Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

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Leinster Senior Hurling Championship
Current season or competition:
2017 Leinster Senior Hurling Championship
Flag of Leinster.svg
Irish Craobh Iomána Laighin
Founded 1888; 129 years ago (1888)
Region Leinster (GAA)
Trophy Bob O'Keeffe Cup
No. of teams 9
Title holders Colours of Galway.svg Galway (2nd title)
Most titles Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny (71 titles)
Sponsors Littlewoods Ireland, Etihad Airways, Centra
TV partner(s) RTÉ, Sky Sports
Motto Nothing beats being there
Official website Official website

The Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship, known simply as the Leinster Championship, is an annual inter-county hurling competition organised by the Leinster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). It is one of the most prestigious hurling tournaments in Ireland and the most prestigious inter-county hurling competition in the province of Leinster. The championship has been awarded every year since 1888.

The final, usually held on the first Sunday in July, serves as the culmination of a series of games played during the early summer months, and the results determine which county's team receives the Bob O'Keeffe Cup. Originally played on a straight knockout basis, in the current format the four weaker teams play in an initial qualifier group. The top two teams in the qualifier group and the seeded teams complete the championship on a straight knockout basis whereby once a team loses they are eliminated.

The Leinster Championship is an integral part of the wider GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship. The winners of the Leinster final, like their counterparts in the Munster Championship, are rewarded by advancing directly to the semi-final stage of the All-Ireland series of games. The losers of the Leinster final enter the All-Ireland series at the quarter-final stage.

Nine teams currently participate in the Leinster Championship, including Galway from Connacht and Kerry from Munster. The most successful county team in hurling, Kilkenny, play in the Leinster Championship. They have won the provincial title on 71 occasions while also claiming 36 All-Ireland titles; both of these are all-time records.

The title has been won at least once by six counties, all of which have won the title more than once. Galway are the 2017 champions.


The Leinster Championship begins with an initial qualifier group and then becomes a straight knock-out competition. The draw is usually made in October of the previous year. The competition has become more competitive since the emergence of Dublin as a hurling power.

Each match is played as a single leg. If a match is drawn there is a replay. Drawn replays are now settled with extra time, however, if both sides are still level at the end of extra time a second replay takes place and so on until a winner is found. If the quarter-finals end in draws, extra time is played immediately as replays are only permitted for provincial semi-finals and finals.

Michael Collins talking to hurlers before the 1921 Senior Hurling Championship match at Croke Park, 11 September 1921

The format had remained virtually the same since the very first Leinster Championship in 1888. The biggest change to the championship format took place in 2009. Galway had no opposition in the Connacht Championship since 2004 and it was decided at a special meeting of the GAA's congress that Galway would join the Leinster Championship for a three-year trial period, starting with the 2009 championship. Antrim GAA, being the only Tier 1 team in the Ulster Championship, would also participate in the Leinster Championship on a three-year trial period. Antrim, however, will also still compete in the Ulster Championship which will be run as a separate tournament to the All-Ireland Hurling Championship. In 2014 the five weaker counties in the Leinster championship played in a qualifier group before the main championship. This was reduced to four in 2015.

Nine counties currently participate in the Leinster Championship — Carlow, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Wexford.

Qualifier Group Stage

The four weaker counties in the championship play a round robin group stage. Every team plays the other three teams once. The top two teams from this group advance to the quarter finals of the championship. The bottom team is automatically relegated.


A draw is made to determine the pairings for the Leinster quarter-finals. Six teams – whichever four of Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois and Wexford who haven't won the title the previous year, and the top two from the qualifier group will be included in the draw. The winners of these three games advance to the Leinster semi-final stages. The three defeated teams are eliminated from the provincial championship.

Semi-finals & Final

A draw is made to determine the pairings for the two Leinster semi-finals. The current title holders receive a bye to one of these semi-finals. They are joined by the three winners from the quarter-final stages. The winners of these two semi-finals advance to the Leinster final. The two defeated teams are eliminated from the provincial championship.


The Leinster Championship Is part of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship. The teams that are defeated in the Leinster quarter-finals advance to round one of the All-Ireland qualifiers. The two teams that are defeated in the Leinster semi-finals advance to round two of the All-Ireland qualifiers. The winners of the Leinster final automatically qualify for the semi-finals of the All-Ireland while the runners-up qualify for the quarter-finals.


The following stadia are frequently used during the Leinster Championship:

Location Stadium Capacity
Dublin Croke Park 82,300
Kilkenny Nowlan Park 30,000
Portlaoise O'Moore Park 27,000
Wexford Wexford Park 25,000
Tullamore O'Connor Park 20,000

Leinster Championship matches were traditionally played at neutral venues or at a location that was deemed to be halfway between the two participants, however, counties eventually came to home and away agreements depending on the size of their stadia. The Leinster final has, in recent times, always been played at the GAA's headquarters in Croke Park in Dublin. Some criticism has been leveled against the Leinster Council for continuing to play the provincial decider in Croke Park, as Kilkenny's dominance over the last decade has led to a downturn in attendances, leading to the match effectively being played in a stadium that isn't even half full.

Trophies and medals[edit]

At the end of the Leinster final, the winning team is presented with a trophy. The Bob O'Keeffe Cup is held by the winning team until the following year's final. Traditionally, the presentation is made at a special rostrum in the stand where GAA and political dignitaries and special guests view the match.

The cup is decorated with ribbons in the colours of the winning team. During the game the cup actually has both teams' sets of ribbons attached and the runners-up ribbons are removed before the presentation. The winning captain accepts the cup on behalf of his team before giving a short speech. Individual members of the winning team then have an opportunity to come to the rostrum to lift the cup.

The cup is named after Bob O'Keeffe, a native of Kilkenny who later won an All-Ireland medal with Laois and served as President of the GAA in the 1930s. The cup was donated by the Leinster Council in 1950 to commemorate O'Keeffe. The cup is the biggest to be presented in Gaelic Games, standing 3 feet 8 inches, weighing 564 ounces and with a capacity of 6 gallons. The Celtic chase work has been taken from the Book of Kells. The hurler depicted on the top of the cup is barefooted, which is significant in view of the fact that O'Keeffe originally played in that manner. The original Bob O'Keeffe Cup was donated to the GAA museum at Croke Park in 2005. It was replaced by a replica also named the Bob O'Keeffe Cup.

A 2012 Leinster Senior Hurling Championship winners' medal was later sold on eBay for €570.[1]


Since 1995, the Leinster Championship has been sponsored. The sponsor has usually been able to determine the championship's sponsorship name. The list below details who the sponsors have been and what they called the competition:

Leinster Championship moments[edit]

  • Dublin 3-5 : 2-2 Kilkenny (26 August 1934 at O'Moore Park) – In a replay characterised by close hurling, Dublin showed "a collective excellence". The game began with Kilkenny scooping the sliotar from the throw-in, and drove towards their forwards. J.A. Walsh intercepted, and set the ball flying wide from 80 yards out to Daniels, who drove to Muldowney, who passed to Hegarty. Hegarty flashed in a goal. Barely a minute later, Treacy pointed from 70 feet, and Hegarty scored another point. Excellent hurling ensued, the outstanding feature being the terrier tackling of Daniels and Wade. A free to Kilkenny gave Lowry Meagher his chance, but Forde saved miraculously. The danger to Dublin ensued, but it was averted by Bannon, Murphy, Walsh and McMahon. Larkin was the outstanding Kilkenny man. Tom Treacy pointed from a free for Dublin, this time scoring a major. Just before the interval O’Connell scored a point, leaving the score at Dublin 3-3 : Kilkenny Nil. Within five minutes of resuming play, Duggan scored a goal and Power a point. Dublin fought back and Wade and Muldowney each scored points. "Then a rare achievement was witnessed, when Lory Meagher scored a goal from a 70 yards puck". The scoring finished with a point by Meagher. Dublin showed superior speed, pertinacious tackling and a will-to-win spirit. The teams were: Dublin C. Forde, A. Murphy, J. Bannon, C. McMahon, James Andrew Walsh (hurler), D. Canniffe, P. Roche, E. Wade, Mick Daniels, S. Hegarty, T. Treacy, S. Muldowney, C. Boland, D. O'Neill, J. O’Connell. Kilkenny Jim Dermody, Paddy Larkin, P. O’Reilly, P. Kealy, Paddy Phelan, P. Byrne, T. Leahy, Lory Meagher, J. Duggan, Jimmy Walsh (Kilkenny hurler), Locky Byrne, M. Power, J. Fitzpatrick, M. Dunne, Matty Power. Referee Sean Robbins.[2]
  • Wexford 5–6 : 3–9 Kilkenny (31 July 1955 at Croke Park) – After a 2–7 apiece draw a fortnight earlier, both sides met in an historic replay. Wexford, the reigning provincial champions, were the favourites for both games, however, they had never beaten Kilkenny in a Leinster final. At half-time both sides were still level, however, immediately after the restart the key score came. Nicky Rackard gained possession sixty yards out and sent a speculative shot goalwards. The sliotar bounced on the hard Croke Park surface, hopped again, deceived the Kilkenny 'keeper and ended up just inside the white goal-line. Wexford later emerged victorious and broke the Kilkenny hoodoo.
  • Offaly 3–17 : 5–10 Kilkenny (13 July 1980 at Croke Park) – Undoubtedley regarded as one of the most significant days in the history of Offaly hurling. Offaly were only appearing in their sixth Leinster final ever and were looking for their first success, while Kilkenny were looking for a third consecutive provincial title. After a high-scoring first-half, Kilkenny only had a 3–6 to 1–10 lead. The game really heated up in the final ten minutes as both sides swapped the lead several times. In the end, the Leinster final roll of honour had a new name as Offaly won the game by a point.
  • Offaly 2–16 : 3–9 Kilkenny (26 June 1994 at Croke Park) – Regarded as one of the greatest games in the long history of the Leinster Championship. This provincial semi-final saw Kilkenny on the road to a fourth successive Leinster title, as well as a third consecutive All-Ireland title. The day belonged to Offaly, with Brian Whelahan putting in a great performance at right half-back which would later see him being named Hurler of the Year. The three Dooley brothers – Billy, Joe and Johnny – combined to score 2–10 of Offaly's total, giving 'the Faithful County' to impetus to go on and challenge for the Leinster title.
  • Wexford 2–15 : 1–16 Kilkenny (13 June 2004 at Croke Park) – Kilkenny were the red-hot favourites coming into this provincial semi-final. They were on the trail of a record-breaking seventh consecutive Leinster title and a third consecutive All-Ireland title. The game was going Kilkenny's way until the very last puck of the game. Wexford had tested the champions but with time nearly up 'the Cats' still had a one-point lead. A Kilkenny clearance fell straight to Michael Jacob who made no mistake in sending the sliotar into the net. With that the referee sounded the long whistle and Kilkenny's great run was at an end.
  • Galway 2-21 : 2-11 Kilkenny (8 July 2012 at Croke Park) – Galway kept Kilkenny scoreless for twenty minutes in this Leinster Final. The half-time score was Galway 2-12 Kilkenny 0-4. Kilkenny rallied in the second half but were never able to come close to Galway who won their first ever Leinster title in the most unexpected of circumstances.[3]

General statistics[edit]

Performance by county[edit]

County Wins Finals lost Years won Years runner-up
1 Kilkenny 71 29 1888, 1893, 1895, 1897, 1898, 1900, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1916, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1926, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016 1896, 1902, 1906, 1908, 1914, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1927, 1934, 1938, 1941, 1942, 1949, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1989, 1995, 1997, 2012
2 Dublin 24 35 1889, 1892, 1894, 1896, 1902, 1906, 1908, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1934, 1938, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1961, 2013 1888, 1893, 1895, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1918, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1932, 1933, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1954, 1959, 1963, 1964, 1990, 1991, 2009, 2011, 2014
3 Wexford 20 32 1890, 1891, 1899, 1901, 1910, 1918, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1976, 1977, 1996, 1997, 2004 1897, 1916, 1944, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2017
4 Offaly 9 14 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995 1901, 1924, 1926, 1928, 1969, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004
5 Laois 3 12 1914, 1915, 1949 1889, 1890, 1891, 1909, 1912, 1930, 1931, 1935, 1936, 1948, 1951, 1985
6 Galway 2 4 2012, 2017 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016
7 Westmeath 0 1 1937

Record Leinster medal winners[edit]

Player   Team   Titles won   Years  
Michael Kavanagh Kilkenny 13 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Henry Shefflin Kilkenny 13 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014
Matty Power Kilkenny
12 1922, 1923, 1925 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935 1936, 1937
Eddie Brennan Kilkenny 11 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
D.J. Carey Kilkenny 10 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
Eddie Keher Kilkenny 10 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
Frank Cummins Kilkenny 9 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983
Phil 'Fan' Larkin Kilkenny 9 1963, 1964, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979
Paddy Larkin Kilkenny 9 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935 1936, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1943
Sim Walton Kilkenny 9 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1916
Jack Rochford Kilkenny 9 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1916

List of finals[edit]

All-Ireland champions
All-Ireland runners-up
Year Winners Score Runners-up Score Venue Captain Winning Team
1888[A] Kilkenny 0–7 Dublin 0–3 Portlaoise John Quinn J Quinn, J Fox, P Quinn, P Quinn, W Ryan, J Henneberry, P Synnott, J Walsh, J Hanrahan, P Fogarty, J Roche, J Rockett, John Phelan, James Phelan, W Walsh, M Walsh, W Fox, P Walsh, A Kenny, M Murphy, R Hogan.
1889[B] Dublin w/o Laois scr Inchicore Nicholas O'Shea
1890 Wexford 2–9 Laois 0–3 Clonturk Park Nick Daly
1891 Wexford w/o Laois scr Clonturk Park Nick Daly
1892[C] Dublin Paddy Egan
1893 Kilkenny w/o Dublin scr Dick Whelan
1894[D] Dublin John McCabe
1895 Kilkenny 1–5 Dublin 0–5 Clonturk Park James Grace
Dublin 1–8
Kilkenny 0–6
Jones' Road Paddy Buckley
1897 Kilkenny w/o Wexford scr (Jones' Road) Jackie Walsh
1898 Kilkenny 4–12 Dublin 3–2 Jones' Road Ned Hennessy
1899 Wexford 2–12 Kilkenny 1–4 Jones' Road Jim Furlong
1900 Kilkenny 4–11 Dublin 4–10 Wexford Park Dick 'Manager' Walsh
1901 Wexford 7–6 Offaly 1–3 Kilkenny Sportsfield Jim Furlong
1902 Dublin 0–8 Kilkenny 1–4 Jones' Road Danny McCormack
1903[F] Kilkenny 1–5 Dublin 1–5 Kilkenny Sportsfield Jer Doheny
1904 Kilkenny 2–8 Dublin 2–6 Enniscorthy Jer Doheny
1905 Kilkenny 2–8 Dublin 2–2 Wexford Park D.J. Stapleton
1906 Dublin 1–14 Kilkenny 0–5 Wexford Park Tom Hayes
1907 Kilkenny 4–14 Dublin 1–9 Geraldine Park Dick 'Drug' Walsh
1908 Dublin w/o Kilkenny scr (Jones' Road)
1909 Kilkenny 5–16 (31) Laois 2–7 (13) Kilkenny Sportsfield Dick 'Drug' Walsh
1910 Wexford 3–3 Dublin 1–1 Geraldine Park Dick Doyle
1911 Kilkenny 4–6 Dublin 3–1 Portlaoise Sportsfield Sim Walton
1912 Kilkenny 6–6 Laois 2–4 Portlaoise Sportsfield Sim Walton
Kilkenny 0–3
Dublin 1–0
Wexford Park Dick 'Drug' Walsh
1914 Laois 3–2 Kilkenny 2–4 Kilkenny Sportsfield Jack Carroll
1915 Laois 3–2 Dublin 0–5 Kilkenny Sportsfield Jack Finlay
1916 Kilkenny 11–3 Wexford 2–2 Croke Park Sim Walton
1917 Dublin 5–1 Kilkenny 4–0 Croke Park John Ryan
1918 Wexford 2–3 Dublin 1–2 Enniscorthy Mick Cummins
1919 Dublin 1–5 Kilkenny 1–2 Wexford Park Charlie Stuart
1920 Dublin 4–5 Kilkenny 2–2 Croke Park Bob Mockler
1921 Dublin 4–4 Kilkenny 1–5 Croke Park Bob Mockler
1922 Kilkenny 3–4 Dublin 1–2 Croke Park Wattie Dunphy
1923 Kilkenny 4–1 Dublin 1–1 Croke Park Wattie Dunphy
1924 Dublin 4–4 Offaly 3–1 Croke Park Frank Wall
1925[G] Kilkenny 4–7 Dublin 6–4 Croke Park Dick Grace
1926 Kilkenny 3–8 Offaly 1–4 Croke Park Dick Grace
1927 Dublin 7–7 Kilkenny 4–6 Croke Park Mick Gill
1928 Dublin 9–7 Offaly 4–3 Croke Park Mick Gill
1929[H] Kilkenny 3–5 Dublin 2–6 O'Kennedy Park Wattie Dunphy
1930 Dublin 4–7 Laois 2–2 Nowlan Park Jim Walsh
1931 Kilkenny 4–7 Laois 4–2 Nowlan Park Lory Meagher
1932 Kilkenny 4–6 Dublin 3–5 O'Moore Park Jimmy Walsh
1933 Kilkenny 7–5 Dublin 5–5 Wexford Park Eddie Doyle
Dublin 2–8
Kilkenny 4–2
O'Moore Park Steve Hegarty
1935 Kilkenny 3–8 Laois 0–6 O'Moore Park Lory Meagher
1936 Kilkenny 4–6 Laois 2–5 Nowlan Park Paddy Larkin
1937 Kilkenny 5–3 Westmeath 2–4 O'Moore Park Larry Duggan
Dublin 2–3
Kilkenny 2–3
O'Moore Park
O'Connor Park
Mick Daniels
1939 Kilkenny 2–12 Dublin 4–3 O'Moore Park Jimmy Walsh
1940 Kilkenny 3–6 Dublin 2–5 Nowlan Park Jim Langton J O’Connell, P Grace, P Larkin, P Blanchfield, B Hinks, B Burke, P Phelan, J Kelly, J Walsh, J Langton, T Leahy, J Gargan, J Mulcahy, S O’Brien, J Phelan. Sub: P Boyle.
1941 Dublin 2–8 Kilkenny 1–8 Croke Park Ned Wade D Conway, P Farrell, M Butler, C McMahon, F White, D Davitt, J Byrne, M Gleeson, H Gray, M McDonnell, T Leahy, J Roche, E O’Boyle, P Maher, C Downes. Sub: P McCormack.
1942 Dublin 4–8 Kilkenny 1–4 Nowlan Park Frank White J Donegan, C O’Dwyer, M Butler, P McCormack, E O’Brien, F White, J Byrne, S Skehal, H Gray, M Ryan, N Wade, M McDonnell, P McMahon, P Kennedy, J Hickey.
1943 Kilkenny 3–9 Dublin 2–6 Nowlan Park Jimmy Walsh J Gilmartin, P Grace, P Larkin, P Blanchfield, E Fitzpatrick, B Burke, M Neary, J Walsh, T Wall, T Walsh, J Langton, J Kelly, J Mulcahy, S O’Brien, T Murphy. Subs: J Phelan, M Heffernan.
1944 Dublin 4–7 Wexford 3–3 Nowlan Park Mick Butler J Donegan, D Davitt, M Butler, P McCormack, F White, C Flanagan, J Egan, M Hassett, H Gray, T Leahy, N Wade, J Byrne, P Maher, C Downes, M Ryan. Sub: J O’Neill.
1945 Kilkenny 5–12 Dublin 3–4 Croke Park Peter Blanchfield J Walsh (Éire Óg), P Grace, M Kelly, P Blanchfield, J Heffernan, J Meagher, B Walsh, D Kennedy, T Murphy, J Gargan, J Langton, L Reidy, T Walton, S O’Brien, J Mulcahy. Sub: D Teehan.
1946 Kilkenny 3–8 Dublin 1–12 Croke Park Jack Mulcahy J Donegan, P Grace, M Butler, B Walsh, J Heffernan, J Meagher, J Mulcahy, D Kennedy, T Leahy, J Gargan, J Langton, T Murphy, T Walton, P O’Brien, S O’Brien. Sub: J Kelly.
1947 Kilkenny 7–10 Dublin 3–6 O'Moore Park Dan Kennedy J Donegan, P Grace, P Hayden, B Walsh, J Kelly, P Prendergast, M Marnell, D Kennedy, J Heffernan, S Downey, T Leahy, L Reidy, T Walton, P O’Brien, P Lennon.
1948 Dublin 5–9 Laois 3–3 O'Connor Park Frank Cummins K Matthews, N Dunphy, D Walsh, S Cronin, T Herbert, J Butler, P Donnelly, L Donnelly, D Cantwell, J Kennedy, M Williams, S Óg Ó Ceallacháin, P Thornton, J Prior, F Cummins. Sub: C Keely.
1949 Laois 3–8 Wexford 3–6 Nowlan Park Paddy Ruschitzko T Fitzpatrick, L White, J Bergin, P McCormack, J Murray, T Byrne, P Ruschitzko, J Styles, B Bohane, P Hogan, P O’Brien, B Dargan, P Lalor, H Gray, P Kelly.
1950 Kilkenny 3–11 Wexford 2–11 Nowlan Park John Keane R Dowling, J Hogan, P Hayden, M Marnell, P Buggy, P Prendergast, J Keane, B Walsh, S Downey, PJ Garvan, M Kenny, J Langton, J Heffernan, D Kennedy, L Reidy.
1951 Wexford 3–12 Laois 4–3 Croke Park Nicky Rackard J Rackard, M Byrne, N O’Donnell, M O’Hanlon, S Thorpe, Bobby Rackard, Billy Rackard, N Wheeler, J Morrissey, Podge Kehoe, J Cummins, T Russell, Paddy Kehoe, N Rackard, T Flood. Sub: B Donovan.
1952 Dublin 7–2 Wexford 3–6 Nowlan Park Jim Prior K Matthews, S Cronin, P Ryan, S Óg Ó Ceallacháin, D Ferguson, J Prior, T Fahy, M Wilson, C Murphy, G Kelly, R McCarthy, T Kelly, J Finnan, A O’Brien, T Herbert.
1953 Kilkenny 1–13 Wexford 3–5 Croke Park Padge Kehoe R Dowling, J Hogan, P Hayden, M Marnell, P Buggy, J Heffernan, J McGovern, B Walsh, J Sutton, S Clohosey, D Kennedy, D Carroll, J Langton, S Downey, M Kelly.
1954 Wexford 8–5 Dublin 1–4 Nowlan Park Padge Kehoe A Foley, B Rackard, N O’Donnell, M O’Hanlon, J English, Bobby Rackard, B Donovan, J Morrissey, S Hearne, Podge Kehoe, N Wheeler, D Aherne, T Ryan, N Rackard, T Flood.
Wexford 2–7
Kilkenny 2–7
Croke Park Nick O'Donnell A Foley, Billy Rackard, N O’Donnell, M O’Hanlon, J English, Bobby Rackard, M Morrissey, J Morrissey, S Hearne, O Gough, Podge Kehoe, N Wheeler, T Ryan, N Rackard, T Flood. Sub: D Aherne.
1956 Wexford 4–8 Kilkenny 3–10 Croke Park Jim English A Foley, Bobbie Rackard, N O’Donnell, T Morrissey, J English, Billy Rackard, M Morrissey, J Morrissey, N Wheeler, Paddy Kehoe, T Flood, Podge Kehoe, T Ryan, N Rackard, T Dixon.
1957 Kilkenny 6–9 Wexford 1–5 Croke Park Mickey Kelly O Walsh, T Walsh (Dunnamaggin), J Walsh, J Maher, P Buggy, M Walsh, J McGovern, M Brophy, J Sutton, D Heaslip, M Kenny, M Kelly, D Rockett, B Dwyer, S Clohosey.
1958 Kilkenny 5–12 Wexford 4–9 Croke Park Mick Kenny O Walsh, T Walsh (Dunnamaggin), J Walsh, J Maher, P Buggy, M Walsh, J McGovern, M Brophy, J Sutton, M Fleming, M Kenny, M Kelly, D Rockett, B Dwyer, S Clohosey. Sub: L Cleere.
1959 Kilkenny 2–9 Dublin 1–11 Croke Park Seán Clohessy O Walsh, T Walsh (Dunnamaggin), J Walsh, J Maher, M Walsh, M Treacy, J McGovern, M Brophy, P Kelly, D Heaslip, D Carroll, M Fleming, S Clohosey, L Cleere, T O’Connell. Subs: T Kelly, M Brophy, M Kelly.
1960 Wexford 3–10 Kilkenny 2–11 Croke Park Nick O'Donnell P Nolan, J Mitchell, N O’Donnell, T Neville, J English, Billy Rackard, M Morrissey, N Wheeler, S Power, Podge Kehoe, J Morrissey, S Quaid, O McGrath, J Harding, J O’Brien.
1961 Dublin 7–5 Wexford 4–8 Nowlan Park Noel Drumgoole J Grey, D Ferguson, N Drumgoole, L Foley, L Ferguson, C Hayes, S Lynch, D Foley, F Whelan, A Boothman, M Bohan, L Shannon, B Boothman, P Croke, B Jackson.
1962 Wexford 3–9 Kilkenny 2–10 Croke Park Billy Rackard P Nolan, T Neville, N O’Donnell, N Colfer, J English, B Rackard, J Nolan, M Lyng, P Wilson, J O’Brien, P Kehoe, P Lynch, O McGrath, N Wheeler, T Flood.
1963 Kilkenny 2–10 Dublin 0–9 Croke Park Séamus Cleere O Walsh, P Larkin, C Whelan, M Treacy, S Cleere, T Carroll, M Coogan, P Moran, T Kelly, S Clohosey, J McGovern, E Keher, T Walsh (Thomastown), B Dwyer, T Murphy.
1964 Kilkenny 4–11 Dublin 1–8 Croke Park Seán Buckley O Walsh, P Larkin, P Dillon, J Treacy, S Cleere, T Carroll, P Henderson, P Moran, S Buckley, T Kelly, J Teehan, E Keher, T Walsh (Thomastown), T Forristal, T Murphy. Sub: D Heaslip.
1965 Wexford 2–11 Kilkenny 3–7 Croke Park Tom Neville P Nolan, W O’Neill, D Quigley, N Colfer, V Staples, T Neville, W Murphy, P Wilson, M Byrne, J O’Brien, C Dowdall, D Shannon, O McGrath, M Codd, J Foley.
1966 Kilkenny 1–15 Wexford 2–6 Croke Park Jim Lynch O Walsh, P Henderson, J Lynch, J Treacy, S Cleere, T Carroll, M Coogan, P Moran, J Teehan, E Keher, P Carroll, S Buckley, T Walsh (Thomastown), P Dillon, J Dunphy. Sub: C Dunne.
1967 Kilkenny 4–10 Wexford 1–12 Croke Park Jim Treacy O Walsh, T Carroll, P Dillon, J Treacy, S Cleere, P Henderson, M Coogan, P Moran, C Dunne, E Keher, J Bennett, T Walsh (Thomastown), P Foley, J Lynch, D Blanchfield.
1968 Wexford 3–13 Kilkenny 4–9 Croke Park Dan Quigley P Nolan, T Neville, E Kelly, N Colfer, V Staples, D Quigley, W Murphy, P Wilson, D Bernie, J Quigley, P Lynch, C Jacob, J O’Brien, J Berry, T Doran. Subs: S Whelan, M Browne.
1969 Kilkenny 3–9 Offaly 0–16 Croke Park Eddie Keher O Walsh, T Carroll, P Dillon, J Treacy, WiW llie Murphy (Rower-Inistioge), P Henderson, M Coogan, P Moran, M Lawler, P Lawlor, P Delaney, E Keher, J Millea, J Lynch, M Brennan. Subs: J Kinsella, S Buckley.
1970[I] Wexford 4–16 Kilkenny 3–14 Croke Park Michael Collins P Nolan, N Colfer, M Collins, T Neville, M Browne, D Quigley, W Murphy, D Bernie, P Wilson, M Quigley, J Quigley, N Buggy, P Quigley, T Doran, J Berry. Subs: T O’Connor, A Somers.
1971 Kilkenny 6–16 Wexford 3–16 Croke Park Pat Henderson O Walsh, P Larkin, P Dillon, J Treacy, P Lawlor, W Murphy (Rower-Inistioge), M Coogan, F Cummins, M Lawler, M Murphy, P Delaney, E Keher, M Brennan, K Purcell, N Byrne. Sub: P Cullen.
Kilkenny 6–13
Wexford 6–13
Croke Park Noel Skehan N Skehan, P Larkin, P Dillon, J Treacy, P Lawlor, P Henderson, M Coogan, F Cummins, L O’Brien, J Kinsella, P Delaney, E Keher, M Murphy, K Purcell, M Crotty. Subs: E Morrissey, N Byrne.
1973 Kilkenny 4–22 Wexford 3–15 Croke Park Pat Delaney N Skehan, P Larkin, N Orr, J Treacy, P Lawlor, P Henderson, E Morrissey, F Cummins, L O’Brien, M Brennan, K Purcell, P Broderick, M Crotty, P Delaney, E Keher.
1974 Kilkenny 2–20 Wexford 2–14 Croke Park Nicky Orr N Skehan, P Larkin, N Orr, J Treacy, P Lawlor, P Henderson, G Henderson, F Cummins, B Harte, L O’Brien, P Delaney, M Crotty, M Brennan, K Purcell, E Keher. Subs: N Brennan, B Fitzpatrick.
1975[J] Kilkenny 2–20 Wexford 2–14 Croke Park Billy Fitzpatrick N Skehan, P Larkin, N Orr, B Cody, P Lawlor, P Henderson, T McCormack, F Cummins, L O’Brien, M Crotty, P Delaney, B Fitzpatrick, M Brennan, K Purcell, E Keher. Sub: G Henderson.
1976 Wexford 2–20 Kilkenny 1–6 Croke Park Tony Doran J Nolan, T O’Connor, W Murphy, J Prendergast, L Bennett, C Doran, N Buggy, M Jacob, B Rowesome, J Murphy, M Quigley, J Quigley, M Butler, T Doran, C Keogh.
1977 Wexford 3–17 Kilkenny 3–14 Croke Park Tony Doran J Nolan, T O’Connor, W Murphy, J Prendergast, E Walsh, C Doran, B Rowesome, M Jacob, N Buggy, C Keogh, M Quigley, J Quigley, M Butler, T Doran, J Murphy. Subs: D Bernie, M Casey.
1978 Kilkenny 2–16 Wexford 1–16 Croke Park Ger Henderson N Skehan, P Prendergast, P Larkin, D O’Hara, J Hennessy, G Henderson, R Reid, F Cummins, M Kennedy, L O’Brien, B Fitzpatrick, K Brennan, M Brennan, B Cody, M Ruth. Subs: M Crotty, G Fennelly.
1979 Kilkenny 2–21 Wexford 2–17 Croke Park Ger Fennelly N Skehan, J Henderson, P Larkin, P Prendergast, N Brennan, G Henderson, R Reid, J Hennessy, G Fennelly, B Fitzpatrick, F Cummins, L O’Brien, M Brennan, M Crotty, M Ruth. Sub: K Fennelly.
1980 Offaly 3–17 Kilkenny 5–10 Croke Park Pádraig Horan D Martin, P Moloughney, M Kennedy, P Fluery, A Fogarty, P Delaney, G Coughlan, J Kelly, B Keeshan, M Corrigan, B Bermingham, P Carroll, P Kirwan, P Horan, J Flaherty. Subs: E Coughlan, M Cashin.
1981 Offaly 3–12 Wexford 2–13 Croke Park Pádraig Horan D Martin, T Donoghue, E Coughlan, P Fluery, A Fogarty, P Delaney, G Coughlan, J Kelly, L Currams, P Kirwan, B Bermingham, M Corrigan, P Carroll, P Horan, J Flaherty. Sub: D Owens.
1982 Kilkenny 1–11 Offaly 0–12 Croke Park Brian Cody N Skehan, J Henderson, B Cody, D O’Hara, N Brennan, G Henderson, P Prendergast, J Hennessy, F Cummins, G Fennelly, R Power, B Fitzpatrick, M Brennan, L Fennelly, K Brennan. Subs: T McCormack, M Ruth, W Purcell.
1983 Kilkenny 1–17 Offaly 0–13 Croke Park Liam Fennelly N Skehan, J Henderson, B Cody, D O’Hara, J Hennessy, G Henderson, P Prendergast, F Cummins, G Fennelly, R Power, K Brennan, H Ryan, B Fitzpatrick, C Heffernan, L Fennelly.
1984 Offaly 1–15 Wexford 2–11 Croke Park Pat Fleury D Martin, L Carroll, E Coughlan, P Fluery, A Fogarty, P Delaney, G Coughlan, T Conneely, J Kelly, P Corrigan, B Bermingham, P Carroll, D Fogarty, P Horan, J Dooley. Subs: M Corrigan, B Keeshan.
1985 Offaly 5–15 Laois 0–17 Croke Park Pat Fleury J Troy, A Fogarty, E Coughlan, P Fluery, T Conneely, P Delaney, G Coughlan, D Owens, J Kelly, P Corrigan, P Carroll, M Corrigan, P Cleary, P Horan, J Dooley. Sub: B Bermingham.
1986 Kilkenny 4–10 Offaly 1–11 Croke Park Frank Holohan K Fennelly, P Prendergast, J Henderson, F Holohan, J Hennessy, G Henderson, S Fennelly, G Fennelly, R Power, P Walsh, C Heffernan, K Brennan, L Ryan, L Fennelly, H Ryan. Sub: B Fitzpatrick.
1987 Kilkenny 2–14 Offaly 0–17 Croke Park Paddy Prendergast K Fennelly, J Hennessy, P Prendergast, J Henderson, L Walsh, G Henderson, S Fennelly, G Fennelly, L Ryan, R Power, C Heffernan, P Walsh, L McCarthy, H Ryan, L Fennelly. Subs: K Brennan, T Lennon.
1988 Offaly 3–12 Wexford 1–14 Croke Park Aidan Fogarty J Troy, J Miller, A Fogarty, M Hanamy, B Keeshan, M Coughlan, G Coughlan, M Duignan, D Owens, V Teehan, P Delaney, M Corrigan, P Cleary, E Coughlan, J Dooley. Subs: J Kelly, P O’Connor.
1989 Offaly 3–15 Kilkenny 4–9 Croke Park Mark Corrigan J Troy, A Fogarty, E Coughlan, M Hanamy, R Mannion, P Delaney, G Coughlan, J Kelly, J Pilkington, M Duignan, D Regan, M Corrigan, D Owens, V Teehan, D Pilkington. Subs: J Dooley, P Corrigan.
1990 Offaly 1–19 Dublin 2–11 Croke Park Jim Troy J Troy, A Fogarty, E Coughlan, M Hanamy, B Whelehan, B Kelly, G Coughlan, J Pilkington, D Owens, M Duignan, D Regan, M Corrigan, P Cleary, J Kelly, D Pilkington. Sub: R Mannion.
1991 Kilkenny 1–13 Dublin 1–11 Croke Park Christy Heffernan M Walsh, E O’Connor, J Henderson, L Simpson, B Hennessy, P Dwyer, T Fogarty, R Power, M Phelan, DJ Carey, J Power, A Ronan, E Morrissey, C Heffernan, L Fennelly. Subs: M Cleere, L Ryan, J Brennan.
1992 Kilkenny 3–16 Wexford 2–9 Croke Park Liam Fennelly M Walsh, E O’Connor, P Dwyer, L Simpson, L Walsh, P O’Neill, W O’Connor, M Phelan, B Hennessy, L McCarthy, J Power, DJ Carey, E Morrissey, L Fennelly, A Ronan. Subs: C Heffernan, J Brennan.
Kilkenny 2–14
Wexford 1–17
Croke Park Eddie O'Connor M Walsh, E O’Connor, P Dwyer, L Simpson, L Keoghan, P O’Neill, W O’Connor, M Phelan, B Hennessy, J Brennan, J Power, DJ Carey, E Morrissey, PJ Delaney, A Ronan. Subs: J Walsh, C Heffernan.
1994 Offaly 1–18 Wexford 0–14 Croke Park Martin Hanamy D Hughes, S McGuckan, K Kinahan, M Hanamy, B Whelehan, H Rigney, K Martin, J Pilkington, D Regan, J Dooley, J Troy, J Dooley, B Dooley, B Kelly, M Duignan. Subs: D Pilkington.
1995 Offaly 2–16 Kilkenny 2–5 Croke Park Johnny Pilkington D Hughes, S McGuckan, K Kinahan, M Hanamy, B Whelehan, H Rigney, K Martin, J Pilkington, D Regan, J Dooley, J Troy, J Dooley, B Dooley, P O’Connor, M Duignan. Subs: B Kelly, D Pilkington.
1996 Wexford 2–23 Offaly 2–15 Croke Park Martin Storey D Fitzhenry, C Kehoe, G Cushe, J O’Connor, R Guiney, L Dunne, S Flood, A Fenlon, L O’Gorman, R McCarthy, M Storey, L Murphy, T Dempsey, G Laffan, E Scallan. Subs: B Byrne, G O’Connor.
1997 Wexford 2–14 Kilkenny 1–11 Croke Park Rod Guiney D Fitzhenry, C Kehoe, G Cushe, E Furlong, R Guiney, L Dunne, S Flood, A Fenlon, L O’Gorman, R McCarthy, M Storey, L Murphy, P Codd, G Laffan, T Dempsey. Subs: D Guiney, B Byrne.
1998 Kilkenny 3–10 Offaly 1–11 Croke Park Tom Hickey J Dermody, T Hickey, P O’Neill, WW illie O’Connor, M Kavanagh, C Brennan, L Keoghan, P Larkin, P Barry, DJ Carey, J Dooley, B McEvoy, N Moloney, PJ Delaney, C Carter. Subs: A Comerford, K O’Shea, M Phelan.
1999 Kilkenny 5–14 Offaly 1–16 Croke Park Denis Byrne J McGarry, T Hickey, C Brennan, W O’Connor, M Kavanagh, E Kennedy, P Mullally, A Comerford, D Byrne, DJ Carey, J Power, B McEvoy, K O’Shea, H Shefflin, C Carter. Sub: Moloney.
2000 Kilkenny 2–21 Offaly 1–13 Croke Park Willie O'Connor J McGarry; M Kavanagh, N Hickey, W O'Connor; P Larkin, E Kennedy, P Barry; A Comerford, B McEvoy; S Grehan, J Power, D Byrne; C Carter, D J Carey, H Shefflin. Subs: A Cummins, J Hoyne, E Brennan.
2001 Kilkenny 2–19 Wexford 0–12 Croke Park Denis Byrne J McGarry; M Kavanagh, N Hickey, JJ Delaney; P Larkin, E Kennedy, S Dowling; A Comerford, C Brennan; D Byrne, J Hoyne, B McEvoy; C Carter, DJ Carey, H Shefflin. Subs: E Brennan, S Grehan.
2002 Kilkenny 0–19 Wexford 0–17 Croke Park Andy Comerford J McGarry; M Kavanagh, N Hickey, P Larkin; R Mullally, P Barry, JJ Delaney; D Lyng, A Comerford; J Hoyne, H Shefflin, B McEvoy; E Brennan, M Comerford, C Carter. Subs: S Grehan, A Geoghegan, S Dowling, B Dowling.
2003 Kilkenny 2–23 Wexford 2–12 Croke Park D.J. Carey J McGarry; M Kavanagh, N Hickey, J Ryall; S Dowling, P Barry, JJ Delaney; D Lyng, C Phelan; J Hoyne, H Shefflin, T Walsh; DJ Carey, M Comerford, E Brennan.
2004 Wexford 2–12 Offaly 1–11 Croke Park John O'Connor D Fitzhenry; M Travers, D Ryan, D O’Connor; R McCarthy, D Ruth, J O’Connor; A Fenlon, T Mahon; BP Carley, E Quigley, B Lambert; M Jordan, M Jacob, R Jacob. Subs: P Codd, C McGrath.
2005 Kilkenny 0–22 Wexford 1–16 Croke Park Peter Barry J McGarry; J Tyrrell, N Hickey, J Ryall; P Mullally, P. Barry, JJ Delaney; D Lyng, B Barry; M Comerford, E Larkin, T Walsh, C Phelan, H Shefflin. Subs: E McCormack, E Brennan, M Kavanagh, M Phelan, J Hoyne.
2006 Kilkenny 1–23 Wexford 1–12 Croke Park Jackie Tyrrell J McGarry; D Cody, JJ Delaney, N Hickey; J Tyrrell, J Tennyson, T Walsh; D Lyng, R Mullally, E Brennan, J Fitzpatrick, M Rice; M Comerford, E Larkin, H Shefflin. Subs: M Fennelly, R Power, W O'Dwyer.
2007 Kilkenny 2–24 Wexford 1–12 Croke Park Henry Shefflin PJ Ryan; M Kavanagh, N Hickey, J Tyrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, JJ Delaney; J Fitzpatrick, M Fennelly; M Comerford, E Brennan, E Larkin; E Reid, H Shefflin, W O'Dwyer. Subs: J Ryall, J Dalton, J Tennyson, M Rice, D Cody.
2008 Kilkenny 5–21 Wexford 0–17 Croke Park James "Cha" Fitzpatrick PJ Ryan; M Kavanagh, JJ Delaney, J Dalton; T Walsh, B Hogan, PJ Delaney; J Fitzpatrick, J Tyrrell; M Comerford, Derek Lyng, E Larkin; R Power, H Shefflin, E Brennan. Subs: A Fogarty, W O'Dwyer, M Rice, R Mullally.
2009 Kilkenny 2–18 Dublin 0–18 Croke Park Michael Fennelly PJ Ryan; M Kavanagh, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, J Tennyson, J Dalton; D Lyng, M Rice; H Shefflin, M Comerford, E Larkin; E Brennan, R Power, A Fogarty. Subs: TJ Reid, J Fitzpatrick.
2010 Kilkenny 1–19 Galway 1–12 Croke Park T. J. Reid PJ Ryan; J Dalton, N Hickey, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, JJ Delaney; M Rice, M Fennelly; TJ Reid, E Brennan, E Larkin; M Comerford, R Power, H Shefflin. Subs: J Tennyson, A Fogarty, R Hogan, J Mulhall.
2011 Kilkenny 4–17 Dublin 1–15 Croke Park Brian Hogan D Herrity, N Hickey, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell, T Walsh, B Hogan, P Murphy, M Fennelly, M Rice, TJ Reid, R Power, E Larkin, C Fennelly, H Shefflin, R Hogan. Subs: P Hogan, J Fitzpatrick, J Mulhall, M Ruth.
2012 Galway 2–21 Kilkenny 2–11 Croke Park Fergal Moore J Skehill; F Moore, K Hynes, J Coen; D Collins, T Og Regan, N Donoghue; I Tannian, A Smyrg; N Burke, D Burke, D Hayes; J Canning, C Cooney, C Donnellan. Subs: J Glynn, J Regan, T Haran, J Cooney. [4]
2013 Dublin 2–25 Galway 2–13 Croke Park John McCaffrey G Maguire, N Corcoran, P Kelly, P Schutte, S Hiney, L Rushe, M Carton, J McCaffrey, J Boland, C Keaney, R O'Dwyer, D Sutcliffe, D O'Callaghan, D Treacy, P Ryan. Subs: A Smith, C McCormack, O Gough, S Durkin, M Schutte, S Lambert. [5]
2014 Kilkenny 0–24 Dublin 1–9 Croke Park Lester Ryan D Herity; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell; J Holden, B Hogan, C Buckley; R Hogan, C Fogarty; P Walsh, C Fennelly, TJ Reid; W Walsh, E Larkin, J Power. Subs: H Shefflin, A Fogarty, L Ryan [6]
2015 Kilkenny 1-25 Galway 2–15 Croke Park Joey Holden E Murphy; P Murphy, J Holden, J Tyrrell; P Walsh, K Joyce, C Buckley; C Fogarty, W Walsh; R Hogan, J Power, C Fennelly; G Aylward, TJ Reid, E Larkin. Subs: S Prendergast, M Kelly, M Ruth. [7]
2016 Kilkenny 1-25 Galway 0–22 Croke Park Lester Ryan E Murphy; P Murphy, J Holden, R. Lennon; P Walsh, K Joyce, C Buckley; C Fogarty, M. Fennelly, W. Walsh, C. Fennelly, L. Ryan, JJ Farrell, TJ Reid, E. Larkin. Subs: R. Hogan, J. Power [8]
2017 Galway 0-29 Wexford 1-17 Croke Park David Burke C Callanan; A Tuohy, Daithi Burke, A Harte; P Mannion, G McInerney, J Hanbury; J Coen, David Burke; J Cooney, J Canning, J Flynn; C Whelan, C Cooney), N Burke. Subs: T Monaghan, S Maloney, G Lally, S Loftus [9]

A. ^ A goal outweighed any number of points until 1892. Points were only taken into consideration when the teams finished level on goals.
B. ^ Dublin received a walkover from Laois in the final. Louth were the only other team to participate.
C. ^ Goals were revalued to five points each. Dublin were unopposed in the championship.
D. ^ Dublin were unopposed in the championship.
E. ^ Goals were revalued to three points each. The final was replayed after Kilkenny launched an objection following the original match.
F. ^ Kilkenny were awarded the title as the Dublin goal was disputed.
G. ^ Dublin won the final; however, Kilkenny were awarded the title after launching an objection.
H. ^ The final was declared void after both teams were disqualified for being late on the field.
I. ^ All inter-county games were increased from sixty to eighty minutes.
J. ^ All inter-county games were reduced from eighty to seventy minutes.


By decade[edit]

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

  • 1890s: 4 for Kilkenny (1893-95-97-98)
  • 1900s: 6 for Kilkenny (1900-03-04-05-07-09)
  • 1910s: 4 for Kilkenny (1911-12-13-16)
  • 1920s: 5 for Dublin (1920-21-24-27-28)
  • 1930s: 7 for Kilkenny (1931-32-33-35-36-37-39)
  • 1940s: 5 for Kilkenny (1940-43-45-46-47)
  • 1950s: 5 for Kilkenny (1950-53-57-58-59)
  • 1960s: 5 for Kilkenny (1963-64-66-67-69)
  • 1970s: 7 for Kilkenny (1971-72-73-74-75-78-79)
  • 1980s: 6 for Offaly (1980-81-84-85-88-89)
  • 1990s: 5 for Kilkenny (1991-92-93-98-99)
  • 2000s: 9 for Kilkenny (2000-01-02-03-05-06-07-08-09)
  • 2010s: 5 for Kilkenny (2010-11-14-15-16)

Other records[edit]


    • Top four longest gaps between successive Leinster titles:
      • 52 years: Dublin (1961-2013)
      • 34 years: Laois (1915-1949)
      • 33 years: Wexford (1918-1951)
      • 19 years: Wexford (1977-1996)

Longest undefeated run[edit]

The record for the longest unbeaten run stands at 15 games held by Kilkenny. It began with a 6-28 to 0-15 win against Offaly in the semi-final of the 2005 championship and finished with a 2-21 to 0-9 defeat of Dublin in the Leinster semi-final of the 2012 championship. The 15 game unbeaten streak, which included no drawn game, ended with a 2-21 to 2-11 loss to Galway in 2012 Leinster final.


Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Team Score Tally Era
1 Eddie Keher Kilkenny 28-208 292 1960-1977
2 Henry Shefflin Kilkenny 11-222 255 1999-2014
3 Nicky Rackard Wexford 41-66 189 1940-1957
4 Joe Canning Galway 15-137 182 2009-
5 D. J. Carey Kilkenny 23-100 169 1989-2005
6 Paddy Molloy Offaly 25-76 151 1955-1971
7 Shane Dooley Offaly 10-117 147 2008-
Jim Langton Kilkenny 14-105 147 1938-1954
9 Tony Doran Wexford 30-53 143 1967-1984
10 Johnny Dooley Offaly 3-124 133 1991-2002

See also[edit]



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  2. ^ An Pobhlacht Special ed. 28 August 1934
  3. ^ "LIVE: Galway v Kilkenny, Leinster SHC Final". The Journal. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kilkenny empire rocked by king Canning". Irish Examiner. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Another step up the ladder for dynamic Dubs". Irish Examiner. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Cummiskey, Gavin (6 July 2015). "New Kilkenny hand out an old-style beating to Dublin". Irish Times. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  7. ^ Moran, Seán (6 July 2016). "Kilkenny keep Galway at arm’s length to take 70th Leinster title". Irish Times. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Supersub Richie Hogan helps Kilkenny stage Leinster hurling final comeback against Galway". Daily Mail. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Galway justify their All-Ireland favouritism with clinical Leinster final victory over Wexford". Irish Independent. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.