Cork Junior A Hurling Championship
|Cork Junior A Hurling Championship|
|Current season or competition:|
2020 Cork Junior A Hurling Championship
|Irish||Craobh Iomána Shóisearach A Chorcaí|
|Trophy||John Quirke Cup|
|No. of teams||14|
|Title holders||Russell Rovers (1st title)|
|Most titles|| Carrigtwohill (5 titles)|
Cobh (5 titles)
Blackrock (5 titles)
Redmonds (5 titles)
|Official website||Cork GAA|
The Cork Junior A Hurling Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the Co-Op Superstores Cork 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.
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.
|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|
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.
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. Established in 1895 as the "seconds championship", by the 1930s it developed along divisional lines due to the increased number of clubs participating.
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.
TSB Bank became the first title sponsor of the championship, serving in that capacity until 2005 when the Evening Echo signed a sponsorship deal. In 2020, Dairygold Co-Op Superstores were unveiled as the new title sponsor of the Cork Junior A Championship.
|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|
|St. Catherine's||2||1983, 2017|
|Éire Óg||2||1962, 1977|
|Glen Rovers||2||1924, 1950|
|St. Anne's||2||1925, 1928|
|Fr. Matthew Hall||1||1922|
|Fr. O'Leary Hall||1||1912|
|2017||St. Catherine's||2-10, 0-13 (R)||Brian Dillons||1-13, 0-12 (R)|
|2015||Dungourney||1-16, 1-21 (R)||Cloughduv||2-13, 0-11 (R)|
|2008||Dripsey||0-13||Diarmuid Ó Mathúnas||1-07|
|1996||Arigdeen Rangers||3-09||Fr. O'Neill's||0-11|
|1991||Aghabullogue||1-12, 1-13 (R)||Aghada||1-12, 1-09 (R)|
|1989||Clyda Rovers||0-12, 0-11 (R)||Ballinascarty||2-06, 1-07 (R)|
|1977||Éire Óg||2-08||Erin's Own||1-09|
|1963||Ballincollig||4-08, 1-11 (R)||Castlemartyr||6-02, 1-07 (R)|
|1961||Cloyne||3-07, 4-06 (R)||Kilworth||4-04, 2-04 (R)|
|1958||Ballymartle||1-07, 8-10 (R)||Grenagh||2-04, 2-01 (R)|
|1952||Ballymartle||3-06, 2-10 (R)||Lough Rovers||4-03, 3-05 (R)|
|1946||Newtownshandrum||4-02, 6-03 (R)||Clonakilty||4-02, 1-04 (R)|
|1935||Castlemartyr|||1-03, 4-01, 2-01, 1-01 *||Mayfield||1-03, 4-01, 2-00, 4-03|
|1922||Fr. Matthew Hall||3-01||Cloughduv||2-02|
|1912||Fr. O'Leary Hall||6-00||Cobh||0-00|
- 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.
Records and statistics
- Most wins: 5:
- Most consecutive wins: 4:
- Redmonds (1897, 1898, 1899, 1900)
|2019||Brian Hartnett||Russell Rovers||1-04||7|
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- Cork Junior Hurling Champions
- Cork GAA - A History 1886-1986 Jim Cronin