Dublin Hospitals Rugby Cup

The Dublin Hospitals Rugby Cup is contested by the teaching hospitals in Dublin since 1881.

It has claim to the oldest rugby union competition in the world. The United Hospitals Cup in London was started 6 years earlier, but 12 years were not played (mostly due to both World Wars).

HistoryEdit

Sir Patrick Dun's defeat Mater at Lansdowne Road

The competition was inaugurated in 1881 by a group of Dublin surgeons and physicians. Dr Frank Cassidy served as the first president. The trophy was created by Paul Storr in 1812 as a hunting trophy, it was purchased in 1881 for £50.

The inaugural title was won by the Meath Hospital who beat Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital at Lansdowne Road.[1]

Predating the cup, Dublin United Hospitals representative sides played an annual charity match against other Dublin rugby clubs playing as 'County Dublin' in order to raise money for the Hospital Sunday Fund from 1878 until the 1950s. [2]

They have also played annual games against the London United Hospitals. London beat the Dublin hospitals at Lansdowne Road in 1894 inaugural game.[3] The Dublin Hospitals won in 1910,1912[4] 1924,1928,[5] 1947

Eligibility to play for hospitals was initially restricted to medical students and interns, this was later expanded to up to 6 graduates per team in 1990. [6]

WinnersEdit

  • 1881 Meath
  • 1882 Meath
  • 1883 Meath
  • 1884 Dun's
  • 1885 Dun's
  • 1886 Dun's
  • 1887 Dun's
  • 1888 Dun's
  • 1889 Dun's
  • 1890 Meath
  • 1891 Meath
  • 1892 Meath
  • 1893 Dun's
  • 1894 Dun's
  • 1895 Dun's
  • 1896 Richmond
  • 1897 Mater
  • 1898 Dun's
  • 1899 Mater
  • 1900 Dun's
  • 1901 Dun's
  • 1902 Meath
  • 1903 Dun's
  • 1904 Dun's
  • 1905 Dun's
  • 1906 Dun's
  • 1907 Adelaide
  • 1908 Adelaide
  • 1909 Adelaide
  • 1910 Adelaide [7]
  • 1911 Richmond
  • 1912 Dun's
  • 1913 St. Vincent's
  • 1914 St. Vincent's
  • 1915
  • 1916
  • 1917
  • 1918
  • 1919
  • 1920
  • 1921
  • 1922
  • 1923 Dental
  • 1924 Richmond
  • 1925 Richmond
  • 1926 Richmond
  • 1927 Dun's
  • 1928 St. Vincent's
  • 1929 Richmond
  • 1930 Dun's
  • 1931 Richmond
  • 1932 Adelaide
  • 1933 St. Vincent's
  • 1934 Dun's
  • 1935 Richmond
  • 1936 St. Vincent's
  • 1937 Mater
  • 1938 Mater
  • 1939 St. Vincent's
  • 1940 Mater
  • 1941 St. Vincent's
  • 1942 Mater
  • 1943 Richmond
  • 1944 Richmond
  • 1945 Mater
  • 1946 Mater
  • 1947 Jervis
  • 1948 Jervis
  • 1949 Jervis
  • 1950 Adelaide
  • 1951 Mater
  • 1952
  • 1953 Mater
  • 1954 St. Vincent's
  • 1955 Mater
  • 1956 St. Vincent's
  • 1957 Dun's
  • 1958 Dun's
  • 1959 Dental
  • 1960 Dental
  • 1961 St. Vincent's
  • 1962 St. Vincent's
  • 1963 Mater
  • 1964 Mater
  • 1965 St. Vincent's
  • 1966 St. Vincent's
  • 1967 Mater
  • 1968 St. Vincent.s
  • 1969 St. Vincent.s
  • 1970 St. Vincent's
  • 1971 Dental
  • 1972 St. Vincent's
  • 1973 Dental
  • 1974 St. Vincent's
  • 1975 St. Vincent's
  • 1976 Jervis
  • 1977 Jervis
  • 1978 Dental
  • 1979 Jervis
  • 1980 Dental
  • 1981 Jervis
  • 1982 Jervis
  • 1983 Jervis
  • 1984 Jervis
  • 1985 Jervis
  • 1986 Federated
  • 1987 Beaumont (successor of Jervis)
  • 1988 Beaumont
  • 1989 Beaumont
  • 1990 Beaumont
  • 1991 Federated
  • 1992 St. Vincent's
  • 1993 St. Vincent's
  • 1994 Beaumont
  • 1995 St. Vincent's
  • 1996 Mater
  • 1997 St. Vincent's
  • 1998 Mater
  • 1999 St. Vincent's
  • 2000 Mater
  • 2001 Mater
  • 2002 Mater
  • 2003 Mater
  • 2004 Mater
  • 2005 Mater
  • 2006 Mater
  • 2007 Beaumont
  • 2008 Beaumont
  • 2009 St. Vincent's
  • 2010 St. Vincent's
  • 2011 St. Vincent's
  • 2012 St. Vincent's
  • 2013 St. Vincent's
  • 2014 St. Vincent's
  • 2015 Mater
  • 2016 Mater
  • 2017 Beaumont
  • 2018 St. Vincent's
  • 2019 Mater

Current competitionEdit

The final, previously played in February at Lansdowne Road, has been played in December at Anglesea Road since the 1960s. [8] In recent years, following the closure and amalgamation of hospitals, five teams compete for the cup.

Beaumont Hospital, the Mater Hospital, St. Vincent's University Hospital, the Federated Hospitals, and the Veterinary Hospital which joined in 2011. [9]

The Federated Dublin Voluntary Hospitals team represent Dublin Dental University Hospital, Tallaght University Hospital, and St. James's Hospital

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ O'Halloran, Philip (2008). "THE DUBLIN HOSPITALS RUGBY CUP –the oldest trophyin world rugby" (PDF). RCSI Student Medical Journal. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 July 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  2. ^ Dr Morgan Crowe (14 October 2019). The Hospital Pass: 140 years of Dublin Hospitals Rugby (YouTube video). Dublin, Ireland: Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.
  3. ^ "Belfast Newsletter". December 31, 1894. p. 6.
  4. ^ "Irish Independent". December 5, 1912. p. 3.
  5. ^ "Irish Independent". 28 November 1928. p. 13.
  6. ^ Prof Con Feighery (14 October 2019). The Hospital Pass: 140 years of Dublin Hospitals Rugby (YouTube video). Dublin, Ireland: Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.
  7. ^ "Irish Times". 2 May 1910. p. 7.
  8. ^ "Irish Independent". December 17, 1962. p. 16.
  9. ^ "2011 Dublin Hospitals Cup Final Preview". Leinster Rugby. Leinster Rugby. Retrieved 27 April 2021.