Offaly Senior Hurling Championship

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Offaly Senior Hurling Championship
CodeHurling
Founded1896; 123 years ago (1896)
RegionColours of Offaly.svg Offaly (GAA)
TrophySeán Robbins Cup
No. of teams16
Title holdersCoolderry (31st title)
Most titlesCoolderry (31 titles)
SponsorsMolloy Environmental Systems
TV partner(s)TG4 (final only)
Official websiteOfficial website

The Offaly Senior Hurling Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the Molloy Environmental Senior Hurling Championship) is an annual hurling competition organised by the Offaly County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1896 for the top hurling teams in the county of Offaly in Ireland.

The series of games are played during the spring, summer and autumn months with the county final currently being played at O'Connor Park in October. The prize for the winning team is the Seán Robbins Cup. Initially played as a knock-out competition, the championship currently features a group stage followed by a knock-out stage.

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

Sixteen teams currently participate in the Offaly County Championship. The title has been won at least once by 12 different teams. The all-time record-holders are Coolderry, who have won a total of 30 titles.

Kilcormac/Killoughey are the title-holders after defeating St. Rynagh's by 2-16 to 1-16 in the 2017 championship final.[1]

History[edit]

Team dominance[edit]

Since the beginning, the championship has been dominated by Coolderry, Birr, Drumcullen and St. Rynagh’s. They have won a combined total of 86 of the 119 championship titles. Coolderry dominated the first twenty years of the championship, winning eleven titles between 1889 and 1917. After this initial golden age, Coolderry regularly claimed championship titles in each of the following decades. After making their own breakthrough in 1908, Drumcullen went on to become the team of the decade during the 1920s after winning eight titles between 1918 and 1933. Tullamore and Birr subsequently came to the fore, winning eleven titles between them between 1932 and 1948.

Drumcullen enjoyed their most successful decade when they won seven championships between 1950 and 1960. This would be their last championship title. St. Rynagh’s inscribed their name on the roll of honour for the first time in 1965. They became the preeminent team of the next three decades and won 16 championship titles between 1965 and 1993. By this stage Birr had begun their own golden era. After winning their first championship in twenty years in 1991, the club went on to claim eleven more titles between then and 2008.

Qualification for subsequent competitions[edit]

The Offaly Senior Hurling Championship winners qualify for the subsequent Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship. This place is reserved for club teams only as divisional and amalgamated teams are not allowed in the provincial championship.

Managers[edit]

Managers in the Offaly 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
Manager Team Wins Winning years
Pad Joe Whelehan Birr 8 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008
Danny Owens Kilcormac/Killoughey 3 2012, 2013, 2014
John Goode Birr 2 2005, 2006
Ken Hogan Coolderry 2 2010, 2011
Kevin Martin Tullamore 1 2009
Johnny Kelly Coolderry 1 2015
Francis Forde St. Rynagh's 1 2016
Stephen Byrne Kilcormac/Killoughey 1 2017

Trophy[edit]

The winning team is presented with the Seán Robbins Cup. A native of Birr, Robbins served two terms as county chairman and served as Leinster Council chairman. He was also a president of the county board and was also a prominent referee at All-Ireland AND Leinster levels. The cup was first presented in 1960.[2]

Top winners[edit]

Team Winner Winning Years Runners-up Years Runners-up
1 Coolderry 31 1899, 1901, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1910, 1911, 1914, 1916, 1917, 1926, 1931, 1939, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1953, 1956, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1977, 1980, 1986, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2018 17 1920, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1937, 1938, 1948, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1959, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1979, 2005, 2006,
2 Birr 22 1912, 1913, 1915, 1938, 1940, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1948, 1971, 1991, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 13 1928, 1941, 1942, 1951, 1974, 1975, 1990, 1993, 2004, 2011, 2013, 2016
3 Drumcullen 17 1908, 1918, 1919, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1933, 1941, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1960 11 1909, 1931, 1934, 1949, 1955, 1956, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1973
St. Rynagh's 17 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 2016 15 1964, 1971, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017
4 Tullamore 10 1909, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1955, 1959, 1964, 2009 9 1902, 1904, 1917, 1926, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 2010
5 Kinnitty 9 1920, 1923, 1930, 1967, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1985 11 1897, 1925, 1933, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 2008
6 Seir Kieran 4 1988, 1995, 1996, 1998 7 1952, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000
Kilcormac/Killoughey 4 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 6 1903, 1905, 1907, 2007, 2008, 2018
7 Killoughey 3 1896, 1897, 1907 5 1898, 1901, 1910, 1912, 1914
8 Cadamstown 2 1900, 1902 0
9 Lusmagh 1 1989 2 1982, 1992
Fortal 1 1898 2 1899, 1900
10 Rahan 0 7 1896, 1915, 1916, 1918, 1919, 1936, 1953
Clara 0 4 1923, 1924, 1927, 1935
Moneygall 0 1 1906
Clareen 0 1 1939
Shannon Rovers 0 1 1957
Shinrone 0 1 1960

Roll of honour[edit]

Year Winner Runner-Up
2018 Coolderry 2-17 Kilcormac/Killoughey 0-17
2017[3] Kilcormac/Killoughey 2-16 St. Rynagh's 1-16
2016[4] St. Rynagh's 2-16 Birr 1-15
2015[5] Coolderry 2-15 St. Rynagh's 1-16
2014[6] Kilcormac/Killoughey 2-18 St. Rynagh's 1-9
2013[7] Kilcormac/Killoughey 1-21 Birr 1-14
2012[8] Kilcormac/Killoughey 2-16 St. Rynagh's 2-12
2011[9] Coolderry 2-14 Birr 0-16
2010 Coolderry 3-15 Tullamore 1-12
2009 Tullamore 2-12 Kilcormac/Killoughey 0-11
2008 Birr 1-15 Kinnitty 0-15
2007 Birr 0-15 Kilcormac/Killoughey 0-10
2006 Birr 0-11, 2-9 Coolderry 1-8, 1-11
2005 Birr 0-20 Coolderry 0-5
2004 Coolderry 3-10 Birr 2-11
2003 Birr 1-18 Ballyskenagh 1-11
2002 Birr 3-11 Kilcormac/Killoughey 2-7
2001 Birr 0-11 St. Rynagh's 0-10
2000 Birr 3-21 Seir Kieran 1-9
1999 Birr 3-15 St. Rynagh's 1-11
1998 Seir Kieran 1-10, 1-11 St. Rynagh's 0-13, 0-9
1997 Birr 0-14 Seir Kieran 2-4
1996 Seir Kieran 0-13 St. Rynagh's 1-8
1995 Seir Kieran 1-13, 0-10 St. Rynagh's 1-13, 0-9
1994 Birr 0-8 Seir Kieran 0-7
1993 St. Rynagh's 1-16 Birr 1-14
1992 St. Rynagh's 0-10 Lusmagh 0-9
1991 Birr 1-12 Seir Kieran 1-11
1990 St. Rynagh's 2-6 Birr 1-7
1989 Lusmagh 1-11 Seir Kieran 1-10
1988 Seir Kieran 3-13 St. Rynagh's 4-6
1987 St. Rynagh's 0-11 Seir Kieran 0-9
1986 Coolderry 3-8 St. Rynagh's 1-10
1985 Kinnitty 3-18 Seir Kieran 2-8
1984 Kinnitty 1-12 St. Rynagh's 1-6
1983 Kinnitty 0-20 St. Rynagh's 2-6
1982 St. Rynagh's 2-9 Lusmagh 0-11
1981 St. Rynagh's 1-10 Kinnitty 1-7
1980 Coolderry 3-3 Kinnitty 1-5
1979 Kinnitty 5-8 Coolderry 1-11
1978 Kinnitty 1-8 St. Rynagh's 0-6
1977 Coolderry 1-7 Kinnitty 1-6
1976 St. Rynagh's 3-11 Kinnitty 0-5
1975 St. Rynagh's 0-5, 0-14 Birr 0-5, 0-8
1974 St. Rynagh's 1-11 Birr 2-3
1973 St. Rynagh's 0-12 Drumcullen 1-7
1972 St. Rynagh's 4-10 Kinnitty 1-6
1971 Birr 2-10 St. Rynagh's 2-9
1970 St. Rynagh's 1-12 Kinnitty 2-8
1969 St. Rynagh's 4-7 Kinnitty 1-9
1968 St. Rynagh's 1-12 Coolderry 3-4
1967 Kinnitty Coolderry
1966 St. Rynagh's 6-10 Drumcullen 4-5
1965 St. Rynagh's 2-12 Coolderry 1-9
1964 Tullamore 1-11 St. Rynagh's 3-1
1963 Coolderry Drumcullen
1962 Coolderry Drumcullen
1961 Coolderry Drumcullen
1960 Drumcullen Shinrone
1959 Tullamore Coolderry
1958 Drumcullen Coolderry
1957 Drumcullen 10-7 Shannon Rovers 1-3
1956 Coolderry Drumcullen
1955 Tullamore Drumcullen
1954 Drumcullen Coolderry
1953 Coolderry Rahan
1952 Drumcullen Seir Kieran
1951 Drumcullen Birr
1950 Drumcullen Coolderry
1949 Coolderry Drumcullen
1948 Birr Coolderry
1947 Coolderry Birr
1946 Birr Tullamore
1945 Coolderry Tullamore
1944 Birr Tullamore
1943 Birr Tullamore
1942 Coolderry Birr
1941 Drumcullen Birr
1940 Birr Edenderry
1939 Coolderry Clareen
1938 Birr Coolderry
1937 Tullamore Coolderry
1936 Tullamore Rahan
1935 Tullamore Clara
1934 Tullamore Drumcullen
1933 Drumcullen Kinnitty
1932 Tullamore Coolderry
1931 Coolderry Drumcullen
1930 Kinnitty Coolderry
1929 Drumcullen Coolderry
1928 Drumcullen Birr
1927 Drumcullen Clara
1926 Coolderry Tullamore
1925 Drumcullen Kinnitty
1924 Drumcullen Clara
1923 Kinnitty Clara
1922 Not Played
1921 Not Played
1920 Kinnitty Coolderry
1919 Drumcullen Rahan
1918 Drumcullen Rahan
1917 Coolderry Tullamore
1916 Coolderry Rahan
1915 Birr Rahan
1914 Coolderry Killoughy
1913 Birr Edenderry
1912 Birr Killoughy
1911 Coolderry Edenderry
1910 Coolderry Killoughy
1909 Tullamore Drumcullen
1908 Drumcullen Ballinamere
1907 Killoughey Kilcormac
1906 Coolderry Moneygall
1905 Coolderry Kilcormac
1904 Coolderry Tullamore
1903 Coolderry Kilcormac
1902 Cadamstown Tullamore
1901 Coolderry Killoughey
1900 Cadamstown Fortal
1899 Coolderry Fortal
1898 Fortal Killoughey
1897 Kiloughey Kinnitty
1896 Kiloughey Rahan

Current Senior Teams[edit]

The 12 teams that will compete in the 2017 Offaly Senior Hurling Championship are:

Ballinamere

Belmont

Birr

Clodiagh Gaels

Coolderry

Kilcormac/Killoughey

Kinnitty

Lusmagh

St Rynagh's

Seir Kieran

Shinrone

Tullamore

Records and statistics[edit]

Teams[edit]

By decade[edit]

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

Gaps[edit]

Top ten longest gaps between successive championship titles:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kilcormac/Killoughey secured the 4th Offaly hurling title in their history today". The 42. 1 October 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Winning captains honoured at Offaly decider". Hogan Stand. 15 October 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Offaly SHC final: Kilcormac-Killoughey reign supreme". Hogan Stand. 1 October 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  4. ^ "St Rynagh's withstand Birr charge". Irish Examiner. 24 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Brady's late strike revives Coolderry". Irish Independent. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Currams leads charge for three-in-a-row Offaly champs". Irish Independent. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Kilcormac-Killoughey retain Offaly senior hurling crown". The Score. 6 October 2013. Archived from the original on 9 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Glory for Kilcormac/Killoughey". Irish Examiner. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Connolly goal puts icing on cake for Coolderry". Irish Independent. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2011.

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