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The Bord na Móna O'Byrne Cup is a Gaelic football competition organised by the Leinster GAA. The competition is named after Matt O'Byrne, a former Wicklow GAA club officer. The participants are the eleven county teams (excluding Kilkenny). Formerly third-level teams competed, but from 2018 onward only county teams play. The competition is, together with the Walsh Cup and Kehoe Cup, part of the Bord na Móna Leinster GAA Series which takes place each January.

O'Byrne Cup
Current season or competition:
2019 O'Byrne Cup
IrishCorn Uí Bhroin
CodeGaelic football
Founded1954
RegionLeinster (GAA)
TrophyO'Byrne Cup
No. of teams11
Title holdersWestmeath (4th title)
Most titlesKildare (11 titles)
SponsorsBord na Móna
Official websitehttp://www.leinstergaa.ie/leinster-accident-tournaments-2012/obyrne-cup-sf-2012.325.html
Donal Keogan (Meath) lifts the O'Byrne Cup in 2016

The current O'Byrne Cup champions are Westmeath, who beat Dublin in the 2019 final.

The O'Byrne Shield was introduced for teams knocked out of the first stage of the Cup but was later abandoned in 2013 due to the introduction of group stages in the competition.[1][2]

Top winnersEdit

Team Wins Years won
1   Kildare 11 1962, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1982, 1989, 2003, 2011, 2013, 2014
2   Meath 10 1967, 1974, 1977, 1983, 1992, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2016, 2018
3   Dublin 9 1956, 1958, 1960, 1966, 1999, 2007, 2008, 2015, 2017
4   Offaly 6 1954, 1961, 1981, 1993, 1997, 1998
5   Laois 5 1978, 1987, 1991, 1994, 2005
6   Louth 4 1963, 1980, 1990, 2009
  Wicklow 4 1955, 1957, 1986, 1996
  Westmeath 4 1959, 1980, 1988, 2019
9   Longford 2 1965, 2000
  DCU 2 2010, 2012
11   Carlow 1 2002
  Wexford 1 1995

The competition was not played in 1969, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1979, 1984 or 1985.

Previous finalsEdit

Westmeath1-12 – 0-10Dublin
Referee: David Hickey (Carlow)
Dublin2-12 – 1-14Longford
Referee: Maurice Deegan
Dublin1-18 – 2-13Laois
Referee: Derek Fahy
*Wexford awarded title as Westmeath refused to play extra time
Meath1-11 – 0-7Wexford
Gorey
Louth2-4 – 1-6Kildare
Kildare2-8 – 0-9Meath
Westmeath0-13 – 2-5Laois
Westmeath0-9 – 2-3Laois
Laois1-8 – 0-9Meath
Wicklow1-7 – 0-6Westmeath
Meath1-11 – 1-9Longford
Kildare2-8 – 1-5Wicklow
Offaly1-12 – 0-11Dublin
Louth0-8 – 1-4Dublin
Laois3-7 – 1-8Carlow
Meath2-9 – 0-9Offaly
Kildare1-9 – 0-9Wexford
Meath1-9 – 2-5Dublin
Kildare3-11 – 1-4Dublin
Kildare2-8 – 0-8Louth
Kildare2-7 – 1-6Westmeath
Meath0-10 – 1-5Dublin
Dublin1-5 – 0-6Offaly
Longford1-9 – 1-6Kildare
Westmeath1-9 – 1-5Carlow
Louth1-10 – 0-10Longford
Kildare2-6 – 1-7Louth
Offaly1-9 – 0-6Longford
Dublin1-11 – 0-7Louth
Dublin2-6 – 1-9Louth
Westmeath1-5 – 1-4Kildare
Dublin2-9 – 2-8Meath
Dublin1-6 – 1-6Meath
Wicklow1-9 – 0-10Kildare
Dublin1-10 – 1-3Kildare
Wicklow1-6 – 0-7Westmeath
Offaly0-10 – 1-5Louth

The O'Byrne ShieldEdit

The O'Byrne Shield was an inter county competition between the losers of the first round of the O'Byrne Cup. The competition began in 2006 with Longford winning in the final. The 2007 final was contested by Longford and Athlone IT and Longford won the game on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-7, while the 2008 title was awarded to Laois after the competition was never completed. The O'Byrne Shield ended as a competition prior to the 2013 season and will no longer be played due to the group stages of the O'Byrne Cup which gives each team a minimum of 3 matches.[1]

Top winnersEdit

Team Winner Winning Years
1   Laois 3 2008, 2009, 2012
2   Longford 2 2006, 2007
3   Carlow 1 2010
3   Dublin 1 2011

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b The Bord Na Mona O'Byrne Cup S.F. 2013 Archived 2012-11-14 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Friday night lights on cards for Leinster championship showdowns - Independent.ie
  3. ^ "O'Byrne Cup final: SENIOR FOOTBALLERS PROVE TO BE EXTRA SPECIAL". Hogan Stand. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  4. ^ "O'Byrne Cup final: Kildare retain crown". Hogan Stand. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014.