MacRory Cup

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MacRory Cup
Code Gaelic football
Founded 1923
Region Ulster (GAA)
Trophy MacRory Cup
Title holders St. Mary's Grammar School (1st title)
First winner St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh
Most titles St Colman's College, Newry (19 titles)
Sponsors Danske Bank
TV partner(s) BBC

The MacRory Cup is an inter-college (school) gaelic football tournament in Ulster at senior "A" grade. Players must be under eighteen-and-a-half at the start of the tournament (that is, be under eighteen at the start of the school year). The winners advance to the Hogan Cup, the All-Ireland colleges "A" senior football championship.

The competition and trophy are named after Joseph MacRory, then Bishop of Down and Connor, who donated the first cup in 1923.

The current holders are St. Mary's Grammar School, Magherafelt winners of the final on 17 March 2017.

The final is held every year on St. Patrick's Day and is televised live on BBC Northern Ireland along with the Ulster Rugby Schools Cup final. The venue for the last number of years has been the Athletic Grounds in Armagh. Previous finals have been held in Coalisland and Casement Park.

Format[edit]

Current Format

The format was changed for the 2016-17 season. Fourteen teams compete in three groups - Groups A and B have five teams and Group C has four teams. The three group winners and the best group runner-up advance to the quarter-finals. The fifth-placed teams in groups A and B are eliminated. The remaining eight teams play-off in four matches with the four winners completing the quarter-final line-up. From the quarter-finals onwards all matches are knock-out.[1]

Previous Format

The competition began with a round-robin tournament consisting of two groups of six teams. The top two teams from each group advanced to the knockout stages. Four playoff matches were held between the bottom four teams of Group A and Group B to complete the quarter final lineup.

List Of Titles By College[edit]

Rank Team Titles Winning Years
1 St. Colman's College, Newry 19 1949, 1950, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2010, 2011
2 St. Patrick's College, Maghera 15 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2013, 2014, 2016
3 St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh 14 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1953, 2000
4 St. Patrick's College, Cavan 12 1935, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1943, 1948, 1951, 1955, 1961, 1962, 1972, 2015
5 St. Macartan's College, Monaghan 9 1925, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1940, 1942, 1952, 1956
6 St. Michael's College, Enniskillen 6 1973, 1992, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2012
7 Abbey Christian Brothers Grammar School, Newry 5 1954, 1959, 1964, 1987, 2006
St. Patrick's Academy, Dungannon 5 1991, 1997, 2004, 2008, 2009
9 Omagh Christian Brothers Grammar School 4 1974, 2001, 2005, 2007
10 St. Malachy's, Belfast 2 1925, 1970
St. Mary's Dundalk 2 1938, 1941
St. Columb's, Derry 2 1965, 1966
St Marys CBGS Belfast 2 1971, 1986
11 St. Mary's Grammar School, Magherafelt 1 2017

List Of Finals By Year[edit]

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  • The number in brackets is the number of the title win e.g. (15) is that school's 15th title
  • Teams in bold went on to win the Hogan Cup in the same year
Year Winner Opponent

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2017[3] St. Mary's Grammar School, Magherafelt (1) 0-19 St Colman's College, Newry 0-13
2016[4] St. Patrick's College, Maghera (15) 5-7 St. Paul's High School, Bessbrook 1-9
2015[5] St. Patrick's College, Cavan 2-12 St. Patrick's Academy, Dungannon 0-8
2014[6] St. Patrick's College, Maghera (14) 1-12 Omagh CBS 1-8
2013[7] St. Patrick's College, Maghera (13) 2-5 St. Paul's High School, Bessbrook 0-10
2012[8] St. Michael's College, Enniskillen 0-9 St. Patrick's College, Maghera 1-4
2011 St Colman's College, Newry (19) 2-9 St. Patrick's Academy, Dungannon 2-8
2010 St Colman's College, Newry (18) 1-14 Omagh CBS 1-8
2009 St. Patrick's Academy, Dungannon (5) Omagh CBS
2008 St. Patrick's Academy, Dungannon (4) St. Michael's College, Enniskillen
2007 Omagh CBS (4) St. Macartan's, Monaghan
2006 Abbey CBS, Newry (5) St Louis, Kilkeel
2005 Omagh CBS (3) St Louis, Kilkeel
2004 St. Patrick's Academy, Dungannon (3) St. Macartan's, Monaghan
2003 St. Patrick's College, Maghera (12) 1-9 St. Mary's, Magherafelt 1-4
2002 St. Michael's College, Enniskillen (5) Omagh CBS
2001 St. Michael's College, Enniskillen (4)
Omagh CBS (2)
(title shared due to outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease)
2000 St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh (14) St. Michael's College, Enniskillen
1999 St. Michael's College, Enniskillen (3) St Colman's College, Newry
1998 St Colman's College, Newry (17) 2-14 St. Patrick's College, Maghera 2-07
1997 St. Patrick's Academy, Dungannon (2) St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh
1996 St. Patrick's College, Maghera (11) 0-12 St. Mary's, Magherafelt 1-6
1995 St. Patrick's College, Maghera (10) 1-15 St Colman's College, Newry 0-5
1994 St. Patrick's College, Maghera (9) 0-11 St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh 0-07
1993 St Colman's College, Newry (16) 0-10 St. Patrick's College, Maghera 1-05
1992 St. Michael's College, Enniskillen (2) St. Patrick's Academy, Dungannon
1991 St. Patrick's Academy, Dungannon St Colman's College, Newry
1990 St. Patrick's College, Maghera (8) St Colman's College, Newry
1989 St. Patrick's College, Maghera (7) St Colman's College, Newry
1988 St Colman's College, Newry (15) St. Patrick's College, Maghera
1987 Abbey CBS, Newry (4) St Colman's College, Newry
1986 St. Mary's CBS, Belfast (2) St. Patrick's College, Maghera
1985 St. Patrick's College, Maghera (6) St. Michael's, Lurgan
1984 St. Patrick's College, Maghera (5) St. Mary's CBS, Belfast
1983 St. Patrick's College, Maghera (4) Abbey CBS, Newry
1982 St. Patrick's College, Maghera (3) Abbey CBS, Newry
1981 St Colman's College, Newry (14) St. Patrick's College, Maghera
1980 St. Patrick's College, Maghera (2) Abbey CBS, Newry
1979 St Colman's College, Newry (13) St. Patrick's College, Maghera
1978 St Colman's College, Newry (12) St. Patrick's College, Maghera
1977 St. Patrick's College, Maghera Abbey CBS, Newry
1976 St Colman's College, Newry (11) St. Patrick's College, Maghera
1975 St Colman's College, Newry (10) St. Patrick's, Cavan
1974 Omagh CBS St. Michael's, Enniskillen
1973 St. Michael's, Enniskillen Omagh CBS
1972 St. Patrick's, Cavan (11) Abbey CBS, Newry
1971 St. Mary's CBS, Belfast Abbey CBS
1970 St. Malachy's, Belfast (2) St. Michael's, Enniskillen
1969 St Colman's College, Newry (9) St. Michael's, Enniskillen
1968 St Colman's College, Newry (8) St. Michael's, Enniskillen
1967 St Colman's College, Newry (7) St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh
1966 St. Columb's, Derry (2) St. Patrick's, Downpatrick
1965 St. Columb's, Derry St. Michael's, Enniskillen
1964 Abbey CBS (3) St. Patrick's, Cavan
1963 St Colman's College, Newry (6) St. Patrick's, Cavan
1962 S t. Patrick's, Cavan (10) Abbey CBS
1961 St. Patrick's, Cavan (9) Saint Eunan's, Letterkenny
1960 St Colman's College, Newry (5) St. Patrick's, Cavan
1959 Abbey CBS (2) Saint Eunan's, Letterkenny
1958 St Colman's College, Newry (4) St. Patrick's, Cavan
1957 St Colman's College, Newry (3) St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh
1956 St. Macartan's, Monaghan (9) Saint Eunan's, Letterkenny
1955 St. Patrick's, Cavan (8) St. Malachy's, Belfast
1954 Abbey CBS St. Patrick's, Cavan
1953 St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh (13) St. Macartan's, Monaghan
1952 St. Macartan's, Monaghan (8) St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh
1951 St. Patrick's, Cavan (7) St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh
1950 St Colman's College, Newry (2) St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh
1949 St Colman's College, Newry St. Malachy's, Belfast
1948 St. Patrick's, Cavan (6) St. Malachy's, Belfast
1947 St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh (12) Abbey CBS
1946 St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh (11) St. Mary's Dundalk
1945 St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh (10) St Colman's College, Newry
1944 St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh (9) Abbey CBS
1943 St. Patrick's, Cavan (5) St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh
1942 St. Macartan's, Monaghan (7) St. Patrick's, Cavan
1941 St. Mary's Dundalk (2) St. Patrick's, Cavan
1940 St. Macartan's, Monaghan (6) St. Mary's Dundalk
1939 St. Patrick's, Cavan (4) St. Mary's Dundalk
1938 St. Mary's Dundalk St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh
1937 St. Patrick's, Cavan (3) St. Mary's Dundalk
1936 St. Patrick's, Cavan (2) St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh
1935 St. Patrick's, Cavan Monaghan CBS
1934 St. Macartan's, Monaghan (5) St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh
1933 St. Macartan's, Monaghan (4)  ?
1932 St. Macartan's, Monaghan (3)  ?
1931 St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh (8)  ?
1930 St. Macartan's, Monaghan (2)  ?
1929 St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh (7)  ?
1928 St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh (6)  ?
1927 St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh (5)  ?
1926 St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh (4)  ?
1925 St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh (3)
St. Macartan's, Monaghan
St. Malachy's, Belfast
(title shared)
1924 St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh (2)  ?
1923 St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh  ?

Longest Winning Streaks (Finals)[edit]

Team Streak Years
St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh 7 1923–1929
St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh 4 1944–1947
St. Patrick's College, Maghera 4 1982–1985

Notable Footballers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New MacRory Cup format for 2016-7". 24 June 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  2. ^ BBC Sport (5 February 2003). "MacRory Cup Winners". BBC News. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Inspired St Mary's step into history books in great style". Belfast Telegraph. 18 March 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "MacRory Cup final: St Pat's 5-7 1-9 St Paul's". BBC Northern Ireland. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "MacRory Cup final: Cavan win battle of the Pats". Hogan Stand. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "MacRory Cup: St Patrick's Maghera 1-12 1-8 Omagh CBS". BBC Northern Ireland. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "O'Hara's clinical finish decisive for Maghera". Irish Independent. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  8. ^ BBC Report on 2012 final
  9. ^ Steven McVeigh. "Mourne Spirit Triumphs as St Louis Lose out on MacRory Title". St Louis Grammar School. 

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