Cork Senior Hurling Championship

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Cork Senior Hurling Championship
Current season or competition:
2019 Cork Senior Hurling Championship
IrishCraobh Iomána Sinsearach Chorcaí
CodeHurling
Founded1887; 132 years ago (1887)
RegionColours of Cork.svg Cork (GAA)
TrophySeán Óg Murphy Cup
No. of teams26
Title holdersColours of Cork.svg Imokilly (4th title)
Most titlesColours of Leitrim.svg Blackrock (32 titles)
SponsorsEvening Echo
TV partner(s)TG4
Official websiteCork GAA

The Cork Senior Hurling Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the Evening Echo Cork County Senior Hurling Championship) is an annual hurling competition organised by the Cork County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1887 for the top hurling teams in the county of Cork in Ireland.

The series of games are played during the summer and autumn months with the county final currently being played at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in October. The prize for the winning team is the Seán Óg Murphy Cup. Initially played as a knock-out competition, the championship currently uses a double elimination format whereby each team is guaranteed at least two games.

The Cork County Championship is an integral part of the wider Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship. The winners of the Cork county final join the champions of the other four hurling counties to contest the provincial championship.

Twenty-six teams currently participate in the Cork County Championship. The title has been won at least once by nineteen different teams. The all-time record-holders are Blackrock, who have led the roll of honour since the championship began and have won a total of 32 titles.

Imokilly are the title-holders after defeating Midleton by 4-19 to 1-18 in the 2018 championship final.

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Civil unrest following the burning of Cork during the War of Independence lead to the 1921 championship being cancelled.

Following the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884, new rules for Gaelic football and hurling were drawn up and published in the United Irishman newspaper. In 1886, county committees were established, with the Cork County Board affiliating on 19 December 1886. The inaugural championship was played during the summer of 1887, however, the final stages ended in disarray with no final being played. In spite of this, Cork Nationals were subsequently declared the champions.[1] Since then the championship title has been awarded every year except on two occasions. A delay in the 1904 championship meant that the 1905 championship never took place. Civil unrest following the burning of Cork at the height of the War of Independence resulted in the 1921 championship being cancelled.

Team dominance[edit]

Since the beginning the championship has been dominated by Blackrock, St. Finbarr's and Glen Rovers who are collectively known as the "big three".[2][3] They have won a combined total of 84 championship titles. Blackrock dominated the first thirty years of the championship, winning 15 titles between 1887 and 1920. It was during this time that the county championship earned the nickname of the "little All-Ireland" due to its competitive nature. St. Finbarr's, after making a breakthrough in the early years of the 20th century, were the team of the decade for the 1920s before regularly claiming championship titles in each of the decades that followed. Glen Rovers made their own breakthrough with a first championship in 1934 and were the dominant club from then until the 1960s. Between 1971 and 1982, the "big three" shared every available championship title. Their rivalry reached its peak in 1977 when a record attendance of 34,151 saw St. Finbarr's defeat Glen Rovers in the championship decider.[4]

Since that zenith the "big three" have only claimed two titles in each of the decades from 1990 to 2017 as the power base of Cork hurling has moved from the city to the county with several clubs making significant breakthroughs and impacts on the championship.[5] In 1983 Midleton broke the decade-long hegemony and went on to claim five championships over a thirty-year period to 2013. In 1990 Na Piarsaigh became the first city club outside of the "big three" since Redmonds in 1917 to claim the championship. They added two more titles in 1995 and 2004. Erin's Own also added their name to the roll of honour in 1992 before winning further titles in 2006 and 2007. The mid nineties saw the rise of the divisional sides, with Carbery, Avondhu and Imokilly claiming four championship titles between 1994 and 1998. The success of Newtownshandrum between 2000 and 2009 also highlighted the changing demographics of Cork hurling as the tiny parish of 800 people won four championships during that decade. Sarsfields, although close in proximity to the city but based in the East Cork division, ended a 51-year famine in 2008 by claiming their third championship title ever. Between 2008 and 2015 they appeared in seven finals and won four titles. The East Cork village of Carrigtwohill ended a 93-wait for their second championship title in 2011.

In recent decades many rural and city-based clubs have also contested championship deciders without making a successful breakthrough. These include Ballyhea, Cloyne, Bride Rovers and Bishopstown. Educational institutions like University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology have also appeared in finals.

Formats used[edit]

22 teams entered the inaugural championship in 1887 and a single elimination format was used. Each team was afforded only one defeat before being eliminated from the championship. The creation of the divisions in the 1920s added a new dimension to the championship. These divisional teams, which were composed of junior and intermediate players, competed in a preliminary section with the two winning teams advancing to the championship proper which retained its single elimination format. The introduction of a "back door" system at inter-county level in the All-Ireland Championship in 1997 lead to the idea of introducing a second chance for defeated teams at county level. In the twenty-year period from the late 1990s to 2017, the championship underwent a number of format changes. The provision of a second chance for defeated teams was later expanded to allow teams the opportunity of being defeated twice and still remain in the championship. The splitting of the intermediate grade in two resulted in the introduction of relegation in 2006, with Delaney Rovers becoming the first team to be relegated that year. Prior to this teams were allowed to decide for themselves if they wanted to regrade or retain their senior status. In 2015 the championship once again reverted to a double elimination format.

The championship[edit]

Overview[edit]

The Cork County Championship is a double elimination tournament. Each team is afforded two defeats before being eliminated from the championship. Pairings for matches are drawn at random and there is no seeding.

Each match is played as a single leg. If a match is drawn there is a period of extra time, however, if both sides are still level at the end of extra time a replay takes place and so on until a winner is found.

Format[edit]

Divisional and college section[edit]

Round 1: Eight teams contest this round. The four winning teams advance to Round 2. The four losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Round 2: Four teams contest this round. The two winning teams advance to Round 3 of the championship proper. The two losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Club section[edit]

Round 1: 18 teams contest this round. The nine losing teams advance to Round 2. The nine winning teams advance to Round 3.

Round 2: The 9 losing teams from Round 1 contest this round. The four winning teams advance to Round 3. The four losing teams are eliminated from the championship. One team will receive a bye to Round 3.

Round 3: The 9 winning teams from Round 1, the 4 winning teams from Round 2, the bye team and the 2 divisional teams contest this round. The 8 winning teams advance to the Quarter-finals. The 8 losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Quarter-finals: 8 teams contest this round. The 4 winning teams advance to the Semi-finals. The 4 losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Semi-finals: 4 teams contest this round. The 2 winning teams advance to the Semi-finals. The 2 losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Final: The final is contested by the two semi-final winners.

Participating teams[edit]

Team Location Colours
Avondhu North Cork Black and yellow
Ballyhea Ballyhea Black and white
Ballymartle Riverstick Green and yellow
Bandon Bandon White and yellow
Bishopstown Bishopstown Maroon and white
Blackrock Blackrock Green and gold
Bride Rovers Rathcormac Green, white and gold
Carbery West Cork Purple and yellow
Carrigdhoun Southeast Cork Red and white
Carrigtwohill Carrigtwohill Blue and yellow
Cork Institute of Technology Bishopstown Red and white
Douglas Douglas Green, black and white
Duhallow Northwest Cork Orange and black
Erin's Own Glounthaune Blue and red
Glen Rovers Blackpool Green, black and yellow
Imokilly East Cork Red and white
Kanturk Kanturk Green and white
Killeagh Killeagh Green and white
Midleton Midleton Black and white
Muskerry Mid Cork Green and white
Na Piarsaigh Fairhill Black and yellow
Newcestown Newcestown Red and yellow
Newtownshandrum Newtownshandrum Green and yellow
Sarsfields Glanmire Blue, white and black
St. Finbarr's Togher Blue and yellow
University College Cork Western Road Red and black

Sponsorship[edit]

Since 2005 the Cork County Championship has been sponsored by the Evening Echo. The competition was previously sponsored by TSB Bank.

Qualification for subsequent competitions[edit]

The Cork Senior Hurling Championship winners qualify for the subsequent Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship. This place is reserved for club teams only as divisional and amalgamated teams are not allowed in the provincial championship. If a divisional side wins the Cork Championship then the runners-up qualify for the Munster Championship. This has occurred on five occasions. If two divisional sides qualify for the final then the provincial championship place is given to one of the defeated semi-finalists. This occurred in 1996 when Na Piarsaigh represented Cork due to Avondhu and Imokilly contesting the final.

Venues[edit]

Early rounds[edit]

Since 2017 the county final has been held at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, on the site of the previous stadium which hosted it from 1976 to 2014.

Fixtures in the opening rounds of the championship are usually played at a neutral venue that is deemed halfway between the participating teams. Some of the more common venues include Mallow GAA Complex, Brinny Sportsfield, Coachford Pitch and Clonmult Memorial Park. All games from Round 4 onward are played at either Páirc Uí Rinn or Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Final[edit]

The final has been played at the rebuilt Páirc Uí Chaoimh since it opened in 2017. The rebuilding process meant that the finals of 2015 and 2016 were hosted at Páirc Uí Rinn. Prior to rebuilding, the final was hosted by the original Páirc Uí Chaoimh since it opened in 1976. The final was played at the Mardyke in 1974 and 1975, while in the 70 years prior to the development of Páirc Uí Chaoimh the final was usually played at the Cork Athletic Grounds. From the inaugural championship in 1887 up to the turn of the 20th century, the final was held at Cork Park.

Managers[edit]

Managers in the Cork Championship are involved in the day-to-day running of the team, including the training, team selection, and sourcing of players. Their influence varies from club-to-club and is related to the individual club committees. The manager is assisted by a team of two or three selectors and a backroom team consisting of various coaches.

Winning managers (1984–present)
Manager Team Wins Winning years
Tim Murphy Blackrock 3 1985, 2001, 2002
Paddy Fitzgerald Midleton 3 1986, 1987, 1991
Con Roche St. Finbarr's 2 1984, 1988
Éamonn Ryan Na Piarsaigh 2 1990, 1995
P. J. Murphy Erin's Own 2 1992, 2007
Seánie O'Leary Imokilly 2 1997, 1998
Bernie O'Connor Newtownshandrum 2 2000, 2005
Pat Ryan Sarsfields 2 2012, 2014
Richie Kelleher Glen Rovers 2 2015, 2016
Fergal Condon Imokilly 2 2017, 2018
Donie O'Donovan Glen Rovers 1 1989
Charlie McCarty St. Finbarr's 1 1993
Noel Crowley Carbery 1 1994
Jack Russell Avondhu 1 1996
Michael O'Brien Blackrock 1 1999
Ger Cunningham Newtownshandrum 1 2003
Paul O'Connor Na Piarsaigh 1 2004
Martin Bowen Erin's Own 1 2006
Bertie Óg Murphy Sarsfields 1 2008
Phil Noonan Newtownshandrum 1 2009
John Crowley Sarsfields 1 2010
James O'Connor Carrigtwohill 1 2011
Peter Smith Midleton 1 2013

Trophy[edit]

The winning team is presented with the Seán Óg Murphy Cup. A native of Cork city, Seán Óg Murphy (1897–1956) played hurling for Blackrock and Gaelic football for Nils. He won three All-Ireland medals with Cork and served as secretary of the Cork County Board from 1929 until his death in 1956. The cup is similar in design to the Liam MacCarthy Cup.

Roll of honour[edit]

# Team Wins Winning Years
1 Blackrock 32 1887, 1889, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1897, 1898, 1903, 1908, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1920, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1956, 1961, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1999, 2001, 2002
2 Glen Rovers 27 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1976, 1989, 2015, 2016
3 St.Finbarr's 25 1899, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1919, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1932, 1933, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1965, 1968, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1993
4 Midleton 7 1914, 1916, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1991, 2013
5 Sarsfields 6 1951, 1957, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
6 Redmonds 5 1892, 1900, 1901, 1915, 1917
7 Newtownshandrum 4 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009
Imokilly 4 1997, 1998, 2017, 2018
8 Erin's Own 3 1992, 2006, 2007
Dungourney 3 1902, 1907, 1909
Avondhu 3 1952, 1966, 1996
Na Piarsaigh 3 1990, 1995, 2004
9 University College Cork 2 1963, 1970
Carrigtwohill 2 1918, 2011
10 Tower Street 1 1888
Aghabullogue 1 1890
Ballyhea 1 1896
Éire Óg 1 1928
Carbery 1 1994

List of finals[edit]

Year Winners Score Runners-up Score
1887 Cork Nationals Passage West
1888 Tower Street 4-01 Ballygarvan 0-01 William Gleeson
1889 Blackrock Wo Aghada Scr Stephen Hayes
1890 Aghabullogue 7-03 Aghada 1-01 Dan Lane
1891 Blackrock 4-04 Inniscarra 0-00 Stephen Hayes
1892 Redmond’s 2-04 Blackrock 0-05 Bill O'Callaghan
1893 Blackrock 2-05 Redmond’s 1-01 John Murphy
1894 Blackrock 1-05 Blarney 0-02 Stephen Hayes
1895 Blackrock 1-02 Ballyhea 1-01 Pat Coughlan
1896 Ballyhea 6-10 Ballygarvan 1-02 Jer Murphy
1897 Blackrock 5-08 Aghada 0-00 Pat Coughlan
1898 Blackrock 2-09 Carrigtwohill 0-02 Pat Coughlan
1899 St. Finbarr's 0-08 Redmond’s 0-07 Jim Young
1900 Redmond’s 1-09 Dungourney 2-03
1901 Redmond’s 1-11 St. Finbarr's 2-04 Paddy Cantillon
1902 Dungourney 3-10 Shanballymore 2-05 Jamesy Kelleher
1903 Blackrock 2-08 St. Finbarr's 1-10 Steva Riordan
1904 St. Finbarr's Wo Castletownroche Scr Dan Harrington
1905 No championship
1906 St. Finbarr's 2-09 Ballymartle 0-06 Dan Harrington
1907 Dungourney 5-17 Castletownroche 0-03 Jamesy Kelleher
1908 Blackrock 4-11 Midleton 2-03
1909 Dungourney 6-10 Sarsfields 1-08
1910 Blackrock 6-03 Dungourney 3-01
1911 Blackrock 3-02 Aghabullogue 0-00
1912 Blackrock 4-02 Redmond’s 0-01 Andy Buckley
1913 Blackrock 3-03 Midleton 2-03 Barry Murphy
1914 Midleton Wo Blackrock Scr
1915 Redmond’s 4-01 Collegians 0-01 Connie Sheehan
1916 Midleton 4-00 Shamrocks 3-02 James O'Connell
1917 Redmond’s 5-01 Midleton 1-03 Connie Sheehan
1918 Carrigtwohill 4-01 Blackrock 1-07 Billy Kennedy
1919 St. Finbarr's 5-03 Blackrock 4-01 T. Finn
1920 Blackrock 14-04 Fairhill 2-00 Mattie Murphy
1921 No championship
1922 St. Finbarr's Wo Blackrock Scr
1923 St. Finbarr's 0-06 Blackrock 1-02 Maurice O'Brien
1924 Blackrock 3-05 Redmond’s 1-02 Seán Óg Murphy
1925 Blackrock 6-04 St. Finbarr's 2-03 Seán Óg Murphy
1926 St. Finbarr's 6-02 Blackrock 5-04 D. Coughlan
1927 Blackrock 5-05 Redmond’s 2-01 Seán Óg Murphy
1928 Éire Óg 5-02 Mallow 3-02 Dinny Barry-Murphy
1929 Blackrock 5-06 St. Finbarr's 2-02
1930 Blackrock 3-08 Glen Rovers 1-03 Eudie Coughlan
1931 Blackrock 2-04 Éire Óg 0-03 Eudie Coughlan
1932 St. Finbarr's 5-03 Carrigtwohill 4-04 Johnny Kenneally
1933 St. Finbarr's 6-06 Carrigtwohill 5-00 Johnny Kenneally
1934 Glen Rovers 3-02 St. Finbarr's 0-06 Josa Lee
1935 Glen Rovers Wo. Carrigtwohill Scr. Josa Lee
1936 Glen Rovers 7-05 Sarsfields 4-02 Josa Lee
1937 Glen Rovers 3-05 Carrigtwohill 1-00 Josa Lee
1938 Glen Rovers 5-06 Midleton 1-03 Josa Lee
1939 Glen Rovers 5-04 Blackrock 2-05 Jack Lynch
1940 Glen Rovers 10-06 Sarsfields 7-05 Jack Lynch
1941 Glen Rovers 4-07 Ballincollig 2-02 Connie Buckley
1942 St. Finbarr's 5-07 Ballincollig 2-02
1943 St. Finbarr's 7-09 Ballincollig 1-01 J. Horgan
1944 Glen Rovers 5-07 St. Finbarr's 3-03 Din Joe Buckley
1945 Glen Rovers 4-10 Carrigdhoun 5-03 Paddy O'Donovan
1946 St. Finbarr's 2-03 Glen Rovers 2-01
1947 St. Finbarr's 4-06 Sarsfields 4-04
1948 Glen Rovers 5-07 Blackrock 3-02 Jim Young
1949 Glen Rovers 6-05 Imokilly 0-14 Dave Creedon
1950 Glen Rovers 2-08 St. Finbarr's 0-05 John Lyons
1951 Sarsfields 5-08 Glen Rovers 3-07 Pat O'Leary
1952 Avondhu 3-08 St. Finbarr's 4-03
1953 Glen Rovers 8-05 Sarsfields 4-03 Josie Hartnett
1954 Glen Rovers 7-07 Blackrock 3-02 Christy Ring
1955 St. Finbarr's 2-08 Glen Rovers 2-06 Tony O'Shaughnessy
1956 Blackrock 2-10 Glen Rovers 2-02 Mick Cashman
1957 Sarsfields 5-10 University College Cork 4-06 Mossie O'Connor
1958 Glen Rovers 4-06 St. Finbarr's 3-05 John Lyons
1959 Glen Rovers 3-11 Blackrock 3-05 John Lyons
1960 Glen Rovers 3-08 University College Cork 1-12 Joe Twomey
1961 Blackrock 4-10 Avondhu 3-07 Mick Cashman
1962 Glen Rovers 3-08 University College Cork 2-10 Finbarr O'Regan
1963 University College Cork 4-17 Blackrock 5-06 Des Kiely
1964 Glen Rovers 3-12 St. Finbarr's 2-07 Christy Ring
1965 St. Finbarr's 6-08 University College Cork 2-06
1966 Avondhu 2-11 University College Cork 4-04 Paddy Behan
1967 Glen Rovers 3-09 St. Finbarr's 1-09 Seán Kennefick
1968 St. Finbarr's 5-09 Imokilly 1-19 Jim Power
1969 Glen Rovers 4-16 University College Cork 1-13 Denis O'Riordan
1970 University College Cork 2-12 Muskerry 0-16 Mick McCarthy
1971 Blackrock 2-19 St. Finbarr's 5-04 John Horgan
1972 Glen Rovers 3-15 Youghal 1-10 Denis Coughlan
1973 Blackrock 2-12 Glen Rovers 2-10 John Horgan
1974 St. Finbarr's 2-17 Blackrock 2-14 Jim Power
1975 Blackrock 4-11 Glen Rovers 0-10 Éamonn O'Donoghue
1976 Glen Rovers 2-07 Blackrock 0-10 Martin O'Doherty
1977 St. Finbarr's 1-17 Glen Rovers 1-05 Denis Burns
1978 Blackrock 4-12 Glen Rovers 1-07 John Horgan
1979 Blackrock 2-14 St. Finbarr's 2-06 Tim Murphy
1980 St. Finbarr's 1-09 Glen Rovers 2-04 Billy O'Brien
1981 St. Finbarr's 1-12 Glen Rovers 1-09 Dónal O'Grady
1982 St. Finbarr's 2-17 Blackrock 3-09 John Blake
1983 Midleton 1-18 St. Finbarr's 2-09 John Fenton
1984 St. Finbarr's 1-15 Ballyhea 2-04 John Hodgins
1985 Blackrock 1-14 Midleton 1-08 Andy Creagh
1986 Midleton 1-18 Blackrock 1-10 Kevin Hennessy
1987 Midleton 2-12 Na Piarsaigh 0-15 Ger Power
1988 St. Finbarr's 3-18 Glen Rovers 2-14 Ger Cunningham [6]
1989 Glen Rovers 4-15 Sarsfield's 3-13 Tomás Mulcahy [7]
1990 Na Piarsaigh 2-07 St. Finbarr's 1-08 Christy Coughlan [8]
1991 Midleton 1-17 Glen Rovers 1-08 Ger FitzGerald [9]
1992 Erin's Own 1-12 Na Piarsaigh 0-12 Frank Horgan [10]
1993 St. Finbarr's 1-14 Carbery 1-13 Mick Barry [11]
1994 Carbery 3-12 Midleton 3-06 Barry Harte [12]
1995 Na Piarsaigh 1-12 Ballyhea 3-01 Leonard Forde [13]
1996 Avondhu 0-13 Imokilly 1-08 Aidan Kenny [14]
1997 Imokilly 1-18 Sarsfield's 2-12 Brian O'Driscoll [15]
1998 Imokilly 1-10 Blackrock 1-05 William O'Riordan [16]
1999 Blackrock 3-17 University College Cork 0-08 Noel Keane [17]
2000 Newtownshandrum 0-14 Erin's Own 0-11 Donal Mulcahy [18]
2001 Blackrock 4-08 Imokilly 2-07 Wayne Sherlock [19]
2002 Blackrock 1-14 Newtownshandrum 0-12 Wayne Sherlock [20]
2003 Newtownshandrum 0-17 Blackrock 0-09 John McCarthy [21]
2004 Na Piarsaigh 0-17 Cloyne 0-10 Mark Prendergast [22]
2005 Newtownshandrum 0-15 Cloyne 0-09 Brendan Mulcahy [23]
2006 Erin's Own 2-19 Cloyne 3-14 Kieran 'Hero' Murphy [24]
2007 Erin's Own 1-11 Newtownshandrum 0-07 Kieran 'Hero' Murphy [25]
2008 Sarsfield's 2-14 Bride Rovers 2-13 Kieran 'Fraggy' Murphy [26]
2009 Newtownshandrum 3-22 Sarsfield's 1-12 Dermot Gleeson [27]
2010 Sarsfield's 1-17 Glen Rovers 0-18 Alan Kennedy [28]
2011 Carrigtwohill 0-15 Cork Institute of Technology 1-11 Brian Lordan [29]
2012 Sarsfield's 1-15 Bishopstown 1-13 Joe Barry [30]
2013 Midleton 2-15 Sarsfield's 2-13 Pádraig O'Shea [31]
2014 Sarsfield's 2-18 Glen Rovers 0-08 Tadhg Óg Murphy [32]
2015 Glen Rovers 2-17 Sarsfield's 1-13 Graham Callinan [33]
2016 Glen Rovers 0-19 Erin's Own 2-11 Graham Callinan [34]
2017 Imokilly 3-13 Blackrock 0-18 Séamus Harnedy [35]
2018 Imokilly 4-19 Midleton 1-18 Séamus Harnedy

Notes:

  • 1933 - The first match ended in a draw: St. Finbarr's 4-6, Carrigtwohill 5-3.
  • 1943 - The first match ended in a draw: St. Finbarr's 3-3, Ballincollig 3-3.
  • 1952 - The first match ended in a draw: Avondhu 3-9, St. Finbarr's 4-6.
  • 1955 - The first match ended in a draw: St. Finbarr's 2-6, Glen Rovers 1-9.
  • 1962 - The first match ended in a draw: Glen Rovers 3-7, University College Cork 2-10
  • 1990 - The first match ended in a draw: Na Piarsaigh 1-12, St. Finbarr's 3-6.
  • 1996 - The first match ended in a draw: Avondhu 1-12, Imokilly 1-12.

Records and statistics[edit]

Final[edit]

Team[edit]

Individual[edit]

Teams[edit]

By decade[edit]

The most successful team of each decade, judged by number of Cork Senior Hurling Championship titles, is as follows:

Successful defending[edit]

Only 7 teams of the 19 who have won the championship have ever successfully defended the title. These are:

  • Glen Rovers on 14 attempts out of 26 (1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1954, 1959, 1960, 2016)
  • Blackrock on 11 attempts out of 31 (1894, 1895, 1898, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1925, 1930, 1931, 1979, 2002)
  • St. Finbarr's on 8 attempts out of 24 (1905, 1906, 1923, 1933, 1943, 1947, 1981, 1982)
  • Imokilly on 2 attempts out of 3 (1997, 2018)
  • Redmonds on 1 attempt out of 4 (1901)
  • Midleton on 1 attempt out of 6 (1987)
  • Erin's Own on 1 attempt out of 2 (2007)

Gaps[edit]

Top ten longest gaps between successive championship titles:

Longest undefeated run[edit]

The record for the longest unbeaten run stands at 30 games held by Glen Rovers. It began with a 5-06 to 3-00 win against Mallow in their opening game of the 1934 championship on 22 April 1934 and finished with a 3-08 to 3-01 win against Sarsfields in the first round of the 1942 championship on 17 May 1942. The 30-game unbeaten streak, which included no drawn game but one walkover, ended with a 5-04 to 1-08 loss to Ballincollig in the 1942 championship semi-final.

Top scorers[edit]

All time[edit]

As of match played 21 April 2019.
Rank Name Team Goals Points Total
1 Patrick Horgan Glen Rovers 20 485 545
2 Eoghan Murphy Erin's Own 19 405 462
3 Christy Ring Glen Rovers 80 205 445
4 Ben O'Connor Newtownshandrum 21 352 415
5 Joe Deane Killeagh 21 351 414

By year (1983-present)[edit]

Year Top scorer Team Score Total
1983 Tony Coyne Youghal 2-27 33
1984 Denis Walsh Ballyhea 0-31 31
1985 Finbarr Delaney Blackrock 3-22 31
1986 Ger FitzGerald Midleton 5-17 32
1987 Mickey Mullins Na Piarsaigh 0-33 33
1988 Brian Cunningham St. Finbarr's 2-29 35
1989 Tadhg Murphy Sarsfields 3-27 36
1990 Brian Cunningham St. Finbarr's 2-28 34
1991
1992 Brian Corcoran Erin's Own 0-44 44
1993 Brian Cunningham St. Finbarr's 0-24 24
1994 Brian Cunningham St. Finbarr's 4-13 25
1995 Niall Ahern Sarsfields 4-17 29
1996 Jimmy Smiddy Imokilly 3-38 47
1997 Pat Ryan Sarsfields 1-47 50
1998 Brian Cunningham St. Finbarr's 3-23 32
1999 Joe Deane University College Cork 3-26 35
2000 Joe Deane Imokilly 6-32 50
2001 Ben O'Connor Newtownshandrum 6-29 47
2002 Neil Ronan Ballyhea 2-36 42
2003 Ben O'Connor Newtownshandrum 2-30 36
2004 John Anderson Glen Rovers 0-47 47
2005 Paudie O'Sullivan Cloyne 3-19 28
2006 Paudie O'Sullivan Cloyne 4-25 37
2007 Kevin Murray St. Finbarr's 1-32 35
2008 Patrick Horgan Glen Rovers 1-43 46
2009 Niall McCarthy Carrigtwohill 4-27 39
2010 Patrick Horgan Glen Rovers 6-62 80
2011 Barry Johnson Bride Rovers 0-39 39
2012 Pa Cronin Bishopstown 1-44 47
2013 Conor Lehane Midleton 5-48 63
2014 Cian McCarthy Sarsfields 2-54 60
2015 Cian McCarthy Sarsfields 2-52 58
2016 Patrick Horgan Glen Rovers 3-63 72
Eoghan Murphy Erin's Own 3-63 72
2017 Ronan Crowley Bandon 2-54 60
2018 Conor Lehane Midleton 2-37 43

In a single game (2011-present)[edit]

Year Top scorer Team Score Total
2010 Robert O'Driscoll Sarsfields 2-10 16
2011 Patrick Horgan Glen Rovers 1-12 15
2012 Pa Cronin Bishopstown 1-10 13
2013 Conor Lehane Midleton 2-10 16
2014 Barry Johnson Bride Rovers 2-10 16
2015 Pa O'Callaghan Ballyhea 0-15 15
2016 Eoghan Murphy Erin's Own 2-12 18
2017 Ronan Crowley Bandon 1-10 13
Pa O'Callaghan Ballyhea 0-13
2018 Eoghan Murphy Erin's Own 1-11 14

In finals (1944-present)[edit]

Final Top scorer Team Score Total
1944 Christy Ring Glen Rovers 0-05 5
1945 Christy Ring Glen Rovers 0-06 6
1946 Seán Condon St. Finbarr's 1-01 4
Jack Lynch Glen Rovers 1-01 4
1947 Jim Sargent St. Finbarr's 2-00 6
Micka Brennan Sarsfields 2-00 6
1948 Jimmy Lynam Glen Rovers 2-00 6
Charlie O'Flaherty Glen Rovers 2-00 6
1949 Donie Twomey Glen Rovers 3-00 9
1950 Jack Lynch Glen Rovers 1-00 3
Donie O'Sullivan Glen Rovers 1-00 3
1951 Micka Brennan Sarsfields 3-01 10
1952 Harry Goldsboro (D) St. Finbarr's 2-02 8
Mick Kickham (R) St. Finbarr's 3-00 9
1953 Josie Hartnett Glen Rovers 2-00 6
1954 Jim Rodgers Glen Rovers 1-01 4
Seán Horgan Blackrock 1-01 4
1955 Christy Ring (D) Glen Rovers 1-04 7
T. Maher (R) St. Finbarr's 3-00 9
Christy Ring (R) Glen Rovers 2-03 9
1956 Michael Murphy Blackrock 1-03 6
1957 Paddy Barry Sarsfields 2-02 8
1958 Frank Daly Glen Rovers 2-00 6
1959 Christy Ring Glen Rovers 1-06 9
1960 John Joe Browne University College Cork 1-05 8
1961 Willie Galligan Blackrock 1-05 8
1962 Christy Ring (D) Glen Rovers 1-03 6
Mick Mortell (R) University College Cork 1-03 6
1963 Mick Mortell University College Cork 1-05 8
1964 Christy Ring Glen Rovers 1-04 7
1965 Charlie McCarthy St. Finbarr's 2-05 11
1966 Seánie Barry University College Cork 1-02 5
1967 Mick Kenneally Glen Rovers 2-03 9
1968 Seánie Barry Imokilly 0-13 13
1969 Patsy Harte Glen Rovers 1-06 9
1970 Ray Cummins University College Cork 2-03 9
1971 Pat Moylan Blackrock 0-10 10
1972 Tom Buckley Glen Rovers 1-05 8
1973 Donie Collins Blackrock 1-05 8
1974 Charlie McCarthy St. Finbarr's 2-03 9
1975 Pat Horgan Glen Rovers 0-09 9
1976 Patsy Harte Glen Rovers 2-02 8
1977 Christy Ryan St. Finbarr's 1-01 4
1978 Ray Cummins Blackrock 1-04 7
1979 Pat Moylan Blackrock 0-05 5
1980 Éamonn Fitzpatrick St. Finbarr's 1-01 4
1981 Paddy Ring Glen Rovers 1-03 6
1982 Ray Cummins Blackrock 3-00 9
1983 John Fenton Midleton 0-10 10
1984 Willie Shanahan Ballyhea 2-03 9
1985 Finbarr Delaney Blackrock 1-03 6
1986 Finbarr Delaney Blackrock 1-04 7
1987 John Fenton Midleton 1-09 12
1988 Brian Cunningham St. Finbarr's 0-12 12
1989 Tadhg Murphy Sarsfields 0-09 9
1990 Brian Cunningham (D) St. Finbarr's 1-04 7
James O'Connor (R) Na Piarsaigh 2-00 6
Brian Cunningham (R) St. Finbarr's 0-06 6
1991 John Fenton Midleton 0-07 7
Ger Riordan Glen Rovers 1-04 7
1992 Brian Corcoran Erin's Own 0-10 10
1993 Pádraig Crowley (D) Carbery 0-07 7
Pádraig Crowley (R) Carbery 1-04 7
Billy O'Shea (R) St. Finbarr's 0-07 7
1994 Jeff O'Connell Carbery 2-01 7
Ger Manley Midleton 1-04 7
1995 Mark O'Sullivan Na Piarsaigh 1-01 4
1996 Jimmy Smiddy (D) Imokilly 1-06 9
Jimmy Smiddy (R) Imokilly 0-06 6
1997 Pat Ryan Sarsfields 1-07 10
1998 Alan Browne Blackrock 1-01 4
Seán O'Farrell Imokilly 1-01 4
1999 Alan Browne Blackrock 2-02 8
2000 John Corcoran Erin's Own 0-07 7
2001 Alan Browne Blackrock 3-08 17
2002 Alan Browne Blackrock 1-04 7
Ben O'Connor Newtownshandrum 0-07 7
2003 Ben O'Connor Newtownshandrum 0-10 10
2004 Aisake Ó hAilpín Na Piarsaigh 0-05 5
2005 Ben O'Connor Newtownshandrum 0-06 6
2006 Eoghan Murphy Erin's Own 1-10 13
2007 Ben O'Connor Newtownshandrum 1-03 6
2008 Seán Ryan Bride Rovers 1-03 6
Pat Ryan Sarsfields 0-06 6
2009 Ben O'Connor Newtownshandrum 1-04 7
2010 Patrick Horgan Glen Rovers 0-10 10
2011 Michael Fitzgerald Carrigtwohill 0-06 6
2012 Cian McCarthy Sarsfields 0-08 8
2013 Conor Lehane Midleton 2-10 16
2014 Cian McCarthy Sarsfields 0-10 10
2015 Cian McCarthy Sarsfields 1-06 9
Patrick Horgan Glen Rovers 0-09 9
2016 Patrick Horgan Glen Rovers 0-12 12
2017 Michael O'Halloran Blackrock 0-08 8
2018 Séamus Harnedy Imokilly 1-06 9

Winners and finalists[edit]

The Double[edit]

Three teams have won the Cork Senior Hurling Championship and the Cork Senior Football Championship in a single year as part of a hurling-Gaelic football double. Glen Rovers and their sister club, St. Nicholas', became the first teams to win the double in 1938 before claiming two further doubles in 1941 and 1954. University College Cork won their only double in 1963. St. Finbarr's hold the distinction of being the only single entity club team to have won the double. They achieved this in 1980 and 1982.

Divisional sides Avondhu, Carbery and Imokilly and club team Midleton also hold the distinction of being dual county senior championship-winning teams, however, these were not achieved in a single calendar season.

See also[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

C103 & CRY 104.0FM provides extensive radio coverage of the championship, including several full live commentaries from Round 1 to the final. Both will cover the final live.

The Big Red Bench on Cork's Red FM cover most games with reports and updates on radio and their Twitter Feed

TG4 has carried live and deferred television broadcasts of several finals over the years as part of its GAA Beo programme.

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