Trench Cup

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Trench Cup
Current season or competition:
2017 Trench Cup
Irish Corn Uí Thrinsigh
Code Gaelic Football, second tier
Founded 1976
Region Third-Level Institutions (GAA)
Title holders Dundalk Institute of Technology (2nd title)
First winner National College of Physical Education, Limerick (now University of Limerick)
Most titles Institute of Technology, Sligo, Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach (5 titles)
Sponsors Independent.ie
Official website Official Website

The Trench Cup is the second tier gaelic football championship trophy for Third Level Education Colleges, Institutes of Technology and Universities in Ireland and England (first tier is the Sigerson Cup and third tier is Corn na Mac Léinn). The Trench Cup Championship is administered by Comhairle Ard Oideachais, the Gaelic Athletic Association's Higher Education Council.

History[edit]

In 1975 moves were made by non-university colleges to set-up their own knock-out Gaelic Football Championship tournament as a consequence of being shut out of the Sigerson Cup Championship. The initiative came from St. Joseph's Training College, Belfast. The concept of the Trench Cup was proposed by Pat Blake, Comhairle Ard Oideachais Chairman (1978–1983), and Peter McGinnity (later a Fermanagh All-Star) as a knock-out competition for all higher education colleges not in the Sigerson Cup tournament. Pat Blake purchased a trophy costing £80 sterling at Tommy Lennon's Jewellers, Smithfield Market, Belfast.[1] The trophy was named 'The Trench Cup' after Trench House, St Joseph's Training College, Belfast.[2]

The competition first came into existence in the 1975/76 season. The inaugural final was played between St Joseph's T.C., Belfast and the National College of Physical Education, Limerick at Croke Park. NCPE became the inaugural champions.[1] In the 1980s the Sigerson championship was opened up to allow an increasing number of Universities, Regional Technical Colleges and Institutes of Higher Education to participate on the basis of their league success. Subsequently, the Trench Cup became the second tier competition for the third-level institutions which were not in the Sigerson championship.

Dundalk Institute of Technology are the current Trench Cup champions, after defeating Waterford IT on a scoreline of 1-14 to 1-08 at University Ulster on 20 February 2016. This was the Colleges first win. Both Coláiste Phádraig and Sligo IT share the record number of Trench Cup wins, standing at five, while Garda College have 3 wins. The highest winning margin ever is that of Thomond College, Limerick over Sligo RTC of 16 points in 1977, while the largest margin in the 21st century is that of Trinity College Dublin over Hope University, Liverpool of 10 points in 2012.

The joint highest individual points scorers in any Trench Cup final are D. Duggan of Garda College in 1993 [1-07, 10 points] and Seán O'Sullivan of Limerick IT in 1999 [2-06, 10 points]. The championship is currently sponsored by the independent.ie. The Trench Cup was previously sponsored by Irish Daily Mail [2012-2013], Ulster Bank [2007-2011], Datapac [2003-2006] and Bus Éireann [1998-2002].

Roll of Honour[edit]

2016-17 Finals Tournament[3][edit]

Preliminary Round
26 January
1 February
2 February
Quarter-finals
8 February
9 February
Semi-finals
17 February
Final
18 February
 
    Letterkenny Institute of Technology 0-07  
Institute of Technology Blanchardstown 2-09     Institute of Technology Blnchardstown 2-03  
Ulster University Coleraine 0-05       Institute of Technology Blanchardstown 0-03  
      Dundalk Institute of Technology 1-18  
    Dundalk Institute of Technology 2-14  
Limerick Institute of Technology 3-09     Limerick Institute of Technology 1-09  
Cadets 1-10       Dundalk Institute of Technology 3-10
Institute of Technology Tallaght 1-05       Waterford Institute of Technology 1-14
Mary Immaculate College Limerick 3-18     Mary Immaculate College Limerick 1-13  
    Waterford Institute of Technology 3-09  
      Waterford Institute of Technology 2-14  
      Marino Institute of Education 1-16  
    Marino Institute of Education 0-17      
    Cavan Institute 0-10      
 

* British University Gaelic Football Division 1 Final

Colleges by Wins[1][edit]

Team County Wins Winning Years
Sligo RTC [Institute of Technology Sligo] Sligo 5 1981, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991
Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach Dublin 5 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
National College of Physical Education/Thomond College [University of Limerick] Limerick 4 1976, 1977, 1982, 1988
Garda College, Templemore Tipperary 3 1993, 1994, 2015
Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin 3 1987, 1995, 1997
Dundalk Institute of Technology [DkIT] Louth 2 2016, 2017
Galway RTC [Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology] Galway 2 1989, 1996
Institute of Technology Tallaght Dublin 2 2001, 2003
Northern Ireland Polytechnic [University of Ulster Jordanstown] Antrim 2 1980, 1983
Trinity College Dublin (University of Dublin) Dublin 2 2006, 2012
Athlone RTC [Athlone Institute of Technology] Westmeath 1 1992
Cadet College, The Curragh Kildare 1 2000
Cork RTC [Cork Institute of Technology] Cork 1 1979
Institute of Technology Blanchardstown Dublin 1 2013
Institute of Technology Tralee Kerry 1 2010
Letterkenny Institute of Technology Donegal 1 2005
Limerick Institute of Technology Limerick 1 1999
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Limerick 1 2008
NIHE Limerick [University of Limerick] Limerick 1 1984
St Joseph’s Training College, Belfast [St Mary's University College, Belfast] Antrim 1 1978
St Mary’s, Strawberry Hill, London [St Mary's University College, Twickenham] Middlesex, England 1 2004
University of Ulster Coleraine Derry 1 1998

Finalists who have not won the Trench Cup:

  • Limerick IT
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Liverpool John Moore's University
  • Magee College, Derry (now UU Magee)
  • Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

Trench Cup Champion Colleges[edit]

  • 1975/76 National College of Physical Education
  • 1976/77 Thomond College
  • 1977/78 St Joseph's Training College
  • 1978/79 Cork RTC
  • 1979/80 Northern Ireland Polytechnic
  • 1980/81 Sligo RTC
  • 1981/82 Thomond College
  • 1982/83 Northern Ireland Polytechnic
  • 1983/84 NIHE Limerick
  • 1984/85 Sligo RTC
  • 1985/86 Sligo RTC
  • 1986/87 Dublin IT
  • 1987/88 Thomond College
  • 1988/89 Galway RTC
  • 1989/90 Sligo RTC
  • 1990/91 Sligo RTC
  • 1991/92 Athone RTC
  • 1992/93 Garda College
  • 1993/94 Garda College
  • 1994/95 Dublin IT
  • 1995/96 Galway RTC
  • 1996/97 Dublin IT
  • 1997/98 UU Coleraine
  • 1998/99 Limerick IT
  • 1999/00 Army Cadet College
  • 2000/01 IT Tallaght
  • 2001/02 Cólaiste Phádraig Droim Conrach
  • 2002/03 IT Tallaght
  • 2003/04 St Mary's College Strawberry Hill
  • 2004/05 Letterkenny IT
  • 2005/06 Trinity College Dublin
  • 2006/07 Cólaiste Phádraig Droim Conrach
  • 2007/08 Mary Immaculate College
  • 2008/09 Cólaiste Phádraig Droim Conrach
  • 2009/10 IT Tralee
  • 2010/11 Cólaiste Phádraig Droim Conrach
  • 2011/12 Trinity College Dublin
  • 2012/13 Blanchardstown IT
  • 2013/14 Cólaiste Phádraig Droim Conrach
  • 2014/15 Garda College
  • 2015/16 Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT)
  • 2016/17 Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT)
  • 2017/18
  • 2018/19

Captains of Winning Teams[edit]

Year Player College County
1975/76 Brian Mullins[4] N.C.P.E., Limerick Dublin
1976/77 Pat Spillane[4][5][6] Thomond College, Limerick Kerry
1977/78 St Joseph's T.C., Belfast
1978/79 Diarmuid Mac Cartaigh[7] Cork RTC Cork
1979/80 Kevin McCabe[4] Northern Ireland Poltechnic Tyrone
1980/81 John Clarke[8] Sligo RTC
1981/82 Brian Ladden[9] Thomond College, Limerick Kerry
1982/83 Anthony McArdle[10] Northern Ireland Polytechnic Armagh
1983/84 Noel Hayes[9] NIHE Limerick Cork
19/8485 Gary Walsh[11] Sligo RTC Donegal
1985/86[4] Sligo RTC Donegal
1986/87 Fergus Rowley[12][13] Dublin IT Dublin
1987/88 Seamus Kyne/ Patrick Condon Thomond College, Limerick
1988/89 Michael Haran[14] Galway RTC Sligo
1989/90 Sligo RTC
1990/91 Sligo RTC
1991/92 John "Jack" Cooney[15] Athlone RTC Westmeath
1992/93 David O'Connor[16] Garda College Waterford
1993/94 Martin Coyle[16] Garda College Mayo
1994/95 Gerry Sheridan[12][17] Dublin IT Cavan
Damien Diver[12][17] Dublin IT Donegal
1995/96 Fergal Costello[18] Galway RTC Mayo
1996/97 Pauraic Giles[13] Dublin IT Dublin
1997/98 Neill McGleenan[19] UU Coleraine Derry
1998/99 Limerick IT
1999/00 Padraig Brennan[20] Army Cadet College, The Curragh Kildare
2000/01 Shane O'Sullivan[21] IT Tallaght Dublin
2001/02 Gareth Burns[22] Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach Galway
2002/03 Damien Murray[21] IT Tallaght Offaly
2003/04 Cathal Smyth[23] St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill Meath
2004/05 Letterkenny IT
2005/06 Pearse Casey[1][24] Trinity College Dublin Dublin
Shane Gilleran[1][24] Trinity College Dublin Roscommon
2006/07 Rory Stapleton[25] Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach Laois
Brian Kavanagh[25] Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach Longford
2007/08 Andrew O'Regan[26] Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Kerry
2008/09 Declan McKiernan[27] Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach Cavan
2009/10 Shane Brosnan[28] Institute of Technology Tralee Kerry
Kevin Hartnett[28] Institute of Technology Tralee Clare
2010/11 Seán Denvir[29] Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach Galway
2011/12 Tomás Corrigan[30] Trinity College Dublin Fermanagh
2012/13 Eoin Woods[31] Institute of Technology Blanchardstown Meath
2013/14 Sean Kelly Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach Mayo
2014/15 Colm Ó Cuív Garda College, Templemore Galway
2015/16 Kieran Duffy Dundalk Institute of Technology Monaghan
2016/17 Kieran Duffy[32] Dundalk Institute of Technology Monaghan

Man of The Match Awardees[edit]

The accolade of Man of the Match or Tournament is a recent innovation (1998). In the case of the early years of the Trench Cup, the highest scoring member of the team is designated.

Year MOTM Top Scorer College County Points scored
1975/76 Pat Spillane[33] N.C.P.E., Limerick Kerry 1-3
John Tobin[33] N.C.P.E., Limerick Galway 0-6
1976/77 Gerry Dillon[34] Thomond College, Limerick 1-3
1977/78 Peter Kane[35] St Joseph's TC, Belfast Galway 1-3
1978/79 Diarmuid McCarthy Cork RTC Cork 1-5
1979/80 Martin McCann[36] Northern Ireland Polytechnic Down 0-6
1980/81 Gerry Smith[8] Sligo RTC Cavan 1-6
1981/82 Thomond College, Limerick
1982/83 Northern Ireland Polytechnic
1983/84 Patrick McGroarty[37] NIHE Limerick Donegal 1-2
Brian Donovan[37] NIHE Dublin Kildare 0-5
F O'Connor[37] NIHE Limerick 0-3 (Replay)
1984/85 Niall McVeigh[38] Sligo RTC Sligo 0-5
1985/86 Tom Og O'Brien[39] Sligo RTC Roscommon 0-2
1986/87 Dublin IT
1987/88 John Madden[40] Thomond College, Limerick Tipperary 0-6
1988/89 Jarlath Jennings[41] Galway RTC Mayo 1-1
1989/90 Sligo RTC
1990/91 Sligo RTC
1991/92 Brian Duignan[42] Athlone RTC Leitrim 0-4
1992/93 Derek Duggan[43] Garda College Roscommon 1-7
1993/94 Garda College
1994/95 Tony Byrne[12] Meath 0-3 (3fs)
1995/96 Alan MacFadden[44] Galway RTC Donegal 0-3
Enda Bardon[44] Galway RTC Longford 0-3
1996/97 Dublin IT
1997/98 Niall McSorley[45] Niall McSorley[19][45] UU Coleraine Tyrone 3-0
1998/99 Seán O'Sullivan? Seán O'Sullivan[46] Limerick IT Kerry 2-4
1999/00 Ronan Carberry[20] Army Cadet College Longford
Bernard Bohan[47] Army Cadet College Kildare 1-0
Dave O'Loughlin[47] Army Cadet College Clare 1-0
Padraig Brennan[47] Army Cadet College Kildare 0-3 (3fs)
2000/01 Michael Lyons IT Tallaght Dublin
Danny McCann[48] IT Tallaght Dublin 0-4 (2fs)
2001/02 Kevin Giblin Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach Sligo
G Kenny[49] Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach Longford 0-5
2002/03 Danny McCann IT Tallaght Dublin
Jonathan Daniels IT Tallaght Wicklow 1-2
2003/04 St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill
C Slane[50] St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill 0-4 (2fs)
2004/05 Letterkenny IT
Letterkenny IT
2005/06 Trinity College Dublin
Dermot McTiernan[51] Trinity College Dublin Sligo 1-4
2006/07 David Henry[52] Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach Dublin 0-1
Brian Kavanagh[52] Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach 0-8 (8fs)
2007/08 George Hannigan[26] Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Tipperary
2008/09 Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach
2009/10 Paul O'Donoghue[53] IT Tralee Kerry 0-1
Brendan Poff[54] IT Tralee Kerry 1-0 (f)
Denis Crowley[54] IT Tralee Cork 1-0
2010/11 Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach
Frank Clune[55] Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach 1-3 (3fs)
Seán Denvir[55] Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach Galway 1-3
2011/12 Kevin Fitzgerald[56] Trinity College Dublin Dublin
Leo Turley[57] Trinity College Dublin 1-2 (2f)
2012/13 Donal Lenihan[58] IT Blanchardstown Meath 0-5
Robert McCarthy[59] IT Blanchardstown Meath 0-6 (4fs)
2013/14 Diarmuid Murtagh[60] Diarmuid Murtagh Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach Roscommon 1-3
2014/15 Colin Compton Colin Compton Garda College Roscommon 0-8 (0-4f)
2015/16 Daniel McKenna Daniel McKenna Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) Monaghan 0-5 (0-1f)
2016/17 Tadhg McEnaeney[61] Tadhg McEnaeney Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) Louth 1-6 (4f)

Finals Listed By Year[62][edit]

Year Winners Score Finalists Score Where Played Date
1975/76[33] National College of Physical Education 1-11 St Joseph's Training College, Belfast 0-9 Croke Park, Dublin 29 February 1976
1976/77[34] Thomond College, Limerick 2-13 Sligo RTC 0-3 Athlone 1 April 1977
1977/78[35] St Joseph's Training College, Belfast 1-8 Thomond College, Limerick 1-6 Parnell Park, Dublin 22 April 1978
1978/79[63] Cork RTC 1-10 Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach 1-7 Cashel, Co. Tipperary 19 May 1979[64]
1979/80[36] Northern Ireland Polytechnic 1-6 Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach 0-8 Croke Park, Dublin 9 March 1980
1980/81[8] Sligo RTC 1-8 Mary Immaculate College, Limerick 0-8 Croke Park, Dublin 15 April 1981
1981/82[65] Thomond College, Limerick 1-9 Cork RTC 2-5 Buttevant, Co. Cork 20 March 1982
1982/83[66] Northern Ireland Polytechnic 1-6 Cork RTC 0-7 Croke Park, Dublin 26 March 1983
1983/84[37] NIHE Limerick 3-7 NIHE Dublin 2-10 Tullamore, Co. Offaly 5 May 1984
[67] NIHE Limerick 0-7 NIHE Dublin 0-5 Tullamore, Co. Offaly 12 May 1984 (Replay)
1984/85[38] Sligo RTC 0-11 St Joseph's Training College, Belfast 1-6 Omagh, Co. Tyrone 8 May 1985
1985/86[39] Sligo RTC 0-5 Dublin IT 0-4 Centenary Park, Newtownforbes, Co. Longford 3 May 1986
1986/87[12] Dublin IT 3-6 Sligo RTC 2-7 Ballynacargy, Co. Westmeath (AET) June 1987[68]
1987/88[40][69] Thomond College, Limerick 2-11 Athlone RTC 2-7 Plassey, Limerick 6 March 1988
1988/89[41] Galway RTC 2-6 Dundalk RTC 1-5 Dublin 5 March 1989
1989/90[70] Sligo RTC Athlone RTC Dundalk, Co. Louth 11 March 1990
1990/91[12] Sligo RTC 2-8 Dublin IT 1-7 Terenure, Dublin (AET) 24 March 1991
1991/92[42] Athlone RTC 0-11 Galway RTC 1-4 Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon 15 March 1992
1992/93[43] Garda College 1-13 Dundalk RTC 1-5 Thurles, Co. Tipperary 21 March 1993
1993/94[71] Garda College 1-10 Dublin IT 1-7 VEC Grounds, Terenure, Dublin 27 February 1994
1994/95[12] Dublin IT 0-10 IT Tralee 1-6 Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork 12 March 1995
1995/96[72] Galway RTC 0-11 Dublin IT 0-7 Limerick 3 March 1996
1996/97[73] Dublin IT 0-17 Dundalk RTC 2-9 UUC Playing Fields, Coleraine 9 March 1997
1997/98[45] UU Coleraine 4-4 Cork IT 2-7 Ballyheighue, Co. Kerry 8 March 1998
1998/99[46] Limerick IT 2-7 Magee College 1-7 The Dub, Belfast 7 March 1999
1999/00[47] Army Cadet College, The Curragh 2-5 Limerick IT 1-7 Dangan, Galway 27 February 2000
2000/01[48] IT Tallaght 3-7 Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach 1-11 O'Toole Park, Crumlin, Dublin 11 April 2001
2001/02[49] Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach 2-7 Limerick IT 0-4 Kent Park, Sligo 23 February 2002
2002/03[74] IT Tallaght 1-7 Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach 1-5 UCC Grounds, The Mardyke, Cork 8 March 2003
2003/04[50] St Mary’s College, Strawberry Hill, London 1-9 IT Tallaght 1-8 St Gall's Park, Belfast 29 February 2004
2004/05 Letterkenny IT Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach Dundalk IT Grounds, Dundalk 26 February 2005
2005/06[51] Trinity College Dublin 3-7 Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach 2-8 DCU Sport Grounds, Dublin 25 February 2006
2006/07[52] Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach 0-13 John Moore's University, Liverpool 0-12 QUB Grounds, Malone, Belfast 3 March 2007
2007/08[26][75] Mary Immaculate College, Limerick 1-12 Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach 0-9 IT Carlow Grounds, Carlow 9 March 2008
2008/09[76] Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach 0-12 Mary Immaculate College, Limerick 0-7 Cork IT, Bishopstown, Cork 1 March 2009
2009/10[77][78] IT Tralee 2-6 Trinity College Dublin 0-10 Leixlip GAA Club, Leixlip, Co. Kildare 27 February 2010
2010/11[55] Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach 2-11 Waterford IT 0-10 UCD, Belfield, Dublin 5 March 2011
2011/12[30][57] Trinity College Dublin 2-11 Hope University, Liverpool 0-7 Dangan, Galway 25 February 2012
2012/13[58][59] IT Blanchardstown 0-11 Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach 0-10 Athlone IT 23 February 2013
2013/14[60] Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach 2-16 Letterkenny IT 2-6 The Dub, QUB, Belfast 21 February 2014
2014/15;[79][80][81] Garda College, Templemore 1-13 Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach 0-10 The Mardyke, Cork 21 February 2015
2015/16[82][83] Dundalk Institute of Technology 1-14 Waterford IT 1-8 UU, Belfast 20 February 2016
2016/17[61] Dundalk Institute of Technology 3-10 Waterford Institute of Technology 1-14 Connacht GAA Centre, Bekan, Co Mayo 19 February 2017

Other Higher Education GAA Competitions[edit]

References[edit]

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  64. ^ Irish Independent, 30 May 1979; the Higher Education GAA Council decided that the Trench Cup final must be decided on or before the Sigerson weekend
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  66. ^ Irish Independent 28 March 1983, p. 13
  67. ^ Sunday Independent 13 May 1984, p. S26
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  77. ^ Irish Independent 1 March 2010, p. 53
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