Club Championship.

The competition has been won by 68 teams, 28 of which have won it more than once. Carrigtwohill, Cobh, Blackrock and Redmonds are the most successful teams in the tournament's history, having won it 5 times each. Russell Rovers are the reigning champions, having beaten Carrignavar by 1-17 to 0-09 in the 2019 final.[2]

Format[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Division Championship Qualifying teams
Avondhu North Cork Junior A Hurling Championship Champions and runners-up
Carbery West Cork Junior A Hurling Championship Champions and runners-up
Carrigdhoun South East Junior A Hurling Championship Champions and runners-up
Duhallow Duhallow Junior A Hurling Championship Champions and runners-up
Imokilly East Cork Junior A Hurling Championship Champions and runners-up
Muskerry Mid Cork Junior A Hurling Championship Champions and runners-up
Seandún City Junior A Hurling Championship Champions and runners-up

Current[edit]

First round: The seven divisional champions are seeded and are drawn to play the seven divisional runners-up. Repeat pairings from divisional finals are avoided in this round. Six teams qualify for the next round with one team receiving a bye.

Quarter-finals: The three quarter-finals feature the six first round-winning teams. Three teams qualify for the next round.

Semi-finals: The two semi-finals feature the three quarter-final-winning teams and the team that receives a bye from the first round . Two teams qualify for the next round.

Final: The two semi-final winners contest the final. The winning team are declared champions.

History[edit]

Officially known as the Cork Junior A Hurling Championship, it is regarded as one of the most hotly contested and most difficult to win of all the county championships.[citation needed] Established in 1895 as the "seconds championship", by the 1930s it developed along divisional lines due to the increased number of clubs participating.[citation needed]

The first championship took place in 1895 when Blackrock were crowned junior champions.[citation needed]

Trophy[edit]

The winning team is presented with the John Quirke Cup. Born in Milltown, County Kerry, Johnny Quirke (1911-1983) played hurling for Blackrock and was a member of the Cork senior hurling team for 14 years, during which time he won four successive All-Ireland Championships between 1941 and 1944. He served as a Cork selector for many years and was deeply involved at all levels with the Blackrock club.[3]

Sponsorship[edit]

In keeping with its sponsorship deal for all Cork hurling championships, Permanent TSB became the very first sponsor of the Cork Junior A Championship. The Evening Echo became the primary sponsors of all Cork hurling championships in 2005 and have continued their sponsorship ever since.[citation needed]

Top winners[edit]

Team Wins Years won
1 Carrigtwohill 5 1915, 1941, 1948, 1966, 1994
Cobh 5 1907, 1913, 1916, 1926, 1959
Blackrock 5 1895, 1901, 1910, 1931, 1947
Redmonds 5 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1909
5 Bandon 4 1929, 1949, 1971, 1999
Midleton 4 1917, 1945, 1984, 1990
7 Castlemartyr 3 1951, 1964, 2014
Ballinhassig 3 1965, 1973, 2002
Newcestown 3 1972, 1980, 1992
Cloyne 3 1939, 1961, 1987
Ballymartle 3 1952, 1958, 1986
Ballyhea 3 1930, 1955, 1976
St. Finbarr's 3 1902, 1903, 1956
Cloughduv 3 1940, 1970, 2018
15 Mayfield 2 1978, 2016
Kilworth 2 1967, 2006
St. Catherine's 2 1983, 2017
Blarney 2 1936, 1993
Castletownroche 2 1960, 1982
Tracton 2 1957, 1979
Éire Óg 2 1962, 1977
Newtownshandrum 2 1946, 1969
Ballincollig 2 1927, 1963
Glen Rovers 2 1924, 1950
Shanballymore 2 1908, 1942
Kinsale 2 1918, 1933
St. Anne's 2 1925, 1928
Passage 2 1905, 1906
28 Russell Rovers 1 2019
Grenagh 1 2013
Kildorrery 1 2012
Charleville 1 2011
Meelin 1 2010
Fermoy 1 2009
Dripsey 1 2008
Barryroe 1 2007
Fr. O'Neill's 1 2005
Ballygarvan 1 2004
Dromina 1 2003
Courcey Rovers 1 2001
Nemo Rangers 1 2000
Bride Rovers 1 1998
Castlelyons 1 1997
Arigdeen Rangers 1 1996
Killeagh 1 1995
Aghabullogue 1 1991
Clyda Rovers 1 1989
Valley Rovers 1 1988
Kilbrittain 1 1985
Milford 1 1981
Inniscarra 1 1975
Watergrasshill 1 1974
Kanturk 1 1969
Castlemagner 1 1954
Na Piarsaigh 1 1953
31st Battalion 1 1944
Oldcastletown 1 1943
Brian Dillons 1 1938
Sarsfield's 1 1937
Liscarroll 1 1934
Lough Rovers 1 1932
Geraldines 1 1923
Fr. Matthew Hall 1 1922
Doneraile 1 1919
Mallow 1 1914
St. Finbarr's T.A. Hall 1 1912
Rangers 1 1911
Shamrocks 1 1904

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Score Opponent Score
2019[4] Russell Rovers 1-17 Carrignavar 0-09
2018 Cloughduv 2-12 Russell Rovers 0-14
2017 St. Catherine's 2-10, 0-13 (R) Brian Dillons 1-13, 0-12 (R)
2016[5] Mayfield 1-16 Sarsfields 1-13
2015[6][7] Dungourney 1-16, 1-21 (R) Cloughduv 2-13, 0-11 (R)
2014[8] Castlemartyr 0-18 Ballinhassig 0-10
2013[9] Grenagh 1-10 Kilbrin 2-05
2012[10][11] Kildorrery 2-08 Brian Dillons 0-13
2011 Charleville 2-10 Mayfield 0-11
2010 Meelin 1-19 Cloughduv 2-09
2009 Fermoy 1-14 Cloughduv 0-10
2008 Dripsey 0-13 Diarmuid Ó Mathúnas 1-07
2007 Barryroe 2-19 Charleville 2-13
2006 Kilworth 0-13 Dungourney 0-12
2005 Fr. O'Neill's 0-15 Kilworth 1-09
2004 Ballygarvan 3-07 Grenagh 1-12
2003[12] Dromina 2-13 Arigdeen Rangers 0-09
2002 Ballinhassig 2-12 Fr. O'Neill's 3-07
2001[13] Courcey Rovers 3-09 Charleville 3-07
2000 Nemo Rangers 2-08 Ballinhassig 1-10
1999 Bandon 0-11 Courcey Rovers 1-07
1998 Bride Rovers 2-10 Freemount 0-13
1997 Castlelyons 2-09 Courcey Rovers 1-11
1996 Arigdeen Rangers 3-09 Fr. O'Neill's 0-11
1995 Killeagh 3-09 Ballinhassig 0-08
1994 Carrigtwohill 0-12 Barryroe 1-07
1993 Blarney 2-10 Kilworth 1-09
1992 Newcestown 2-14 Newtownshandrum 3-05
1991 Aghabullogue 1-12, 1-13 (R) Aghada 1-12, 1-09 (R)
1990 Midleton 1-15 Ballincollig 1-09
1989 Clyda Rovers 0-12, 0-11 (R) Ballinascarty 2-06, 1-07 (R)
1988 Valley Rovers 0-11 Newcestown 1-06
1987 Cloyne 6-08 Ballincollig 3-06
1986 Ballymartle 3-08 Meelin 2-04
1985 Kilbrittain 5-07 Cobh 1-12
1984 Midleton 3-12 Kilbrittain 2-11
1983 St. Catherine's 1-13 Aghabullogue 1-08
1982 Castletownroche 5-18 Delaney's 3-04
1981 Milford 1-10 St. Catherine's 0-11
1980 Newcestown 1-12 Kilworth 2-06
1979 Tracton 4-12 Castletownroche 1-06
1978 Mayfield 2-08 Carrigtwohill 0-03
1977 Éire Óg 2-08 Erin's Own 1-09
1976 Ballyhea 4-14 Glen Rovers 4-10
1975 Inniscarra 5-07 Ballymartle 3-08
1974 Watergrasshill 3-08 Charleville 0-10
1973 Ballinhassig 1-06 Meelin 0-05
1972 Newcestown 2-07 Kildorrery 2-04
1971 Bandon 3-12 Ballinhassig 4-05
1970 Cloughduv 3-15 Courcey Rovers 2-04
1969 Kanturk 3-07 Mayfield 1-10
1968 Newtownshandrum 1-09 Inniscarra 2-04
1967 Kilworth 3-11 Cloughduv 2-07
1966 Carrigtwohill 7-06 Valley Rovers 3-03
1965 Ballinhassig 6-05 Brian Dillons 1-02
1964 Castlemartyr 4-05 Cloughduv 2-09
1963 Ballincollig 4-08, 1-11 (R) Castlemartyr 6-02, 1-07 (R)
1962 Éire Óg 3-04 Carrigtwohill 2-04
1961 Cloyne 3-07, 4-06 (R) Kilworth 4-04, 2-04 (R)
1960 Castletownroche 3-06 Cloyne 4-02
1959 Cobh 3-09 Ballyhea 2-06
1958 Ballymartle 1-07, 8-10 (R) Grenagh 2-04, 2-01 (R)
1957 Tracton 4-05 Courcey Rovers 3-04
1956 St. Finbarr's 4-08 Cloughduv 3-03
1955 Ballyhea * None
1954 Castlemagner 3-08 Ballinhassig 4-04
1953 Na Piarsaigh 6-00 Cloughduv 2-10
1952 Ballymartle 3-06, 2-10 (R) Lough Rovers 4-03, 3-05 (R)
1951 Castlemartyr 6-05 Cloughduv 2-07
1950 Glen Rovers 4-06 Mallow 3-00
1949 Bandon 7-03 Kanturk 1-02
1948 Carrigtwohill 6-05 Cloughduv 1-01
1947 Blackrock 6-03 Castlemartyr 5-00
1946 Newtownshandrum 4-02, 6-03 (R) Clonakilty 4-02, 1-04 (R)
1945 Midleton 3-06 Passage 3-03
1944 31st Battalion 5-05 Cloyne 2-04
1943 Oldcastletown 3-04 Glen Rovers 2-00
1942 Shanballymore * None
1941 Carrigtwohill 5-01 Mayfield 2-00
1940 Cloughduv 10-00 Newtownshandrum 5-01
1939 Cloyne 6-05 Mayfield 3-03
1938 Brian Dillons 5-02 Cloughduv 2-03
1937 Sarsfields 5-05 Shanballymore 5-02
1936 Blarney 6-02 Ballymartle 3-01
1935 Castlemartyr| 1-03, 4-01, 2-01, 1-01 * Mayfield 1-03, 4-01, 2-00, 4-03
1934 Liscarroll 2-04 Mayfield 0-03
1933 Kinsale 5-04 Skibbereen 0-01
1932 Lough Rovers 5-04 Skibbereen 4-01
1931 Blackrock 3-07 Skibbereen 1-01
1930 Ballyhea 3-01 Kinsale 0-02
1929 Bandon 2-05 Ballinora 2-01
1928 St. Anne's 3-01 Ballinacurra 2-00
1927 Ballincollig 4-00 Kilbrittain 3-01
1926 Cobh 8-02 College Rovers 1-01
1925 St. Anne's 2-03 Midleton 1-03
1924 Glen Rovers Dohenys
1923 Geraldines 5-04 Cobh 5-03
1922 Fr. Matthew Hall 3-01 Cloughduv 2-02
1921 No championship
1920 No championship
1919 Doneraile 1-07 Fairhill 1-02
1918 Kinsale 4-01 Doneraile 2-01
1917 Midleton 5-03 St. Mary's 0-01
1916 Cobh 9-01 Funcheon Vale 6-02
1915 Carrigtwohill 1-02 Knockavilla 1-00
1914 Mallow 9-03 Rangers 1-01
1913 Cobh 1-03 St. Mary's 1-02
1912 St. Finbarr's T.A. Hall 6-00 Cobh 0-00
1911 Rangers 4-01 Cobh 0-00
1910 Blackrock 10-04 Cloughduv 1-11
1909 Redmonds 4-12 Aghabullogue 1-03
1908 Shanbally 2-16 Midleton 0-03
1907 Cobh 5-13 Aghabullogue 0-02
1906 Passage Redmonds
1905 Passage Redmonds
1904 Shamrocks 3-08 Shanballymore 3-03
1903 St. Finbarr's 3-15 Blackrock 4-06
1902 St. Finbarr's Shanballymore
1901 Blackrock
1900 Redmonds St. Finbarr's
1899 Redmonds 6-01 Blackrock 5-02
1898 Redmonds Blarney
1897 Redmonds Carrigtwohill
1896 Carrigtwohill 7-02 Redmonds 0-04
1895 Blackrock Evergreen
  • 1955 Aghabullogue and Castlelyons disqualified after meeting in the semi-final
  • 1942 Tracton and St. Finbarr's disqualified
  • 1935 The second replay abandoned due to weather conditions fifteen minutes from the end. The third replay abandoned a few minutes from time. Both teams suspended for two months and the championship declared null and void.

References[edit]

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