2010–11 All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship

The 2010–11 All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship was the 41st staging of Ireland's premier competition at inter-county level for hurling clubs. A total of fifteen teams competed in the championship, with Clarinbridge defeating O'Loughlin Gaels by 2-18 to 0-12 in the final at Croke Park, Dublin.[1]

All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship 2010–11
2010–11 All-Ireland Senior Club Finals programme.jpg
Championship Details
Dates10 October 2010 – 17 March 2011
All Ireland Champions
WinnersClarinbridge (1st win)
CaptainPaul Callanan
ManagerMicheál Donoghue
All Ireland Runners-up
Runners-upO'Loughlin Gaels
CaptainMartin Comerford
ManagerMichael Nolan
Provincial Champions
MunsterDe La Salle
LeinsterO'Loughlin Gaels
UlsterLoughgiel Shamrocks
ConnachtNot Played
Championship Statistics
Matches Played15
Total Goals40 (2.66 per game)
Total Points411 (27.40 per game)
Top ScorerMark Bergin (1–29)

The championship began on 10 October 2010 and concluded on 17 March 2011.


Barring a win for Loughgiel Shamrocks, a new club will be crowned All-Ireland champions on St. Patricks's Day as the remaining participants have never claimed the championship title. The Shamrocks claimed the championship in 1982–83, however, their campaign is expected to end in the All-Ireland semi-final. The dominant teams of the last few years – Ballyhale Shamrocks,[2] Birr,[3] Portumna[4] and Newtownshandrum – were all eliminated in their respective county club championships. Of all the participating clubs both Kilmallock and De La Salle are the only two teams to have ended up as All-Ireland runners-up in the past without claiming the title.

Oulart-the-Ballagh were installed as favourites to bring the title back to Wexford for the first time since Buffer's Alley success in 1988–89. Thurles Sarsfield's and O'Loughlin Gaels were also regarded as potential All-Ireland champions.[5]

The championshipEdit

Participating clubsEdit

Team County Captain Manager Most recent success
All-Ireland Provincial County
Ballyboden St. Enda's Dublin Gary Maguire Liam Hogan 2009
Ballygalget Down Eoin Clarke 2005 2008
Clarinbridge Galway Paul Callanan Micheál Donoghue 2001 2001
Coolderry Offaly Brendan O'Meara Ken Hogan 2004
Crusheen Clare Gerry O'Grady Michael Browne
De La Salle Waterford Ian Flynn Michael Ryan 2008 2008
Keady Lámh Dhearg Armagh Philip Harvey 2008
Kilmallock Limerick Gavin O'Mahony Tony Considine 1994 1994
Lavey Derry Paul Doherty 2002
Loughgiel Shamrocks Antrim Johnny Campbell P, J. O'Mullan 1983 1989 1989
O'Loughlin Gaels Kilkenny Martin Comerford Michael Nolan 2003 2003
Oulart-the-Ballagh Wexford David Redmond Liam Dunne 2009
Raharney Westmeath John Shaw Johnny Greville 2006
Rathdowney-Errill Laois Liam Tynan Frankie McGrath 2008
Sarsfield's Cork Alan Kennedy John Crowley 2008
Thurles Sarsfield's Tipperary Patrick McCormack Michael Gleeson 2009


The 2010–11 club championship will be played on a provincial basis as usual. It will be a knockout tournament with pairings drawn at random in the respective provinces – there will be no seeds.

Each match will be played as a single leg. If a match is drawn there will be a replay. If that match ends in a draw a period of extra time will be played, however, if both sides are still level at the end of extra time another replay will take place.

Leinster Championship

Quarter-finals: (2 matches) These are two lone matches between the first four teams drawn from the province of Leinster.

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The winners of the two quarter-finals join the other two Munster teams to make up the semi-final pairings.

Final: (1 match) The winners of the two semi-finals contest this game.

Munster Championship

Quarter-final: (1 match) This is a single match between the first two teams drawn from the province of Munster.

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The winner of the lone quarter-final joins the other three Munster teams to make up the semi-final pairings.

Final: (1 match) The winners of the two semi-finals contest this game.

Ulster Championship

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The four participating Ulster clubs are drawn against each other to make up the semi-final pairings.

Final: (1 match) The winners of the two semi-finals contest this game.

All-Ireland Series

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The four provincial champions contest these games.

Final: (1 match) The two semi-final winners contest the final.


Leinster Senior Club Hurling ChampionshipEdit

Rathdowney-Errill0–14 – 3–16O'Loughlin Gaels
J Purcell (0–7), E Holohan (0–4), A Delaney (0–3). (report) M Bergin (1–6), B Dowling (1–2), D Geoghan (1–1), M Comerford (0–3), N McEvoy (0–2), P Dowling (0–1), D Loughnane (0–1).
Referee: B. Gavin (Offaly)

Raharney0–17 – 0–14Coolderry
J Shaw (0–7), B Smyth (0–4), B Connaughton (0–2), C Boyle (0–2), B McKeogh (0–2). (report) D Murray (0–6), B Carroll (0–3), K Connolly (0–2), K Brady (0–1), E Ryan (0–1), C Parlon (0–1).
Referee: J. Owens (Wexford)

O'Loughlin Gaels1–21 – 3–11
Ballyboden St. Enda's
M. Bergin (0–11, 0–8 frees); B. Dowling (1–2); N. McEvoy, A. Geoghegan, D. Loughnane (0–2 each); P. Dowling, M. Comerford (0–1 each). (report) P. Ryan (2–5, 2–4 frees); C. Keaney (1–1); D. Curtin, S. Durking (0–2 each); J. Doody (0–1).
Referee: D. Murphy (Wexford)

Raharney4–8 – 4–11Oulart-the-Ballagh
J. Shaw 2–3 (0–2 frees), P. Greville 2–1, B. Smyth 0–2, B. McKeogh and B. Connaughton 0–1 each. (report) N. Kirwan 2–3 (0–2 frees), R. Jacob 0–6, D. Redmond 1–0, D. Mythen 1–0, G. Synnott and S. Murphy 0–1 each.
Referee: A. Stapleton (Laois)

Oulart-the-Ballagh1-8 – 0–14O'Loughlin Gaels
R. Jacob (1-0), D. Redmond (0-3), G Sinnott (0-2), N. Kirwan (0-2, frees), E. Moore (0-1, free). (report) M. Bergin (0-6, five frees), N. McEvoy (0-2), M. Comerford (0-2), S. Cummins (0-2), P. Dowling (0-1), B. Dowling (0-1).
Referee: T. Carroll (Offaly)

Munster Senior Club Hurling ChampionshipEdit

Crusheen0–14 – 2–11Kilmallock
P Vaughan (0–7), G O’Donnell (0–3), J Meaney (0–3), G O’Grady (0–1). (report) A O'Shaughnessy (1–3), S O'Donnell (1–0), P O’Dwyer (0–2), G Mulcahy (0–2), J Mulcahy (0–2), E Ryan (0–1), P O’Brien (0–1).
Referee: C. McAllister (Cork)

Sarsfield's2–15 – 0–22
De La Salle
C. McCarthy (1–6), K. Murphy (1–1), D. Kearney (0-3), G. O’Loughlin (0–3), T. Óg Murphy (0–2). (report) B. Phelan (0–6), J. Mullane (0–5), P. Nevin (0–4), K. Moran (0–2), D.Twomey (0-1), E. Barrett (0-1), J. Dillon (0-1), E. Madigan (0-1), S. Daniels (0–1).
Referee: S. Roche (Tipperary)

Kilmallock0–11 – 2–10Thurles Sarsfield's
A. O'Shaughnessy (0–5), G. Mulcahy (0–2), E. Ryan (0–2), P O'Dwyer (0-1), S O'Donnell (0–1). (report) M. O'Brien (1–1), P. Bourke (0–4), L. Corbett (1–0) J. Enright (0–2), D. Maher (0-1), P. Maher (0-1), A. McCormack (0–1).
Referee: M. Wadding (Waterford)

De La Salle0–9 – 0–8Thurles Sarsfields
J Mullane (0-5), J Keane (0-2), B Phelan (0-1), E Madigan (0-1). (report) P Bourke (0-3), S Lillis (0-2), A McCormack (0-2), L Corbett (0-1).
Referee: J. Sexton (Cork)

Ulster Senior Club Hurling ChampionshipEdit

Keady Lámh Dhearg1–15 – 2–10Lavey
C Mone (1–2), P Breen (0–5), P McCormack (0–3), G Enright (0–2), B Breen (0–2), B McNaughton (0–1). (report) P Henry (1–6), K O'Neill (1–1), C O'Boyle (0–3).
Referee: G. Duffy (Antrim)

Loughgiel Shamrocks2–17 – 2–6Ballygalget
L Watson (1–7), B McCarry (1–2), E McCloskey (0–2), L McKillop (0–2), C McKinley (0–1), Declan Laverty (0–1), O McFaddden (0–1), J Scullion (0–1). (report) S Clarke (0–4), G Johnston (1–1), E Clarke (1–0), S Bailie (0–1).
Referee: E. Hassan (Derry)

Loughgiel Shamrocks2–24 – 0–6Keady Lámh Dhearg
E McCloskey (0–7), B McCarry (1–3), L Watson (0–6), D Laverty (1–1), J Scullion (0–3), Johnny Campbell (0–2), B McAuley (0–1), M McFadden (0–1). (report) P Breen (0–4), G Enright (0–1), B McNaughton (0–1).
Referee: D. Magee (Down)

All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling ChampionshipEdit

Loughgiel Shamrocks0–10 – 3-10O'Loughlin Gaels
L Watson 0-3 (0-2f); E McCloskey 0-2; B McAuley 0-2 (0-1f); J Scullion, B McCarry, A Watt, 0-1 each. (report) B Dowling; D Loughnane (1-1) each; A Geoghegan 1-0; M Bergin 0-3 (0-1f); M Nolan 0-2; N McEvoy 0-2 (0-1 s/l); M Comerford 0-1.
Referee: C. McAllister (Cork)

Clarinbridge3-22 – 1-27De La Salle
M Kerins 2-5 (1-4f, 1-0 pen); A Kerins 0-6; E Forde 0-5; E Murphy 1-0; P Coen 0-2; S Forde, S Burke, B Daly, D Forde 0-1 each. (report) J Mullane 0-11 (0-6f); E Madigan 1-3; J Dillon, B Phelan (0-2f, 0-1 ‘65) 0-3 each; D Twomey, J Keane 0-2 each; P Nevin, K Moran, L Hayes 0-1 each.
Referee: J. McGrath (Westmeath)

Clarinbridge2-18 – 0–12O'Loughlin Gaels
M Kerins (1-7), E Forde (1-4), A Kerins (0-2), E Collins (0-2), J Cannon (0-1), E Murphy (0-1), P Coen (0-1). (report) M Bergin (0-06), D Loughnane (0-02), A Geoghegan (0-02), M Nolan (0-01), M Comerford (0-01).
Referee: J. Ryan (Tipperary)

Championship statisticsEdit



  • First red card of the championship: 10 October 2010 - Philip Kirk for Lavey against Keady Lámh Dhearg (Ulster semi-final)


  • Crusheen, the county champions of Clare, participated in the championship for the very first time in the history of the competition.
  • For the first time ever a club from Armagh – Keady Lámh Dhearg – qualified for the Ulster final. That game turned into the most one-sided decider in the history of the championship as Loughgiel Shamrocks won by twenty-four points.
  • Thurles Sarsfields qualified for the Munster final for the very first time in their history.
  • The Leinster final between O'Loughlin Gaels and Oulart-the-Ballagh, originally fixed for 28 November, was postponed due to a heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures across the country.[6]
  • Referee John Sexton took charge of the Munster final just twenty-four hours after his father Johnny's funeral. The Ballyhea whistler had the sad duty of having to blow the whistle to start and end the minute's silence in memory of his late father before the throw-in.[7]
  • A mere 1,613 people attended the Munster final as the country was gripped by a sudden cold spell. It is believed that this is the lowest attendance ever recorded at a Munster decider.[8]

Top scorersEdit


Player Club Tally Total Games Average
1 Mark Bergin O'Loughlin Gaels 1–32 35 5 7.00
2 Mickey Kerins Clarinbridge 3-12 21 2 10.50
John Mullane De La Salle 0-21 21 3 7.00
3 Liam Watson Loughgiel Shamrocks 1–16 19 3 6.33
4 John Shaw Raharney 2–10 16 2 8.00
5 Brian Dowling O'Loughlin Gaels 3-06 15 5 3.20
6 Eoin Forde Clarinbridge 1-09 12 2 6.00
7 Paul Ryan Ballyboden St. Enda's 2-05 11 1 11.00
Nicky Kirwan Oulart-the Ballagh 2-05 11 2 5.50
Andrew O'Shaughnessy Kilmallock 1-08 11 2 5.50
Eddie McCloskey Loughgiel Shamrocks 0-11 11 3 3.66

Single gameEdit

Player Club Tally Total Opposition
1 Paul Ryan Ballyboden St. Enda's 2-5 11 O'Loughlin Gaels
Mickey Kerins Clarinbridge 2-5 11 De La Salle
John Mullane De La Salle 0–11 11 Clarinbridge
Mark Bergin O'Loughlin Gaels 0–11 11 Ballyboden St. Enda's
5 Liam Watson Loughgiel Shamrocks 1–7 10 Ballygalget
6 Nicky Kirwan Oulart-the-Ballagh 2–3 9 Raharney
John Shaw Raharney 2–3 9 Oulart-the-Ballagh
Paddy Henry Lavey 1–6 9 Keady Lámh Dhearg
Mark Bergin O'Loughlin Gaels 1–6 9 Rathdowney-Errill
Cian McCarthy Sarsfield's 1–6 9 De La Salle


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