All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship

The All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship is an annual Gaelic football tournament which began in season 1970–71. It is the top-tier competition for the senior football clubs of Ireland and London.

All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship
Current season or competition:
2021–22 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship
IrishCraobh Shinsearaí Peile Chlub na hÉireann
RegionIreland (GAA)
TrophyAndy Merrigan Cup
Title holdersColours of Sligo.svg Kilcoo (1st title)
Most titlesColours of Maynooth.png Nemo Rangers (7 titles)
TV partner(s)TG4, Eir Sport

The current champions are Kilcoo of Down who defeated Kilmacud Crokes of Dublin on 12 February 2022 to win their first title.

The current trophy is the Andy Merrigan Cup, named after a footballer who played for Castletown and Wexford who died as a result of a farm accident at the height of his playing career. It was first presented in 1974.

Competition formatEdit

County Championships Ireland's 32 counties play their county championships between their senior Gaelic football clubs. Each county decides the format for determining their county champions. The format can be knockout, double-elimination, league, etc. or a combination. For instance, Kerry organise two separate championships - one for clubs only and one for clubs and divisional sides.

Provincial Championships Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster each organise a provincial championship for their participating county champions. All matches are knock-out and two ten minute periods of extra time are played if it's a draw at the end of normal time.

All-Ireland Championship The four provincial winners advance to the semi-finals. Until the 2018-19 competition, the London Senior Football Champion would play one of the provincial champions in a Quarter Final in December with the winner advancing to the All Ireland Semi Final. The All-Ireland final was traditionally played in Croke Park on St. Patrick's Day, 17 March.

In an attempt to shorten the season for club players, the semi-finals and final were brought forward for the 2019–20 season. The semi finals were played on the first weekend in January with the final scheduled for 19 January.

Traditional Typical Schedule County championships – April to November
Provincial championships – October to December
All-Ireland quarter-final – mid-December or January
All-Ireland semi-finals – mid-February
All-Ireland final – 17 March in Croke Park, Dublin


Ulster and Connacht tournaments were first held in the 1960s and the first unofficial All-Ireland Final took place in 1968. The final was contested by Dunmore McHales of Galway and St Josephs of Donegal. It was a two leg affair with St Josephs emerging as the winners. The motion was then brought to the GAA National Congress in 1969. Despite opposition from many delegations the motion received the necessary two-thirds majority.[citation needed]

The first winners in 1970–71 were an East Kerry divisional team (nowadays amalgamations of clubs are not allowed to enter the All-Ireland). In the following year, Bellaghy GAC from Derry, became the first individual club to win the All-Ireland Club Championship by defeating UCC of Cork in the final at Croke Park.[citation needed]

The Andy Merrigan Cup was first awarded in 1974, donated by the Castletown club in memory of the great Wexford footballer who died in a farming accident at the height of his career.[citation needed]

Dublin clubs (UCD x2 and St. Vincent's of Marino) won a three-in-a-row of All-Irelands in 1974–76, before Kerry and Cork clubs began to dominate, winning 9 titles in 13 years, 1977–89, including four for Nemo Rangers of Cork. Clann na nGael won 7 Connacht titles in 8 years (1983–90), but did not win a single All-Ireland.[citation needed]

St. Mary's Burren of Down ended a 14-year Ulster drought when they were victorious in 1986. Baltinglass caused a major shock in 1990 by winning their and Wicklow's first national honour, while Nemo pulled ahead with their fifth title in 1994. In 1998, Corofin won Galway's and Connacht's first national award, six months before the county team's first All-Ireland for 32 years.[citation needed]

In the late 1990s the club championship rose to national prominence with regular TV coverage and the prestigious St. Patrick's Day fixture in Croke Park for the final. Crossmaglen Rangers claimed 3 All-Irelands in 4 years from 1997 to 2000. While the Caltra club of Galway won their first Galway title, first Connacht award and first All-Ireland in one year, 2003–04. 2006 saw Salthill-Knocknacarra of Galway complete a Connacht three-in-a-row.[citation needed]

In 2010, St. Gall's in Antrim beat Kilmurry-Ibrickane of Clare to win their first title.[1]

All-Ireland club finals listed by yearEdit

Year Winner Score County Opponent Score County Referee
2021-22 Kilcoo 2-08 (AET) Down Kilmacud Crokes 0-13 (AET) Dublin Seán Hurson (Tyrone)
2020-21 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2019-20 Corofin 1-12 (AET) Galway Kilcoo 0-07 (AET) Down Conor Lane (Cork)
2018–19 Corofin 2-16 Galway Dr Crokes 0-10 Kerry Barry Cassidy (Derry)
2017–18 Corofin 2-19 Galway Nemo Rangers 0-10 Cork David Gough (Meath)
2016–17[2] Dr Crokes 1-09 Kerry Slaughtneil 1-07 Derry Maurice Deegan (Laois)
2015–16[3][4] Ballyboden St Enda's 2-14 Dublin Castlebar Mitchels 0-07 Mayo Conor Lane (Cork)
2014–15[5] Corofin 1-14 Galway Slaughtneil 0-07 Derry David Coldrick (Meath)
2013–14[6] St Vincents 4-12 Dublin Castlebar Mitchels 2-11 Mayo Eddie Kinsella (Laois)
2012–13[7] St Brigid's 2-11 Roscommon Ballymun Kickhams 2-10 Dublin Pádraig Hughes (Armagh)
2011–12 Crossmaglen Rangers 0-15, 2-19 (R) Armagh Garrycastle 1-12, 1-07 (R) Westmeath Rory Hickey (Clare), Marty Duffy (Sligo) (R)
2010–11 Crossmaglen Rangers 2-11 Armagh St Brigid's 1-11 Roscommon Cormac Reilly (Meath)
2009–10 St. Gall's 0-13 Antrim Kilmurry-Ibrickane 1-05 Clare Derek Fahy (Longford)
2008–09 Kilmacud Crokes 1-09 Dublin Crossmaglen Rangers 0-07 Armagh Gerry Kinneavy (Galway)
2007–08 St Vincents 1-11 Dublin Nemo Rangers 0-13 Cork Joe McQuillan (Cavan)
2006–07 Crossmaglen Rangers 1-09, 0-13 (R) Armagh Dr Crokes 1-09, 1-05 (R) Kerry Syl Doyle (Wexford), Eugene Murtagh (Longford) (R)
2005–06 Salthill-Knocknacarra 0-07 Galway St. Gall's 0-06 Antrim David Coldrick (Meath)
2004–05[8] Ballina Stephenites 1-12 Mayo Portlaoise 2-08 Laois Brian Crowe (Cavan)
2003–04 Caltra 0-13 Galway An Ghaeltacht 0-12 Kerry Michael Monahan (Kildare)
2002–03 Nemo Rangers 0-14 Cork Crossmolina Deel Rovers 1-09 Mayo Brian Crowe (Cavan)
2001–02 Ballinderry Shamrocks 2-10 Derry Nemo Rangers 0-09 Cork Seamus McCormack (Meath)
2000-01 Crossmolina Deel Rovers 0-16 Mayo Nemo Rangers 1-12 Cork John Bannon (Longford)
1999–2000 Crossmaglen Rangers 1-14 Armagh Na Fianna 0-12 Dublin Michael Curley (Galway)
1998–99 Crossmaglen Rangers 0-09 Armagh Ballina Stephenites 0-08 Mayo John Bannon (Longford)
1997–98 Corofin 0-15 Galway Erins Isle 0-10 Dublin Pat Casserly (Westmeath)
1996–97 Crossmaglen Rangers 2-13 Armagh Knockmore 0-11 Mayo Brian White (Wexford)
1995–96 Laune Rangers 4-05 Kerry Éire Óg 0-11 Carlow Pat McEnaney (Monaghan)
1994–95 Kilmacud Crokes 0-08 Dublin Bellaghy 0-05 Derry Paddy Russell (Tipperary)
1993–94 Nemo Rangers 3-11 Cork Castlebar Mitchels 0-08 Mayo Pat McEnaney (Monaghan)
1992–93 O'Donovan Rossa 1-12, 1-07 (R) Cork Éire Óg 3-06, 0-08 (R) Carlow Jim Curran (Tyrone)
1991–92 Dr Crokes 1-11 Kerry Thomas Davis 0-13 Dublin Tommy McDermott (Cavan)
1990–91 Lavey 2-09 Derry Salthill-Knocknacarra 0-10 Galway Tommy Howard (Kildare)
1989–90 Baltinglass 2-07 Wicklow Clann na nGael 0-07 Roscommon Tommy Sugrue (Kerry)
1988–89 Nemo Rangers 1-13 Cork Clann na nGael 1-03 Roscommon Gerry McClory (Antrim)
1987–88 St Mary's Burren 1-09 Down Clann na nGael 0-08 Roscommon Denis Guerin (Dublin)
1986–87 St Finbarr's 0-10 Cork Clann na nGael 0-07 Roscommon Michael Greenan (Cavan)
1985–86 St Mary's Burren 1-10 Down Castleisland Desmonds 1-06 Kerry
1984–85 Castleisland Desmonds 2-02 Kerry St Vincents 0-07 Dublin
1983–84 Nemo Rangers 2-10 Cork Walterstown 0-05 Meath
1982–83 Portlaoise 0-12 Laois Clann na nGael 2-00 Roscommon
1981–82 Nemo Rangers 6-11 Cork Garrymore 1-08 Mayo
1980–81 St Finbarr's 1-08 Cork Walterstown 0-06 Meath
1979–80 St Finbarr's 3-09 Cork St Grellan's 0-08 Galway Weeshie Fogarty (Kerry)
1978–79 Nemo Rangers 2-09 Cork Scotstown 1-03 Monaghan Tommy Moran (Leitrim)
1977–78 Thomond College 2-14 Limerick St John's 1-03 Antrim Seamus Aldridge (Kildare)
1976–77 Austin Stacks 1-13 Kerry Ballerin 2-07 Derry Seamus Aldridge (Kildare)
1975–76 St Vincents 4-10 Dublin Roscommon Gaels 0-05 Roscommon Paddy Collins (Westmeath)
1974–75 UCD 1-11 Dublin Nemo Rangers 0-12 Cork P. J. McGrath (Mayo)
1973–74 UCD 1-06, 0-14 (R) Dublin Clan na Gael 1-06, 1-04 (R) Armagh Mick Spain (Offaly)
1972–73 Nemo Rangers 2-11, 4-06 (R) Cork St Vincents 2-11, 0-10 (R) Dublin
1971–72 Bellaghy 0-15 Derry UCC 1-11 Cork Denis Guerin (Dublin)
1970–71 East Kerry 5-09 Kerry Bryansford 2-07 Down Jimmy Hatton (Wicklow)

Summary of All-Ireland championsEdit

By clubEdit

Club All-Irelands Province
Nemo Rangers (Cork) 7   Munster
Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) 6   Ulster
Corofin (Galway) 5   Connacht
St. Vincent's (Dublin) 3   Leinster
St. Finbarr's (Cork)   Munster
Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) 2   Leinster
UCD (Dublin)
St. Mary's Burren (Down)   Ulster
Dr Crokes (Kerry)   Munster
  • Nineteen unlisted clubs have also managed to win a single title.

By countyEdit

L, M, U, C refer to Leinster/Munster/Ulster/Connacht championships won by clubs from the county. "Most recent winning team" gives the name of the club from the county which last won the All-Ireland; if no club has, the name of the last provincial champion is given in italic type.

# County All-Irelands L M U C Most recent winning team
1 Cork clubs 11 27 Nemo Rangers, 2002–03
2 Dublin clubs 8 20 Ballyboden St. Enda's, 2015–16
3 Galway clubs 7 17 Corofin, 2019–20
4 Armagh clubs 6 15 Crossmaglen Rangers, 2011–12
5 Kerry clubs 6 14 Dr Crokes, 2016–17
6 Derry clubs 3 15 Ballinderry Shamrocks, 2001–02
7 Down clubs 3 7 Kilcoo, 2021–22
8 Mayo clubs 2 14 Ballina Stephenites, 2004–05
9 Roscommon clubs 1 13 St. Brigid's, 2012–13
10 Laois clubs 1 7 Portlaoise, 1982–83
11 Antrim clubs 1 4 St. Gall's, 2009–10
12 Wicklow clubs 1 2 Baltinglass, 1989–90
Limerick clubs 1 2 Thomond College, 1977–78
13 Monaghan clubs 0 6 Castleblayney Faughs, 1991–92
Carlow clubs 6 O'Hanrahans, 2000–01
14 Meath clubs 4 Dunshaughlin, 2002–03
Offaly clubs 4 Ferbane, 1986–87
Kildare clubs 3 Moorefield, 2017–18
Sligo clubs 3 St. Mary's, 1983–84
Clare clubs 3 Kilmurry-Ibrickane, 2009–10
16 Tyrone clubs 2 Errigal Ciarán, 2002–03
17 Donegal clubs 1 Gaoth Dobhair, 2018–19
Longford clubs 1 Mullinalaghta St. Columba's, 2018–19
Westmeath clubs 1 Garrycastle, 2011–12
Tipperary clubs 1 Clonmel Commercials, 2015–16

No club from Cavan, Fermanagh, Kilkenny, Leitrim, London, Louth, Waterford or Wexford has ever won a national or provincial title.

By provinceEdit

Province All-Irelands Most recent winning team
  Munster clubs 18 Dr Crokes (Kerry), 2016-17
  Ulster clubs 13 Kilcoo (Down), 2021–22
  Connacht clubs 10 Corofin (Galway), 2019–20
  Leinster clubs 10 Ballyboden St. Enda's (Dublin), 2015–16

Provincial champions listed by yearEdit

All-Ireland winners are shaded gold, and counties are given in brackets.

Year Leinster champions Munster champions Ulster champions Connacht champions
1970–71 Gracefield (Offaly) East Kerry (Kerry) Bryansford (Down) Fr. Griffins (Galway)
1971–72 Portlaoise (Laois) UCC (Cork) Bellaghy (Derry) Claremorris (Mayo)
1972–73 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Clan na nGael (Armagh) Fr. Griffins (Galway)
1973–74 UCD (Dublin) UCC (Cork) Clan na nGael (Armagh) Knockmore (Mayo)
1974–75 UCD (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Clan na nGael (Armagh) Roscommon Gaels (Roscommon)
1975–76 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) St Joseph's (Donegal) Roscommon Gaels (Roscommon)
1976–77 Portlaoise (Laois) Austin Stacks (Kerry) Ballerin (Derry) Killererin (Galway)
1977–78 Summerhill (Meath) Thomond College (Limerick) St. John's (Antrim) St. Mary's (Sligo)
1978–79 Walsh Island (Offaly) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Scotstown (Monaghan) Killererin (Galway)
1979–80 Walsh Island (Offaly) St. Finbarr's (Cork) Scotstown (Monaghan) St. Grellan's (Galway)
1980–81 Walterstown (Meath) St. Finbarr's (Cork) Scotstown (Monaghan) St. Mary's (Sligo)
1981–82 Raheens (Kildare) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Ballinderry Shamrocks (Derry) Garrymore (Mayo)
1982–83 Portlaoise (Laois) St. Finbarr's (Cork) St. Gall's (Antrim) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1983–84 Walterstown (Meath) Nemo Rangers (Cork) St. Mary's Burren (Down) St. Mary's (Sligo)
1984–85 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Castleisland Desmonds (Kerry) St. Mary's Burren (Down) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1985–86 Portlaoise (Laois) Castleisland Desmonds (Kerry) St. Mary's Burren (Down) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1986–87 Ferbane (Offaly) St. Finbarr's (Cork) Castleblayney Faughs (Monaghan) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1987–88 Portlaoise (Laois) Nemo Rangers (Cork) St. Mary's Burren (Down) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1988–89 Parnells (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) St. Mary's Burren (Down) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1989–90 Baltinglass (Wicklow) Castlehaven (Cork) Scotstown (Monaghan) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1990–91 Thomas Davis (Dublin) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Lavey (Derry) Salthill-Knocknacarra (Galway)
1991–92 Thomas Davis (Dublin) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Castleblayney Faughs (Monaghan) Corofin (Galway)
1992–93 Éire Óg (Carlow) O'Donovan Rossa (Cork) Lavey (Derry) Knockmore (Mayo)
1993–94 Éire Óg (Carlow) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Errigal Ciarán (Tyrone) Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo)
1994–95 Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) Castlehaven (Cork) Bellaghy (Derry) Tuam Stars (Galway)
1995–96 Éire Óg (Carlow) Laune Rangers (Kerry) Mullaghbawn (Armagh) Corofin (Galway)
1996–97 Éire Óg (Carlow) Laune Rangers (Kerry) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Knockmore (Mayo)
1997–98 Erin's Isle (Dublin) Castlehaven (Cork) Dungiven (Derry) Corofin (Galway)
1998–99 Éire Óg (Carlow) Doonbeg (Clare) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Ballina Stephenites (Mayo)
1999–2000 Na Fianna (Dublin) UCC (Cork) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Crossmolina Deel Rovers (Mayo)
2000–01 O'Hanrahans (Carlow) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Bellaghy (Derry) Crossmolina Deel Rovers (Mayo)
2001–02 Rathnew (Wicklow) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Ballinderry Shamrocks (Derry) Charlestown Sarsfields (Mayo)
2002–03 Dunshaughlin (Meath) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Errigal Ciaran (Tyrone) Crossmolina Deel Rovers (Mayo)
2003–04 St. Brigid's (Dublin) An Ghaeltacht (Kerry) An Lúb (Derry) Caltra (Galway)
2004–05 Portlaoise (Laois) Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Ballina Stephenites (Mayo)
2005–06 Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) St. Gall's (Antrim) Salthill-Knocknacarra (Galway)
2006–07 Moorefield (Kildare) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) St. Brigid's (Roscommon)
2007–08 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Ballina Stephenites (Mayo)
2008–09 Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) Dromcollogher-Broadford (Limerick) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Corofin (Galway)
2009–10 Portlaoise (Laois) Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) St. Gall's (Antrim) Corofin (Galway)
2010–11 Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) St. Brigid's (Roscommon)
2011–12 Garrycastle (Westmeath) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) St. Brigid's (Roscommon)
2012–13 Ballymun Kickhams (Dublin) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) St. Brigid's (Roscommon)
2013–14 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Ballinderry Shamrocks (Derry) Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo)
2014–15 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Austin Stacks (Kerry) Slaughtneil (Derry) Corofin (Galway)
2015–16 Ballyboden St. Enda's (Dublin) Clonmel Commercials (Tipperary) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo)
2016–17 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Slaughtneil (Derry) Corofin (Galway)
2017–18 Moorefield (Kildare) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Slaughtneil (Derry) Corofin (Galway)
2018–19 Mullinalaghta St. Columba's (Longford) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Gaoth Dobhair (Donegal) Corofin (Galway)
2019–20 Ballyboden St. Enda's (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Kilcoo (Down) Corofin (Galway)
2020–21 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021–22 Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) St Finbarr's (Cork) Kilcoo (Down) Pádraig Pearses (Roscommon)

See alsoEdit


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