All-Ireland Intermediate Club Hurling Championship

The GAA Hurling All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship, known simply as the All-Ireland Club Championship, is an annual inter-county hurling competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). It is the second highest inter-county club hurling competition in Ireland, and has been contested every year since the 2004-05 championship.

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship
Current season or competition:
2019-20 All-Ireland Intermediate Club Hurling Championship
IrishCraobh Idirmhéanach Iomáint Chlub na hÉireann
CodeHurling
Founded2004-05
RegionIreland (GAA)
No. of teams5
Title holdersColours of Limerick.svg Tullaroan (1st title)
SponsorsAllied Irish Banks (AIB)
TV partner(s)TG4
Official websiteOfficial GAA website

The final, currently held on the third Saturday in January, is the culmination of a series of games played between October and January with the winners receiving the cup. The All-Ireland Championship has always been played on a straight knockout basis whereby once a team loses they are eliminated from the championship. Currently qualification is limited to teams competing in the Connacht Championship, the Leinster Championship, the Munster Championship and the Ulster Championship.

Four teams currently participate in the All-Ireland semi-finals. The most successful teams are from Kilkenny – seven different Kilkenny clubs have won the All-Ireland title on seven separate occasions.

The title has been won by 16 different clubs, none of whom have won the title more than once. Tullaroan are the reigning champions, having beaten Fr. O'Neill's by 3-19 to 5-12 in the 2020 final.

HistoryEdit

While the senior championship had been running since the 1970-71 season, the creation of an All-Ireland series at intermediate level was a natural progression. The Munster Council were the first to organize a provincial championship in the intermediate grade in 2003. They were followed by the other three provincial councils in 2004, with the four champions contesting an All-Ireland series. Kildangan of Tipperary were the first All-Ireland champions after defeating Carrickshock of Kilkenny.

The championship has been dominated by Kilkenny clubs, with Dicksboro, St. Lachtain's, Clara, Rower-Inistioge and Bennettsbridge claiming All-Ireland titles. Dicksboro are the only team to have qualified for two All-Ireland finals. In 2007, London club Robert Emmetts became the first team from outside of Ireland to claim an All-Ireland title.

QualificationEdit

The GAA Hurling All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship features five teams in the final tournament. 24 teams contest the four provincial intermediate club championships with the four respective champions qualifying for the All-Ireland series. Prior to 2018 the London champions entered the competition at the quarter-final stage, but now compete in Connacht.

Province Championship
Connacht GAA Connacht Intermediate Club Hurling Championship
Leinster GAA Leinster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship
Munster GAA Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship
Ulster GAA Ulster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship

ResultsEdit

List of finalsEdit

Year Winners County Score Runners-up County Score Venue Winning Captain
2005 Kildangan Tipperary 2-13 Carrickshock Kilkenny 1-13 Semple Stadium Gerry Slattery [1]
2006 Dicksboro Kilkenny 2-13 Ballinhassig Cork 1-13 Croke Park David Carroll [2]
2007 Robert Emmetts London 1-14 Killimordaly Galway 0-08 Croke Park Fergus McMahon [3]
2008 Clonkill Westmeath 4-15 Tommy Larkin's Galway 3-14 Croke Park Paddy Dowdall [4]
2009 Blarney Cork 2-14 Cappataggle Galway 1-12 Croke Park James Hughes [5]
2010 St. Lachtain's Kilkenny 3-17 St. Gall's Antrim 0-10 Croke Park Eoin Guinan [6]
2011 Ballymartle Cork 3-15 Dicksboro Kilkenny 1-20 Croke Park Patrick Dwyer [7]
2012 Mount Leinster Rangers Carlow 1-13 Middletown Na Fianna Armagh 1-11 Croke Park Karol Lawlor [8]
2013 Clara Kilkenny 1-16 St. Gabriel's London 0-13 Croke Park David Langton [9]
2014 Rower-Inistioge Kilkenny 1-16 Kilnadeema-Leitrim Galway 1-09 Croke Park Michael Grace [10]
2015 O'Donovan Rossa Antrim 1-09 Kilburn Gaels London 2-03 Croke Park Christopher McGuinness [11]
2016 Bennettsbridge Kilkenny 1-17 Abbeyknockmoy Galway 1-14 Croke Park Enda Morrissey [12]
2017 Carrickshock Kilkenny 2-15 Ahascragh-Fohenagh Galway 0-06 Croke Park John Tennyson [13]
2018 Kanturk Cork 1-18 St. Patrick's Ballyragget Kilkenny 1-17 Croke Park Lorcan O'Neill [14]
2019 Oranmore-Maree Galway 2-18 Charleville Cork 1-15 Croke Park Gearoid McInerney and Niall Burke
2020 Tullaroan Kilkenny 3-19 Fr. O'Neill's Cork 5-12 Croke Park Shane Walsh

Performances by countyEdit

No. Team Wins Years won Losses Years lost
1   Kilkenny 7 2006, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2020 3 2005, 2011, 2018
2   Cork 3 2009, 2011, 2018 3 2006, 2019, 2020
3   Antrim 1 2015 1 2010
  Carlow 1 2012
  Westmeath 1 2008
  London 1 2007 2 2013, 2015
  Tipperary 1 2005
  Galway 1 2019 6 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2016, 2017
4   Armagh 1 2012

Performances by provinceEdit

No. Team Wins Years won Losses Years lost
1   Leinster 9 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2020 3 2005, 2011, 2018
2   Munster 4 2005, 2009, 2011, 2018 3 2006, 2019, 2020
3   Ulster 1 2015 2 2010, 2012
Britain 1 2007 2 2013, 2015
  Connacht 1 2019 6 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2016, 2017

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cats' clean sweep bid ends in drama". Irish Independent. 29 March 2005. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  2. ^ "'Boro's Croker coronation". Kilkenny People. 15 February 2006. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  3. ^ "All-Ireland title goes to London club". Hogan Stand. 12 March 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Clonkill boss hoping for more after historic win". Irish Independent. 11 February 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Cappataggle come up short on biggest day". Connacht Tribune. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  6. ^ "St Gall's are blown away in decider". Belfast Telegraph. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Ballymartle's finest hour". Irish Examiner. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  8. ^ "14-man Rangers make history". Irish Examiner. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Clara have too much for St Gabriels". Hogan Stand. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Rower Inistioge extra special". Irish Examiner. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Walsh's last-gasp point secures glory for O'Donovan Rossa". Irish Examiner. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Bennettsbridge have wind in their sails". Irish Examiner. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Carrickshock power proves too much for Galway outfit". Irish Examiner. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  14. ^ "All-Ireland club IHC final: Walsh wins it for Kanturk". Hogan Stand. 4 February 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2018.