|Dates||12 May – 19 August 2018|
|Winning team||Limerick (8th win)|
|No. matches played||27|
|Player of the Year|
|All-Star Team||See here|
The 2018 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was the 131st staging of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1887. It is the first tier of senior inter-county championship hurling.
The championship began on 12 May 2018 and ended on 19 August 2018. The draw for the championship round-robin fixtures was held off camera on 19 October 2017 and announced on the championship draw broadcast on RTÉ2.
The Championship was won by Limerick, who were crowned champions after overcoming Galway in the final by a score line of 3–16 to 2-18.Limerick's victory was their eighth All-Ireland title and first since 1973.
The 2018 Championship has been described by many as one of the best ever.
The 2018 championship saw the biggest change in format since the introduction of the qualifiers in 2002.
A new provincial hurling championship featuring five-team round-robin groups in both Leinster and Munster and the new Joe McDonagh Cup was introduced in 2018 for an initial three-year period. The proposal was carried by a narrow margin with 62% voting in favour (a majority of at least 60% was required) at the GAA's Special Congress on 30 September 2017. The top two teams in each provincial group would contest the provincial final, with the provincial winners advancing to the All-Ireland semi-finals and the losing provincial finalists advancing to the two quarter-finals.
An amendment to the motion from Laois, Offaly and Meath was carried by 87%. The third-placed teams in Leinster and Munster would compete in All-Ireland preliminary quarter-finals against the two Joe McDonagh Cup finalists, with the Joe McDonagh Cup teams having home advantage.
If a non-Munster team were to win the Joe McDonagh Cup, the bottom team in the Leinster championship would be relegated to the following year's Joe McDonagh Cup and would be replaced in the following year's Leinster championship by the Joe McDonagh Cup winners. If a Munster team were to win the Joe McDonagh Cup, they would play off against the team who finished bottom in the Munster championship for the right to play in the following year's Munster championship, thereby ensuring that only Munster teams compete in the Munster championship.
The restructure of hurling involved the reduction of the Leinster championship from nine teams to five while the Munster championship continued with the previous five Munster teams (Kerry previously competed in the qualifier group of the Leinster championship). A six-team Joe McDonagh Cup was created, consisting of all four teams from the 2017 Leinster qualifier group plus Antrim and Carlow, the 2017 Christy Ring Cup finalists.
A total of twelve teams competed in the championship – five in the Leinster championship, five in the Munster championship, and the top two teams from the Joe McDonagh Cup who entered at the preliminary quarter-final stage.
Each team has a nominal home stadium for the round-robin series of the provincial championships. However, Waterford will not play their "home" games at Walsh Park, instead playing in neutral venues for these fixtures, namely Limerick's Gaelic Grounds and Semple Stadium in Thurles.
In the knockout stage, teams from the provincial round-robin series will not have home advantage, if avoidable. The only teams to play knockout games at home are the two Joe McDonagh Cup finalists, who had home advantage in the preliminary quarter-finals. The Munster final was held at a neutral venue which was decided based on the qualifying teams, while the locations of the two quarter-finals were decided based on similar considerations. The Leinster final, and the semi-finals and final of the All-Ireland series are held in the 82,300-capacity Croke Park in Dublin, headquarters of the GAA.
|From the Leinster Championship|
|From the Munster Championship|
|Cork||Páirc Uí Chaoimh||45,000|
|From the Joe McDonagh Cup|
|Carlow||Dr. Cullen Park||21,000|
|Captain(s)||Manager(s)||Most recent success|
|Clare||Pat O'Donnell||Patrick O'Connor|| Donal Moloney |
|Cork||Chill Insurance||Séamus Harnedy||John Meyler||2005||2017||1998|
|Dublin||AIG||Liam Rushe||Pat Gilroy||1938||2013||2011|
|Galway||Supermac's||David Burke||Micheál Donoghue||2017||2017||2017|
|Kilkenny||Glanbia||Cillian Buckley||Brian Cody||2015||2016||2018|
|Limerick||Sporting Limerick||Declan Hannon||John Kiely||2018||2019||1997|
|Offaly||Carroll Cuisine||David King||Kevin Martin||1998||1995||1990–91|
|Tipperary||Intersport/Elverys||Pádraic Maher||Michael Ryan||2016||2016||2008|
|Waterford||TQS Integration||Derek McGrath||1959||2010||2015|
|Wexford||Gain|| Lee Chin |
|Level on Pyramid||Competition||Champions||Runners Up|
|Tier 1||2018 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship|
|Tier 1 (Leinster)||2018 Leinster Senior Hurling Championship|
|Tier 1 (Munster)||2018 Munster Senior Hurling Championship|
|Tier 2||2018 Joe McDonagh Cup|
|Tier 3||2018 Christy Ring Cup|
|Tier 4||2018 Nicky Rackard Cup|
|Tier 5||2018 Lory Meagher Cup|
|1||4||4||0||0||7-89 (110)||6-62 (80)||+30||8|
|2||4||3||0||1||5-76 (91)||6-69 (87)||+4||6|
|3||4||2||0||2||6-81 (99)||5-68 (83)||+16||4|
|4||4||1||0||3||9-73 (100)||1-85 (88)||+12||2|
|5||4||0||0||4||5-50 (65)||14-85 (127)||–62||0|
|Green background The top two teams contested the Leinster Final, with the winners advancing to the All-Ireland semi-finals and the losers advancing to the All-Ireland quarter-finals.|
Yellow background The third-placed team advanced to the All-Ireland preliminary quarter-finals.
Red background As the 2018 Joe McDonagh Cup was won by Carlow (a Leinster county), the bottom team in the Leinster group, Offaly , were relegated to the 2019 Joe McDonagh Cup.
1 July 2018
| Galway ||0-18 (18)–(18) 0-18|
|(HT: 0-7 – 0-8)|
Pts: J Canning 6, N Burke 4, C Whelan 3, C Mannion 3, C Cooney 1, J Cooney 1
Pts: TJ Reid 10, B Ryan 2, E Murphy 1 (f), E Morrissey 1, J Maher 1, G Aylward 1, J Donnelly 1, W Walsh 1
8 July 2018
Leinster Final Replay
| Galway ||1-28 (31)–(24) 3-15|
|(HT: 1-16 – 1-7)|
|Gls: J Glynn 1|
Pts: J Canning 10 (6f), C Mannion 6, C Whelan 4, N Burke 2, A Harte 2, J Cooney 1, J Glynn 1, C Cooney 1, J Flynn 1
|Gls: G Aylward 1, R Hogan 1, C Fennelly 1|
Pts: TJ Reid 9 (6f, 1 '65'), J Holden 1, C Fogarty 1, J Maher 1, J Donnelly 1, R Hogan 1, C Fennelly 1
|1||4||2||2||0||5-94 (109)||4-89 (101)||+8||6|
|2||4||3||0||1||4-97 (109)||5-77 (92)||+17||6|
|3||4||2||1||1||3-92 (101)||4-81 (93)||+8||5|
|4||4||0||2||2||7-77 (98)||5-91 (106)||–8||2|
|5||4||0||1||3||6-76 (94)||7-98 (119)||–25||1|
|Green background The top two teams contested the Munster Final, with the winners advancing to the All-Ireland semi-finals and the losers advancing to the All-Ireland quarter-finals.|
Yellow background The third-placed team advanced to the All-Ireland preliminary quarter-finals.
As the 2018 Joe McDonagh Cup was won by Carlow (a Leinster county), there was no relegation/promotion play-off between the bottom team in the Munster group and the Joe McDonagh Cup winners for the right to compete in next year's Munster championship.
Cork are ranked ahead of Clare as they won the head-to-head game between the teams.
1 July 2018
| Cork ||2-24 (30)–(28) 3-19|
|(HT: 1-10 – 2-11)|
|Gls: S Harnedy 1, L Meade 1|
Pts: P Horgan 11 (6f, 1 '65'), S Harnedy 4, M Coleman 2 (1 sl), D Fitzgibbon 2, D Kearney 2, C Lehane 1, L Meade 1, B Cooper 1
|Gls: P Duggan 1, D Reidy 1, I Galvin 1|
Pts: P Duggan 7 (6f), J Conlon 5, D Reidy 2, P Collins 2, C McGrath 1, T Kelly 1, C Galvin 1
The inaugural Joe McDonagh Cup, the second tier of senior inter-county championship hurling, was contested by Antrim, Carlow, Kerry, Laois, Meath and Westmeath. Each team played all the other teams once in a round-robin format, with the top two teams progressing to the Joe McDonagh Cup final and also advancing to the All-Ireland preliminary quarter-finals, where they played the teams that finished third in the Leinster and Munster championships. Westmeath confirmed their place in the Joe McDonagh Cup final on 2 June 2018 after winning their first four matches, with Carlow confirming their place on 9 June after beating Westmeath.
The top two teams at the end of the round-robin, Westmeath and Carlow, faced each other in the final on 1 July 2018. The game, which took place in Croke Park, saw Carlow emerge victorious by a margin of five points to claim the inaugural Joe McDonagh Cup title.
1 July 2018
Joe McDonagh Cup Final
| Westmeath ||1-24 (27)–(32) 2-26|
|(HT: 0-13 – 1-12)|
|Gls: N O'Brien 1|
Pts: A Devine 8 (8f), E Price 6, A Clarke 3, R Greville 2, D McNicholas 2 (1f), N O'Brien 1, D Clinton 1, N Mitchell 1
|Gls: J Doyle 1, C Nolan 1|
Pts: D Murphy 10 (9f, 1 '65'), C Nolan 4, P Coady 4, JM Nolan 3, E Byrne 2, J Doyle 1, K McDonald 1, D Byrne 1
As a Leinster county, Carlow were automatically promoted to the Leinster championship for 2019, taking the place of Offaly.
|Preliminary Quarter-Finals||Quarter-Finals||Semi-Finals||All-Ireland Final|
The preliminary quarter-finals saw the third-placed teams from the two provincial round-robins play the two teams who competed in the Joe McDonagh Cup Final, with the two finalists having home advantage. Joe McDonagh champions Carlow faced third-placed Munster team Limerick in Dr Cullen Park, while runners-up Westmeath met Wexford, the third-place finished from Leinster, in Mullingar's Cusack Park.
|7 July 2018Preliminary quarter-final|| Carlow ||0-13 (13)–(37) 5-22||Carlow|
|19:00||(HT: 0-4 – 3-9)||Venue: Dr Cullen Park|
Pts: D Murphy 4 (3f, 1 '65'), P Abbey 2, JM Nolan 2, J Kavanagh 1, D Byrne 1, E Byrne 1, C Nolan 1, S Murphy 1
|Report||Gls: D Byrnes 1, K Hayes 1, A Gillane 1, G Mulcahy 1, P Casey 1 |
Pts: A Gillane 6 (2f), T Morrissey 5, P Casey 3, G Hegarty 2, D Byrnes 1 (1 '65'), C Lynch 1, S Flanagan 1, G Mulcahy 1, B Nash 1, D O'Donovan 1
|Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow)|
|7 July 2018Preliminary quarter-final|| Westmeath ||0-16 (16)–(27) 2-21||Mullingar|
|19:00||(HT: 0-8 – 1-12)||Venue: Cusack Park|
Pts: A Devine 8 (7f), A Clarke 2, E Price 2, D McNicholas 1, C Doyle 1, C Boyle 1, J Boyle 1
|Report||Gls: D Dunne 1, C McDonald 1 |
Pts: L Chin 7 (6f, 1 '65'), A Nolan 4, H Kehoe 2, L Ryan 1, D O'Keefe 1, S Murphy 1, J O'Connor 1, P Morris 1, D Dunne 1, C McDonald 1, S Tompkins 1
|Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)|
The two quarter-finals saw the losing provincial finalists play the winners of the two preliminary quarter-finals. As both third-place finishers from the provincial series won in the previous round, they were kept apart from the teams they had already met in the round-robin phase to prevent a repeat fixture. Munster runners-up Clare met Wexford, with beaten Leinster finalists Kilkenny facing Limerick the following day. Both games were held at neutral venues.
|14 July 2018Quarter-final|| Clare ||0-27 (27)–(20) 1-17||Cork|
|15:00||(HT: 0-16 – 0-9)||Venue: Páirc Uí Chaoimh|
Pts: P Duggan 7 (5f), T Kelly 5, S O'Donnell 4, J Conlon 3, D Reidy 2, P Collins 2, S Morey 1, C Malone 1, C McGrath 1, I Galvin 1
|Report||Gls: C McDonald 1 |
Pts: R O'Connor 10 (9f), C McDonald 3, D Reck 1, S Murphy 1, L Chin 1, D O'Keeffe 1
|Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)|
|15 July 2018Quarter-final|| Kilkenny ||1-22 (25)–(27) 0-27||Thurles|
|14:00||(HT: 0-12 – 0-15)||Venue: Semple Stadium|
|Gls: R Hogan 1 |
Pts: TJ Reid 7 (5f) (1 65), R Leahy 4, R Hogan 3, J Maher 3, C Fennelly 2, C Fogarty 1, L Blanchfield 1, J Donnolly 1
Pts: A Gillane 5 (2f), T Morrissey 4, K Hayes 3, G Mulcahy 3, D O'Donnovan 3 (1 sl), G Hegarty 3, P Casey 2, S Flanagan 1, D Byrnes 1, D Hannon 1, S Dowling 1
|Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)|
The semi-finals took place in Croke Park across the last weekend of July, with the Leinster (Galway) and Munster champions (Cork) playing the winners of the two quarter-finals — Clare and Limerick respectively.
28 July 2018
| Galway ||1-30 (33)–(33) 1-30|
|(HT: 1-10 – 0-9) |
(FT: 1-23 – 0-26)
|Gls: C Cooney 1|
Pts: J Canning 12 (6f, 2 sl), C Mannion 4, David Burke 3, C Whelan 3, J Flynn 3 (1f), J Coen 2, C Cooney 1, J Glynn 1, N Burke 1
|Gls: A Shanagher 1|
Pts: P Duggan 14 (11f), J Conlon 4, S O'Donnell 3, T Kelly 3 (1 sl), I Galvin 2, D Fitzgerald 1, D Reidy 1, J McCarthy 1, C Galvin 1
29 July 2018
| Cork ||2-31 (37)–(41) 3-32|
|(HT: 0-14 – 1-12) |
(FT: 1-27 – 1-27)
|Gls: P Horgan 1 (1f), C Lehane 1|
Pts: P Horgan 0-11 (9f), D Fitzgibbon 4, C Lehane 3, D Kearney 3, S Kingston 3, S Harnedy 2, M Coleman 2 (1s/l), C Joyce 1, L Meade 1, J O'Connor 1
|Gls: S Dowling 1 (1p), C Lynch 1, P Ryan 1|
Pts: A Gillane 13 (7f), S Dowling 4 (1f), G Mulcahy 4, G Hegarty 3, C Lynch 1, D O'Donovan 1, D Byrnes 1(1f), S Flanagan 1, T Morrissey 1, K Hayes 1, B Nash 1, D Reidy 1
5 August 2018
| Clare ||2-13 (19)–(20) 1-17|
|(HT: 0-6 – 1-9)|
|Gls: P Duggan 1, S O'Donnell 1|
Pts: P Duggan 6 (6f), I Galvin 2, T Kelly, P Collins 1, J Conlon 1, A Shanagher 1, S O'Donnell 1
|Gls: J Glynn 1|
Pts: J Canning 8 (4f, 1 sl), C Whelan 3, N Burke 2, D Burke 2, C Mannion 1, C Cooney 1
19 August 2018
| Galway ||2-18 (24)–(25) 3-16|
|(HT: 0-9 – 1-10)|
|Gls: C Whelan 1, J Canning 1 (1f)|
Pts: J Canning 10 (5f, 2 '65'), D Burke 3, J Cooney 3, P Mannion 1, N Burke 1
|Gls: G Mulcahy 1, T Morrissey 1, S Dowling 1|
Pts: K Hayes 4, A Gillane 3 (1f), G Mulcahy 2, D Hannon 2, T Morrisey 1, D O'Donovan 1, C Lynch 1, D Byrnes 1
|3||T. J. Reid||Kilkenny||2-63||69||7||9.85|
|T. J. Reid||Kilkenny||1-9||12||Galway|
|T. J. Reid||Kilkenny||0-12||12||Dublin|
RTÉ, the national broadcaster in Ireland, provided the majority of the live television coverage of the hurling championship in the second year of a five-year deal running from 2017 until 2021. Sky Sports also broadcast a number of matches and had exclusive rights to some games.
|Live Hurling On TV Schedule|
|13 May||Dublin v Kilkenny|
Leinster Round 1
|20 May||Limerick v Tipperary|
Munster Round 1
|20 May||Cork v Clare|
Munster Round 1
|27 May||Tipperary v Cork |
Munster Round 2
|27 May||Galway v Kilkenny|
Leinster Round 3
|2 June||Wexford v Galway|
Leinster Round 4
|2 June||Cork v Limerick|
Munster Round 3
|3 June||Waterford v Tipperary|
Munster Round 3
|9 June||Kilkenny v Wexford |
Leinster Round 5
|10 June||Tipperary v Clare|
Munster Round 4
|17 June||Clare v Limerick|
Munster Round 5
|1 July||Cork v Clare|
|1 July||Galway v Kilkenny|
|All-Ireland Hurling Championship|
|14 July||Clare v Wexford|
|15 July||Kilkenny v Limerick |
|28 July||Galway v Clare|
|29 July||Cork v Limerick|
|19 August||Galway v Limerick|
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