Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship

The Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the AIB Munster GAA Hurling Senior Club Championship) is an annual hurling competition organised by the Munster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1964 for the champion hurling teams in the province of Munster in Ireland.

Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship
Current season or competition:
2023 Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship
IrishCraobh na Mumhan
CodeHurling
Founded1964; 60 years ago (1964)
RegionMunster (GAA)
TrophyO'Neill Cup
No. of teams5
Title holdersBorder Ballygunner (5th title)
Most titlesBorder Ballygunner, Blackrock (5 titles)
SponsorsAllied Irish Banks
TV partner(s)TG4
MottoThe toughest of them all
Official websiteMunster GAA

The series of games are played during the autumn and winter months with the Munster final currently being played in November. The prize for the winning team is the O'Neill Cup. The championship has always been played on a straight knockout basis whereby once a team loses they are eliminated from the championship.

The Munster Championship is an integral part of the wider All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship. The winners of the Munster final join the champions of Galway, Leinster and Ulster in the semi-final stages of the All-Ireland Senior Club Championship.

Five clubs currently participate in the Munster Championship, with the Kerry champions participating at intermediate level. The title has been won at least once by 27 different clubs. The all-time record-holders are Ballygunner and Blackrock who have both won five championship titles.

Ballygunner are the title-holders after defeating Clonlara by 2-24 to 0-17 in the 2023 Munster final.[1]

History

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Beginnings

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Since the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884, challenge, exhibition and tournament matches between clubs on an inter-county level were commonplace. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Glen Rovers of Cork and Ahane of Limerick regularly clashed in off-season games. In the 1950s the Cork Churches Tournament came to be recognised as the unofficial All-Ireland Club Championship. The tournament was an initiative by the then Bishop of Cork and Ross, Cornelius Lucey, to raise money to build five new churches in the fast developing suburbs of Cork. Participation was by invitation and was extended to the country’s current best hurling teams. This tournament lasted for five years, however, by the 1960s there was a growing appetite for a similar competition. In 1965 the Munster Council organised the inaugural inter-county club championship, with participation limited to the 1964 champion hurling clubs of each county. The inaugural championship suffered lengthy delays, with the final taking place in 1966.[2] Since then the title has been awarded every year.

Team changes

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Due to a lack of meaningful competition in their own province, all Galway teams competed in the various Munster Championships between 1959 and 1969.[3] The creation of the club championship saw the Galway champions participate for the Munster title for six seasons from 1964 until 1969.

The 2007 Munster Club Championship was the last time that the Kerry champions participated in the competition. Historically seen as the weakest of the team involved, the Kerry County Board decided to regrade and enter their senior champions in the Munster Intermediate Club Championship.

Team dominance

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While Cork clubs Glen Rovers and St. Finbarr's, Togher won the first two championship titles, Newmarket-on-Fergus became the first team to retain the championship in 1968. Roscrea completed their own two-in-a-row in 1970, however, the rest of that decade was the preserve of Cork clubs as Blackrock, St. Finbarr's, Togher and Glen Rovers claimed every available championship title. Mount Sion of Waterford broke the decade-long hegemony in 1981 by becoming the first Waterford team to win the championship. Tipperary clubs were dominant throughout the rest of the 1980s, with Moycarkey-Borris, Kilruane MacDonaghs and Borris-Ileigh all winning the provincial decider. As the decade drew to a close and the 1990s began, Limerick clubs made their first impression with Ballybrown, Patrickswell and Kilmallock being added to the roll of honour. Clare clubs dominated between 1995 and 2000, with Sixmilebridge, Clarecastle, Wolfe Tones and St. Joseph's, Doora-Barefield reflecting the county's dominance at inter-county level by also claiming the club championship title. The new century saw Newtownshanrum and Toomevara win five titles between them between 2003 and 2009, however, Waterford clubs also enjoyed success. Since 2011 the championship has been dominated by Limerick clubs, with Na Piarsaigh winning four titles in seven years.

Format

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Overview

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The Munster Championship is a single elimination tournament. Each team is afforded only one defeat before being eliminated from the championship. Pairings for matches are drawn at random and there is no seeding.

Each match is played as a single leg. If a match is drawn there is a period of extra time, however, if both sides are still level at the end of extra time a replay takes place and so on until a winner is found.

Competition format

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Quarter-final: Two teams contest this round. The winning teams advances directly to the semi-final stage. The losing team is eliminated from the championship.

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

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

Teams

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Qualification

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County Championship Qualifying team
Clare Clare Senior Hurling Championship Champions
Cork Cork Premier Senior Hurling Championship Champions
Limerick Limerick Senior Hurling Championship Champions
Tipperary Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship Champions
Waterford Waterford Senior Hurling Championship Champions

Winning managers

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Managers in the Munster 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
Manager Team Wins Winning years
Michael Clohessy St. Joseph's, Doora-Barefield 2 1998, 1999
Seán Stack Na Piarsaigh 2 2011, 2013
Shane O'Neill Na Piarsaigh 2 2015, 2017
Alan Cunningham Wolfe Tones, Shannon 1 1996
Roger McMahon Clarecastle 1 1997
Paddy Meehan Sixmilebridge 1 2000
Gordon Ryan Ballygunner 1 2001
Jim Greene Mount Sion 1 2002
Ger Cunningham Newtownshandrum 1 2003
Seán Hehir Toomevara 1 2004
Bernie O'Connor Newtownshandrum 1 2005
Pat Herbert Toomevara 1 2006
Éamonn Sweeney Loughmore-Castleiney 1 2007
Owen Dunphy De La Salle 1 2008
Phil Noonan Newtownshandrum 1 2009
Michael Ryan De La Salle 1 2010
Séamus Quinn Thurles Sarsfields 1 2012
Ger O'Loughlin Kilmallock 1 2014
Robbie Hogan Ballyea 1 2016
Fergal Hartley Ballygunner 1 2018
Johnny Kelly Borris-Ileigh 1 2019
Darragh O'Sullivan Ballygunner 1 2021

Trophy

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At the end of the Munster final, the winning team is presented with a trophy. The cup, named the O'Neill Cup, is held by the winning team until the following year's final. Traditionally, the presentation is made at a special rostrum in the stand where GAA and political dignitaries and special guests view the match.

The cup is decorated with ribbons in the colours of the winning team. During the game the cup actually has both teams' sets of ribbons attached and the runners-up ribbons are removed before the presentation. The winning captain accepts the cup on behalf of his team before giving a short speech. Individual members of the winning team then have an opportunity to come to the rostrum to lift the cup.

The present trophy was donated by the Sarsfield's club in Cork in 1972 to commemorate Billy O'Neill who founded their club in 1903.[4]

Roll of honour

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Performance by club

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# Team County Wins Runners Up Years won Years runners up
1   Ballygunner Waterford 5 9 2001, 2018, 2021, 2022, 2023 1966, 1968, 1996, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2015, 2017, 2019
  Blackrock Cork 5 2 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979 1985, 2001
2   Na Piarsaigh Limerick 4 1 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 2018
  St. Finbarr's Cork 4 0 1965, 1974, 1977, 1980 -
5   Sixmilebridge Clare 3 6 1984, 1995, 2000 1977, 1989, 1992, 1993, 2002, 2013
  Glen Rovers Cork 3 2 1964, 1972, 1976 1969, 2016
  Toomevara Tipperary 3 2 1993, 2004, 2006 1994, 1998
  Kilmallock Limerick 3 1 1992, 1994, 2014 2021
  Newtownshandrum Cork 3 0 2003, 2005, 2009 -
10   Mount Sion Waterford 2 6 1981, 2002 1964, 1965, 1975, 1988, 2000, 2004
  Patrickswell Limerick 2 4 1988, 1990 1982, 1984, 1997, 2003
  Newmarket-on-Fergus Clare 2 3 1967, 1968 1973, 1974, 1978
  Roscrea Tipperary 2 2 1969, 1970 1972, 1980
  Borris-Ileigh Tipperary 2 1 1986, 2019 1983
  De La Salle Waterford 2 1 2008, 2010 2012
  Midleton Cork 2 1 1983, 1987 1991
  St. Joseph's, Doora-Barefield Clare 2 0 1998, 1999 -
18   Clarecastle Clare 1 2 1997 1970, 1986
  Carrick Davins Tipperary 1 1 1966 1967
  Thurles Sarsfields Tipperary 1 1 2012 2010
  Ballyea Clare 1 1 2016 2022
  Moycarkey-Borris Tipperary 1 0 1982 -
  Kilruane MacDonaghs Tipperary 1 0 1985 -
  Ballybrown Limerick 1 0 1989 -
  Cashel King Cormacs Tipperary 1 0 1991 -
  Wolfe Tones, Shannon Clare 1 0 1996 -
  Loughmore-Castleiney Tipperary 1 0 2007 -
28   South Liberties Limerick 0 2 - 1976, 1981
  Moyne-Templetuohy Tipperary 0 1 - 1971
  Dunhill Waterford 0 1 - 1979
  Cappawhite Tipperary 0 1 - 1987
  Éire Óg, Ennis Clare 0 1 - 1990
  Nenagh Eire Og Tipperary 0 1 - 1995
  Erins Own Cork 0 1 - 2006
  Tulla Clare 0 1 - 2007
  Adare Limerick 0 1 - 2008
  Crusheen Clare 0 1 - 2011
  Cratloe Clare 0 1 - 2014
  Clonlara Clare 0 1 - 2023

Performance by county

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County Titles Runners-up Total
  Cork 17 6 23
  Tipperary 13 10 23
  Clare 10 17 27
  Limerick 10 9 19
  Waterford 9 17 25

Winning clubs by county

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# County Winners Runners-Up Winning Clubs Runner-Up Clubs
1   Cork 17 6 Blackrock (5), St. Finbarr's, Togher (4), Glen Rovers (3), Newtownshandrum (3), Midleton (2) Blackrock (2), Glen Rovers (2), Midleton (1), Erin's Own (1)
2   Tipperary 13 10 Toomevara (3), Roscrea (2), Borris-Ileigh (2), Carrick Davins (1), Moycarkey-Borris (1), Kilruane McDonaghs (1), Cashel King Cormacs (1), Loughmore-Castleiney (1), Thurles Sarsfields (1) Toomevara (2), Roscrea (2), Carrick Davins (1), Borris-Ileigh (1), Thurles Sarsfields (1), Moyne-Templetuohy (1), Cappawhite (1), Nenagh Éire Óg (1)
3   Clare 10 17 Sixmilebridge (3), Newmarket-on-Fergus (2), St. Joseph's, Doora-Barefield (2), Wolfe Tones, Shannon (1), Clarecastle (1), Ballyea (1) Sixmilebridge (6), Newmarket-on-Fergus (3), Clarecastle (2), Éire Óg, Ennis (1), Tulla (1), Crusheen (1), Cratloe (1), Ballyea (1), Clonlara (1)
  Limerick 10 9 Na Piarsaigh (4), Kilmallock (3), Patrickswell (2), Ballybrown (1) Patrickswell (4), South Liberties (2), Adare (1), Na Piarsaigh (1), Kilmallock (1)
5   Waterford 9 17 Ballygunner (5), Mount Sion (2), De La Salle (2) Ballygunner (9), Mount Sion (6), De La Salle (1), Dunhill (1)

List of Munster finals

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All-Ireland champions
All-Ireland runners-up
Year Winners Score Runners-up Score Stadium Captain
1964 Glen Rovers 3-07 Mount Sion 1-07 Gaelic Grounds Christy Ring
1965 St. Finbarr's 3-12 Mount Sion 2-03 Gaelic Grounds
1966 Carrick Davins 2-17 Ballygunner 1-11 Cusack Park
1967 Newmarket-on-Fergus 3-09 Carrick Davins 2-07 Gaelic Grounds Jim Cullinan
1968 Newmarket-on-Fergus 5-08 Ballygunner 4-03
1969 Roscrea 3-06 Glen Rovers 1-09 Patsy Rowland
1970 Roscrea 4-11 Clarecastle 1-06 Gaelic Grounds Donie Moloney
1971 Blackrock 4-10 Moyne-Templetuohy 3-01 FitzGerald Stadium John Horgan
1972 Glen Rovers 2-09 Roscrea 1-10 Gaelic Grounds Denis Coughlan
1973 Blackrock 1-13 Newmarket-on-Fergus 0-14 Bruff John Horgan
1974 St. Finbarr's 0-07 Newmarket-on-Fergus 0-03 Gaelic Grounds Jim Power
1975 Blackrock 8-12 Mount Sion 3-08 Emly John Horgan
1976 Glen Rovers 2-08 South Liberties 2-04 Gaelic Grounds Martin O'Doherty
1977 St. Finbarr's 2-08 Sixmilebridge 0-06 Seán Treacy Park Denis Burns
1978 Blackrock 3-08 Newmarket-on-Fergus 1-08 Páirc Uí Chaoimh John Horgan
1979 Blackrock 0-13 Dunhill 1-08 Páirc Uí Chaoimh
1980 St. Finbarr's 2-12 Roscrea 1-14 Páirc Mac Gearailt
1981 Mount Sion 3-09 South Liberties 1-04 Walsh Park Éamonn Kehoe
1982 Moycarkey-Borris 1-09 Patrickswell 0-11 MacDonagh Park Jack Bergin
1983 Midleton 1-14 Borris-Ileigh 1-11 FitzGerald Stadium John Fenton
1984 Sixmilebridge 4-10 Patrickswell 2-06 Semple Stadium Seán Stack
1985 Kilruane MacDonaghs 0-12 Blackrock 0-06 Gaelic Grounds Tony Sheppard
1986 Borris-Ileigh 1-13 Clarecastle 1-09 Gaelic Grounds Michael Ryan
1987 Midleton 1-12 Cappawhite 1-11 FitzGerald Stadium Ger Power
1988 Patrickswell 3-13 Mount Sion 2-13 Semple Stadium David Punch
1989 Ballybrown 2-12 Sixmilebridge 1-08 Gaelic Grounds Terence Kenny
1990 Patrickswell 0-08 Éire Óg, Ennis 0-06 Cusack Park David Punch
1991 Cashel King Cormac's 0-09 Midleton 0-06 Mitchelstown Colm Bonnar
1992 Kilmallock 3-11 Sixmilebridge 2-11 Gaelic Grounds Paddy Kelly
1993 Toomevara 0-15 Sixmilebridge 0-07 Gaelic Grounds Jody Grace
1994 Kilmallock 2-11 Toomevara 1-11 Semple Stadium Mike Houlihan
1995 Sixmilebridge 2-18 Nenagh Éire Óg 1-07 Gaelic Grounds Ian Mulready [5]
1996 Wolfe Tones, Shannon 4-09 Ballygunner 4-08 Semple Stadium Brian Lohan [6]
1997 Clarecastle 2-11 Patrickswell 0-15 Semple Stadium Martin Sheedy [7]
1998 St. Joseph's, Doora-Barefield 0-12 Toomevara 0-08 Gaelic Grounds Lorcan Hassett [8]
1999 St. Joseph's, Doora-Barefield 4-09 Ballygunner 3-08 Semple Stadium Ciarán O'Neill [9]
2000 Sixmilebridge 2-17 Mount Sion 3-08 Semple Stadium Christy Chaplin [10]
2001 Ballygunner 2-14 Blackrock 0-12 Semple Stadium Billy O'Sullivan [11]
2002 Mount Sion 0-12 Sixmilebridge 0-10 Semple Stadium John Cleere [12]
2003 Newtownshandrum 2-18 Patrickswell 2-09 Semple Stadium John McCarthy [13]
2004 Toomevara 1-14 Mount Sion 1-13 Semple Stadium Paddy O'Brien [14]
2005 Newtownshandrum 0-16 Ballygunner 1-12 Semple Stadium Brendan Mulcahy [15]
2006 Toomevara 2-09 Erin's Own 2-08 Gaelic Grounds Tommy Dunne [16]
2007 Loughmore-Castleiney 1-06 Tulla 0-07 Gaelic Grounds Johnny Gleeson [17]
2008 De La Salle 1-09 Adare 0-10 Semple Stadium John Mullane [18]
2009 Newtownshandrum 2-11 Ballygunner 2-09 Semple Stadium Dermot Gleeson [19]
2010 De La Salle 0-09 Thurles Sarsfields 0-08 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Ian O'Flynn [20]
2011 Na Piarsaigh 1-13 Crusheen 0-09 Semple Stadium Kieran Bermingham [21]
2012 Thurles Sarsfields 1-21 De La Salle 1-16 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Pádraic Maher [22]
2013 Na Piarsaigh 4-14 Sixmilebridge 0-08 Cusack Park James O'Brien [23]
2014 Kilmallock 1-32 Cratloe 3-18 Gaelic Grounds Graeme Mulcahy [24]
2015 Na Piarsaigh 2-18 Ballygunner 2-11 Semple Stadium Cathal King [25]
2016 Ballyea 1-21 Glen Rovers 2-10 Semple Stadium Stan Lineen [26]
2017 Na Piarsaigh 3-15 Ballygunner 2-10 Semple Stadium Cathal King [27]
2018 Ballygunner 2-14 Na Piarsaigh 2-08 Semple Stadium Stephen O'Keeffe
Shane O'Sullivan
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2019 Borris-Ileigh 1-12 Ballygunner 1-11 Pairc Ui Rinn Conor Kenny
Seán McCormack
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2020 Cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Gaelic games
2021 Ballygunner 3-20 Kilmallock 1-12 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Pauric O'Mahony
2022[30] Ballygunner 1-23 Ballyea 0-17 Semple Stadium Pauric O'Mahony
2023[31] Ballygunner 2-24 Clonlara 0-17 Semple Stadium Pauric O'Mahony

Notes:

  • 1964 – The first match was abandoned: Glen Rovers 3-6, Mount Sion 2-6.
  • 1977 – The first match ended in a draw: St. Finbarr's 3-5, Sixmilebridge 3-5.
  • 1983 – The first match ended in a draw: Midleton 1-12, Borris-Ileigh 3-6.
  • 1985 – The first match ended in a draw: Kilruane MacDonaghs 1-8, Blackrock 1-8.
  • 2011 – The first match ended in a draw: Na Piarsaigh 1-11, Crusheen 0-14.

Records and statistics

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Final

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Team

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  • Most wins: 5:
  • Most consecutive wins: 3:
  • Most appearances in a final: 14:
    • Ballygunner (1966, 1968, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023)
  • Most appearances in a final without ever winning: 2
  • Most appearances in a final without losing (streak): 5
  • Biggest win: 19 points
  • Most final defeats: 9
    • Ballygunner (1966, 1968, 1996, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2015, 2017, 2019)

Teams

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County representatives

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Year Clare Cork Galway Kerry Limerick Tipperary Waterford
1964 Newmarket-on-Fergus Glen Rovers Turloughmore Kilmoyley Cappamore Thurles Sarsfields Mount Sion
1965 Newmarket-on-Fergus St. Finbarr's Turloughmore Ballyduff Patrickswell Thurles Sarsfields Mount Sion
1966 Éire Óg, Ennis Avondhu Turloughmore Ballyduff Patrickswell Carrick Davins Ballygunner
1967 Newmarket-on-Fergus Glen Rovers Castlegar St. Brendan's Kilmallock Carrick Davins Ballygunner
1968 Newmarket-on-Fergus St. Finbarr's Liam Mellows Crotta O'Neill's Claughaun Roscrea Ballygunner
1969 Newmarket-on-Fergus Glen Rovers Castlegar Killarney Patrickswell Roscrea Mount Sion
1970 Clarecastle University College Cork N/A Kilmoyley Patrickswell Roscrea Ballyduff-Portlaw
1971 Newmarket-on-Fergus Blackrock Kilmoyley Claughaun Moyne-Templetuohy Portlaw
1972 Newmarket-on-Fergus Glen Rovers Ballyduff South Liberties Roscrea Mount Sion
1973 Newmarket-on-Fergus Blackrock Ballyduff Kilmallock Roscrea Portlaw
1974 Newmarket-on-Fergus St. Finbarr's Abbeydorney Kilmallock Thurles Sarsfields Mount Sion
1975 Éire Óg, Ennis Blackrock St. Brendan's Kilmallock Moneygall Mount Sion
1976 Newmarket-on-Fergus Glen Rovers Ballyduff South Liberties Moneygall Portlaw
1977 Sixmilebridge St. Finbarr's Ballyduff Patrickswell Kilruane MacDonagh's Portlaw
1978 Newmarket-on-Fergus Blackrock Ballyduff South Liberties Kilruane MacDonagh's Dunhill
1979 Sixmilebridge Blackrock Causeway Patrickswell Kilruane MacDonagh's Dunhill
1980 Newmarket-on-Fergus St. Finbarr's Causeway Killeedy Roscrea Tallow
1981 Newmarket-on-Fergus St. Finbarr's Causeway South Liberties Borris-Ileigh Mount Sion
1982 Éire Óg, Ennis St. Finbarr's Causeway Patrickswell Moycarkey-Borris Ballyduff Upper
1983 Sixmilebridge Midleton Lixnaw Patrickswell Borris-Ileigh Mount Sion
1984 Sixmilebridge St. Finbarr's Ballyduff Patrickswell Moycarkey-Borris Tallow
1985 Kilmaley Blackrock Lixnaw Kilmallock Kilruane MacDonagh's Tallow
1986 Clarecastle Midleton St. Brendan's Claughaun Borris-Ileigh Mount Sion
1987 Clarecastle Midleton Causeway Patrickswell Cappawhite Ballyduff Upper
1988 Feakle St. Finbarr's Ballyduff Patrickswell Loughmore-Castleiney Mount Sion
1989 Sixmilebridge Glen Rovers Ballyduff Ballybrown Clonoulty-Rossmore Roanmore
1990 Éire Óg, Ennis Na Piarsaigh St. Brendan's Patrickswell Holycross-Ballycahill Roanmore
1991 Clarecastle Midleton Ballyduff Ballybrown Cashel King Cormacs Lismore
1992 Sixmilebridge Erin's Own Ballyheigue Kilmallock Toomevara Ballygunner
1993 Sixmilebridge St. Finbarr's Ballyduff Patrickswell Toomevara Lismore
1994 Clarecastle Midleton Ballyduff Kilmallock Toomevara Mount Sion
1995 Sixmilebridge Na Piarsaigh Ballyduff Patrickswell Nenagh Éire Óg Ballygunner
1996 Wolfe Tones, Shannon Na Piarsaigh Ballyheigue Patrickswell Boherlahan-Dualla Ballygunner
1997 Clarecastle Sarsfields Ballyheigue Patrickswell Clonoulty-Rossmore Ballygunner
1998 St. Joseph's, Doora-Barefield Blackrock Causeway Ahane Toomevara Mount Sion
1999 St. Joseph's, Doora-Barefield Blackrock Lixnaw Ahane Toomevara Ballygunner
2000 Sixmilebridge Newtownshandrum Ballyduff Patrickswell Toomevara Mount Sion
2001 St. Joseph's, Doora-Barefield Blackrock Kilmoyley Adare Toomevara Ballygunner
2002 Sixmilebridge Blackrock Kilmoyley Adare Mullinahone Mount Sion
2003 Clarecastle Newtownshandrum Kilmoyley Patrickswell Toomevara Mount Sion
2004 Kilmaley Na Piarsaigh Kilmoyley Ahane Toomevara Mount Sion
2005 Clarecastle Newtownshandrum Lixnaw Garryspillane Thurles Sarsfields Ballygunner
2006 Wolfe Tones, Shannon Erin's Own Ballyduff Bruree Toomevara Mount Sion
2007 Tulla Erin's Own Lixnaw Adare Loughmore-Castleiney Ballyduff Upper
2008 Clonlara Sarsfields N/A Adare Toomevara De La Salle
2009 Cratloe Newtownshandrum Adare Thurles Sarsfields Ballygunner
2010 Crusheen Sarsfields Kilmallock Thurles Sarsfields De La Salle
2011 Crusheen Carrigtwohill Na Piarsaigh Drom-Inch Ballygunner
2012 Newmarket-on-Fergus Sarsfields Kilmallock Thurles Sarsfields De La Salle
2013 Sixmilebridge Midleton Na Piarsaigh Loughmore-Castleiney Passage
2014 Cratloe Sarsfields Kilmallock Thurles Sarsfields Ballygunner
2015 Sixmilebridge Glen Rovers Na Piarsaigh Thurles Sarsfields Ballygunner
2016 Ballyea Glen Rovers Patrickswell Thurles Sarsfields Ballygunner
2017 Sixmilebridge Blackrock Na Piarsaigh Thurles Sarsfields Ballygunner
2018 Ballyea Midleton Na Piarsaigh Clonoulty-Rossmore Ballygunner
2019 Sixmilebridge Glen Rovers Patrickswell Borris-Ileigh Ballygunner
2020 NO CHAMPIONSHIP
2021 Ballyea Midleton N/A N/A Kilmallock Loughmore-Castleiney Ballygunner
2022 Ballyea St. Finbarr's Na Piarsaigh Kilruane MacDonagh's Ballygunner
2023 Clonlara Sarsfields Na Piarsaigh Kiladangan Ballygunner

By decade

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

Successful defending

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Only 5 teams of the 27 who have won the championship have ever successfully defended the title. These are:

Barren spells

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Top five longest gaps between successive championship titles:

Biggest wins

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The most one-sided games from all stages of the championship:

The most one-sided Munster finals:

Top scorers

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Overall

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Year Top scorer Team Score Total
1970 Joe Tynan Roscrea 5-05 20
1971 Pat Moylan Blackrock 3-23 32
1972 Francis Loughnane Roscrea 1-17 20
1973 Tim Ryan Newmarket-on-Fergus 6-20 38
1974 Jimmy Barry-Murphy St. Finbarr's, Togher 4-07 19
1975 Ray Cummins Blackrock 4-04 16
1976 Tom Ryan South Liberties 2-04 10
Éamonn Grimes South Liberties 1-07
Tim Ryan Newmarket-on-Fergus
1977 Charlie McCarthy St. Finbarr's, Togher 3-07 16
1978 Seán O'Meara Kilruane MacDonagh's 2-08 14
1979 John Grogan Dunhill 4-05 17
1980 John Cremin St. Finbarr's, Togher 0-17 17
1981 Jim Greene Mount Sion 2-18 24
1982 Richie Bennis Patrickswell 2-15 21
1983 John Fenton Midleton 1-21 24
1984 Gerry McInerney Sixmilebridge 3-13 22
1985 Finbarr Delaney Blackrock 3-16 25
1986 Leo O'Connor Claughaun 2-16 22
1987 John Fenton Midleton 0-17 17
1988 Gary Kirby Patrickswell 2-20 26
1989 John Buckley Glen Rovers 2-03 9
Gerry McInerney Sixmilebridge 1-06 9
Christy Keyes Ballybrown 1-06 9
1990 Declan Coote Éire Óg, Ennis 1-13 16
1991 Tommy Grogan Cashel King Cormacs 1-13 16
1992 Paddy Kelly Kilmallock 4-17 29
1993 Mike Nolan Toomevara 1-25 28
1994 Ger Manley Midleton 3-16 25
1995 Gary Kirby Patrickswell 2-21 27
1996 Paul Flynn Ballygunner 3-21 30
1997 Gary Kirby Patrickswell 1-29 32
1998 Tommy Dunne Toomevara 1-13 16
1999 Paul Flynn Ballygunner 1-17 20
2000 Gary Kirby Patrickswell 1-19 22
2001 Paul Flynn Ballygunner 1-38 23
2002 Ken McGrath Mount Sion 0-26 26
2003 Paul O'Grady Patrickswell 0-17 17
2004 Ken McGrath Mount Sion 2-15 21
2005 Paul Flynn Ballygunner 4-11 23
2006 Ken Dunne Toomevara 1-14 17
2007 Aidan Lynch Tulla 1-14 17
2008 Pat Ryan Sarsfields 0-20 20
2009 Ben O'Connor Newtownshandrum 0-23 23
2010 John Mullane De La Salle 0-10 10
2011 Shane Dowling Na Piarsaigh 3-14 23
2012 Pa Bourke Thurles Sarsfields 1-19 22
2013 Shane Dowling Na Piarsaigh 0-15 15
2014 Conor McGrath Cratloe 3-21 30
2015 Shane Dowling Na Piarsaigh 1-16 19
2016 Tony Kelly Ballyea 1-15 18
2017 Pauric Mahony Ballygunner 1-24 27
2018 Pauric Mahony Ballygunner 1-32 35
2019 Pauric Mahony Ballygunner 0-20 20
2020 No championship
2021 Pauric Mahony Ballygunner 0-17 17
2022 Pauric Mahony Ballygunner 0-29 29
2023 Pauric Mahony Ballygunner 0-28 28

Single game

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Year Top scorer Team Opposition Score Total
1970 Joe Tynan Roscrea Ballyduff-Portlaw 2-02 8
Francis Loughnane Roscrea Clarecastle 1-05
1971 Pat Moylan Blackrock Claughaun 1-09 12
Pat Moylan Blackrock Newmarket-on-Fergus
1972 Francis Loughnane Roscrea Mount Sions 1-10 13
1973 Tom Ryan Newmarket-on-Fergus Portlaw 4-07 19
1974 Tom Smith Kilmallock Abbeydorney 1-08 11
1975 Jim Greene Mount Sion St. Brendan's 3-06 15
1976 Donal Kennedy Moneygall Newmarket-on-Fergus 2-02 8
1977 Jimmy Barry-Murphy St. Finbarr's Portlaw 4-01 13
1978 Éamonn Grimes South Liberties Kilruane MacDonagh's 1-06 9
Tom Casey Dunhill Newmarket-on-Fergus
1979 John Hogan Dunhill Causeway 3-02 11
1980 John Cremin St. Finbarr's Causeway 0-10 10
1981 Noel O'Dwyer Borris-Ileigh Mount Sion 0-10 10
1982 Richie Bennis Patrickswell Causeway 1-06 9
1983 John Fenton Midleton Borris-Ileigh 1-01 13
1984 Gerry McInerney Sixmilebridge St. Finbarr's 2-06 12
1985 Finbarr Delaney Blackrock Kilmallock 2-0 8 14
1986 Leo O'Connor Claughaun Midleton 2-05 11
1987 John Regan Causeway Patrickswell 1-05 8
1988 Val Donnellan Feakle Ballyduff 3-07 16
1989 John Buckley Glen Rovers Ballyduff 2-03 9
1990 Declan Coote Éire Óg, Ennis Roanmore 2-05 11
1991 Tommy Grogan Cashel King Cormacs Clarecastle 1-09 12
1992 Paddy Kelly Kilmallock Sixmilebridge 2-05 11
1993 Mike Nolan Toomevara Patrickswell 1-11 14
1994 Ger Manley Midleton Mount Sion 2-11 17
1995 Gary Kirby Patrickswell Ballyduff 1-07 10
1996 Paul Flynn Ballygunner Na Piarsaigh 1-12 15
1997 Gary Kirby Patrickswell Ballyheigue 1-10 13
1998 Tommy Dunne Toomevara Blackrock 1-06 9
Jamesie O'Connor St. Joseph's, Doora-Barefield Toomevara 0-09
1999 Tommy Dunne Toomevara Ahane 1-07 10
2000 Gary Kirby Patrickswell Toomevara 1-08 11
Niall Gilligan Sixmilebridge Mount Sion
2001 Alan Browne Blackrock Kilmoyley 2-07 13
Paul Flynn Ballygunner St. Joseph's, Doora-Barefield 0-13
2002 Shane Brick Kilmoyley Blackrock 1-10 13
2003 James Bowles Newtownshandrum Patrickswell 2-03 9
Paul O'Grady Patrickswell Mount Sion 0-09
2004 Seán Ryan Mount Sion Ahane 4-00 12
2005 Mike Conway Lixnaw Thurles Sarsfields 3-07 16
2006 Willie Ryan Toomevara Ballyduff 2-01 7
Bobby O'Sullivan Ballyduff Toomevara 1-04
Ken Dunne Toomevara Erin's Own 1-04
Ken Dunne Toomevara Ballyduff 0-07
Ken McGrath Mount Sion Toomevara 0-07
2007 Aidan Lynch Tulla Lixnaw 1-08 11
2008 Pat Ryan Sarsfields Clonlara 0-14 14
2009 Declan Hannon Adare Newtownshandrum 1-13 16
2010 Cian McCarthy Sarsfields De La Salle 1-06 9
2011 Shane Dowling Na Piarsaigh Ballygunner 2-04 10
Shane Dowling Na Piarsaigh Crusheen 1-07
2012 Jake Dillon De La Salle Thurles Sarsfields 0-09 9
2013 Noel McGrath Loughmore-Castleiney Na Piarsaigh 0-09 9
2014 Cian McCarthy Sarsfields Kilmallock 0-12 12
2015 Brian O'Sullivan Ballygunner Glen Rovers 0-09 9
Brian O'Sullivan Ballygunner Na Piarsaigh 1-06
2016 Tony Kelly Ballyea Thurles Sarsfields 1-10 13
2017 Ronan Lynch Na Piarsaigh Blackrock 0-15 15
2018 Niall Deasy Ballyea Ballygunner 2-10 16
2019 Patrick Horgan Glen Rovers Borris-Ileigh 2-04 10
Pauric Mahony Ballygunner Sixmilebridge 0-10
2020 No championship
2021 Micheál Houlihan Kilmallock Midleton 0-11 11
2022 Pauric Mahony Ballygunner Na Piarsaigh 0-13 13
2023 Pauric Mahony Ballygunner Na Piarsaigh 0-11 11
Billy Seymour Kiladangan Clonlara 0-11

Finals

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Final Top scorer Team Score Total
1964 Tom Corbett Glen Rovers 0-05 5
1965 Pierce Freaney St. Finbarr's 0-08 8
1966 Mick Roche Carrick Davins 1-09 12
1967 Mick Roche Carrick Davins 0-05 5
1968 Mick Arthur Newmarket-on-Fergus 2-00 6
1969 Francis Loughnane Roscrea 2-01 7
1970 Francis Loughnane Roscrea 1-05 8
1971 Pat Moylan Blackrock 1-05 8
1972 Liam McAuliffe Glen Rovers 2-02 8
1973 Timmy Ryan Newmarket-on-Fergus 0-09 9
1974 Charlie McCarthy St. Finbarr's 0-04 4
1975 Ray Cummins Blackrock 3-02 11
1976 Patsy Harte Glen Rovers 1-03 6
1977 Charlie McCarthy (D) St. Finbarr's 2-02 8
John Allen (R) St. Finbarr's 1-01 4
1978 Ray Cummins Blackrock 2-00 6
1979 John Grogan Dunhill 1-03 6
1980 Charlie McCarthy St. Finbarr's 0-06 6
1981 Jim Greene Mount Sion 1-06 9
1982 Richie Bennis Patrickswell 0-05 5
1983 Kevin Hennessy Midleton 3-01 10
1984 Gerry McInerney Sixmilebridge 1-05 8
1985 Paddy Williams Kilrunae MacDonagh's 0-03 3
1986 Noel O'Dwyer Borris-Ileigh 0-09 9
1987 John Fenton Midleton 0-06 6
Pat O'Neill Cappawhite 0-06 6
1988 Shane Ahern Mount Sion 2-06 12
1989 Christy Keyes Ballybrown 1-04 7
1990 Gary Kirby Patrickswell 0-06 6
1991 Tommy Grogan Cashel King Cormac's 0-04 4
1992 Paddy Kelly Kilmallock 2-05 11
1993 Michael Nolan Toomevara 0-08 8
1994 Tommy Dunne Toomevara 0-08 8
1995 Gerry McInerney Sixmilebridge 1-02 5
John Chaplin Sixmilebridge 0-05 5
Michael Cleary Nenagh Éire Óg 0-05 5
1996 Paul Flynn Ballygunner 2-04 10
Paul O'Rourke Wolfe Tones, Shannon 2-04 10
1997 Gary Kirby Patrickswell 0-11 11
1998 Jamesie O'Connor St. Joseph's, Doora-Barefield 0-09 9
1999 Paul Flynn Ballygunner 1-05 8
2000 Niall Gilligan Sixmilebridge 1-08 11
2001 Paul Flynn Ballygunner 1-09 12
2002 Ken McGrath Mount Sion 0-09 9
2003 James Bowles Newtownshandrum 2-03 9
2004 Ken McGrath Mount Sion 1-06 9
2005 Ben O'Connor Newtownshandrum 0-06 6
2006 Ken Dunne Toomevara 1-04 7
2007 Evan Sweeney Loughmore-Castleiney 1-02 5
2008 John Mullane De La Salle 1-02 5
2009 Paul Flynn Ballygunner 0-08 8
2010 John Mullane De La Salle 0-05 5
2011 Adrian Breen Na Piarsaigh 1-03 6
2012 Jake Dillon De La Salle 0-09 9
2013 Kevin Ryan Na Piarsaigh 1-03 6
2014 Jake Mulcahy Kilmallock 1-06 9
Conor McGrath Cratloe 1-06 9
2015 Brian O'Sullivan Ballygunner 1-06 9
2016 Conor Dorris Glen Rovers 2-01 7
Niall Deasy Ballyea 0-07 7
2017 Adrian Breen Na Piarsaigh 1-05 8
2018 Pauric Mahony Ballygunner 1-06 9
2019 Brendan Maher Borris-Ileigh 0-07 7
2020 No championship
2021 Dessie Hutchinson Ballygunner 1-05 8
2022 Pauric Mahony Ballygunner 0-10 10
2023 Pauric Mahony Ballygunner 0-10 10

Players

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Players who have won the most Munster Championship titles
T Player Team Years won
5 Donie Collins   Blackrock 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979
5 Pat Kavanagh   Blackrock 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979
5 Pat Moylan   Blackrock 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979
4 David Breen   Na Piarsaigh 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
4 Barry Coughlan   Ballygunner 2018, 2021, 2022, 2023
4 Frank Cummins   Blackrock 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978
4 Ray Cummins   Blackrock 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979
4 Alan Dempsey   Na Piarsaigh 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
4 Kevin Downes   Na Piarsaigh 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
4 Ian Kenny   Ballygunner 2018, 2021, 2022, 2023
4 John Horgan   Blackrock 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978
4 Kieran Kennedy   Na Piarsaigh 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
4 Pádraic Kennedy   Na Piarsaigh 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
4 John Horgan   Blackrock 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978
4 Cathal King   Na Piarsaigh 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
4 Tony Maher   St. Finbarr's 1965, 1974, 1977, 1980
4 Pauric Mahony   Ballygunner 2018, 2021, 2022, 2023
4 Philip Mahony   Ballygunner 2018, 2021, 2022, 2023
4 Charlie McCarthy   St. Finbarr's 1965, 1974, 1977, 1980
4 Tim Murphy   Blackrock 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979
4 Frank Norberg   Blackrock 1971, 1973, 1975, 1979
4 Éamonn O'Donoghue   Blackrock 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979
4 Billy O'Keefe   Ballygunner 2018, 2021, 2022, 2023
4 Stephen O'Keeffe   Ballygunner 2018, 2021, 2022, 2023
4 Shane O'Sullivan   Ballygunner 2018, 2021, 2022, 2023
4 Kevin Ryan   Na Piarsaigh 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017

Miscellaneous

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  • John Horgan of Blackrock holds the record of being the only player to captain his club to three Munster club titles. These victories came in 1971, 1973 and 1978.
  • Cork clubs hold the record for the most consecutive appearances in Munster finals. They played in twelve-in-a-row between 1969 and 1980, with success coming on eleven of those occasions.
  • Cork is the only county to have completed the Munster junior, intermediate and senior treble at club level in the same year. This feat was achieved in 2005 when Fr. O'Neill's, Ballinhassig and Newtownshandrum claimed their respective titles in their respective grades.
  • Tipperary hold the record for the number of clubs that have won the Munster title, with nine different clubs all claiming provincial victories on behalf of the county.
  • Ballygunner hold the record for appearances in Munster finals. They have appeared in fourteen provincial deciders.
  • Five clubs have secured back-to-back Munster titles: Newmarket-on-Fergus in 1968, Roscrea in 1970, Blackrock in 1979, St. Joseph's, Doora-Barefield in 1999, and Ballygunner in 2022 and 2023.
  • Ballygunner are the only club to have won three titles in a row from 2021 to 2023
  • Five players have captained both their club and their county to Munster titles: Christy Ring, John Horgan, Martin O'Doherty, John Fenton and Tommy Dunne.
  • St. Finbarrs won the Munster Senior Club Football and Hurling championships in 1980 and are currently the only Munster club team to achieve this double.

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