Limerick Senior Hurling Championship

The Limerick Senior Hurling Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the Bon Secours Hospital County Senior Hurling Championship and abbreviated to the Limerick SHC) is an annual hurling competition organised by the Limerick County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association and contested by the top-ranking senior clubs in the county of Limerick in Ireland. It is the most prestigious competition in Limerick hurling.

Limerick Senior Hurling Championship
Current season or competition:
2021 Limerick Senior Hurling Championship
IrishCraobh Iomána Sinsear Contae Luimní
CodeHurling
Founded1887; 134 years ago (1887)
RegionColours of Limerick.svg Limerick (GAA)
TrophyJohn Daly Cup
No. of teams12
Title holdersColours of Limerick.svg Kilmallock (12th title)
Most titlesColours of Tipperary.svg Patrickswell (20 titles)
SponsorsBon Secours Hospital
TV partner(s)RTÉ, TG4
Official websiteLimerick GAA

The series of games are played during the summer and autumn months with the county final currently being played at the Gaelic Grounds in October. The prize for the winning team is the John Daly Cup. Initially played as a knock-out competition, the championship currently uses a round robin format followed by a knock-out stage.

The Limerick County Championship is an integral part of the wider Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship. The winners of the Limerick county final join the champions of the other four hurling counties to contest the provincial championship.

Twelve teams currently participate in the Limerick County Championship. The title has been won at least once by 29 different teams. The all-time record-holders are Patrickswell, who have won a total of 20 titles.

The current holders are Killmallock who defeated Patrickswell by a scoreline of 1-24 to 0-19.

The championshipEdit

OverviewEdit

The Limerick County Championship features a group stage followed by a knock-out stage.[1] Each team in the championship is guaranteed at least five games. Relegation also takes place with the Limerick Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship.

FormatEdit

Group stageEdit

For the group stage there are two groups of six teams. In 2018 the teams have been ranked based on their recent performances. Group 1 consists of what are regarded as the "strongest" teams. All six of these teams qualified for the knock-out stage in 2017. Group 2 is the "weaker" teams.

Teams play the other five 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 four-ranking teams in Group 1 and the top two-ranking teams in Group 2 qualify for the knock-out stage of the championship.

Knock-out stageEdit

The two quarter-finals consist of the third and fourth-ranked teams from Group 1 and the top two-ranked teams from Group 2. The winners of the quarter-finals advance to the semi-finals where they join the top two-ranked teams from Group 1 who received a bye to this stage.

Participating teamsEdit

Team Location Colours
Adare Adare Red and black
Ahane Castleconnell Green and gold
Ballybrown Clarina White and green
Cappamore Cappamore Green and gold
Doon Doon Red and white
Kilmallock Kilmallock Green and white
Knockainey Knockainey Black and white
Monaleen Castletroy Red and white
Murroe-Boher Murroe Blue and green
Na Piarsaigh Caherdavin Blue and white
Patrickswell Patrickswell Blue and gold
South Liberties Ballyneety Green and gold

SponsorshipEdit

Between 2016 and 2018 the Limerick County Championship was sponsored by the Credit Union. The championship was previously sponsored by the Limerick Motor Centre. Since 2019 the Bon Secours Hospital are the primary sponsors.

Qualification for subsequent competitionsEdit

The Limerick Senior Hurling Championship winners qualify for the subsequent Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship. This place is reserved for club teams only as divisional and amalgamated teams are not allowed in the provincial championship.

VenuesEdit

Group stageEdit

Fixtures in the group stage 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 Fr. Hayes Memorial Park and FitzGerald Park, while the Gaelic Grounds also hosts a number of double-headers. Quarter-finals and semi-finals are also held at the Gaelic Grounds.

FinalEdit

The final has been played at the Gaelic Grounds since it opened in the late 1920s. Prior to this the Markets Field regularly hosted the county final.

TrophyEdit

The winning team is presented with the John Daly Cup. A native of Limerick, John Daly (1845-1916) was a leading member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. In 1928, Madge Daly who was a niece of John Daly, presented the Limerick County Board with a cup for the county senior hurling championship. The first captain to accept the cup was Bob McConkey.[2]

ManagersEdit

Managers in the Limerick 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 (2000–present)
Manager Team Wins Winning years
Ger O'Loughlin Adare
Kilmallock
4 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014
Tony Considine Garryspillane
Kilmallock
3 2005, 2010, 2012
Dave Keane Adare 1 2001, 2002
Seán Stack Na Piarsaigh 2 2011, 2013
Shane O'Neill Na Piarsaigh 2 2015, 2017
P. J. O'Grady Patrickswell 1 2000
Jim Fawl Patrickswell 1 2003
Eamon Meskell Ahane 1 2004
John Tuohy Bruree 1 2006
Gary Kirby Patrickswell 1 2016
Paul Beary Na Piarsaigh 1 2018
Ciaran Carey Patrickswell 1 2019
Kieran Bermingham Na Piarsaigh 1 2020

Finals Listed By YearEdit

Year Winner Score Opponent Score
2021 Kilmallock 1-24 Patrickswell 0-19
2020 Na Piarsaigh 5-27 Doon 1-12
2019[3] Patrickswell 1-17 Na Piarsaigh 0-15
2018 Na Piarsaigh 2-22 Doon 3-10
2017[4] Na Piarsaigh 1-22 Kilmallock 2-14
2016[5] Patrickswell 1-26 Ballybrown 1-07
2015[6] Na Piarsaigh 1-22 Patrickswell 4-12
2014[7] Kilmallock 1-15 Na Piarsaigh 0-14
2013[8] Na Piarsaigh 0-14 Adare 0-12
2012[9] Kilmallock 1-15 Adare 0-15
2011[10] Na Piarsaigh 2-18 Ahane 0-13
2010 Kilmallock 1-16 Emmets 1-12
2009 Adare 1-17 Na Piarsaigh 0-03
2008 Adare 0-13 Ahane 0-08
2007 Adare 0-14 Croom 0-05
2006 Bruree 1-16 Patrickswell 1-15
2005 Garryspillane 2-15 Kilmallock 2-12
2004 Ahane 1-11 Garryspillane 0-13
2003 Patrickswell 1-13 Adare 0-14
2002 Adare 0-14 Ahane 0-12
2001 Adare 2-17 Patrickswell 2-08
2000 Patrickswell 0-16 Doon 0-15
1999 Ahane 0-14 Kilmallock 2-05
1998 Ahane 1-11 Patrickswell 0-09
1997 Patrickswell 1-12 Garryspillane 0-09
1996 Patrickswell 1-12 Adare 0-06
1995 Patrickswell 2-19 Ballybrown 0-08
1994 Kilmallock 2-09, 1-12 Bruree 1-08, 1-12
1993 Patrickswell 0-17 Adare 0-07
1992 Kilmallock 1-12 Patrickswell 0-12
1991 Ballybrown 1-11 Kilmallock 1-10
1990 Patrickswell 1-15 Adare 1-12
1989 Ballybrown 4-10 Doon 2-09
1988 Patrickswell 4-10 Cappamore 2-06
1987 Patrickswell 1-17 Ballybrown 3-10
1986 Claughaun 1-09 Adare 0-09
1985 Kilmallock 3-12 South Liberties 1-13
1984 Patrickswell 4-13 Cappamore 3-05
1983 Patrickswell 1-13 Ballybrown 1-07
1982 Patrickswell 0-17 Bruree 0-15
1981 South Liberties 4-07 Kilmallock 2-11
1980 Killeedy 2-07 South Liberties 1-07
1979 Patrickswell 2-16 Tournafulla 0-16
1978 South Liberties 2-09 Bruree 2-05
1977 Patrickswell 3-07 Killeedy 0-07
1976 South Liberties 2-09 Killeedy 2-06
1975 Kilmallock 3-14 Patrickswell 3-07
1974 Kilmallock 2-09 Patrickswell 3-05
1973 Kilmallock 2-12 Killeedy 2-04
1972 South Liberties 4-08 Patrickswell 1-05
1971 Claughaun 6-06 South Liberties 2-13
1970 Patrickswell 2-14 Kilmallock 0-02
1969 Patrickswell 0-17 Pallasgreen 2-02
1968 Claughaun 2-09 Adare 2-05
1967 Kilmallock 4-07 South Liberties 2-07
1966 Patrickswell 5-11 St. Patrick's 3-07
1965 Patrickswell St. Kieran's
1964 Cappamore 5-05 Drumcollogher 1-04
1963 Feenagh-Kilmeedy 3-06 Emmets 3-01
1962 Western Gaels 4-05 Kilmallock 4-03
1961 Western Gaels 7-04 Treaty Sarsfields 0-09
1960 Kilmallock 4-05 Claughaun 0-04
1959 Cappamore 2-08 St. Patrick's 0-04
1958 Claughaun 2-09 Cappamore 1-04
1957 Claughaun 7-07 St. Patrick's 3-02
1956 Cappamore 5-04 Claughaun 2-07
1955 Ahane 2-05 Geraldines 0-05
1954 Cappamore 2-11 Western Gaels 3-05
1953 Treaty Sarsfields 2-05 Ahane 0-05
1952 Treaty Sarsfields 6-10 St. Patrick's 1-02
1951 Treaty Sarsfields 1-06 Geraldines 1-02
1950 St. Patrick's 4-05 City Gaels 3-05
1949 St. Patrick's 1-07 Geraldines 1-03
1948 Ahane 2-03 Croom 0-01
1947 Ahane 5-06 St. Patrick's 1-05
1946 Ahane 6-07 Rathkeale 1-01
1945 Ahane 5-09 Granagh-Ballingarry 3-02
1944 Ahane 4-02 Rathkeale 1-08
1943 Ahane 7-07 Croom 1-02
1942 Ahane 7-08 Rathkeale 1-00
1941 Croom 4-02 Ahane 4-01
1940 Croom 4-02 Ahane 3-01
1939 Ahane 5-08 Croom 2-04
1938 Ahane 4-05 Croom 2-02
1937 Ahane 9-05 Croom 1-02
1936 Ahane 7-08 Croom 0-03
1935 Ahane 6-08 Kildimo 2-03
1934 Ahane 6-06 Kildimo 3-03
1933 Ahane 1-07 Croom 1-01
1932 Young Irelands 2-06 Newcastle West 1-03
1931 Ahane 5-05 Croom 1-04
1930 Young Irelands 4-02 Newcastle West 1-04
1929 Croom 7-04 Cappamore 2-02
1928 Young Irelands 5-07 Rathkeale 2-01
1927 Fedamore 5-01 Young Irelands 1-03
1926 Claughaun 5-03 Newcastle West 1-04
1925 Newcastle West 3-02 Bruff 1-02
1924 Croom 6-03 Fedamore 2-01
1923 Championship not held
1922 Young Irelands 10-06 Bruff 2-02
1921 Championship not held
1920 Young Irelands 5-04 Newcastle West 0-01
1919 Croom 1-01 Fedamore 1-00
1918 Claughaun W/O Newcastle West
1917 Newcastle West 3-04 Young Irelands 3-01
1916 Claughaun 8-03 Caherline 3-01
1915 Claughaun W/O Fedamore
1914 Claughaun 6-00 Castleconnell 1-00
1913 Championship not held
1912 Fedamore 4-04 Ballingarry 2-02
1911 Ballingarry 4-02 Fedamore 1-02
1910 Young Irelands 4-02 Castleconnell 4-01
1909 Castleconnell 9-12 Croom 3-10
1908 Croom 2-06 Caherline 0-04
1907 Caherline 3-08 Ballyagran 0-01
1906 Championship not held
1905 Caherline 3-05 Rathkeale 2-02
1904 Cappamore 3-07 Ballingarry 1-05
1903 Championship not held
1902 Young Irelands 2-09 Monagea 0-05
1901 Championship not held
1900 Sallymount 7-01 Rathkeale 2-04
1899 Kilfinane 2-09 Lough Gur 0-00
1898 Shamrocks 1-06 Caherline 1-02
1897 Kilfinane 4-09 Cappamore 4-08
1896 Caherline 2-06 Ballingarry 2-01
1895 St Michael's 2-03 Boher 0-01
1894 Championship not held
1893 Bruree 9-01 St. Michael's 0-01
1892 Championship not held
1891 Treaty Stones 2-01 South Liberties 0-01
1890 South Liberties 0-01 Kilfinane 0-00
1889 South Liberties 1-02 Caherline 0-03
1888 South Liberties 0-01 Murroe 0-00
1887 Murroe 1-00 (R) South Liberties 0-01 (R)

No championship was held in the following years: 1892, 1894, 1901, 1903, 1906, 1913, 1921, 1923.

Winners Listed By ClubEdit

Team Wins Last win Runner-up Last losing final
1 Patrickswell 20 2019 8 2015
2 Ahane 19 2004 6 2011
3 Kilmallock 12 2021 7 2017
4 Claughaun 10 1986 2 1960
5 South Liberties 7 1981 6 1985
Young Irelands 7 1932 2 1927
7 Croom 6 1941 10 2007
Na Piarsaigh 6 2020 3 2019
8 Adare 5 2009 8 2013
Cappamore 5 1964 5 1988
11 Caherline 3 1907 4 1916
Treaty Sarsfields 3 1951 1 1961
13 Newcastle West 2 1925 5 1932
Saint Patricks 2 1950 5 1966
Fedamore 2 1927 4 1924
Ballybrown 2 1991 4 2016
Bruree 2 2006 3 1994
Western Gaels 2 1962 1 1954
Kilfinnane 2 1899 1 1890
20 Ballingarry 1 1911 3 1912
Killeedy 1 1980 3 1977
Castleconnell 1 1909 2 1914
Garryspillane 1 2005 2 2004
Murroe 1 1887 1 1888
St Michaels 1 1895 1 1893
Treaty Stones 1 1891 0 -
Shamrocks 1 1898 0 -
Sallymount 1 1900 0 -
Feenagh-Kilmeedy 1 1963 0 -
30 Rathkeale 0 - 6 1946
Doon 0 4 2020
Geraldines 0 - 3 1955
Bruff 0 - 2 1925
Kildimo 0 - 2 1935
Emmets 0 - 2 2010
Boher 0 - 1 1895
Lough Gur 0 - 1 1899
Monagea 0 - 1 1902
Ballyagran 0 - 1 1907
Granagh-Ballingarry 0 - 1 1945
City Gaels 0 - 1 1950
Dromcollogher 0 - 1 1964
Saint Kieran's 0 - 1 1965
Pallasgreen 0 - 1 1969
Tournafulla 0 - 1 1979
Team Winner Winning Years Runners up Years runners up
1 Patrickswell 20 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2016, 2019 9 1972, 1974, 1975, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2015, 2021
2 Ahane 19 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1955, 1998, 1999, 2004 6 1940, 1941, 1953, 2002, 2008, 2011
3 Kilmallock 12 1960, 1967, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1985, 1992, 1994, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2021 7 1962, 1970, 1981, 1991, 1999, 2005, 2017
4 Claughaun 10 1914, 1915, 1916, 1918, 1926, 1957, 1958, 1968, 1971, 1986 2 1956, 1960
5 South Liberties 7 1888, 1889, 1890, 1972, 1976, 1978, 1981 6 1887, 1891, 1967, 1971, 1980, 1985
Young Irelands 7 1902, 1910, 1920, 1922, 1928, 1930, 1932 2 1917, 1927
7 Croom 6 1908, 1919, 1924, 1929, 1940, 1941 10 1909, 1931, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1943, 1948, 2007
Na Piarsaigh 6 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2020 3 2009, 2014, 2019
8 Adare 5 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009 8 1968, 1986, 1990, 1993, 1996, 2003, 2012, 2013
Cappamore 5 1904, 1954, 1956, 1959, 1964 5 1897, 1929, 1958, 1984, 1988
11 Caherline 3 1896, 1905, 1907 4 1889, 1898, 1908, 1916
Treaty Sarsfields 3 1951, 1952, 1953 1 1961
13 Ballybrown 2 1989, 1991 4 1983, 1987, 1995, 2016
Saint Patricks 2 1949, 1950 5 1947, 1952, 1957, 1959, 1966
Newcastle West 2 1917, 1925 5 1918, 1920, 1926, 1930, 1932
Fedamore 2 1912, 1927 4 1911, 1915, 1919, 1924
Bruree 2 1893, 2006 3 1978, 1982, 1994
Kilfinnane 2 1897, 1899 1 1890
Western Gaels 2 1961, 1962 1 1954
20 Killeedy 1 1980 3 1973, 1976, 1977
Ballingarry 1 1911 3 1896, 1904, 1912
Castleconnell 1 1950 2 1910, 1914
Garryspillane 1 2005 2 1997, 2004
Murroe-Boher 1 1897 1 1888
Saint Michaels 1 1895 1 1893
Treaty Stones 1 1891 0
Sallymount 1 1900 0
Shamrocks 1 1898 0
Feenagh-Kilmeedy 1 1963 0
30 Rathkeale 0 6 1900, 1905, 1928, 1942, 1944, 1946
Doon 0 4 1989, 2000, 2018, 2020
Geraldines 0 3 1949, 1951, 1955
Bruff 0 2 1922, 1925
Kildimo 0 2 1934, 1935
Emmets 0 2 1963, 2010
Boher 0 1 1895
Lough Gur 0 1 1899
Monagea 0 1 1902
Ballyagran 0 1 1907
Granagh-Ballingarry 0 1 1945
City Gaels 0 1 1950
Dromcollogher 0 1 1964
St Kierans 0 1 1965
Pallasgreen 0 1 1969
Tournafulla 0 1 1979

Records and statisticsEdit

TeamEdit

By decadeEdit

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

GapsEdit

Top ten longest gaps between successive championship titles:

Top scorersEdit

FinalsEdit

Final Top scorer Team Score Total
1979 Richie Bennis Patrickswell 0-07 7
1980 Éamonn Grimes South Liberties 0-06 6
1981 Paddy Kelly Kilmallock 1-05 8
Paddy Kelly Kilmallock 1-08 11
1982 Richie Bennis Patrickswell 0-05 5
1983 Séamus Kirby Patrickswell 1-05 8
1984 Liam O'Brien Cappamore 1-05 8
1985 Johnny Neenan Kilmallock 2-04 10
1986 Leo O'Connor Claughaun 0-04 4
1987 Christy Keyes Ballybrown 1-06 9
1988 Liam O'Brien (D) Cappamore 2-04 10
Gary Kirby (R) Patrickswell 1-02 5
Ciarán Carey (R) Patrickswell
1989 Richard Walsh doon 2-05 11
1990 Gary Kirby Patrickswell 0-09 9
1991 Pat Davoren Ballybrown 0-07 7
1992 Gary Kirby Patrickswell 0-06 6
Paddy Kelly Kilmallock
1993 Gary Kirby Patrickswell 0-08 8
1994 Séamus O'Connell (D) Bruree 0-07 7
Séamus O'Connell (R) Bruree 1-05 8
1995 Gary Kirby Patrickswell 0-12 12
1996 Gary Kirby (D) Patrickswell 3-08 17
Gary Kirby (R) Patrickswell 1-06 9
1997 Gary Kirby Patrickswell 1-08 11
1998 Gary Kirby Patrickswell 0-06 6
Turlough Herbert Ahane
1999 Turlough Herbert (D) Ahane 0-06 6
Turlough Herbert (R) Ahane
2000 Gary Kirby Patrickswell 0-12 12
2001 Conor Fitzgerald Adare 0-07 7
2002 Conor Fitzgerald Adare 0-05 5
2003 Conor Fitzgerald Adare 0-10 10
2004 Niall Moran Ahane 0-06 6
Frankie Carroll Garryspillane
2005 Andrew O'Shaughnessy Kilmallock 1-04 7
2006 Stephen O'Halloran Bruree 0-11 11
2007 Donncha Sheehan Adare 0--5 5
2008 Conor Fitzgerald Adare 0-07 7
2009 Diarmuid Sexton Adare 1-03 6
2010 Donie Reale Emmets 1-04 7
2011 Shane Dowling Na Piarsaigh 1-10 13
2012 Declan Hannon Adare 0-11 11
2013 Declan Hannon Adare 0-07 7
2014 Eoin Ryan Kilmallock 1-04 7
2015 Diarmaid Byrnes Patrickswell 2-02 8
Kevin Downes Na Piarsaigh 1-05
2016 Aaron Gillane Patrickswell 0-07 7
2017 Graeme Mulcahy Kilmallock 1-04 7
2018 Shane Dowling Na Piarsaigh 0-12 12
2020 Peter Casey Na Piarsaigh 2-4 10

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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