Seating capacity is the number of people who can be seated in a specific space, in terms of both the physical space available, limitations set by law. Seating capacity can be used in the description of anything ranging from an automobile that seats two to a stadium that seats hundreds of thousands of people; the largest sporting venue in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has a permanent seating capacity for more than 235,000 people and infield seating that raises capacity to an approximate 400,000. Safety is a primary concern in determining the seating capacity of a venue: "Seating capacity, seating layouts and densities are dictated by legal requirements for the safe evacuation of the occupants in the event of fire"; the International Building Code specifies, "In places of assembly, the seats shall be securely fastened to the floor" but provides exceptions if the total number of seats is fewer than 100, if there is a substantial amount of space available between seats or if the seats are at tables.
It delineates the number of available exits for interior balconies and galleries based on the seating capacity, sets forth the number of required wheelchair spaces in a table derived from the seating capacity of the space. The International Fire Code, portions of which have been adopted by many jurisdictions, is directed more towards the use of a facility than the construction, it specifies, "For areas having fixed seating without dividing arms, the occupant load shall not be less than the number of seats based on one person for each 18 inches of seating length". It requires that every public venue submit a detailed site plan to the local fire code official, including "details of the means of egress, seating capacity, arrangement of the seating...."Once safety considerations have been satisfied, determinations of seating capacity turn on the total size of the venue, its purpose. For sports venues, the "decision on maximum seating capacity is determined by several factors. Chief among these are the primary sports program and the size of the market area".
In motion picture venues, the "limit of seating capacity is determined by the maximal viewing distance for a given size of screen", with image quality for closer viewers declining as the screen is expanded to accommodate more distant viewers. Seating capacity of venues plays a role in what media they are able to provide and how they are able to provide it. In contracting to permit performers to use a theatre or other performing space, the "seating capacity of the performance facility must be disclosed". Seating capacity may influence the kind of contract to be the royalties to be given; the seating capacity must be disclosed to the copyright owner in seeking a license for the copyrighted work to be performed in that venue. Venues that may be leased for private functions such as ballrooms and auditoriums advertise their seating capacity. Seating capacity is an important consideration in the construction and use of sports venues such as stadiums and arenas; when entities such as the National Football League's Super Bowl Committee decide on a venue for a particular event, seating capacity, which reflects the possible number of tickets that can be sold for the event, is an important consideration.
The seating capacity for restaurants is reported as'covers'. Seating capacity differs from total capacity, which describes the total number of people who can fit in a venue or in a vehicle either sitting or standing. Where seating capacity is a legal requirement, however, as it is in movie theatres and on aircraft, the law reflects the fact that the number of people allowed in should not exceed the number who can be seated. Use of the term "public capacity" indicates that a venue is allowed to hold more people than it can seat. Again, the maximum total number of people can refer to either the physical space available or limitations set by law. All-seater stadium List of stadiums by capacity List of football stadiums by capacity List of American football stadiums by capacity List of rugby league stadiums by capacity List of rugby union stadiums by capacity List of tennis stadiums by capacity Seating assignment
Parnell Park is a GAA stadium in Donnycarney, Ireland with a capacity of 13,499. It is the home of the Dublin GAA hurling, football and ladies' football teams at all levels of competition; the ground is used by Dublin's inter-county teams during home National Football League matches and as a training ground, with major NFL and All-Ireland Championship games played in Croke Park. However, All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, Railway Cup, Dublin county championships and other competitions take place in Parnell Park every year. Parnell Park serves as the headquarters of the Dublin County Board. Parnell Park follows the standard four-sided design of most stadiums; the ground has a main stand on the north side of the pitch which can seat about 2,800. The main stand has one tier; the stand includes shops under the stand. The rest of the ground is terraced with the majority of it covered, although some of the main terrace on the south side is not covered; the terrace on the west side of the ground is known as the Church end due to it being near Donnycarney Church.
The terraces in Parnell are all one tier and the facilities and shops are at the rear or the side depending on which terrace you are in. The terraces in Parnell Park can hold about 8,000. In 2004 late work began to install flood lights in Parnell Park; the first competitive match under lights was played in 2005 and saw Dublin defeat Mayo 2-13 to 1-15. List of Gaelic Athletic Association stadiums List of stadiums in Ireland by capacity https://www.squareball.com/club-county/pitch-finder/dublin-county/parnell-park/
The Semple Stadium is the home of hurling and Gaelic football for Tipperary GAA and for the province of Munster. Located in Thurles, County Tipperary, it is the second largest GAA stadium in Ireland, with a capacity of 45,690. Over the decades since 1926, it has established itself as the leading venue for Munster hurling followers, hosting the Munster Hurling Final on many memorable occasions; the main or ` Old Stand' of the ground lies across from the'New Stand'. Behind the goals are two uncovered terraces known as the'Town End' and the'Killinan End' respectively; the stadium has a capacity of 45,690 of which 24,000 are seated. The sports hall accommodates a full-sized basketball court suitable for national standard competition; the hall is lined for badminton and indoor soccer. It is used in the evenings and weekends by the Tipperary hurling and football teams for training and on match days, the building is used to accommodate GAA and sponsor guests for corporate lunches and functions, it has been used as a music venue.
In July 2018 Tipperary County Board prepared to submit plans to Tipperary County Council to see the Kinnane stand redeveloped into a multi-purpose facility. The proposal would see the “Old Stand” as it is known to many, have a second level created over the concourse at the back of the stand; the half nearest the Killinan End terrace will be dedicated to players and will include a full-sized gym, physio room, stats/analysis room plus changing rooms and toilet facilities. The other half, towards the Sarsfields Centre side, would include a function room to accommodate up to 250 people, with adjoining bar and kitchen facility for catering; the development will include a new corridor leading to a new VIP enclosure area in the Kinnane stand. The estimated cost of the project is €5 million The grounds on which Semple Stadium is built were known as Thurles Sportsfield; the site was offered for sale in 1910 at the wish of Canon M. K. Ryan and was purchased by local Gaelic games enthusiasts for £900. To meet the cost of the purchase, an issue of shares was subscribed by the townspeople.
The grounds remained in the hands of the shareholders until 1956 when they were transferred to the Gaelic Athletic Association. In 1934 in anticipation of the All-Ireland Hurling Final being held in the grounds to mark the golden jubilee of the Association, extensive improvements were made to bring the field requirements up to the demands which a crowd of up to 60,000 would make; the embankments around the field were raised and extended and the stand accommodation was extended. However, the jubilee final was held in Croke Park and it was another 50 years before the Stadium would host the long-awaited All-Ireland final as a showpiece to mark the centenary. In 1968 further developments took place when the Dr. Kinane Stand was opened. In 1971 the stadium was named after Tom Semple, famed captain of the Thurles "Blues", he won All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship medals in 1900, 1906 and 1908. The Ardán Ó Riáin opposite the Kinane Stand and the terracing at the town end of the field were completed in 1981 at a cost of £500,000.
This development and the terracing at the Killinan end of the field were part of a major improvement scheme for the celebration of the centenary All-Ireland Hurling Final between Cork and Offaly in 1984. In April 2006 Tipperary County Board announced an €18 million redevelopment plan for the Stadium; the three-year project aimed to boost capacity to over 55,000, as well as providing a wide range of modern facilities such as corporate space concessions and changing areas within both main stands. There were plans to upgrade the standing terraces and install a modern floodlighting facility. Phase one of the upgrade project, upgrading the Kinnane Stand side of the stadium, involved expenditure of €5.5 million. On 14 February 2009 the new state of the art floodlights were switched on by GAA President Nickey Brennan before the National Hurling League game against Cork. In 2016, Hawk-Eye was installed in the stadium and used for the first time during the Munster Championship quarter-final between Tipperary and Cork.
An architectural consultancy has been appointed to lead a design team, tasked with preparing a master plan for the redevelopment of Semple Stadium. The Féile Festival, running from 1990 to 1994, was held at Semple Stadium. At the height of its success, an estimated 150,000 people attended the festival, known as "The Trip to Tipp". Irish and international artists participated, including The Prodigy, The Cranberries, Bryan Adams, Van Morrison, Rage Against the Machine, The Saw Doctors and Christy Moore; the Féile Classical Concerts will take place at Semple Stadium in September 2018. Line up will include Irish musical acts. Semple Stadium is a five-minute walk from Thurles railway station; the station is on the Dublin to Cork main rail line with connections to Tralee lines. Irish Rail operates'GAA Specials' to the station on the date of certain matches at Semple stadium. List of Gaelic Athletic Association stadiums List of stadiums in Ireland Aerial Photograph at irelandaerialphotography.com
The Louth County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Louth GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, is responsible for Gaelic games in County Louth. The county board is responsible for the Louth inter-county championship; the earliest recorded inter-county football match took place in 1712 when Louth faced Meath at Slane. A fragment of a poem from 1806 records a football match between Louth and Fermanagh at Inniskeen, Co Monaghan; when Louth GAA sent the team into training in Dundalk for the 1913 Croke Memorial replay under a soccer trainer from Belfast, the move caused more than a ripple through the Association. For thirty years full-time training in bursts of a week or so before a big match were common. After that the two or three times a week gatherings became more popular. Between 1945 and 1953 Louth and Meath met 13 times; the crowds got bigger each time as they played draw after draw in the Championship. The attendance of 42,858 at a thrilling 1951 replay remained a record for a provincial match other than a final for forty years the four match series between Meath and Dublin in 1991.
The rivalry with Meath has never fizzled out, as witnessed by a stirring Leinster semi-final in 1998. Nor has controversy, as witnessed by Graham Geraghty's "wide" 45th minute point. In 1957 showband star Dermot O'Brien was late for the All-Ireland final and joined the team when the parade was completed. Prior to the game O'Brien had captained the side in the semi final success, when the regular captain Patsy Coleman had been injured. Both Ardee men tossed a coin to see. O'Brien won the toss. Coleman today still has the match ball. O'Brien played a key role as Louth beat Cork with the help of a goal from Sean Cunningham with five minutes to go. Dermot O'Brien died on 21 May 2007; as both Cork and Louth wear Red and White, on that day Louth wore the green of Leinster, while Cork wore the blue of Munster. Eamonn McEneaney was manager from 2006 to 2009 and guided them to their most recent success, the O'Byrne Cup when they defeated DCU in the 2009 final played in the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda. On 27 June 2010, Louth reached their first Leinster Senior Championship Final in 50 years.
During the Leinster Final on 11 July that year and controversy erupted when, during the 74th minute of the match against Meath, a goal was awarded by the referee after brief consultation with only one of the match umpires. However, Meath received the cup. Louth have been represented by two players in the International Rules versus Australia in recent years, Paddy Keenan and Ciaran Byrne. On 11 July 2010, Louth reached the Leinster Senior Football Championship Final where they took on neighbours Meath. Meath won what was a controversial match. Deep into injury time in the 74th minute of the match, the referee awarded a contentious goal to Meath, he did so after a brief consultation with only one of the match umpires, although television coverage of the game showed that the ball had been carried over the line by Meath player Joe Sherdian. Prior to the referee's decision, Meath were trailing Louth by one point; the referee blew his whistle shortly afterwards. The "goal" proved to be the decisive score.
Irate Louth fans stormed the pitch and commenced a process of chasing and physically assaulting the referee, who had to be led away by a Garda escort in scenes broadcast to a live television audience. Other scenes of violence saw bottles being hurled from a stand, one striking a steward who fell to the ground and Meath substitute Mark Ward was hit by a Louth fan; the situation led to much media debate in the days that followed, the violence was condemned and there were many calls in the national media for the game to be replayed. GAA President Christy Cooney said the events were a "watershed" and one where the "circumstances were bizarre. I have never seen circumstances like it as long as I have been a member of this Association", he promised life bans for those. The day after the match the GAA released a statement confirming that Sludden admitted he had made an error; the GAA stated that the rules left it powerless to offer a replay and that this would be decided by Meath. Following a Meath County Board meeting it emerged that, in his match report, the referee had blown for a penalty for Meath but when the ball ended up in the net he decided to award the "goal" instead.
The county board decided not to offer a replay and judged that that would be "the end of the matter". This decision was met in some quarters with mixed feelings and commented upon in one national newspaper, the Evening Herald, by three times All-Ireland winning manager Mickey Harte who said the Meath county board was more culpable because their officers had time to form a considered opinion. In the statement, the Louth County Board spoke of the enormous sense of injustice, being felt in Louth GAA, they questioned the referee's official report saying it was contrary to Playing Rules where he indicated in his report that he blew the whistle for a penalty, but changed his mind and awarded a goal instead. The referee wrote that "he made a terrible mistake". Louth County board referred to Rule 6.41 Award //facts of game: The award of the game rests with the committee / council in charge acting on the referees report. In doing so the Louth County Board intimated that the committee/council in charge erred in leaving the matter to Meath County Board to offer a replay without seeking clarification from the re
The Sligo County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Sligo GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, is responsible for Gaelic games in County Sligo. The county board is responsible for the Sligo inter-county teams. Sligo play in the Connacht Senior Football Championship but have only won three senior provincial titles, in 1928, 1975 and 2007. Sligo have never appeared in an All-Ireland final; the 1922 Championship is the closest they have come, defeating Roscommon and Galway to win the Connacht title, beating Tipperary in the subsequent All-Ireland semi-final that followed. However, "a flimsy technicality" led to a replay of the Connacht final against Galway, which Sligo lost. In club football, no Sligo team has appeared in an All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship final. St. Mary's is the only Sligo team to have won the Connacht Senior Club Football Championship, having won it three times in 1977, 1980 and 1983. Eastern Harps and Tourlestrane have all appeared in Connacht finals.
Due to its much smaller population than both County Galway and County Mayo, the two dominant forces in the province of Connacht, competition from professional League of Ireland soccer team Sligo Rovers in the county's capital town, Sligo's Gaelic football team have never been able to break free of the shackles inherent in the provincial championship format. They have won only three Connacht championships, with about 50 years between each win; these championships came in 1928, 1975 and 2007. Sligo have never appeared in an All-Ireland final; the 1922 Championship is the closest they have come, defeating Roscommon and Galway to win the Connacht title, beating Tipperary in the subsequent All-Ireland semi-final that followed. However an objection from Galway on what is described as "a flimsy technicality" led to the Connacht decider being brought to a replay, which Sligo went on to lose. Sligo met the same fate in the inaugural National Football League campaign of 1926, beating Laois to reach the final, only for Laois to object on the grounds of a Sligo player's name being misspelled.
This gives Sligo the unique position of having qualified for an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final and a National Football League Final, without having contested either. In 1954, Sligo reached the Connacht final against Galway, only for an equalising goal in the final minute to be disallowed. In 1962, Sligo reached the Connacht final against Roscommon, led for much of the match only to be blighted by a sudden string of injuries, miss a 50 while two points ahead in the final minute, gift soon-to-be All-Ireland finalists Roscommon a goal in what is considered "one of the great football tragedies in Connacht". In 1965, Sligo reached the Connacht final against Galway and gained a seven-point lead, only for one of their players to be "mysteriously sent to the full-forward spot", causing "the entire team momentum" and the match. Since the 2001 introduction to the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship of a qualifier system for teams eliminated from their provincial championship, despite having a poor record, has enjoyed some modest, though noteworthy, success.
The new format together with a prolonged period of competing in Division 1 of the National Football League helped bring about an upward turn in the county's fortunes. In 2002, having narrowly lost the Connacht Senior Football Final to Galway, the defending All-Ireland champions, Sligo went on to defeat Tyrone in Croke Park, turning over a seven-point deficit in the process. A similar comeback against the eventual All-Ireland champions Armagh two weeks led to a replay, but Sligo's run was halted when they had claims for a penalty in injury time of the second game turned down. On 8 July 2007, Sligo claimed their first Connacht title since 1975 with a one-point victory over Galway; the following year they were trashed by Mayo and ended up in the Tommy Murphy Cup, after a league campaign that had seen them relegated to Division 4. Star player Eamonn O'Hara said. On 27 June 2010, Sligo hosted Galway and led 1–8 to 0–2 at halftime but were shocked by an undeserved draw ending 1–10 each; the replay saw Sligo defeat the Tribesmen on the scoreline 1–14 to 0–16 to advance to the Connacht Senior Football Final.
Once there, after all their hard work and continued misfortune, Roscommon defeated them by 0–14 to 0–13. Sligo football descended to a new depth on 26 May 2013 when they were dumped out of the Connacht Championship by London in their first game; the scoreline was 1-12 to 0-14. This was London's first victory in the Connacht Championship since 1977. Lorcan Mulvey scored the vital London goal; the county Vocational Schools team reached two All-Ireland finals in 1962 and 1963, losing both to Dublin City. Four Sligo players have won All-Stars: Mickey Kearns of St. Pat's, Barnes Murphy of St. Mary's, Eamonn O'Hara of Tourlestrane, Charlie Harrison of St. John's. Sligo's club football scene is not dominated by any single team. Sligo's team colours are white. Sligo's jerseys have alternated between white over the years. In the 1990s, Sligo opted for predominantly white shirts with black shorts with exceptions in 1995 and 1996 when they wore an all-black strip. In 2001, Sligo was fined by the GAA for not wearing their registered county colours and after a win over Kildare decided to make the all-black kit their first choice.
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Croke Park is a Gaelic Athletic Association stadium located in Dublin, Ireland. Named in honour of Archbishop Thomas Croke, it is called Croker by some GAA fans and locals, it serves both as the principal headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association. Since 1891 the site has been used by the GAA to host Gaelic games, most notably the annual All-Ireland finals in football and hurling. Both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2003 Special Olympics, as well as numerous music concerts by major international acts, have been held in the stadium. During the construction of the Aviva Stadium, Croke Park hosted games played by the Ireland national rugby union team and the Republic of Ireland national football team. In June 2012, the stadium was used to host the closing ceremony of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress during which Pope Benedict XVI gave an address over video link to eighty thousand people. In 2012, Irish pop vocal group Westlife had their record-breaking tour date in the stadium with tickets sold out in less than 5 minutes.
Following a redevelopment programme started in the 1990s, Croke Park has a capacity of 82,300, making it the third-largest stadium in Europe, the largest not used for association football. The area now known as Croke Park was owned in the 1880s by Maurice Butterly and known as the City and Suburban Racecourse, or Jones' Road sports ground. From 1890 it was used by the Bohemian Football Club. In 1901 Jones' Road hosted the IFA Cup football final. Recognising the potential of the Jones' Road sports ground a journalist and GAA member, Frank Dineen, borrowed much of the £3,250 asking price and bought the ground in 1908. In 1913 the GAA came into exclusive ownership of the plot when they purchased it from Dineen for £3,500; the ground was renamed Croke Park in honour of Archbishop Thomas Croke, one of the GAA's first patrons. In 1913, Croke Park had only two stands on what is now known as the Hogan stand side and grassy banks all round. In 1917, a grassy hill was constructed on the railway end of Croke Park to afford patrons a better view of the pitch.
This terrace was known as Hill 60 renamed Hill 16 in memory of the 1916 Easter Rising. It is erroneously believed to have been built from the ruins of the GPO, when it was constructed the previous year in 1915. In the 1920s, the GAA set out to create a high capacity stadium at Croke Park. Following the Hogan Stand, the Cusack Stand, named after Michael Cusack from Clare, was built in 1927. 1936 saw the first double-deck Cusack Stand open with 5,000 seats, concrete terracing being constructed on Hill 16. In 1952 the Nally Stand was built in memorial of another of the GAA founders. Seven years to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the GAA, the first cantilevered "New Hogan Stand" was opened; the highest attendance recorded at an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final was 90,556 for Offaly v Down in 1961. Since the introduction of seating to the Cusack stand in 1966, the largest crowd recorded has been 84,516. During the Irish War of Independence on 21 November 1920 Croke Park was the scene of a massacre by the Royal Irish Constabulary.
The Police, supported by the British Auxiliary Division, entered the ground and began shooting into the crowd, killing or fatally wounding 14 civilians during a Dublin-Tipperary Gaelic football match. The dead included Tipperary player Michael Hogan. Posthumously, the Hogan stand built in 1924 was named in his honour; these shootings, on the day which became known as Bloody Sunday, were a reprisal for the killing of 15 people associated with the Cairo Gang, a group of British Intelligence officers, by Michael Collins"squad' earlier that day. In 1984 the organisation decided to investigate ways to increase the capacity of the old stadium; the design for an 80,000 capacity stadium was completed in 1991. Gaelic sports have special requirements. A specific requirement was to ensure; this resulted in the three-tier design from which viewing games is possible: the main concourse, a premium level incorporating hospitality facilities and an upper concourse. The premium level contains restaurants and conference areas.
The project was split into four phases over a 14-year period. Such was the importance of Croke Park to the GAA for hosting big games, the stadium did not close during redevelopment. During each phase different parts of the ground were redeveloped, while leaving the rest of the stadium open. Big games, including the annual All-Ireland Hurling and Football finals, were played in the stadium throughout the development; the first phase of construction was to build a replacement for Croke Park's Cusack Stand. A lower deck opened for use in 1994; the upper deck opened in 1995. Completed at a cost of £35 million, the new stand is 180 metres long, 35 metres high, has a capacity for 27,000 people and contains 46 hospitality suites; the new Cusack Stand contains three tiers from which viewing games is possible: the main concourse, a premium level incorporating hospitality facilities and an upper concourse. One end of the pitch was closer to the stand after this phase, as the process of re-aligning the pitch during the redevelopment of the stadium began.
1916 Phase Two of the development started in late 1998 and involved extending the new Cusack Stand to replace the existing Canal End terrace. It is now known as The Davin Stand, after Maurice Davin, the first president of the GAA; this phase saw the creation of a tunnel which was
The Wicklow County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Wicklow GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, is responsible for Gaelic games in County Wicklow. The county board is responsible for the Wicklow inter-county teams. Wicklow's Senior Football team play in the Leinster Senior Football Championship. Wicklow have had little success at senior level, being the only Senior Football team in the province and one of two in Ireland not to have won a Senior title in either code, the other being Fermanagh. Wicklow's Senior Hurling team compete in the Christy Ring Cup, the second tier of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, they reached the final in both the 2011 and 2012 cups losing to London respectively. Wicklow are one of two counties never to have won a senior provincial championship, but Bray Emmets, the leading side of the early 1900s, won Leinster and All-Ireland honours when they were playing in the Dublin Championship. Wicklow were twice proclaimed Leinster champions for short periods.
Bray were representing Wicklow in 1889, when they beat Newtown Blues of Drogheda by 1-7 to 1-4 they claimed that they had won the "final of Leinster" because Queens County or Kilkenny had not shown up for a final. But four days the result was quashed. In 1897 they became Leinster champions for a week. A downpour caused Dublin to presume the Leinster final would not be played, Dublin went home, the referee awarded a walk-over to Wicklow, but the following meeting of the Central Council ordered the match to be replayed and Wicklow lost by 1-9 to 0-3. A League semi-final in frostbound 1947 came about in bizarre fashion: Wicklow were picked to represent an unfinished group in which some of the teams had not yet played. In 1954 Wicklow were leading Meath by two points after sixty minutes of play but Meath were saved by the clock. Nine minutes of lost time had elapsed before Meath scored the winning point! After surviving the "long count" Meath went on to win the All-Ireland, Wicklow lost their best player of the decade, John Timmons, to Dublin.
In 1986 they pulled off a huge upset beating newly crowned League champions Laois in the Leinster Quarter-final on a scorching hot June day in Aughrim by 2-10 to 1-9, Wicklow legend Kevin O'Brien scored 2-3 in that game. However, they were no match for Meath. A near thing against Meath, just off their four-match with Dublin in 1991 heralded a great start to the 1990s, but Wicklow's only championship wins since were against Longford and Westmeath, a 1996 League quarter-final appearance against Donegal their nearest to a breakthrough. Lying in wait for complacent opponents in Aughrim, for unsuspecting opposition has been the Wicklow trademark since. Exploits included a 1986 win over newly crowned League champions Laois at Aughrim, a 1981 defeat by just two points against Dublin in the Leinster quarter-final, after a miracle save in the last minute by Dublin's goalkeeper John O'Leary. Wicklow's biggest achievement remains the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship won by the Baltinglass club in 1990.
The early part of the 00s were lean for Wicklow, with them winning few championship matches however they did produce a number of competitive results and were unfortunate in several games. Under the management of Hugh Kenny Wicklow lined out against Meath in the opening round of the 2004 Leinster Championship, they were playing exceptionally well and were leading Meath by 1-6 to 0-7 early in the second half when midfielder Ciaran Clancy was harshly sent off. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of Wicklow who never recovered and were hammered 2-13 to 1-8, Derry knocked Wicklow out of the championship in the Qualifiers by 1-15 to 1-10. Against Kildare in the opening round of the 2005 Leinster Championship they came close to a first win leading Kildare but for Wicklow, the age old problem of not being able to close out a game surfaced, they were beaten by 1-17 to 2-12, Donegal knocked Wicklow out of the Qualifiers beating them by 0-16 to 0-12. In October 2006 legendary former Kerry manager and player Mick O'Dwyer took over as Wicklow manager, a huge boost to the county.
During his tenure Wicklow's championship results improved, while Wicklow had shown promise in 2004 and 2005, they suffered two heavy defeats in the 2006 championship. In 2007 under Mick O'Dwyer they played Louth in the first round of the Leinster Championship, taking Louth to two replays before being beaten, however that year, they went on to win the Tommy Murphy Cup, beating Antrim in dramatic fashion with a late Tommy Gill goal in extra time, securing the Wicklow senior footballers second national trophy, first win in Croke Park; as Wicklow were a Division 4 team they were not permitted to enter the 2007 backdoor. Going into the 2008 championship, Wicklow had not won a championship game since beating London on June 8, 2002 and had not won a Leinster Championship 1st round proper game since beating Longford by 1 point in 1996, they faced a fancied Kildare in the 1st round and completed arguably their greatest championship win beating Kildare 0-13 to 0-9, this was their first championship win in Croke Park, they went on to lose narrowly to Laois in the Quarter-Final.
Again as they were a Division 4 team they were not permitted to enter the qualifiers, so they went on to try and defend the Tommy Murphy Cup but lost to Antrim in the final. The 2009 Championship was one of the most memorable in Wicklow