Joe McDonagh Cup

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Joe McDonagh Cup
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Current event clock.svg 2021 Joe McDonagh Cup
Irish Corn Seosamh Mhic Dhonnacha
Code Hurling
Founded2018;3 years ago (2018)
Region Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland (GAA)
TrophyJoe McDonagh Cup
No. of teams6
Title holders Antrim (1st title)
SponsorsBord Gáis Energy, Centra, Littlewoods Ireland
MottoBe there. All the way
Official website Official website

The Joe McDonagh Cup is an annual inter-county hurling competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). It forms the second tier of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship (Senior B), and is the second highest level of inter-county championship hurling competition in Ireland. The last of the five tiers to be established, the competition was contested for the first time in 2018. [1] [2] [3]

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Creation and history

For the history of the second-tier competition that existed before 2018, see Christy Ring Cup

At the GAA’s Special Congress on 30 September 2017, a new provincial hurling championship system featuring five-team round-robin groups in both Leinster and Munster was accepted. This restructure necessitated the removal of four counties from the Leinster Championship. These four teams joined the 2017 Christy Ring Cup finalists - Antrim and Carlow - in creating the new Tier 2 Championship. The proposal was carried by a narrow margin with 62% voting in favour (a majority of at least 60% was required). [4]

An amendment to the motion from Laois, Offaly and Meath was carried by 87%. This would see the two Joe McDonagh Cup finalists participating in preliminary All-Ireland quarter-finals against the third-placed team in both Leinster and Munster with the Joe McDonagh Cup teams having home advantage. [5]

Format

The McDonagh Cup employs a round-robin system, contested within a single group of 5 county teams (6 in the inaugural year of 2018). At the completion of the round-robin, the top two teams proceed to contest the Joe McDonagh Cup final.

Aside from the trophy itself, the reward for victory in the competition depends on the provincial allegiance of the winner; if the winner is a Munster team, it will enter a promotion/relegation playoff with the bottom team in that year's Munster Senior Hurling Championship, with the winner entering the following years Munster Championship, and the loser returning to the following year's edition of the Joe McDonagh Cup. If the winner is not a Munster team, they are automatically promoted to the following year's Leinster Senior Hurling Championship, with their place in the following year's Joe Mcdonagh Cup taken by the bottom-placed team in that year's Leinster Championship.

The Joe McDonagh Cup is unique among the four lower-tier hurling competitions in that it also provides a direct entry route for the top two teams to compete in that year's All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. The top two-placed teams after the group stage, in addition to contesting the Cup final and a possible Munster Championship promotion playoff for the winner, are both rewarded with entry into the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship at the preliminary quarter-final stage.

The bottom-placed team in the pool stage of the Cup is relegated to the third-tier Christy Ring Cup for the following year, being replaced by the champions of the Christy Ring Cup for that year. Since 2018 there has been no promotion/relegation playoff between tiers two and three.

2018-only format

In the inaugural year only, six teams participated in the Joe McDonagh Cup; four from Leinster and one each from Munster and Ulster. For that year only, the winners of that year's Christy Ring Cup played the second from bottom team in the Joe McDonagh Cup in a promotion/relegation playoff, with the loser being placed in the 2019 Christy Ring Cup along with the bottom-placed team from the 2018 Joe McDonagh Cup. The winner of that playoff was placed in the 2019 Joe McDonagh Cup. This one-off format was introduced to ease the move to a five team competition moving forward, while ensuring the third and fourth tier competitions would each have eight teams. [6]

Teams

7 county teams have participated in at least one edition of the McDonagh Cup. Antrim, Kerry and Westmeath have been ever-presents in the first three editions. Down and Kildare have qualified for the 2021 edition so teams participated in the Joe McDonagh Cup will increase to 9. Offaly hold the dubious distinction of being the only team to be relegated to hurling's third-tier, having previously been relegated from the tier-one Leinster championship, in successive seasons.

Team 2018 2019 2020 2021
Antrim 5th3rdWinner
Carlow Winner4th
Down
Kerry 3rd4thFinalist
Kildare
Laois 4thWinner
Meath 6th (relegated)5th
Westmeath FinalistFinalist3rd
Offaly 5th (relegated)

2021 edition

The following six teams will compete during the 2021 Joe McDonagh Cup.

TeamPosition
in 2020
First year in
cup
Years in
cup
in 2021
Cup
titles
Last
cup
title
Kerry 2nd in Joe McDonagh 2018 4--
Meath 5th in Joe McDonagh 2018 3--
Carlow 4th in Joe McDonagh 2018 31 2018
Westmeath 3rd in Joe McDonagh 2018 4--
Down 1st Christy Ring20211--
Kildare 2nd in Christy Ring20211--

Venues

Croke Park in Dublin, hosted the 2018 Joe McDonagh Cup final. Croke Park from the Hill - 2004 All-Ireland Football Championship Final.jpg
Croke Park in Dublin, hosted the 2018 Joe McDonagh Cup final.

Group stage

Fixtures in the five group stage rounds of the cup are played at the home ground of one of the two teams. Each team is guaranteed at least two home games. During the inaugural staging of the competition some teams had three home games.

Final

The Joe McDonagh Cup final is played at Croke Park as the curtain-raiser to the Leinster final on the first Sunday in July.

Trophy and medals

At the end of the cup final, the winning team are presented with a trophy. The Joe McDonagh Cup is held by the winning team until the following year's final. The presentation is made at a special rostrum in the Ard Chomairle section of the Hogan Stand where GAA and political dignitaries and special guests view the match.

The cup is decorated with ribbons in the colours of the winning team. During the game the cup has both teams' sets of ribbons attached and the runners-up ribbons are removed before the presentation. The winning captain accepts the cup on behalf of his team before giving a short speech. Individual members of the winning team then have an opportunity to come to the rostrum to lift the cup.

The cup is named after Joe McDonagh. He was an All-Ireland medal winner with Galway in 1980 before later serving as President of the Gaelic Athletic Association. McDonagh, who died in May 2016, was one of the most respected figures within the GAA. [7]

The winning team is presented with a set of gold medals.


List of finals

YearWinnersScoreRunners-upScoreVenueWinning captain(s)
2018 Carlow 2-26 Westmeath 1-24 Croke Park Richard Coady
Diarmuid Byrne
2019 Laois 3-26 Westmeath 1-21 Croke Park Patrick Purcell
2020 Antrim 0-22 Kerry 1-17 Croke Park Conor McCann

Winners Table

TeamWonRunner-upYears wonYears runner-up
Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow 10 2018 -
Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim 10 2020
Colours of Laois.svg Laois 10 2019 -
Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath 02- 2018, 2019
Colours of Kerry.svg Kerry 01- 2020

Records and statistics

Top scorers

All time

As of match played 13 December 2020.
Pos.NameTeamGoalsPointsTotal
1 Shane Conway Kerry 2125131
2 Neil McManus Antrim 4101113
3 Ciarán Clarke Antrim 75374
4 Killian Doyle Westmeath 36170
5 Denis Murphy Carlow 05050
Ross King Laois 24450
6 Chris Nolan Carlow 13942
7 Niall O'Brien Westmeath 42739
8 Allan Devine Westmeath 32938
9 Martin Kavanagh Carlow 13134
Jack Regan Meath 13134

By year

FinalTop scorerTeamScoreTotal
2018 Neil McManus Antrim 3-6776
2019 Killian Doyle Westmeath 3-6170
2020 Ciarán Clarke Antrim 4-4759

In a single game

FinalTop scorerTeamScoreTotal
2018 Neil McManus Antrim 0-1717
2019 Killian Doyle Westmeath 0-1717
2020 Martin Kavanagh Carlow 1-1316

In finals

FinalTop scorerTeamScoreTotal
2018 Denis Murphy Carlow 0-1010
2019 Killian Doyle Westmeath 1-1114
2020 Ciarán Clarke Antrim 0-1111

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