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The Munster Senior Hurling League is an annual hurling competition organised by the Munster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 2016 for the top inter-county teams in the province of Munster in Ireland.

Munster Senior Hurling League
Current season or competition:
2019 Munster Senior Hurling League
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IrishSraith Shinsir Iomána na Mumhan
Founded2016; 3 years ago (2016)
RegionMunster (GAA)
TrophyMunster Senior League Trophy
No. of teams6
Title holdersColours of Clare.svg Clare (2nd title)
Most titlesColours of Clare.svg Clare (2 titles)
SponsorsCo-Op Superstores
Official websiteOfficial website

The series of games are played during January. The Munster Senior Hurling League is effectively a pre-season tournament. It allows teams to blood new players and to experiment prior to the opening of the National Hurling League.

2019 will be the first year that all six eligible teams will participate in the Munster Senior Hurling League. Participation or non-participation can be decided on an annual basis.[1]

Clare are the current champions.


There are currently six teams in the Munster League, split into two groups of three. During the course of the four-week season each team plays the others in their group once (a single round-robin system) for a total of two games. Teams receive two points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points and then scoring difference. The top team in each group after the group stage contest the final.


Location Stadium Capacity
Limerick Gaelic Grounds 50,000
Killarney Fitzgerald Stadium 43,180
Waterford Walsh Park 17,000
Dungarvan Fraher Field 15,000
Tralee Austin Stack Park 12,000
Mallow Mallow GAA Complex 8,000
Sixmilebridge O'Garney Park 7,000
Kilmallock FitzGerald Park 4,000

As of the 2017 season, Munster League hurling has been played in nine stadiums since the formation of the league in 2016.

While the traditional county grounds are sometimes used for league matches, smaller club grounds have usually been used for games which may not have had such a high profile.

Munster League matches are usually played on a rolling home and away basis.

The stadiums for the 2017 league showed a large disparity in capacity: Gaelic Grounds, the home ground of Limerick has a capacity of 50,500 with O'Garney Park, one of the grounds used by Clare, having a capacity of 7,000. The combined total capacity of the Munster League in the 2017 season was 111,000.

Stadium attendances are a significant source of regular income for the Munster Council and the individual county boards.

Roll of honourEdit

Wins by countyEdit

Team Wins Years won
  Clare 2 2016, 2019
  Limerick 1 2018
  Cork 2017

List of finalsEdit

Year Winners Score Runners-up Score Venue Winning Captain(s) Winning Team
2016 Clare 0-18 Limerick 0-17 Gaelic Grounds Cian Dillon
Tony Kelly
A Fahy; J Browne, P O’Connor, P Flanagan; C Dillon, D McInerney, C Cleary; G O’Connell, D Reidy; P Duggan, C Ryan, D Fitzgerald; J Conlon, D Honan, B Duggan.
Subs: T Kelly, B Bolger, S Golden, C O’Connell.
2017 Cork 1-21 Limerick 1-20 Gaelic Grounds Stephen McDonnell A Nash, S McDonnell, C Spillane, D Cahalane, M Ellis, C Joyce, M Coleman, L McLoughlin, D Kearney, C Lehane, L Meade, S Kingston, A Cadogan, P Horgan, D Fitzgibbon.
Subs: D Griffin, K Burke, D Brosnan, S Harnedy, C O’Sullivan.
2018 Limerick 0-16 Clare 0-10 Gaelic Grounds Paul Browne
Declan Hannon
N Quaid; T Condon, S Hickey, R English; D Byrnes, D Morrissey, W O’Meara; P Browne, C Lynch; T Morrissey, D O’Donovan, B O’Connell; A Gillane, S Flanagan, G Hegarty.
Subs: B Murphy, D Reidy, A La Touche Cosgrave
2019 Clare 4-19 Tipperary 1-18 Gaelic Grounds Tony Kelly D Tuohy; J McCarthy, D McInerney, R Hayes; A McCarthy, C Cleary, C Malone; S Golden, R Taylor; D Ryan, T Kelly N Deasy; C Guilfoyle, C McInerney, M O’Neill.
Subs: P Collins, D Conroy, M O’Malley, G Cooney, J Browne.

Top scorersEdit

All timeEdit

As of the 2019 league
Pos. Name Team Goals Points Total
1 Shane Nolan Kerry 0 55 55
2 David Reidy Limerick 4 28 40
3 Stephen Bennett Waterford 3 30 39
4 Patrick Horgan Cork 2 28 34
Aaron Gillane Limerick 2 28 34
5 Declan Dalton Cork 0 33 33
6 Barry Nash Limerick 5 15 30
7 David Reidy Clare 2 23 29
Niall Deasy Clare 1 26 29
8 Declan Hannon Limerick 1 23 26
Pádraig Boyle Kerry 1 23 26


year Name Team Goals Points Total
2016 Declan Hannon Limerick 1 21 24
2017 Patrick Horgan Cork 2 27 33
2018 Aaron Gillane Limerick 1 21 24
2019 Stephen Bennett Waterford 2 25 31

Single gameEdit

year Name Team Goals Points Total
2016 Declan Hannon Limerick 1 9 12
2017 Pauric Mahony Waterford 0 14 14
2018 Pádraig Boyle Kerry 1 10 13
2019 Stephen Bennett Waterford 2 12 18


year Name Team Goals Points Total
2016 Declan Hannon Limerick 0 7 7
2017 Peter Casey Limerick 0 9 9
Patrick Horgan Cork 0 9 9
2018 Aaron Gillane Limerick 0 8 8
2019 Tony Kelly Clare 2 3 9
Séamus Callanan Tipperary 0 9 9


  1. ^ "Colleges excluded from Munster pre-season competitions". Hogan Stand. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Clare take Munster SHL title after tight tussle with Limerick". Irish Times. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
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  4. ^ Breheny, Martin (13 January 2019). "Tony Kelly notches 2-3 as Clare land the first silverware of the 2019 hurling season". Irish Independent. Retrieved 13 January 2019.