Galway Senior Hurling Championship

The Galway Senior Hurling Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the Brooks Galway Senior Hurling Championship) is an annual hurling competition organised by the Galway County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1887 for the top hurling teams in the county of Galway in Ireland.

Galway Senior Hurling Championship
Current season or competition:
2021 Galway Senior Hurling Championship
CodeHurling
Founded1887; 134 years ago (1887)
RegionColours of Galway.svg Galway (GAA)
TrophyTom Callinan Cup[1]
No. of teams24
Title holdersColors of New York.svg St. Thomas's (6th title)
Most titlesColours of Limerick.svg Castlegar (17 titles)
SponsorsBrooks
TV partner(s)TG4, RTÉ2
Official websiteOfficial website

The series of games are played during the summer and autumn months with the county final currently being played at Pearse Stadium in November. Initially played as a knock-out competition, the championship currently consists of a group stage followed by a knock-out series of games.

The Galway County Championship is an integral part of the wider All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship. The winners of the Galway county final automatically represent Connacht and join the champions of the other three provinces to contest the All-Ireland Championship.

Twenty-four teams currently participate in the Galway County Championship. The title has been won at least once by 29 different teams. The all-time record-holders are Castlegar, who have won a total of 17 titles.

St. Thomas's are the title-holders, having defeated Clarinbridge by 0-20 to 0-17 in the 2021 decider.

Ollie Canning of Portumna accepting the 2013 Galway Senior Hurling Championship trophy at Pearse Stadium, Galway

HistoryEdit

BeginningsEdit

Following the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884, new rules for Gaelic football and hurling were drawn up and published in the United Irishman newspaper. In 1886, county committees were established, with the Galway County Board affiliating on 26 October 1886. The inaugural championship was played during the summer of 1887. Delays and objections were commonplace in the early years, with a number of championships remaining unfinished.

FormatEdit

Group stageEdit

Senior A

For the group stage there are three groups of four teams. Teams play the other three teams in the group once and match points are awarded depending on the result of each game, with teams receiving two points for a win, and one for a draw. Following the completion of the group stage, the top team from each group plus one drawn 2nd place team automatically qualify for the quarter finals. The remaining two 2nd placed teams go to the Preliminary Quarter finals. The bottom team in each group is relegated to Senior B for 2022

Senior B

For the group stage there are three groups of four teams. Teams play the other three teams in the group once and match points are awarded depending on the result of each game, with teams receiving two points for a win, and one for a draw. Following the completion of the group stage, the top two teams of each group qualify for the preliminary quarter-finals. The winners of each group play in Senior A in 2022. The last placed team in each group enter into a relegation playoff to play Intermediate in 2022.

RelegationEdit

Senior A

The bottom-placed teams from each group are relegated to the Senior B section for the following year.

Senior B

The bottom-placed teams from each group play-off with the losing team relegated to the Galway Intermediate Hurling Championship for the following year.

Knock-out stageEdit

Preliminary quarter-finals: 8 teams contest this round. The 4 winning teams advance to the quarter-final. The 4 losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Quarter-finals: 8 teams contest this round. The 4 winning teams advance to the semi-finals. The 4 losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Semi-finals: 4 teams contest this round. The 2 winning teams advance to the final. The 2 losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Final: The final is contested by the two semi-final winners.

VenuesEdit

Early roundsEdit

Fixtures in the opening rounds of the championship are usually played at a neutral venue that is deemed halfway between the participating teams. Some of the more common venues include Kenny Park, Duggan Park and St. Brendan's Park.

FinalEdit

The final has regularly been played at Pearse Stadium in Salthill.

ManagersEdit

 
Micheál Donoghue managed Clarinbridge to the 2010 championship.

Managers in the Galway Championship are involved in the day-to-day running of the team, including the training, team selection, and sourcing of players. Their influence varies from club-to-club and is related to the individual club committees. The manager is assisted by a team of two or three selectors and a backroom team consisting of various coaches.

Winning managers (1998–present)
Manager Team Wins Winning years
Pat Nally Athenry 4 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002
Kevin Lally St. Thomas's 3 2018, 2019, 2020
Johnny Kelly Portumna 2 2008, 2009
John Burke St. Thomas's 2 2012, 2016
Billy McGrath Clarinbridge 1 2001
Mike Monaghan Portumna 1 2003
Billy Caulfield Athenry 1 2004
Pat O'Connor Loughrea 1 2006
Micheál Donoghue Clarinbridge 1 2010
Mattie Murphy Gort 1 2011
Frank Canning Portumna 1 2013
Gerry Spelman Gort 1 2014
Cathal Murray Sarsfields 1 2015
Louis Mulqueen Liam Mellows 1 2017

WinnersEdit

Team Wins Years won
1 Castlegar 17 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1944, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1979, 1984
2 Ardrahan 11 1894, 1895, 1896, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1910, 1949, 1974, 1975, 1978
3 Liam Mellows 9 1935, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1954, 1955, 1968, 1970, 2017
4 Turloughmore 8 1956, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1985
Athenry 8 1987, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004
6 Peterswell 7 1889, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1904, 1905, 1907
Gort 7 1914, 1916, 1934, 1981, 1983, 2011, 2014
Sarsfields 7 1980, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2015
9 Portumna 6 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013
St. Thomas' 6 2012, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
11 Tynagh 5 1920, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1928
Craughwell 5 1909, 1915, 1918, 1930, 1931
Kiltormer 5 1976, 1977, 1982, 1990, 1991
14 Kilconieron 3 1908, 1912, 1919
Mullagh 3 1906, 1929, 1932
16 College Road 2 1892, 1893
Woodford 2 1913, 1917
Army 2 1947, 1948
Fohenagh 2 1959, 1960
Loughrea 2 1941, 2006
Clarinbridge 2 2001, 2010
22 Meelick 1 1887
Killimor 1 1897
Derrydonnell 1 1911
Oranmore-Maree 1 1933
Ballinasloe 1 1951
Tommy Larkins 1 1971
Killimordaly 1 1986
Abbeyknockmoy 1 1988

Roll of honourEdit

Year Winner Score Opponent Score
2021 St. Thomas's 0-20 Clarinbridge 0-17
2020[2] St. Thomas's 1-14 Turloughmore 0-15
2019[3] St. Thomas's 1-13 Liam Mellows 0-14
2018[4] St. Thomas's 2-13 Liam Mellows 0-10
2017[5] Liam Mellows 3-12 Gort 1-15
2016[6] St. Thomas's 1-11 Gort 0-10
2015[7][8] Sarsfields 0-12, Replay 2-10 Craughwell 0-12, Replay 0-14
2014[9] Gort 2-13 Portumna 1-10
2013[10] Portumna 3-12 Loughrea 0-14
2012[11] St. Thomas's 3-11 Loughrea 2-11
2011[12][13] Gort 0-17 Clarinbridge 1-12
2010 Clarinbridge 2-11, Replay 0-18 (AET) Loughrea 1-14, Replay 0-15 (AET)
2009 Portumna 5-19 Loughrea 1-13
2008 Portumna 1-18 Gort 2-07
2007 Portumna 6-12 Kinvara 0-11
2006 Loughrea 1-13 Portumna 0-15
2005 Portumna 3-21 Loughrea 3-14
2004 Athenry 0-15 Portumna 0-13
2003 Portumna 2-13 Loughrea 2-09
2002 Athenry 1-16 Sarsfields 3-07
2001 Clarinbridge 0-18 Athenry 2-11
2000 Athenry 2-14 Sarsfields 3-07
1999 Athenry 1-16 Abbey-Duniry 1-10
1998 Athenry 0-09, 1-15 (R) Abbey-Duniry 0-09, 1-12 (R)
1997 Sarsfields 1-11 Clarinbridge 1-06
1996 Athenry 2-06 Carnmore 1-06
1995 Sarsfields 0-17 Portumna 1-09
1994 Athenry 2-06 Sarsfields 0-09
1993 Sarsfields 1-10 Carnmore 0-04
1992 Sarsfields 0-14, 1-14 (R) Carnmore 1-11, 1-05 (R)
1991 Kiltormer 3-09 Athenry 0-15
1990 Kiltormer 0-18 Turloughmore 2-07
1989 Sarsfields 3-07 Athenry 1-08
1988 Abbeyknockmoy 2-08, 2-06 (R) Athenry 2-08, 0-11 (R)
1987 Athenry 1-12 Castlegar 2-06
1986 Killimordaly 0-17 Turloughmore 2-07
1985 Turloughmore 1-14 Killimordaly 1-04
1984 Castlegar 3-10 Killimordaly 0-11
1983 Gort 2-12 Castlegar 3-06
1982 Kiltormer 2-08 Castlegar 1-09
1981 Gort 2-08, 2-06 (R) Kiltormer 1-11, 0-08 (R)
1980 Sarsfields 0-11 Meelick-Eyrecourt 0-09
1979 Castlegar 2-13 Kinvara 0-06
1978 Ardrahan 2-10, 2-18 (AET) Ballinderreen 0-16, 2-14 (AET)
1977 Kiltormer 3-10 Athenry 3-08
1976 Kiltormer 1-09 Killimordaly 1-06
1975 Ardrahan 4-05 Carnmore 1-11
1974 Ardrahan 2-10 Castlegar 1-10
1973 Castlegar 3-10, 4-11 Ballinasloe 2-13, 3-10
1972 Castlegar 5-05 Turloughmore 0-08
1971 Tommy Larkin's 5-02 Carnmore 1-12
1970 Liam Mellows 5-11 Killimordaly 1-11
1969 Castlegar 4-14 Ardrahan 2-06
1968 Liam Mellows 3-11 Ardrahan 2-12
1967 Castlegar 3-09 Padraig Pearse's Maree 4-04
1966 Turloughmore 4-08 Mullagh 2-08
1965 Turloughmore 7-04 Killimordaly 4-11
1964 Turloughmore 5-11 Ballinasloe 5-05
1963 Turloughmore 5-13 Fohenagh 2-04
1962 Turloughmore 2-09, 7-10 (R) Castlegar 2-09, 0-09 (R)
1961 Turloughmore 3-06 Fohenagh 3-04
1960 Fohenagh 4-09 Castlegar 2-07
1959 Fohenagh 2-08, 3-09 (R) Castlegar 1-11, 4-05 (R)
1958 Castlegar 5-09 Fohenagh 2-04
1957 Castlegar 6-11 Liam Mellows 2-03
1956* Turloughmore 0-09 Ardrahan 2-03
1955 Liam Mellows 3-04 Army 2-05
1954 Liam Mellows 5-04 Ballinasloe 2-03
1953 Castlegar 3-02 Ballinasloe 1-05
1952 Castlegar 2-08 Ardrahan 3-03
1951 Ballinasloe 4-07 Loughrea 2-05
1950 Castlegar 9-03 Gort 0-02
1949 Ardrahan 1-09 Loughrea 2-02
1948 Army 7-07 St. Coleman's 6-02
1947 Army 4-13 Carnmore 3-03
1946 Liam Mellows 6-06 Army 1-11
1945 Liam Mellows 7-02 Army 2-03
1944 Castlegar 8-06 Killimor 5-06
1943 Liam Mellows 3-04 Ballinasloe 2-05
1942 Declared void
1941 Loughrea 5-03 Army 2-01
1940 Castlegar 9-06 Maree 2-03
1939 Castlegar 9-01 Clarinbridge 8-02
1938 Castlegar 2-07 Maree 2-02
1937 Castlegar 9-13 Killimor 1-01
1936 Castlegar 6-06 Gort 2-05
1935 Liam Mellows 5-00 Ballinderreen 2-02
1934 Gort 4-04 Tynagh 3-01
1933 Maree 5-06 Castlegar 6-02
1932 Mullagh Craughwell
1931 No final
1930 Craughwell Leitrim
1929 Mullagh Clarinbridge
1928 Tynagh Peterswell
1927 No final
1926 No final
1925 Tynagh Craughwell
1924 No final
1923 Tynagh Ardrahan
1922 Tynagh Galway City
1921 No final
1920 Tynagh Kilconieron
1919 Kilconieron Tynagh
1918 Craughwell Tynagh
1917 Woodford Kilconieron
1916 Gort Kilconieron
1915 Craughwell Gort
1914 Gort Kilconieron
1913 Woodford Kilconieron
1912 Kilconieron Castlegar
1911 Derrydonnell (Athenry) Claregalway
1910 Ardrahan Kilconieron
1909 Craughwell Loughrea
1908 Kilconieron Kileenadeema
1907 Peterswell Duniry
1906 Mullagh Duniry
1905 Peterswell Craughwell
1904 Peterswell Mullagh
1903 Ardrahan Galway City 98's
1902 Ardrahan Peterswell no. 2
1901 Ardrahan Claregalway
1900 Peterswell Craughwell
1899 Peterswell Craughwell
1898 Peterswell Ardrahan
1897 Killimor Ardrahan
1896 Ardrahan Tynagh
1895 Ardrahan Claregalway
1894 Ardrahan College Road
1893 College Road Turloughmore
1892 College Road Craughwell
1891 No championship
1890 No championship
1889 Peterswell Tynagh
1888 No championship
1887 Meelick
  • 1956 Awarded to Turloughmore

Records and statisticsEdit

TeamsEdit

By decadeEdit

The most successful team of each decade, judged by number of Galway Senior Hurling Championship titles, is as follows:

GapsEdit

Top five longest gaps between successive championship titles:

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "Burke stars as Thomas' mark 50th anniversary with Galway title glory". Irish Independent. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Liam Mellows shock Gort to claim Galway Senior Hurling title". Irish Examiner. 3 December 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  6. ^ "St Thomas' targeting more glory". Irish Examiner. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Galway SHC final: Stalemate in Athenry". Hogan Stand. 8 November 2015. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Cooney clan rise to task for Sarsfields one more time". Irish Examiner. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Galway SHC final: Gort dethrone All-Ireland champs with late goals". Hogan Stand. 14 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Cannings lead Portumna charge". Irish Examiner. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Heavenly day for Burke's Saints". Irish Examiner. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  12. ^ "Gort crowned county senior hurling champions for 2011". Advertiser.ie. 7 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011.
  13. ^ "Gort end their long wait in style". Irish Times. 7 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011.

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