Clare Senior Hurling Championship

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Clare Senior Hurling Championship
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Current event clock.svg 2021 Clare Senior Hurling Championship
Clare SHC Cup.png
Irish Craobh Iomána Sinsir Co. an Chláir
Code Hurling
Founded1887;134 years ago (1887)
Region Colours of Clare.svg Clare (GAA)
TrophyCanon Hamilton Cup
No. of teams16
Title holders Colours of Clare.svg Sixmilebridge (15th title)
First winner Flag of Pretoria, South Africa.svg Smith O'Briens, Killaloe
Most titles Colours of Tipperary.svg Newmarket-on-Fergus (23 titles)
SponsorsPat O'Donnell & Co.
TV partner(s) TG4
Official website Official website

The Clare Senior Hurling Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the Pat O'Donnell & Co. Senior Hurling Championship and abbreviated to the Clare SHC) is an annual hurling competition organised by the Clare County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association and contested by the top-ranking senior clubs in the county of Clare in Ireland. It is the most prestigious competition in Clare hurling.

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Introduced in 1887 as the Clare Hurling Championship, it was initially a straight knockout tournament open only to senior-ranking club teams. The championship has gone through a number of changes throughout the years, including the use of a round robin, before reverting to a straight knockout format.

In its current format, the Clare Senior Championship begins once the Clare senior hurling team has been eliminated from the All-Ireland Championship, with 16 teams competing in the double-elimination tournament. Six rounds of games are played, culminating with the final match at Cusack Park in October. The winner of the Clare Senior Championship, as well as being presented with the Canon Hamilton Cup, qualifies for the subsequent Munster Club Championship.

The competition has been won by 22 teams, 18 of which have won it more than once. Newmarket-on-Fergus is the most successful team in the tournament's history, having won it 23 times. Sixmilebridge are the reigning champions.

History

Beginnings

Following the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884, new rules for Gaelic football and hurling were drawn up and published in the United Irishman newspaper. Over the following three years, county committees were established, with the Clare County Board holding their inaugural meeting on 14 February 1887. The inaugural championship saw 22 entrants with Smith O'Brien's claiming the title. Since then the championship title has been awarded every year except on nine occasions. No championship took place for a five-year period between 1891 and 1895 or in 1901. Civil unrest during the War of Independence resulted in the championship being suspended between 1920 and 1922.

Team Dominance

The first 30 years of the championship were dominated by Tulla and O'Callaghan's Mills. They were the only two teams to win multiple titles during this period with both sides claiming 11 championships between them. Newmarket-on-Fergus dominated the period between 1925 and 1936 by winning six championship titles before Feakle claimed five of the 10 championships between 1935 and 1944. After winning their first title in 1948, the Jimmy Smyth-inspired Ruan club won a further four titles up to 1962. The next 20 years was dominated by Newmarket-on-Fergus who returned after a period in the doldrums to claim 13 titles between 1963 and 1981. The rest of the century saw Clarecastle and Sixmilebridge win 11 championship titles. Sixmilebridge continued their dominance by winning a further six titles in the first two decades of the 21st century, while there were also a number of first-time champions including Cratloe, Crusheen and Ballyea.

Format

Current

Round 1: Sixteen teams contest this round. An open draw is made to determine the eight pairings. The eight winning teams of these games advance directly to Round 3. The eight losing teams advance directly to Round 2.

Round 2A: The eight winning teams from Round 1 contest this round. An open draw is made to determine the four pairings. The four winning teams advance directly to the quarter-finals. The four losing teams advance to Round 3 where they are provided with a final chance to qualify for the knock-out stages.

Round 2B: The eight losing teams from Round 1 contest this round. An open draw is made to determine the four pairings. The four winning teams advance directly to Round 3. The four losing teams advance to the relegation play-offs.

Round 3: The four losing teams from Round 2A and the four winning teams from Round 2B contest this round. An open draw is made to determine the four pairings. The four winning teams advance directly to the quarter-finals. The four losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Quarter-finals: Eight teams contest this round. An open draw is made to determine the eight pairings. The four winning teams advance directly to the semi-finals. The four losing teams are eliminated from the championship and enter the Clare Senior B Hurling Championship.

Semi-finals: Four teams contest this round. An open draw is made to determine the two pairings. The two winning teams advance directly to the final. The two losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Final: The county final is contested by the two semi-final winners.

Senior Clubs

ClubLast Title
Colours of Kilkenny.svg Ballyea 2018
Colours of Kerry.svg Broadford-
Colours of Sligo.svg Clarecastle 2005
Colours of Kilkenny.svg Clonlara (2020 Senior B Champions)2008
Colours of Mayo.svg Clooney-Quin 1942
Colours of Laois.svg Cratloe 2014
Colours of Cork.svg Crusheen 2011
Colours of Cork.svg Éire Óg, Ennis 1990
Colours of Kerry.svg Feakle 1988
Colours of Monaghan.svg Kilmaley 2004
Colours of Kerry.svg Inagh-Kilnamona 1908
Colours of Tipperary.svg Newmarket-on-Fergus 2012
Colours of Kerry.svg O'Callaghan's Mills 1937
Colours of Limerick.svg Scariff (2020 Intermediate Champions)1953
Colours of Clare.svg Sixmilebridge 2020
Colours of Down.svg Whitegate 1961
Colours of Limerick.svg Wolfe Tones, Shannon 2006

Venues

Early rounds

Cusack Park Hurling game, Cusack Park, Ennis.jpg
Cusack Park

Fixtures in the opening rounds of the championship are usually played at a neutral venue that is deemed halfway between the participating teams. Some of the more common venues include O'Garney Park, Fr. Murphy Park and Wolfe Tone Park. Cusack Park also hosts several double-headers in the early rounds of the championship.

Final

The final is regularly played at Cusack Park in Ennis. Named after the founder of the GAA, Michael Cusack, the ground had an original capacity of about 28,000 (mostly terraced), but following a 2011 safety review, the certified capacity was reduced to 14,864. In 2015 a major renovation started, this included the demolition and re-erection of the main stand and construction of a new entrance/exit at the north side of the stadium. Once completed in late 2017 the official capacity was increased to 19,000

Managers

Managers in the Clare Senior Championship are involved in the day-to-day running of the team, including the training, team selection, and sourcing of players. Their influence varies from club-to-club and is related to the individual club committees. The manager is assisted by a team of two or three selectors and a backroom team consisting of various coaches.

Winning managers
ManagerTeamWinsWinning years
John O'Meara Sixmilebridge 3 2013, 2015, 2017
Michael Browne Crusheen 22010, 2011
Tim Crowe Sixmilebridge 2 2019, 2020
John Carmody Kilmaley 12004
Ger Ward Clarecastle 12005
Pat O'Rourke Wolfe Tones 12006
Jim McInerney Tulla 12007
Jim Gully Clonlara 12008
Mike Deegan Cratloe 12009
Bob Enright Newmarket-on-Fergus 12012
Joe McGrath Cratloe 1 2014
Robbie Hogan Ballyea 1 2016
Kevin Sheehan Ballyea 1 2018

Trophy

The winning team is presented with the Canon Hamilton Cup. A native of Clonlara, County Clare, Michael Hamilton (1894-1969) was educated at Clonlara National School and St. Flannan's College in Ennis. He was ordained to the priesthood in Maynooth University in 1919 and later became a professor at St. Flannan's College. In 1922 he became one of the first chaplains in the Irish Army. Hamilton was a noted hurler in his youth and was chairman of the Clare County Board for over 25 years. He died while attending the Newmarket-on-Fergus and Clarecastle county final replay on 31 August 1969.

Roll Of Honour

ClubTitlesWinning Years
1. Colours of Tipperary.svg Newmarket-on-Fergus 231912, 1916, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1955, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1981, 2012
2. Colours of Cork.svg Éire Óg, Ennis 151956, 1957, 1966, 1980, 1982, 1990
Colours of Clare.svg Sixmilebridge 1977, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020
4. Colours of Sligo.svg Clarecastle 111943, 1945, 1949, 1970, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2003, 2005
Flag of Rome.svg Tulla 1889, 1896, 1897, 1899, 1905, 1913, 1933, 2007
6. Colours of Kerry.svg O'Callaghan's Mills 81904, 1906, 1909, 1910, 1918, 1937
7. Colours of Kerry.svg Feakle 61935, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1944, 1988
8. Colours of Clare.svg Ruan 51948, 1951, 1959, 1960, 1962
Colours of Limerick.svg Scariff 1907, 1917, 1946, 1952, 1953
Colours of Galway.svg St. Joseph's, Doora-Barefield 1954, 1958, 1998, 1999, 2001
11. Colours of Kerry.svg Inagh-Kilnamona 3
12. Colours of Kilkenny.svg Ballyea 2 2016, 2018
Colours of Kilkenny.svg Clonlara 1919, 2008
Colours of Laois.svg Cratloe 2009, 2014
Colours of Cork.svg Crusheen 2010, 2011
Colours of Waterford.svg Kilmaley 1985, 2004
Colours of Down.svg Whitegate 1950, 1961
Colours of Limerick.svg Wolfe Tones, Shannon 1996, 2006
19. Colours of Mayo.svg Clooney-Quin 11942
Colours of Kilkenny.svg Bodyke1947
Colours of Kilkenny.svg Ogonnelloe 1888
Flag of Pretoria, South Africa.svg Smith O'Briens, Killaloe 1887

List Of Finals

All-Ireland Champions
Munster Champions
Munster Finalists
YearWinnerScoreOpponentScore
2021
2020 [1] Sixmilebridge 0-20 O'Callaghan's Mills 0-12
2019 [2] Sixmilebridge 0-21 Cratloe 0-15
2018 [3] Ballyea 1-20 Cratloe 1-14
2017 [4] [5] (R) Sixmilebridge 1-20 (0-19) Clooney-Quin 1-14 (1-16)
2016 [6] [7] (R) Ballyea 2-14 Clonlara 2-11
2015 [8] Sixmilebridge 1-21 (1-11) Clonlara 0-15 (1-11)
2014 [9] Cratloe 0-14 Crusheen 0-06
2013 [10] Sixmilebridge 1-10 Newmarket-on-Fergus 0-11
2012 [11] Newmarket-on-Fergus 3-10 Cratloe 0-09
2011 [12] Crusheen 0-10 Sixmilebridge 0-04
2010 [13] [14] Crusheen 2-13 Cratloe 1-11
2009 Cratloe 3-05 Clonlara 1-09
2008 Clonlara 1-12 Newmarket-on-Fergus 1-09
2007 Tulla 1-07 Crusheen 0-09
2006 Wolfe Tones 2-11 Newmarket-on-Fergus 0-13
2005 Clarecastle 0-09 Wolfe Tones 0-07
2004 Kilmaley 1-10 St. Joseph's Doora-Barefield 1-09
2003 Clarecastle 3-14 Ballyea 1-11
2002 Sixmilebridge 3-10 Clarecastle 2-08
2001 St. Joseph's Doora-Barefield 1-15 Sixmilebridge 1-12
2000 Sixmilebridge 4-09 Éire Óg, Ennis 1-08
1999 St. Joseph's Doora-Barefield 3-12 Sixmilebridge 1-12
1998 St. Joseph's Doora-Barefield Kilmaley
1997 Clarecastle St. Joseph's Doora-Barefield
1996 Wolfe Tones 1-11 Clarecastle 1-08
1995 Sixmilebridge 2-10 Scariff 0-15
1994 Clarecastle St. Joseph's Doora-Barefield
1993 Sixmilebridge 3-08 O'Callaghan's Mills 2-06
1992 Sixmilebridge 1-11 Éire Óg, Ennis 1-10
1991 Clarecastle Scariff
1990 Éire Óg, Ennis O'Callaghan's Mills
1989 Sixmilebridge 3-14 Clarecastle 1-11
1988 Feakle Ruan
1987 Clarecastle Feakle
1986 Clarecastle O'Callaghan's Mills
1985 Kilmaley Éire Óg, Ennis
1984 Sixmilebridge Clarecastle
1983 Sixmilebridge Éire Óg, Ennis
1982 Éire Óg, Ennis Sixmilebridge
1981 Newmarket-on-Fergus Tubber
1980 Éire Óg, Ennis Newmarket-on-Fergus
1979 Sixmilebridge St. Brendan's
1978 Newmarket-on-Fergus Clarecastle
1977 Sixmilebridge Kilkishen
1976 Newmarket-on-Fergus Sixmilebridge
1975Brian Boru's (Bodyke / Killanena / Tulla) Éire Óg, Ennis
1974 Newmarket-on-Fergus Crusheen
1973 Newmarket-on-Fergus Clarecastle
1972 Newmarket-on-Fergus St. Senan's
1971 Newmarket-on-Fergus Clarecastle
1970 Clarecastle Crusheen
1969 Newmarket-on-Fergus Clarecastle
1968 Newmarket-on-Fergus Clarecastle
1967 Newmarket-on-Fergus Clarecastle
1966 Éire Óg, Ennis Whitegate
1965 Newmarket-on-Fergus Éire Óg, Ennis
1964 Newmarket-on-Fergus Clarecastle
1963 Newmarket-on-Fergus Whitegate
1962 Ruan Sixmilebridge
1961 Whitegate Newmarket-on-Fergus
1960 Ruan Scariff
1959 Ruan Éire Óg, Ennis
1958 St. Joseph's Doora-Barefield Feakle
1957 Éire Óg, Ennis Whitegate
1956 Éire Óg, Ennis Clarecastle
1955 Newmarket-on-Fergus Éire Óg, Ennis
1954 St. Joseph's Doora-Barefield O'Callaghan's Mills
1953 Scariff Newmarket-on-Fergus
1952 Scariff Sixmilebridge
1951 Ruan
1950 Whitegate Ruan
1949 Clarecastle
1948 Ruan Clarecastle
1947Bodyke
1946 Scariff
1945 Clarecastle
1944 Feakle Clooney-Quin
1943 Clarecastle Scariff
1942 Clooney-Quin Scariff
1941 Ennis Dalcassians
1940 Feakle Clooney-Quin
1939 Feakle Clarecastle
1938 Feakle Kilkishen
1937 O'Callaghan's Mills Clarecastle
1936 Newmarket-on-Fergus Clarecastle
1935 Feakle Newmarket-on-Fergus
1934 Ennis Dalcassians
1933 Tulla
1932Kilkishen
1931 Newmarket-on-Fergus
1930 Newmarket-on-Fergus
1929 Ennis Dalcassians
1928 Ennis Dalcassians Newmarket-on-Fergus
1927 Newmarket-on-Fergus
1926 Newmarket-on-Fergus
1925 Newmarket-on-Fergus
1924 Ennis Dalcassians
1923Kilkishen Feakle
1922No Championship
1921No Championship
1920No Championship
1919 Clonlara Scariff
1918 O'Callaghan's Mills Scariff
1917 Scariff Feakle
1916 Newmarket-on-Fergus
1915 Ennis Dalcassians
1914 Ennis Dalcassians
1913 Tulla
1912 Newmarket-on-Fergus
1911 Ennis Dalcassians
1910 O'Callaghan's Mills
1909 O'Callaghan's Mills
1908 Kilnamona 0-11 O'Callaghan's Mills 0-10
1907 Scariff O'Callaghan's Mills
1906 O'Callaghan's Mills
1905 Tulla
1904 O'Callaghan's Mills
1903 Kilnamona Thomonds
1902 Kilnamona Barefield
1901No Championship
1900 Carrahan
1899 Tulla
1898 Carrahan
1897 Tulla
1896 Tulla
1895No Championship
1894No Championship
1893No Championship
1892No Championship
1891No Championship
1890 Ennis Dalcassians
1889 Tulla
1888 Ogonnelloe
1887 Smith O'Briens, Killaloe

Records and statistics

Teams

By decade

The most successful team of each decade, judged by number of Clare Senior Hurling Championship titles, is as follows:

Gaps

Top ten longest gaps between successive championship titles:

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