Lory Meagher Cup

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Lory Meagher Cup
Country  Ireland (3 teams)
 England (2 teams)
Founded 2009–present
Number of teams 5
Level on pyramid 4
Promotion to Nicky Rackard Cup
Current champions Colours of Cork.svg Louth
(2016)
Most championships Colours of Tyrone.svg Tyrone and Colours of Roscommon.svg Longford (2 titles)
TV partners TG4
Website Official GAA site
2016 Lory Meagher Cup

The Lory Meagher Cup (often referred to as the Meagher Cup) is the fourth-highest inter-county senior championship in hurling. Each year, the champion team in the Lory Meagher Cup has the choice to be promoted to the Nicky Rackard Cup.

The Lory Meagher Cup, which was introduced for the 2009 season, is the latest initiative in providing a meaningful championship for fourth tier teams deemed "too weak" for the third tier Nicky Rackard Cup.

The winners of the championship receive the Lory Meagher Cup, named after former Kilkenny hurler Lory Meagher who many regard as one of the greatest hurlers of all time.

In the 2015 season, Fermanagh were the Lory Meagher Cup champions, Sligo were the runners up. Lancashire finished bottom of the group.

History[edit]

Following the success of the Christy Ring Cup and Nicky Rackard Cup for the lower tier hurling teams, it was decided in 2008 to investigate the possibility of introducing a fourth tier. The Hurling Development Committee (HDC) proposed the new four-tier structure in place of the existing three-tier model. It, and the second and third-tier competitions, were to consist of eight teams.[1] The proposals were accepted at a special GAA Congress in October 2008.[2]

Past winners[edit]

Year Date Winner Score Runner-up Score Venue
2009
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11 July Tyrone 5-11 (26) Donegal 3-16 (25) Croke Park, Dublin
2010
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3 July Longford 1-20 (23) Donegal 1-12 (15) Croke Park, Dublin
2011
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4 June Donegal 2-12 (18) Tyrone 0-17 (17) Croke Park, Dublin
2012
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9 June Tyrone[3] 2-24 (30) Fermanagh 3-20 (29) Croke Park, Dublin
2013
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8 June Warwickshire[4] 2-16 (22) Longford 0-10 (10) Croke Park, Dublin
2014
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7 June Longford[5] 3-18 (27) Fermanagh 3-16 (25) Croke Park, Dublin
2015
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6 June Fermanagh[6] 3-16 (25) Sligo 1-17 (20) Croke Park, Dublin
2016
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4 June Louth[7] 4-15 (27) Sligo 4-11 (23) Croke Park, Dublin

Roll of Honour[edit]

County Wins Years won
Tyrone 2 2009, 2012
Longford 2 2010, 2014
Donegal 1 2011
Warwickshire 1 2013
Fermanagh 1 2015
Louth 1 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New hurling format proposed". Irish Times. 2 September 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Galway and Antrim voted into Leinster". Irish Times. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Lory Meagher final: Tyrone win thriller in extra time". Hogan Stand. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Warwickshire land Lory Meagher spoils". RTÉ Sport. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Longford bounce back to regain title". Irish Examiner. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Fermanagh hold fast despite flurry of red cards". Irish Times. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2016/0604/793358-louth-fightback-to-claim-dramatic-lory-meagher-cup/