The Kerry County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, is responsible for Gaelic games in County Kerry. The county board is responsible for the Kerry inter-county teams; the Kerry branch of the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in the year 1888. Gaelic football is the dominant sport in the county, with both the men's and women's teams among the strongest in the country at senior level. In hurling, the men's side compete in the sport's premier inter-county competition, the Liam MacCarthy Cup, while the camogie team does not compete at senior level. Kerry have been the most successful team in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, topping the list of counties for All-Irelands won, they have won the competition including two four-in-a-rows and two three-in-a-rows. The Ó Sé family are renowned: beginning with Páidí, they have had at least one member play a part in all 22 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Finals that Kerry have participated in between 1975 and 2014.
The team's current crest, which came into use in 2012, features design elements that represent the county: Kerry’s people, flora and artistry. County name – A bold decorative Celtic-style Ciarraí brand featuring a crowned C which pays homage to the county’s moniker,'The Kingdom' Kerry’s people – St Brendan and his epic voyage: an inspiring tale of bravery and innovation; the naomhóg is propelled by a sail featuring a Celtic cross – the symbol of the GAA Kerry’s fauna – Red Deer: Ireland’s largest wild animal whose only remaining native herd is found on the slopes of Torc and Mangerton. These animals are believed to have had a continuous presence in Ireland since the end of the last Ice Age and are steeped in folklore, it is said that ‘Tuan’, the King of the Deer, was given rights of free passage by Fionn McCool to the mountains of Kerry and that his blood line lives on in the present herd Kerry’s landscape – Skellig Michael’s iconic silhouette rising out of the Atlantic Ocean. A designated UNESCO World Heritage site and famous around the globe Kerry’s flora – KIllarney woodland fern that thrives in wild exotic places.
The previous crest, shown on the right, used from 1988 to 2011 was based more on Irish and Celtic symbolism, featuring a round-tower church, an Irish Wolfhound and a harp. Kerry traditional colours are gold and green and the county team kits are composed by a green shirt with a single golden hoop, white shorts and green and gold socks. In the early days of the All-Ireland Football Championship, counties were represented by the county champions. Kerry's first representatives were from Laune Rangers, the blue of Laune Rangers was worn in Kerry's first championship outing in 1889; the royal blue of Laune Rangers were worn in the 1892 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final. Between 1889 and 1895 inclusive, the teams that went forward to represent Kerry were Laune Rangers and Ballymacelligott, who both wore blue. In the early 20th century, selection committees had been established by the county board, but as Tralee Mitchels dominated the county championship, they had an influential voice in the selection of the team, the county footballers wore the Mitchels colours of green and gold.
There are conflicting accounts of the jersey that Kerry wore in the first of the three games of the 1903 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final series with Kildare, but both accounts agree that the predominant colour was red. One account says that it was a red jersey with green neck and cuffs, which were the colours of the Tralee Mitchels junior football team. Another account says that it was an red jersey with no green in it; the reason that Kerry wore this red or red jersey was that a new set of green and gold jerseys was not delivered in time for the game. For the games in the 1903 series of games, Kerry wore green jerseys with gold on the cuffs and over the shoulders; these were the colours of the Tralee Mitchels senior team. The dominance of Mitchels players on the Kerry team at the point in which they won their first All-Ireland, reinforced the idea that green and gold were the Kerry colours, they have been Kerry's traditional colours from the 1903 triumph onward. The'classic' style is green with a gold hoop.
The colours have been changed only most of all in the 80's finals against Offaly to avoid again colour clashes. In the 1939 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final Kerry were to play Meath, who wear green and gold. To avoid a colour clash, Kerry wore the white of Dingle, the county champions at the time; the change kit is blue, reflecting the Munster GAA colours. Kerry's inter-county teams are sponsored by the Kerry Group, in one of the longest standing sponsorship arrangements in the GAA; the teams have been connected with the Kerry Group since sponsorship became more open in the GAA in the early 1990s. Kerry's jerseys are provided by O'Neills sportswear; the team kit had been supplied from 1996 to 1998 by Adidas, while prior to that contract in 1998, Kerry were partnered with the now-defunct Millfi
Gaelic games are sports played in Ireland under the auspices of the Gaelic Athletic Association. Gaelic football and hurling are the two main games. Other games organised by the GAA rounders. Women's versions of hurling and football are played: camogie, organised by the Camogie Association of Ireland, ladies' Gaelic football, organised by the Ladies' Gaelic Football Association. While women's versions are not organised by the GAA, they are associated with it. A million people attended 45 GAA senior championships games in 2017 combined with attendances at other championship and league games generating Gate receipts of €34,391,635. Gaelic football is played by teams of 15 on a rectangular grass pitch with H-shaped goals at each end; the primary object is to score by driving the ball through the goals, known as a goal, or by kicking the ball over the bar, known as a point. The team with the highest point score at the end of the match wins; the female version of the game is known as ladies' Gaelic football and is similar to the men's game with a few minor rule changes.
Other formats with teams of 7 to 11 players are played in Europe, Middle East, Asia and South Africa utilising smaller soccer or rugby pitches. Hurling is a stick and ball game played by teams of 15 on a rectangular grass pitch with H-shaped goals at each end; the primary object is to score by driving the ball through the goals or putting the ball over the bar and thereby scoring a point. Three points is the equivalent of a goal; the team with the highest score at the end of the match wins. It is over three thousand years old, is said to be the world's fastest field game, combining skills from lacrosse, field hockey, baseball in a hard-hitting skilled game; the female version of the game is known as camogie and is similar to hurling with a few minor rule changes. Other formats with teams of 7 to 11 players are played in Europe, Middle East, Asia and South Africa utilising smaller soccer or rugby pitches. Gaelic handball is a game; the game is similar to American handball. There are three codes of handball: 40x20 and One Wall.
One Wall handball is the most popular international version of handball with it being played in over 30 countries. It is hoped by GAA Handball; the sport of handball is governed by GAA Handball in Ireland. Rounders is a bat and ball game, played in Ireland. Rounders is organised by a subdivision of the GAA known as the Rounders Council of Ireland, it is similar to softball. Other Gaelic games such as Gaelic athletics have nearly or died out; when founded the GAA organised a number of Gaelic athletics competitions but passed the responsibility to the National Athletic and Cycling Association in 1922. Tailteann Games with Gaelic athletics were held until 1932. GAA Derek Brady Trophy Official website of the Gaelic Athletic Association
National Hurling League
The National Hurling League is an annual inter-county hurling competition featuring teams from Ireland and England. Founded in 1925 by the Gaelic Athletic Association, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation within the league system; the league has 35 teams divided with either five or six teams in each division. Promotion and relegation between these divisions is a central feature of the league. Although a competition for Irish teams, teams from England – Lancashire and Warwickshire – take part, while in the past New York fielded a team for the latter stages of the league. Teams representing subdivisions of counties, such as Fingal and South Down have participated at various times; the National Hurling League has been associated with a title sponsor since 1985. Ford, Royal Liver and Church & General have all served as sponsors of the league since then; the competition is sponsored by Allianz and is known as the Allianz Hurling League. The league season runs from January to March with each team in the group playing each other once.
Division 1 of the league features the top twelve hurling teams split into two divisions of six. A knock-out stage follows for the four top-placed teams in each division; the winners of the Division 1 title are awarded the Dr. Croke Cup and are regarded as the National Hurling League champions; the National Hurling League title has been won by 10 different teams, 9 of whom have won the title more than once. The all-time record-holders are Tipperary. Limerick are the current champions. Since 1887, the All-Ireland Championship had been growing in interest and in participation; the championship, was confined to the summer months, resulting in a lack of top class inter-county action between September and April. Inter-county tournament games were popular as a way of filling the void, while some provinces organised their own pre-championship competitions, most notably the Thomond Feis in Munster. Several counties had organised inter-club leagues as a means of supplementing the county championship by providing more games.
While these had proved successful, it was decided to create a national senior inter-county league to provide games during the winter and spring months. The inaugural National Hurling League began on 27 September 1925 and ended on 16 May 1926. Seven teams - Cork, Galway. Kilkenny, Laois and Tipperary - competed in a six-game single round-robin format. At the end of the group stage the top two teams contested the league final. Cork won the 1925-26 league following a 3-7 to 1-5 defeat of Dublin in the final. While no league took place during the 1926-27 season, the 1926-27 league featured nine teams. A single round-robin format was once again used, with each team playing eight games; the second league featured no final, with Tipperary being declared champions after securing 14 points from their group stage games. The 1928-29 league featured twelve teams divided in two groups based on geographical position; the Eastern Division comprised five teams from the province of Leinster, while the Southwestern Division had seven teams from the province of Munster and Galway.
The top teams in each division played off in the final to determine the champions. This format was used on a number of occasions until the 1934-35, when the league reverted to a straightforward one-group league with the top-placed team being declared the champions; this format was used again during the leagues in 1935-36 and 1936-37. Ten teams entered the 1937-38 league, with two groups of five teams competing. A third group was added in 1938-39 as the number of teams increased to thirteen; these formats were used over the following seasons, depending on the number of teams participating. Between 1941 and 1945 the league was suspended due to the Emergency; the 1955-56 league saw the introduction of a major change in format. As a result of a lack of interest from defeated first-round teams in recent years, Central Council introduced a two-division league featuring a new system of relegation and promotion. Division 1 was confined to ten teams in two groups of five; the bottom-placed team in each group would play off to decide which of the two teams would be relegated.
Division 2 was made up of the'second tier' hurling teams and featured eight teams divided into two groups. Limerick became the first team to be relegated, while Antrim became the first team to gain promotion under the new system. Since 1985, the National Hurling League has been sponsored; the sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. Division 1 has existed in its current form since the 2012 league. Prior to this, Division 1 had existed as a single division of eight teams; the new division, comprising two groups, was created using the final rankings from the 2011 league. The top six teams from that year's Division 1 were added to the new Division 1A; the bottom two teams from Division 1 and the top four teams from Division 2 were added to the new Division 1B. In 2012 and 2013, the top two teams in Division 1B contested a final, with the winners joining the top three teams from Division 1A in the semi-finals of the league proper; this format was abandoned. There are twelve teams in Division 1, these teams are subdivided into two groups of six - teams ranked one to six in Division 1A and teams ranked seven to twelve in Division 1B.
During the course of a season each team plays the others once for a total of 15 games in each group. Teams receive one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Where two teams are level on points, t
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.
Sligo's crest features Benbulbin in the backgroun
The Laois County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Laois GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, is responsible for Gaelic games in County Laois and the Laois inter-county teams. Laois are a dual county, hurling. Laois are one of a select group of counties to have contested All Ireland finals in both football and hurling, are six times Leinster Senior Football Champions, three times Leinster Senior Hurling Champions. In recent times Laois have been more successful footballers than hurlers. Laois minors have had considerable success over the past two decades, the Laois senior footballers reached the Leinster final in 2003, 2004, 2005. Laois hurlers compete in the Liam MacCarthy Cup, a competition reserved for the premiere hurling counties. Laois contested the second All-Ireland final in 1889 and won the first National Football League final beating Dublin in the 1926 final. 1936 saw the only other appearance by Laois in an All-Ireland senior decider. Laois beat Monaghan by a point in the 1986 National Football League final.
Liam Irwin and Colm Browne both won All Stars for their performances that year. During the 1990s Laois had a number of successes at Minor and U-21 level, including All-Ireland Minor Football Championships in 1996 and 1997. During the mid-2000s Laois Gaelic football became a strong force at all age levels. Under former Kerry and Kildare manager Mick O'Dwyer, Laois were National Football League runners-up and Leinster Senior Football Championship winners in 2003. Laois would go on to contest the Leinster Senior Football Championship Final again in 2004 and 2005. During the same period the Minor team were All-Ireland Minor Champions in 2003, Leinster Champions in 2004, 2005 and 2007, while the U-21 panel were Leinster Champions in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, Mick O'Dwyer's management of Laois ended and he was replaced by the former Limerick manager, Liam Kearns. After two years Liam Kearns was replaced by Sean Dempsey in 2008. Dempsey who had led the Laois minors to All-Ireland success in 2003 commenced a major re-building exercise in 2009 but failed to achieve any success and was replaced by Justin McNulty for the 2011 season.
After three seasons in charge, McNulty stepped down to be replaced by Tomás Ó Flatharta. Twice Finalists in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship 1889, 1936 3 All-Ireland Minor Football Championships 1996, 1997, 2003 1 All-Ireland Junior Football Championship 1973 1 All-Ireland'B' 1993 2 National Football Leagues 1926, 1986 Once runners-up: 2003 Five times semi-finalists: 1952, 1978, 1994, 1995, 1997 6 Leinster Senior Football Championships 1889, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1946, 2003 8 Leinster U21 Football Championships 1964, 1969, 1982, 1987, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2007 9 Leinster Minor Football Championships 1932, 1966, 1967, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2007 5 Leinster Junior Football Championships 1907, 1941, 1968, 1973, 1993 5 O'Byrne Cups 1978, 1987, 1991, 1994 and 2005 Women's MF in 1992 Portlaoise won All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship in 1983 Laois have a total of 5 football All Stars. 1986: Colm Browne, Liam Irwin 2003: Fergal Byron, Joe Higgins, Tom Kelly Manager: John Sugrue Selectors: Brendan Delaney, Sean CotterSquad as per 2019 NFL campaign.
The major local club competitions in Laois are the championships. In addition, all teams compete in the All-County Football League from Division 1 down to Division 5. Laois Senior Football Championship Laois Intermediate Football Championship Laois Junior Football Championship Laois Junior "B" Football Championship Laois Junior "C" Football Championship Laois Under 21 Football Championship Laois Minor Football Championship Laois won one All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship title, in 1915, when the day was so wet the team played the second half in their overcoats. Laois competes in the Liam MacCarthy Cup, but has won three All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championships; the hurlers reached National Hurling League semi-finals in 1981 and 1983 before losing the Centenary Cup hurling final to Cork in 1984, were back in the National Hurling League semi-final in 1996. Laois most contested the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship final in 1985, in what was to be a disappointing final defeat against Offaly.
1 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship 1915 0 National Hurling Leagues Thrice semi-finalists 2 Div 2 Hurlings 3 All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championships 1977, 1979, 2002 1 All Ireland U21 B 2004 Leinster Senior Hurling Championships: 3 1914, 1915, 1949 1 Leinster Under-21 Hurling Championships 1983 4 Leinster Minor Hurling Championships 1934, 1940, 1941, 1964 3 Leinster Junior Hurling Championships 1910, 1914, 1933 2 Walsh Cups 1980, 1991 Walsh Shield: 1 2008, 2010 1 Kehoe Cup 1982 Laois have 1 hurling All Star. 1985: Pat Critchley Manager: Eddie Brennan Selector: Conor Gleeson Coach: Ollie MoranSquad as per Laois v Galway, 2017 National Hurling League Round 3, 5 March 2017 The major local club hurling competitions in Laois are the championships which are listed below. In addition, all teams compete in the All-County Hurling League from Division 1 down to Division 5. Laois Senior Hurling Championship Laois Senior’A Hurling Championship Laois Intermediate Hurling Championship Laois Junior Hurling Championship Laois Under 21 Hurling Championship Laois Minor Hurling Championship Laois Junior "B" Hurling Championship Laois Junior "C" Hurling Championship Harps won three All Ireland junior club titles in 2006-8.
Laois won the Nancy Murray Cup in 2007. They won the third division of the National Camogie League in 2010, they won the
All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the premier competition in gaelic football, is an annual series of games played in Ireland and organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association. The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final is played by the "35th Sunday of the year" at Croke Park in Dublin, with the winning team receiving the Sam Maguire Cup. Contested by the top inter-county football teams in Ireland, the tournament has taken place every year since 1887, except in 1888, when the competition was not played due to a tour of the United States by would-be competitors; the first Championship to be held featured club teams who represented their respective counties after their county championship. The 21 a-side final was between Commercials of Young Irelands of Louth; the final was played in Beech Hill, Clonskeagh on 29 April 1888 with Commercials winning by 1–4 to 0–3. Unlike All-Ireland competitions, there were no provincial championships, the result was an open draw; the second Championship was unfinished owing to the American Invasion Tour.
The 1888 provincial championships had been completed but after the Invasion tour returned, the All-Ireland semi-final and final were not played. English team London reached the final four times in the early years of the competition. In 1892, inter-county teams were introduced to the All-Ireland Championship. Congress granted permission for the winning club to use players from other clubs in the county, thus the inter-county teams came into being; the rules of hurling and football were altered: goals were made equal to five points, teams were reduced from 21 to 17 a-side. The 1903 Championship brought Kerry's first All-Ireland title, they went on to become the most successful football team in the history of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. The first half of the twentieth century brought the rise of several teams who won two or more All-Ireland titles in that period, such as Kildare, Cavan and Roscommon. In the 1990s, a significant sea change took place, as the All-Ireland was claimed by an Ulster team in four consecutive years.
Since Ulster has produced more All-Ireland winning teams than any other province. The All-Ireland Qualifiers were introduced in 2001; that year, the 2001 final brought victory for Galway who became the first football team to win an All-Ireland by springing through "the back door." In 2013, Hawk-Eye was introduced. It was first used to confirm that Offaly substitute Peter Cunningham's attempted point had gone wide 10 minutes into the second half of a game against Kildare. 2013 brought the first Friday night game in the history of the Championship - a first round qualifier between Carlow and Laois.2018 saw the introduction of the All Ireland Super 8s. The county is a geographical region in Ireland, each of the thirty-two counties in Ireland organise their own gaelic games affairs through a County Board; the county teams play in their respective Provincial Championships in Connacht, Leinster and Ulster. Kilkenny is unique among the 32 Irish county associations in not participating in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.
The Provincial Championships operate through a knock-out cup competition format. They take place during the months of June; the winners of each of the four Provincial Championships earn a place in the All-Ireland Super 8s, a round robin group stage new to the 2018 Championship, which takes place in the months of July and August. Each provincial championship match is played as a single leg. If a match is drawn extra time is played. However, if both sides are still level at the end of extra time a replay takes place. In the case of a provincial final if matches end level a replay takes place without extra time; the twenty-nine teams that fail to win their respective Provincial Championships receive a second opportunity to reach the All-Ireland Series via the All Ireland Qualifiers. The qualifiers series takes place in the months of June and July and operates as follows: Qualifiers Round 1: All teams that fail to reach the semi-finals of their respective Provincial Championships compete in round one.
An open draw system is used to divide the teams into eight individual match-ups. The winning eight teams progress to Round 2, while the losing eight teams are eliminated from the All Ireland Championship. Round 2: Each of the eight winning teams of Round 1 are drawn against the eight losing teams from the semi-finals of the four Provincial Championships; the winning eight teams progress to Round 3, while the losing eight teams are eliminated from the All Ireland Championship. Round 3: The eight winning teams from Round 2 are divided into four individual match-ups. An open draw is made to determine the four pairings; the winning four teams progress to Round 4, while the losing four teams are eliminated from the All Ireland Championship. Round 4: Each of the four winning teams of Round 3 are drawn against the four losing teams from the finals of the four Provincial Championships; the winning four teams proceed to the All-Ireland Series, joining the four Provincial Champions, while the losing four teams are eliminated from the All Ireland Championship.
The All-Ireland Championship All-Ireland Super 8s: The four Provincial Champions and the winning four teams from Round 4 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers take part in a group stage that takes place in the months of July and August. The group stage is organised on a league basis with two groups of four
Liam MacCarthy Cup
The Liam MacCarthy Cup is a trophy awarded annually by the Gaelic Athletic Association to the hurling team that wins the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. Based on the design of a medieval drinking vessel, the trophy was first awarded in 1923 to the winners of the 1921 All-Ireland hurling championship final; the original 1920s trophy was retired in the 1990s, a new identical trophy awarded annually since 1992. The original trophy is on permanent display at Croke Park. All-Ireland winners are permitted to keep the Liam MacCarthy Cup for a period of one year until the following year's All-Ireland final. Kilkenny hold the record for retaining the cup on the most occasions. Kilkenny held the All-Ireland title for four consecutive years from 2006 until 2009. All-Ireland-winning captains receive a model replica of the Liam MacCarthy Cup; the original Liam MacCarthy Cup commemorates the memory of Liam MacCarthy. Born in London to Irish parents in 1853, he was prominently involved in the establishment of a GAA county board in London in the 1890s.
In 1922 a trophy in his honour was presented to the Central Council of the GAA, replaced the Great Southern Cup as the All-Ireland trophy. It was first presented in 1923 - to the Limerick team which defeated Dublin in the 1921 All-Ireland Hurling Final; the design of the cup is based on a medieval drinking vessel called a mather. In 1992 the original Liam MacCarthy Cup was retired. Tipperary were the last team to claim the original. In 1992 an exact replica has been awarded on an annual basis since then. Kilkenny were the first team to win the'new' MacCarthy Cup; the replica was crafted by James Kelly in Kilkenny. The Liam MacCarthy Cup is the title given to Tier 1 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship in which the top fourteen county teams compete. For the 2017 season, these teams are: The series of games are organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association and are played during the summer months with the All-Ireland Hurling Final being played on the first or second Sunday in September in Croke Park, Dublin.
The Liam MacCarthy Cup is held by Limerick, who beat Galway in the 2018 final on 19th August 2018. Kilkenny have now won thirty-six All-Ireland titles. List of All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship finals List of All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship winning captains Sam Maguire Cup