Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship

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Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship
Current season or competition:
2018 Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship
CodeHurling
Founded1887; 131 years ago (1887)
RegionColours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny (GAA)
TrophyTom Walsh Cup
No. of teams12
Title holdersColours of Leinster Council.svg Ballyhale Shamrocks (16th title)
First winnerColours of Leinster Council.svg Tullaroan
Most titlesColours of Leinster Council.svg Tullaroan (20 titles)
SponsorsSt. Canice's Credit Union
TV partner(s)TG4 (final only)
Official websitehttp://www.kilkennygaa.ie/

The Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the St. Canice's Credit Union Senior Hurling Championship) is an annual hurling competition organised by the Kilkenny County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1887 for the top hurling teams in the county of Kilkenny in Ireland.

The series of games are played during the autumn months with the county final currently being played at Nowlan Park in October. The prize for the winning team is the Tom Walsh Cup. The championship is one of the few county championships that still uses a single elimination format whereby once a team loses they are eliminated from the championship.

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

Twelve teams currently participate in the Kilkenny County Championship. The title has been won at least once by 26 different teams. The all-time record-holders are Tullaroan, who have led the roll of honour since the championship began and have won a total of 20 titles.

Ballyhale Shamrocks are the title-holders after defeating Bennettsbridge by 2-20 to 2-17 in the 2018 championship final.[1]

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

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. County committees were established over the next few years, with the Kilkenny County Board affiliating on 30 January 1887. The inaugural championship was contested by just four clubs, with Tullaroan winning the title after a defeat of Mooncoin.[2] Since then the championship title has been awarded every year except on a handful of occasions. No championships took place in 1891, 1892 and 1912, while several championships between 1916 and 1922 were either cancelled or unfinished due to the Irish revolutionary period. The 1916 championship began in October 1916, however, because of martial law it wasn't completed until June 1919. It was decreed that the winner of the match would be declared champions for all three years.

Team dominance[edit]

The first fifty years of the championship were dominated by Tullaroan and Mooncoin who built up an intense rivalry. Both clubs shared 28 championship titles between 1887 and 1936, however, since then they have won just four titles between them. Other clubs who enjoyed limited periods of dominance during this time include city-based club Confederation, who won three titles between 1893 and 1896, and Dicksboro who won two titles from four final appearances during the 1920s. Carrickshock's dominance saw the club play in ten finals between 1938 and 1948, becoming the first team to win four successive championships from 1940 to 1943. Éire Óg also claimed four titles during this period. After a sixty-year hiatus Bennettsbridge returned to winning ways and claimed ten championship titles between 1952 and 1967. Fenians added their name to roll of honour in 1970 before claiming four more championships before the end of the decade. In 1978 Ballyhale Shamrocks became the latest first-time champions and ushered in a new era of dominance by winning 10 more championship titles by 1991. As Ballyhale went into decline, Glenmore dominated the nineties by winning five championships between 1987 and 1999. The first decade of the new century saw O'Loughlin Gaels and James Stephens win two titles apiece, while Ballyhale Shamrocks ended the decade with four successive championships before winning two more in 2012 and 2014.

The championship[edit]

Overview[edit]

The Kilkenny County Championship is a single elimination tournament. Each team is afforded just one defeat before being eliminated from the championship. Pairings for matches are drawn at random, however, there is a certain level of seeding based on league performance. The league begins with two groups of six teams. The top two teams in each group receive a bye into the quarter-finals, while third placed team plays the fourth placed team, and the fifth placed team plays the sixth placed team in the first round. The losers of the latter games enter a relegation play-off.

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

Format[edit]

First round: 8 teams contest this round. The 4 winning teams advance directly to the quarter-final stage. The 4 losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Quarter-finals: Eight teams contest this round. The four winning teams advance directly to the semi-final stage. The four losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Semi-finals: Four teams contest this round. The two winning teams advance directly to the final. The two losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

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

Participating teams[edit]

The following 12 teams will be participating in the 2018 championship:

Team Location Colours
Ballyhale Shamrocks Ballyhale White and green
Bennettsbridge Bennettsbridge Green and yellow
Clara Clara Maroon and white
Danesfort Danesfort Black and amber
Dicksboro Palmerstown Maroon and white
Erin's Own Castlecomer Blue and white
James Stephens Larchfield Green and red
Mullinavat Mullinavat Black and white
O'Loughlin Gaels St. John's Parish Green and white
Rower-Inistioge Inistioge Green and red
St Patrick's Ballyragget Ballyragget Maroon and white
Carrickshock Hugginstown Green & Yellow

Sponsorship[edit]

Since 1991 the Kilkenny County Championship has been sponsored by the St. Canice's Credit Union.

Managers[edit]

Managers in the Kilkenny 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 (1999–present)
Manager Team Wins Winning years
Michael Nolan O'Loughlin Gaels 3 2001, 2003, 2010
Maurice Aylward Ballyhale Shamrocks 3 2006, 2007, 2008
Adrian Finan James Stephens 2 2004, 2005
Mick Purcell Clara 2 2013, 2015
Tom Casey Glenmore 1 1999
Jim Neary Graigue-Ballycallan 1 2000
John Brennan Young Irelands 1 2002
Mick Fennelly / James McGarry Ballyhale Shamrocks 1 2009
Niall Rigney James Stephens 1 2011
Tommy Shefflin Ballyhale Shamrocks 1 2012
Colm Bonnar / Andy Moloney Ballyhale Shamrocks 1 2014
Aidan Fogarty O'Loughlin Gaels 1 2016
Mark Dowling Dicksboro 1 2017
Henry Shefflin Ballyhale Shamrocks 1 2018

Finals listed by year[edit]

Year Winner Opponent
2018 Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-20 Bennettsbridge 2-17
2017[3] Dicksboro 4-15 James Stephens 4-10
2016[4] O'Loughlin Gaels 0-19 Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-12
2015[5] Clara 2-12 O'Loughlin Gaels 1-13
2014[6] Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-20 Clara 1-13
2013[7] Clara 1-15 Carrickshock 2-10
2012[8] Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-16 Dicksboro 0-12
2011[9][10] James Stephens 1-8, 1-20 (R) Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-11, 0-15 (R)
2010 O'Loughlin Gaels 0-17 Carrickshock 1-11
2009 Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-14 James Stephens 1-11
2008 Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-11 James Stephens 0-12
2007 Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-20 St. Martin's 1-10
2006 Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-21 O'Loughlin Gaels 2-11
2005 James Stephens 1-18 Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-12
2004 James Stephens 2-16 Young Ireland's 3-12
2003 O'Loughlin Gaels 3-9, 2-12 (R) Young Ireland's 2-12, 2-10 (R)
2002 Young Ireland's 3-14 Dunnamaggin 1-15
2001 O'Loughlin Gaels 1-17 Graigue-Ballycallan 1-6
2000 Graigue-Ballycallan 0-16 O'Loughlin Gaels 0-9
1999 Glenmore 1-14 Graigue-Ballycallan 2-8
1998 Graigue-Ballycallan 1-14 The Fenians 0-12
1997 Dunnamaggin 2-10 Young Ireland's 2-7
1996 Young Ireland's 2-10, 3-9 (R) James Stephens 0-16, 2-10 (R)
1995 Glenmore3-19 The Fenians 1-14
1994 Tullaroan 1-6 Dicksboro 0-6
1993 Dicksboro 0-12, 2-9 (R) The Fenians 0-12, 1-9 (R)
1992 Glenmore 1-14 Tullaroan 2-6
1991 Ballyhale Shamrocks 3-16 St Martin's 1-8
1990 Glenmore 3-15 Clara 2-6
1989 Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-11 Glenmore 1-13
1988 Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-15 Thomastown 0-4
1987 Glenmore 4-10 Ballyhale Shamrocks 3-9
1986 Clara 3-10 Ballyhale Shamrocks 4-5
1985 Ballyhale Shamrocks 4-18 Glenmore 3-13
1984 St Martin's 1-14 Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-7
1983 Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-14 James Stephens 1-8
1982 Ballyhale Shamrocks 3-10 James Stephens 2-4
1981 James Stephens 2-10 The Fenians 0-8
1980 Ballyhale Shamrocks 3-10, 3-13 (R) Muckalee/Ballyfoyle Rovers 2-13, 1-10 (R)
1979* Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-14, 3-12 (R) Erin's Own 0-14, 1-6 (R)
1978 Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-15 The Fenians 0-10
1977 The Fenians 3-11 Rower-Inistiogue 1-10
1976 James Stephens 2-14 Rower-Inistiogue 0-13
1975 James Stephens 1-14 Galmoy 1-5
1974 The Fenians 0-10 Bennettsbridge 0-6
1973 The Fenians 7-8 James Stephens 5-10
1972 The Fenians 3-10 Bennettsbridge 1-6
1971 Bennettsbridge 3-10 The Fenians 1-7
1970 The Fenians 2-11 James Stephens 3-5
1969 James Stephens 8-5 The Fenians 2-7
1968 Rower-Inistiogue 3-9 Bennettsbridge 3-7
1967 Bennettsbridge 3-10 Thomastown 1-4
1966 Bennettsbridge 4-8 Mooncoin 2-4
1965 Mooncoin 2-8 Bennettsbridge 1-8
1964 Bennettsbridge 4-9 Glenmore 1-4
1963 St. Lachtains 1-7 Tullogher 0-3
1962 Bennettsbridge 5-7 Lisdowney 2-8
1961 St. Lachtains 4-5 Near South 0-12
1960 Bennettsbridge 4-5 Glenmore 3-4
1959 Bennettsbridge 4-6 Erin's Own 1-4
1958 Tullaroan 1-12 Bennettsbridge 3-2
1957 John Lockes 4-4 Slieverue 0-5
1956 Bennettsbridge 2-8 John Lockes 3-3
1955 Bennettsbridge 6-6 Mooncoin 1-4
1954 Slieverue 6-5 Tullaroan 4-3
1953 Bennettsbridge 3-11 Sliabh Rua 3-6
1952 Bennettsbridge 5-3 Tullaroan 4-5
1951 Carrickshock 5-6 Tullaroan 4-5
1950 Dicksboro 3-17, 4-6 (R) Éire Óg 6-8, 1-5 (R)
1949 Graigue 3-12 Tullaroan 2-14
1948 Tullaroan 1-12 Carrickshock 2-3
1947 Éire Óg 3-10 Tullaroan 0-13
1946 Thomastown 5-4 Carrickshock 4-5
1945 Éire Óg 2-7, 4-8 (R) Carrickshock 1-10, 1-7 (R)
1944 Éire Óg 7-9 Carrickshock 4-4
1943 Carrickshock 3-6 Mullinavat 1-3
1942 Carrickshock 3-2 Threecastles 2-3
1941 Carrickshock 4-5 Éire Óg 3-7
1940 Carrickshock 1-4 Mullinavat 1-2
1939 Éire Óg 3-7 Carrickshock 3-5
1938 Carrickshock 2-5 Éire Óg 1-5
1937 James Stephens 3-8 Dicksboro 1-2
1936 Mooncoin 4-2 Tullaroan 4-1
1935 James Stephens 3-5 Carrickshock 2-5
1934 Tullaroan 6-6 Carrickshock 1-5
1933 Tullaroan 6-5 Carrickshock 5-4
1932 Mooncoin 6-4 Carrickshock 5-5
1931 Carrickshock 5-8 Urlingford 3-8
1930 Tullaroan 4-4 Urlingford 0-3
1929 Mooncoin 3-2, 5-1 (R) Carrickshock 3-2, 3-3 (R)
1928 Mooncoin 4-2 Dicksboro 3-2
1927* Mooncoin 4-2, 4-3, 2-4, 2-4 James Stephens 3-2, 2-4, 1-3, 2-2
1926 Dicksboro 5-5 Mooncoin 1-4
1925 Tullaroan 3-4 Dicksboro 3-3
1924 Tullaroan 4-4 Clonmanto 2-2
1923 Dicksboro 7-4 Mooncoin 3-1
1920–1922 Not played
1919* Unfinished
1918* Mooncoin (awarded)
1917* Mooncoin (awarded)
1916 Mooncoin 4-1, 5-2 (R) Tullaroan 4-1, 2-3 (R)
1915 Tullaroan 7-2 Dicksboro 2-2
1914 Johnstown 3-1 Erin's Own 0-0
1913 Mooncoin 5-7 Tullaroan 3-4
1912 Not played
1911 Tullaroan 4-3 Mooncoin 2-5
1910 Tullaroan 7-1 Piltown 3-0
1909 Erin's Own 1-12 Mooncoin 1-7
1908 Mooncoin 5-17 Threecastles 3-5
1907 Tullaroan 2-6 Mooncoin 1-3
1906* Mooncoin 3-6 Tullaroan 1-12
1905 Erin's Own 5-6 Tullaroan 2-8
1904 Tullaroan 6-14 Piltown 1-6
1903 Threecastles 0-3, 2-10 (R) Kilmanagh 0-2, 0-5 (R)
1902 Tullaroan 3-16 Mooncoin 0-1
1901 Tullaroan 5-10 Threecastles 3-7
1900 Mooncoin 5-9 Freshford 1-15
1899 Tullaroan 3-6 Young Irelands, Tullaroan 1-5
1898 Threecastles 4-1 Confederation 2-3
1897 Tullaroan 3-11 Mooncoin 2-1
1896 Confederation w/o Callan scr.
1895 Tullaroan 1-4 Threecastles 1-2
1894 Confederation 2-5 Callan 1-1
1893 Confederation 1-4 Callan 0-0
1891–1892 Not played
1890 Bennettsbridge 1-4 Callan 0-1
1889 Tullaroan 0-1 Graine 0-0
1888 Mooncoin 2-2 Confederation 0-0
1887* Tullaroan 1-1 Mooncoin 0-4

Notes:

  • 1887 - Goal outweighed any number of points.
  • 1906 - Mooncoin awarded title.
  • 1917-18 - Combined with 1916 Championship.
  • 1919 - Tullaroan and Mooncoin failed to agree on a venue, declared null and void.
  • 1927 (First game) - Late goal scored after final whistle. Replay agreed.
  • 1927 (Replay) - Objection, replay agreed.
  • 1927 (Second Replay) - Unfinished due to conditions.
  • 1979 - Game unfinished. Ballyhale awarded the title.

Top winners[edit]

Pos. Team No. of wins Winning Years Runners-up Years runners-up
1st Tullaroan 20 1887, 1889, 1895, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1902, 1904, 1907, 1910, 1911, 1915, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1933, 1934, 1948, 1958, 1994 10 1905, 1906, 1913, 1916, 1936, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1992,
2nd Ballyhale Shamrocks 16 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2018. 6 1984, 1986, 1987, 2005, 2011, 2016
3rd Mooncoin 12 1888, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1913, 1916, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1932, 1936, 1965 10 1887, 1897, 1902, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1923, 1926, 1955, 1966
Bennettsbridge 12 1890, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1971 6 1958, 1965, 1968, 1972, 1974, 2018
4th James Stephens 9 1935, 1937, 1969, 1975, 1976, 1981, 2004, 2005, 2011 9 1927, 1970, 1973, 1982, 1983, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2017
5th Carrickshock 7 1931, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1951 12 1929, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1939, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1948, 2010, 2013
6th Fenians 5 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977 7 1969, 1971, 1978, 1981, 1993, 1995, 1998
Glenmore 5 1987, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1999 4 1960, 1964, 1985, 1989
Dicksboro 5 1923, 1926, 1950, 1993, 2017 6 1915, 1925, 1928, 1937, 1994, 2012
7th Eire Og 4 1939, 1944, 1945, 1947 3 1938, 1941, 1950
O'Loughlin Gaels 4 2001, 2003, 2010, 2016 3 2000, 2006, 2015
8th Confederation (City) 3 1893, 1894, 1896 2 1888, 1898
Clara 3 1986, 2013, 2015 2 1990, 2014
9th Threecastles 2 1898, 1903 3 1895, 1901, 1908
Erin's Own (Kilkenny city) 2 1905, 1909 1 1914
St. Lachtain's 2 1961, 1963 0
Graigue-Ballycallan 2 1998, 2000 2 1999, 2001
Young Ireland's 2 1996, 2002 3 1997, 2003, 2004
10th Johnstown 1 1914 0
Thomastown 1 1946 2 1967, 1988
Graigue 1 1949 0
Slieverue 1 1954 1 1957
John Lockes (Callan) 1 1957 4 1890, 1893, 1894, 1956
Rower-Inistioge 1 1968 2 1976, 1977
St. Martin's 1 1984 1 1991
Dunnamaggin 1 1997 1 2002
11th Piltown 0 2 1904, 1910
Erins Own (Castlecomer) 0 2 1959, 1979
Urlingford 0 2 1930, 1931
Kilmanagh 0 1 1903
Graine 0 1 1889
Freshford 0 1 1900
Clonmanto 0 1 1924
Mullinavat 0 1 1943
Slieve Rua 0 1 1953
Near South 0 1 1961
Lisdowney 0 1 1962
Tullogher 0 1 1963
Galmoy 0 1 1975
Muckalee/Ballyfoyle Rangers 0 1 1980

Records[edit]

Teams[edit]

By decade[edit]

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

Gaps[edit]

Top ten longest gaps between successive championship titles:

Top scorers[edit]

Finals (1994-present)[edit]

Final Top scorer Team Score Total
1992 Ray Heffernan Glenmore 1-10 13
1993 Tommy Bawle (D) Dicksboro 0-06 6
Sam Morrissey (R) Dicksboro 1-02 5
1994 Derek Gaffney Tullaroan 0-04 4
1995 Ray Heffernan Glenmore 0-07 7
1996 D. J. Carey (D) Young Irelands 1-05 8
D. J. Carey (R) Young Irelands 2-04 10
1997 D. J. Carey Young Irelands 1-02 5
1998 Damien Cleere Graigue-Ballycallan 0-08 8
Brendan Ryan Fenians 0-08 8
1999 Michael Murphy Glenmore 1-01 4
2000 Nigel Skehan O'Loughlin Gaels 0-05 5
2001 Nigel Skehan O'Loughlin Gaels 1-09 12
2002 D. J. Carey Young Irelands 2-07 13
2003 Nigel Skehan (D) O'Loughlin Gaels 2-03 9
Nigel Skehan (R) O'Loughlin Gaels 1-07 10
D. J. Carey (R) Young Irelands 1-07 10
2004 D. J. Carey Young Irelands 3-06 15
2005 Eoin Larkin James Stephens 0-09 9
2006 Henry Shefflin Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-10 10
2007 T. J. Reid Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-10 10
2008 Eoin Reid Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-02 5
2009 T. J. Reid Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-03 6
Eoin Reid Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-06 6
2010 Richie Power Carrickshock 0-12 12
2011 Henry Shefflin (D) Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-07 7
Eoin Larkin (R) James Stephens 1-11 14
2012 Martin Gaffney Dicksboro 0-08 8
2013 Keith Hogan Clara 0-10 10
2014 T. J. Reid Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-10 10
2015 Mark Bergin O'Loughlin Gaels 0-08 8
2016 Mark Bergin O'Loughlin Gaels 0-11 11
2017 David Walton James Stephens 1-05 8
2018 T. J. Reid Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-10 13

References[edit]

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