Munster Senior Football Championship

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Munster GAA Football Senior Championship
Current season or competition:
Current event clock.svg 2021 Munster Senior Football Championship
Irish Craobh Peile na Mumhan
Code Gaelic football
Founded1888;133 years ago (1888)
Region Munster (GAA)
TrophyMunster Cup
No. of teams6
Title holders Colours of Kerry.svg Kerry (82nd title)
Most titles Colours of Kerry.svg Kerry (82 titles)
Sponsors SuperValu, Eir, AIB
TV partner(s) RTÉ
Sky Sports
MottoBe there. All the way.
Official website Official website

The Munster GAA Football Senior Championship, known simply as the Munster Championship, is an annual inter-county Gaelic football competition organised by the Munster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). It is the highest inter-county Gaelic football competition in the province of Munster, and has been contested every year, bar one, since the 1888 championship.

Contents

The final, currently held on the fourth Saturday in June, serves as the culmination of a series of games played during May and June, and the results determine which team receives the Munster Cup. The championship has always been played on a straight knockout basis whereby once a team loses they are eliminated from the championship.

The Munster Championship is an integral part of the wider GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship. The winners of the Munster final, like their counterparts in Connacht, Leinster and Ulster, are rewarded by advancing directly to the All-Ireland Super 8s. All other defeated teams advance to the All-Ireland Qualifiers or the second tier Tailteann Cup.

Six teams currently participate in the Munster Championship. The most successful team in Gaelic football, namely Kerry, play their provincial football in the Munster Championship and have won the title on a record 81 occasions while they have also claimed 37 All-Ireland titles.

The title has been won at least once by all six of the Munster counties, four of which have won the title more than once. The championship has been dominated by Kerry, and to a lesser extent Cork, who have won the title every year since 1936, with the exception of victories by Tipperary in 2020 and Clare in 1992. Tipperary are the current champions. [1] [2]

Current team details

TeamColoursSponsorManagerCaptainMost recent success
All-IrelandProvincial
Clare Portumna GAA colours.PNG Saffron and BlueColm Collins Gary Brennan RET [3]
1992
Cork Cork colours.PNG Red and white Ronan McCarthy Paul Kerrigan
2010
2012
Kerry Gort GAA colours.png Green and gold Peter Keane Paul Murphy [4]
2014
2019
Limerick Limerick colours.PNG Green and whiteBilly LeeDonal O'Sullivan
1896
1896
Tipperary Tipperary colours.PNG Blue and gold David Power Conor Sweeney
1920
2020
Waterford Waterford colours.PNG White and blue Shane Ronayne Paul Whyte
1898
TeamPosition
in 2021
First year in
Championship
Championship
titles
Last
Championship
title
Clare Quarter-finalists 1888 2 1992
Cork Runners-up 1888 37 2012
Kerry Champions 1889 82 2021
Limerick Semi-finalists 1888 1 1896
Tipperary Semi-finalists 1888 10 2020
Waterford Quarter-finalists 1888 1 1898

History

Development

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. In 1886, county committees began to be established, with several counties affiliating over the next few years. The GAA ran its inaugural All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in 1887. The decision to establish that first championship was influenced by several factors. Firstly, inter-club contests in 1885 and 1886 were wildly popular and began to draw huge crowds. Clubs started to travel across the country to play against each other and these matches generated intense interest as the newspapers began to speculate which teams might be considered the best in the country. Secondly, although the number of clubs was growing, many were slow to affiliate to the Association, leaving it short of money. Establishing a central championship held the prospect of enticing GAA clubs to process their affiliations, just as the establishment of the FA Cup had done much in the 1870s to promote the development of the Football Association in England. The championships were open to all affiliated clubs who would first compete in county-based competitions, to be run by local county committees. The winners of each county championship would then proceed to represent that county in the All-Ireland series. [5] For the first and only time in its history the All-Ireland Championship used an open draw format. Six teams entered the first championship, however, this number increased to nine in 1888. Because of this, and in an effort to reduce travelling costs, the GAA decided to introduce provincial championships.

Beginnings

The inaugural Munster Championship featured Clare, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford. Cork and Tipperary contested the very first match on Sunday 27 May 1888, as part of a hurling-football double-header between the counties at Buttevant. Clare defeated Limerick in the first semi-final, however, Limerick were later awarded the game as Clare champions Newmarket-on-Fergus used players from other clubs to supplement their team. Such a format was not yet allowed. The inaugural Munster final between Tipperary and Limerick was to be played on Saturday 10 November 1888, however, no game was played as Tipperary received a walkover from Limerick.

Postponements, disqualifications, objections, withdrawals and walkovers were regular occurrences during the initial years of the championship. Kerry became the sixth and final team to enter the championship in 1889. On Sunday 6 October 1889, the very first Munster final took place. Tipperary won their first title on the field of play after a 1–02 to 0–03 defeat of Cork. Since then the championship title has been awarded every year, except in 1921 when the championship was cancelled due to the ongoing Civil War.

Team dominance

The first 15 years of the Munster Championship saw the most equitable era in its history with five of the six participating teams claiming the title. Cork led the way by claiming seven titles, closely followed by five for Tipperary, who also became the first team to retain the title. Limerick, Waterford and Kerry all claimed one title apiece during this era. In winning the 1903 Munster final, Kerry claimed the first of a new record of three successive titles and set in train a level of championship dominance that continues to the present day. This record was bested in each of the following decades with Kerry winning four-a-in-a-row between 1912 and 1915, five-in-a-row between 1923 and 1927, six-in-a-row between 1929 and 1934, seven-in-a-row between 1936 and 1942 and eight-in-a-row between 1958 and 1965. The dominance continued with Kerry claiming 20 of the 25 available Munster Championship titles between 1958 and 1982. Since the turn of the 20th century, Cork had claimed titles in almost every decade, including several back-to-back successes, but had never enjoyed a prolonged period of dominance. Cork won the 1987 Munster final, bringing an end to a run of success by a Kerry team that has since come to be regarded as the greatest of all time and securing the first of seven Munster Championship titles over the following nine seasons. [6] For the first time in 100 years, Cork ended the nineties as the "team of the decade" after winning five Munster Championship titles in total. The first two decades of the 21st Century has seen Kerry win 15 of a possible 20 Munster Championship titles.

Format

The Munster Championship has always been a knockout tournament whereby once a team is defeated they are eliminated from the championship. In the early years the pairings were drawn at random and there was no seeding. Each match was played as a single leg. If a match ended in a draw there was a replay. Drawn replays were settled with extra time; however, if both sides were still level at the end of extra time a second replay took place and so on until a winner was found. Extra-time was eventually adopted in the event of a draw for all championship games except the final.

The dominance of Kerry and, to a lesser extent, Cork led to both these teams being seeded on opposite sides of the championship draw. This was later viewed as a mean of penalising the other "weaker" teams. While it might be possible to beat one of these teams it was deemed near impossible to beat the two strongest teams in the province in a single championship season. This practice was eventually abolished with a return to the open draw in advance of the 1992 championship, which eventually saw Clare become the first "non-traditional" champions since 1935.

The Munster Council abandoned the open draw and returned to a system of seeding both Cork and Kerry on opposite sides before the 2008 championship. [7] After an outcry, the open draw was reinstated in 2009 after just one season of seeding. [8] The policy of seeding Cork and Kerry returned once again in 2013, however, it was abandoned after just one season and the open draw has remained in place ever since. [9] [10]

The Munster Championship has always been an integral part of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. Between 1888 and 2000 the Munster final winners automatically qualified for the All-Ireland semi-final. The introduction of the All-Ireland Qualifiers system in 2001 allowed the five defeated teams a second chance of qualifying the All-Ireland Championship, while the Munster champions received a bye to the All-Ireland quarter-final.

Until 1952 usually an open draw. (1953-1964) Limerick didn't take part. In 1954 Clare skipped a year. In 1965 Cork and Kerry byes to semi finals. In 1966 Kerry and Limerick byes to semi finals. (1967-1979) Seeded Draw meaning Cork & Kerry only allowed meet in final. In 1980 2 First Round games, 1 Quarter Final, 1 Semi Final & Kerry bye to final. (1981-1990) Seeded Draw meaning Cork & Kerry only allowed meet in final. (1991-1996) Open draw straight forward. (1997-1998) 1 First round game, 1 Quarter Final & 2 Semi Finals. (1999-2007) Open draw straight forward. In 2008 Seeded Draw meaning Cork & Kerry only allowed meet in final. (2009-2013) Open draw straight forward. In 2014 Seeded Draw meaning Cork & Kerry only allowed meet in final. (2015-2020) Open draw but 2 teams reach final are byes to semi final. In 2021 onwards back to straight forward open draw system.

Current format

Overview

The Munster Championship is a single elimination tournament. Each team is afforded only one defeat before being eliminated from the championship. Pairings for matches are drawn at random and there is currently no seeding. Each match is played as a single leg. If a match is drawn there is a period of extra time, however, if both sides are still level at the end of extra time a replay takes place and so on until a winner is found.

Progression

Teams entering in this roundTeams advancing from previous round
Quarter-finals
(4 teams)
  • 4 teams drawn at random
Semi-finals
(4 teams)
  • 2 teams who receive a bye at random
  • 2 winners from the quarter-finals
Final
(2 teams)
  • 2 winners from the semi-finals

Qualification for subsequent competitions

As of the 2020 championship, qualification for the All-Ireland Championship will change due to the creation of a tier 2 championship known as the Tailteann Cup. The Munster champions will continue to automatically qualify for the All-Ireland Super 8s. National League Division 3 and 4 teams who fail to reach the Munster final will automatically qualify for the Tailteann Cup. All other teams from Division 1 and 2 will progress to the All-Ireland Qualifiers. [11] The straightforward open draw will reverted for 2021 season due to Tipperary winning.

Venues

FitzGerald Stadium is the home venue of Kerry and is one of the most popular Munster final venues. FitzGeraldStadium.jpg
FitzGerald Stadium is the home venue of Kerry and is one of the most popular Munster final venues.
As well as being the home venue of Cork, the newly rebuilt Pairc Ui Chaoimh hosted the 2018 and 2019 finals. Pairc Ui Chaoimh.jpg
As well as being the home venue of Cork, the newly rebuilt Páirc Uí Chaoimh hosted the 2018 and 2019 finals.

History

Munster Championship matches were traditionally played at neutral venues or at a location that was deemed to be halfway between the two participants; however, all of the teams eventually came to home and away agreements. Every second meeting between these teams is played at the home venue of one of them.

While the six county grounds have regularly been used for championship matches in recent times, smaller club grounds have historically been used for games which may not have had such a high-profile. These grounds include: Ned Hall Park in Clonmel, FitzGerald Park in Kilmallock, Páirc na nGael in Askeaton, Páirc Mac Gearailt in Fermoy, Hennessy Memorial Park in Milltown Malbay and Frank Sheehy Park in Listowel.

Attendances

Stadium attendances are a significant source of regular income for the Munster Council and for the teams involved. For the 2019 championship, average attendances were 6,146 with a total aggregate attendance figure of 30,731. Excluding the final, these figures revealed a drop of 49% recorded from those through the turnstiles the previous year. [12] [13]

Managers

Mick O'Dwyer (right) won more titles that any other manager. Mick O'Dwyer at unveiling of his statue 1.jpg
Mick O'Dwyer (right) won more titles that any other manager.
Billy Morgan managed Cork to 8 titles across three separate decades. Billy Morgan. Villa Maria. Waterville.JPG
Billy Morgan managed Cork to 8 titles across three separate decades.

Managers in the Munster Championship are involved in the day-to-day running of the team, including the training, team selection, and sourcing of players from the club championships. Their influence varies from county-to-county and is related to the individual county boards. From 2018, all inter-county head coaches must be Award 2 qualified. The manager is assisted by a team of two or three selectors and an extensive backroom team consisting of various coaches. Prior to the development of the concept of a manager in the 1970s, teams were usually managed by a team of selectors with one member acting as chairman.

Winning managers (1968–present)
ManagerTeamWinsWinning years
Colours of Kerry.svg Mick O'Dwyer Kerry111975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986
Colours of Cork.svg Billy Morgan Cork81987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2006
Colours of Kerry.svg Páidí Ó Sé Kerry61996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003
Colours of Kerry.svg Éamonn Fitzmaurice Kerry62013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Colours of Kerry.svg Jack O'Connor Kerry42004, 2005, 2010, 2011
Colours of Kerry.svg Jackie Lyne Kerry31968, 1969, 1970
Colours of Cork.svg Donie O'Donovan Cork31971, 1973, 1974
Colours of Cork.svg Conor Counihan Cork32008, 2009, 2012
Colours of Cork.svg Larry Tompkins Cork21999, 2002
Colours of Kerry.svg Johnny Culloty Kerry11972
Colours of Cork.svg Éamonn Ryan Cork11983
Colours of Kerry.svg Mickey Ned O'Sullivan Kerry11991
Colours of Mayo.svg John Maughan Clare11992
Colours of Kerry.svg Pat O'Shea Kerry12007
Colours of Kerry.svg Peter Keane Kerry12019
Colours of Tipperary.svg David Power Tipperary12020
Current managers
Nat.NameTeam(s)AppointedTime as manager
Colours of Clare.svg Colm Collins Clare 23 October 20137 years, 276 days
Colours of Limerick.svg Billy Lee Limerick 29 November 20164 years, 239 days
Colours of Cork.svg Ronan McCarthy Cork 24 August 20173 years, 336 days
Colours of Kerry.svg Peter Keane Kerry 4 October 20182 years, 295 days
Colours of Tipperary.svg David Power Tipperary 24 September 20191 year, 305 days
Colours of Waterford.svg Shane Ronayne Waterford 11 January 2021 [14] 196 days

Trophy and medals

View from the Blackrock End terrace of the old Pairc Ui Chaoimh during the 2014 Munster final between Cork and Kerry. PUC2014.JPG
View from the Blackrock End terrace of the old Páirc Uí Chaoimh during the 2014 Munster final between Cork and Kerry.

At the end of the Munster final, the winning team is presented with a trophy. The Munster Cup is held by the winning team until the following year's final. Traditionally, the presentation is made at a special rostrum in the 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 actually 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 present Munster Cup was first used in 1928, when it was donated by the Munster Council. In 2013, there was a debate around naming the cup in honour of a former player or administrator, however, this was rejected. [15] In March 2021, the Munster Council deferred a decision to name the trophy, with Michael Hogan and Páidí Ó Sé the two names proposed. [16]

In accordance with GAA rules, the Munster Council awards up to 26 gold medals to the winners of the Munster final.

Sponsorship

Since 1994, the Munster Championship has been sponsored. The sponsor has usually been able to determine the championship's sponsorship name.

PeriodSponsor(s)Name
1888-1993No main sponsorThe Munster Championship
1994-2007 Flag of Ireland.svg Bank of Ireland The Bank of Ireland Munster Championship
2008-2009 Flag of Japan.svg Toyota, Ulster Bank, Flag of Ireland.svg Vodafone The Munster GAA Football Championship
2010 Flag of Ireland.svg SuperValu, Ulster Bank, Flag of Ireland.svg Vodafone The Munster GAA Football Championship
2011-2013 Flag of Ireland.svg SuperValu, Ulster Bank, Flag of Ireland.svg Eircom The Munster GAA Football Championship
2014 Flag of Ireland.svg SuperValu, Flag of Ireland.svg GAAGO, Flag of Ireland.svg Eircom The Munster GAA Football Championship
2015 Flag of Ireland.svg SuperValu, Flag of Ireland.svg AIB, Flag of Ireland.svg Eircom The Munster GAA Football Championship
2016- Flag of Ireland.svg SuperValu, Flag of Ireland.svg AIB, Flag of Ireland.svg Eir The Munster GAA Football Championship

List of winners by county

TeamWinsYears wonRunners-upYears runners-up
1 Kerry 821892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021241890, 1893, 1900, 1902, 1906, 1918, 1920, 1945, 1952, 1956, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2006, 2008
2 Cork 371890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1916, 1928, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012551889, 1892, 1898, 1903, 1909, 1910, 1913, 1914, 1917, 1935, 1938, 1942, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953,1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1996, 2000, 201, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
3 Tipperary 101888, 1889, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1935, 2020181894, 1899, 1907, 1923, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1939, 1943, 1944, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2016
4 Clare 21917, 1992121912, 1915, 1916, 1919, 1925, 1929, 1936, 1937, 1941, 1949, 1997, 2012
5 Limerick 11896121888, 1895, 1901, 1905, 1922, 1934, 1965, 1991, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010
= Waterford 1189891891, 1896, 1904, 1908, 1911, 1940, 1946, 1957, 1960

List of Munster finals

Austin Stack captained Kerry in 1904. Austin Stack.jpg
Austin Stack captained Kerry in 1904.
Billy Morgan captained Cork in 1973. Billy Morgan. Villa Maria. Waterville.JPG
Billy Morgan captained Cork in 1973.
Denis "Ogie" Moran captained Kerry in 1978. Denis 'Ogie' Moran. Sea Lodge Hotel. Waterville.jpg
Denis "Ógie" Moran captained Kerry in 1978.
Dinny Allen captained Cork in 1989. Dinny Allen. Villa Maria. Waterville.JPG
Dinny Allen captained Cork in 1989.
Dara O Cinneide captained Kerry in 2004. Ocinneide cropped.jpg
Dara Ó Cinnéide captained Kerry in 2004.
Declan O'Sullivan captained Kerry in 2005 and 2007. Declan O'Sullivan.JPG
Declan O'Sullivan captained Kerry in 2005 and 2007.
Graham Canty captained Cork in 2008 and 2009. Graham Canty.jpg
Graham Canty captained Cork in 2008 and 2009.
All-Ireland champions
All-Ireland runners-up
YearWinnersScoreRunners-upScoreCaptain(s)VenueAttendance
1888 Tipperary w/o Limerick scr. Gil Kavanagh
1889 Tipperary 0-03 Cork 0-02 Gil Kavanagh Mallow Town Park
1890 Cork 1-04 Kerry 0-01 Jim Power Banteer Sportsfield
1891 Cork 1-05 Waterford 0-04 Con O'Leary Youghal Sportsfield
1892 Kerry 1-06 Cork 1-03 J. P. O'Sullivan Páirc Mac Gearailt
1893 Cork 2-03 Kerry 1-04 Jack O'Keeffe Mallow Town Park
1894 Cork 1-07 Tipperary 1-03 John O'Leary Charleville Sportsfield
1895 Tipperary 0-05 Limerick 0-03 Paddy Finn Kilmallock Sportsfield
1896 Limerick 0-04 Waterford 0-01 Con Fitzgerald Mallow Town Park
1897 Cork 0-05 Limerick 0-03 Danny O'Donovan Tipperary Sportsfield
1898 Waterford 1-03 Cork 0-04 James Wall Castle Grounds
1899 Cork 1-09 Tipperary 0-01 Dan Coughlan Markets Field
1900 Tipperary 2-04 Kerry 2-01 Jack Tobin Markets Field
1901 Cork 1-09 Limerick 1-06 Jim Murphy Tipperary Sportsfield
1902 Tipperary 2-04 Kerry 0-03 Bob Quane Turners Cross
1903 Kerry 0-05 Cork 0-03 Thady O'Gorman Markets Field
1904 Kerry 2-03 Waterford 0-02 Austin Stack Fraher Field
1905 Kerry 2-10 Limerick 1-06 Maurice McCarthy Tralee Sportsfield
1906 Cork 1-10 Kerry 0-03 Martin O'Connor Tipperary Sportsfield
1907 Cork 1-07 Tipperary 0-01 Billy Mackesy Fraher Field
1908 Kerry 0-07 Waterford 0-02 Con Healy Cork Athletic Grounds
1909 Kerry 2-08 Cork 1-07 Tom Costello Cork Athletic Grounds
1910 Kerry 0-04 Cork 0-02 Tom Costello Cork Athletic Grounds
1911 Cork 2-05 Waterford 0-01 Mick Mehigan Fraher Field
1912 Kerry 0-03 Clare 0-01 Dick Fitzgerald Cusack Park
1913 Kerry 1-06 Cork 0-01 Dick Fitzgerald Cork Athletic Grounds
1914 Kerry 0-05 Cork 0-01 Dick Fitzgerald Tralee Sportsfield
1915 Kerry 4-03 Clare 0-01 Dick Fitzgerald Tipperary Sportsfield
1916 Cork 2-02 Clare 1-04 Paddy O'Connell Clonmel Sportsfield
1917 Clare 5-04 Cork 0-01 Tipperary Sportsfield
1918 Tipperary 1-01 Kerry 0-01 Ned O'Shea Cork Athletic Grounds
1919 Kerry 6-11 Clare 2-00 Con Clifford Cusack Park
1920 Tipperary 2-02 Kerry 0-02 Ned O'Shea Cork Athletic Grounds
1921 No championship
1922 Tipperary 1-07 Limerick 0-01 Ned O'Shea Thurles Sportsfield
1923 Kerry 0-05 Tipperary 0-03 John O'Mahony Tralee Sportsfield
1924 Kerry 5-08 Clare 2-02 Phil O'Sullivan Markets Field
1925 Kerry 5-05 Clare 0-00 Tom O'Mahony Killarney Sportsfield
1926 Kerry 0-11 Tipperary 1-04 John Joe Sheehy Cork Athletic Grounds
1927 Kerry 4-04 Clare 1-03 Joe Barrett The Cricket Field
1928 Cork 4-03 Tipperary 0-04 Fraher Field
1929 Kerry 1-14 Clare 1-02 Joe Barrett Killarney Sportsfield
1930 Kerry 3-04 Tipperary 1-02 John Joe Sheehy Tipperary Sportsfield
1931 Kerry 5-08 Tipperary 0-02 Con Brosnan Tralee Sportsfield
1932 Kerry 3-10 Tipperary 1-04 Miko Doyle Carrick Sportsfield
1933 Kerry 2-08 Tipperary 1-04 Miko Doyle Clonmel Sportsfield
1934 Kerry 1-14 Limerick 1-02 Dan O'Keeffe Listowel Sportsfield
1935 Tipperary 2-08 Cork 1-02 Dick Power Páirc Mac Gearailt
1936 Kerry 1-11 Clare 2-02 Dan O'Keeffe Gaelic Grounds
1937 Kerry 4-09 Clare 1-01 Miko Doyle Gaelic Grounds
1938 Kerry 4-14 Cork 1-06 Bill Kinnerk Clonakilty Sportsfield
1939 Kerry 2-11 Tipperary 0-04 Tom O'Connor Clonmel Sportsfield
1940 Kerry 1-10 Waterford 0-06 Dan Spring Waterford Sportsfield
1941 Kerry 2-09 Clare 0-06 Bill Dillon Gaelic Grounds
1942 Kerry 3-07 Cork 0-08 Tom O'Connor Tralee Sportsfield
1943 Cork 1-07 Tipperary 1-04 Tadhgo Crowley Páirc Mac Gearailt
1944 Kerry 1-06 Tipperary 0-05 Paddy Bawn Brosnan Gaelic Grounds
1945 Cork 1-11 Kerry 1-06 Tadhg Crowley FitzGerald Stadium
1946 Kerry 2-16 Waterford 2-01 Eddie Dowling Austin Stack Park
1947 Kerry 3-08 Cork 2-06 Jackie Lyne Cork Athletic Grounds
1948 Kerry 2-09 Cork 2-06 Joe Keohane FitzGerald Stadium
1949 Cork 3-06 Clare 0-07 John O'Keeffe Gaelic Grounds
1950 Kerry 2-05 Cork 1-05 Jackie Lyne Cork Athletic Grounds
1951 Kerry 1-06 Cork 0-04 John Joe Sheehan FitzGerald Stadium
1952 Cork 0-11 Kerry 0-02 Éamonn Young Cork Athletic Grounds
1953 Kerry 2-07 Cork 2-03 Paudie Sheehy FitzGerald Stadium
1954 Kerry 4-09 Cork 2-03 John Dowling Cork Athletic Grounds
1955 Kerry 0-14 Cork 2-06 John Dowling FitzGerald Stadium
1956 Cork 1-08 Kerry 1-07 Donal O'Sullivan FitzGerald Stadium
1957 Cork 0-16 Waterford 1-02 Nealie Duggan Thurles Sportsfield
1958 Kerry 2-07 Cork 0-03 Mick Murphy Cork Athletic Grounds
1959 Kerry 2-15 Cork 2-08 Mick O'Connell FitzGerald Stadium
1960 Kerry 3-15 Waterford 0-08 Paudie Sheehy Cork Athletic Grounds
1961 Kerry 2-13 Cork 1-04 Niall Sheehy FitzGerald Stadium
1962 Kerry 4-08 Cork 0-04 Seán Óg Sheehy Cork Athletic Grounds
1963 Kerry 1-18 Cork 3-07 Niall Sheehy FitzGerald Stadium
1964 Kerry 2-11 Cork 1-08 Niall Sheehy Cork Athletic Grounds
1965 Kerry 2-16 Limerick 2-07 Jer D. O'Connor Gaelic Grounds
1966 Cork 2-07 Kerry 1-07 Jerry O'Sullivan FitzGerald Stadium
1967 Cork 0-08 Kerry 0-07 Denis Coughlan Cork Athletic Grounds
1968 Kerry 1-21 Cork 3-08 Pat Griffin FitzGerald Stadium
1969 Kerry 0-16 Cork 1-04 Johnny Culloty Cork Athletic Grounds
1970 Kerry 2-22 Cork 2-09 Donie O'Sullivan FitzGerald Stadium
1971 Cork 0-25 Kerry 0-14 Mick Scannell Cork Athletic Grounds
1972 Kerry 2-21 Cork 2-15 Tom Prendergast FitzGerald Stadium
1973 Cork 5-12 Kerry 1-15 Billy Morgan Cork Athletic Grounds
1974 Cork 1-11 Kerry 0-07 Denis Coughlan FitzGerald Stadium
1975 Kerry 1-14 Cork 0-07 Mickey Ned O'Sullivan FitzGerald Stadium
1976 Kerry 3-20 Cork 2-19 John O'Keeffe Páirc Uí Chaoimh
1977 Kerry 3-15 Cork 0-09 Ger O'Keeffe FitzGerald Stadium
1978 Kerry 3-14 Cork 3-07 Denis Moran Páirc Uí Chaoimh
1979 Kerry 2-14 Cork 2-09 Tim Kennelly FitzGerald Stadium
1980 Kerry 3-13 Cork 0-12 Ger Power Páirc Uí Chaoimh
1981 Kerry 1-11 Cork 0-03 Jimmy Deenihan FitzGerald Stadium
1982 Kerry 2-18 Cork 0-12 John Egan FitzGerald Stadium
1983 Cork 3-10 Kerry 3-09 Christy Ryan Páirc Uí Chaoimh
1984 Kerry 3-14 Cork 2-10 Ambrose O'Donovan FitzGerald Stadium
1985 Kerry 2-11 Cork 0-11 Páidí Ó Sé Páirc Uí Chaoimh
1986 Kerry 0-12 Cork 0-08 Tommy Doyle FitzGerald Stadium
1987 Cork 0-13 Kerry 1-05 Conor Counihan FitzGerald Stadium
1988 Cork 1-14 Kerry 0-16 Tony Nation Páirc Uí Chaoimh
1989 Cork 1-12 Kerry 1-09 Dinny Allen FitzGerald Stadium
1990 Cork 2-23 Kerry 1-11 Larry Tompkins Páirc Uí Chaoimh
1991 Kerry 0-23 Limerick 3-12 Jack O'Shea FitzGerald Stadium
1992 Clare 2-10 Kerry 0-12 Francis McInerney Gaelic Grounds
1993 Cork 1-16 Tipperary 1-08 Mick McCarthy Semple Stadium
1994 Cork 2-19 Tipperary 3-09 Steven O'Brien Páirc Uí Chaoimh
1995 Cork 0-15 Kerry 1-09 Niall Cahalane FitzGerald Stadium
1996 Kerry 0-14 Cork 0-11 Billy O'Shea Páirc Uí Chaoimh
1997 Kerry 1-13 Clare 0-11 Mike Hassett Gaelic Grounds
1998 Kerry 0-17 Tipperary 1-10 Séamus Moynihan Semple Stadium
1999 Cork 2-10 Kerry 2-04 Philip Clifford Páirc Uí Chaoimh
2000 Kerry 3-15 Clare 0-08 Séamus Moynihan Gaelic Grounds
2001 Kerry 0-19 Cork 1-13 Séamus Moynihan Páirc Uí Chaoimh
2002 Cork 1-23 Tipperary 0-07 Colin Corkery Páirc Uí Chaoimh
2003 Kerry 1-11 Limerick 0-09 Mike McCarthy FitzGerald Stadium
2004 Kerry 3-10 Limerick 2-09 Dara Ó Cinnéide FitzGerald Stadium
2005 Kerry 1-11 Cork 0-11 Declan O'Sullivan Páirc Uí Chaoimh
2006 Cork 1-12 Kerry 0-09 Derek Kavanagh Páirc Uí Chaoimh
2007 Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-13 Declan O'Sullivan FitzGerald Stadium
2008 Cork 1-16 Kerry 1-11 Graham Canty Páirc Uí Chaoimh
2009 Cork 2-06 Limerick 0-11 Graham Canty Páirc Uí Chaoimh
2010 Kerry 1-17 Limerick 1-14 Bryan Sheehan FitzGerald Stadium
2011 Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12 Colm Cooper FitzGerald Stadium
2012 Cork 3-16 Clare 0-13 Graham Canty Gaelic Grounds
2013 Kerry 1-16 Cork 0-17 Colm Cooper FitzGerald Stadium
2014 Kerry 0-24 Cork 0-12 Fionn Fitzgerald
Kieran O'Leary
Páirc Uí Chaoimh 21,028
2015 Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-06 Kieran Donaghy FitzGerald Stadium 32,233
2016 Kerry 3-17 Tipperary 2-10 Bryan Sheehan FitzGerald Stadium 21,512
2017 Kerry 1-23 Cork 0-15 Fionn Fitzgerald
Johnny Buckley
FitzGerald Stadium 31,836
2018 Kerry 3-18 Cork 2-04 Shane Murphy Páirc Uí Chaoimh 27,764
2019 Kerry 1-19 Cork 3-10 Gavin White Páirc Uí Chaoimh 18,265
2020 Tipperary 0-17 Cork 0-14 Conor Sweeney Páirc Uí Chaoimh 0
2021 Kerry 4-22 Cork 1-09 Paul Murphy Fitzgerald Stadium 2500

Notes:

Statistics

Teams by decade

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

Other records

Gaps

Longest gaps between successive Munster titles:

  • 85 years: Tipperary (1935-2020)
  • 75 years: Clare (1917-1992)
  • 16 years: Tipperary (1902-1918)
  • 15 years: Cork (1928-1943)
  • 13 years: Tipperary (1922-1935)
  • 12 years: Cork (1916-1928)
  • 11 years: Kerry (1892-1903)

Longest undefeated run

The record for the longest unbeaten run stands at 18 games held by Kerry. They achieved this feat on three separate occasions: 1936–1943, 1958-1966 and 1975–1983.

Players

Top scorers

All time

RankPlayerTeamScoreTallyEra
1 Maurice Fitzgerald Kerry9-1671941988-2001
2 Mikey Sheehy Kerry15-1191641974-1987
3 Colin Corkery Cork4-1321441993-2004
4 Colm Cooper Kerry8-1101342002-2016
5 Declan Browne Tipperary5-1061211996-2007
6 Pat Spillane Kerry14-771191975-1991
7 Bryan Sheehan Kerry5-971122005-2017
8 Peter Lambert Tipperary11-681011988-2003
9 Dara Ó Cinnéide Kerry8-71951994-2005
10 Mick O'Dwyer Kerry4-79911957-1973
Dinny Allen Cork11-58911972-1989

By year

YearNameTeamScoreTotal
1965 Éamonn Cregan Limerick 2-0814
1966 Gene McCarthy Cork 3-0615
1967 Mick Tynan Limerick 3-1221
1968 Mick O'Dwyer Kerry 0-1212
1969 Vinny Kirwan Waterford 0-1212
John Cummins Tipperary 0-1212
1970 Denis Coughlan Cork 3-1423
1971 Denis Coughlan Cork 1-1619
1972 Mick O'Dwyer Kerry 0-1313
1973 Billy Field Cork 2-1420
1974 Ray Cummins Cork 1-0811
1975 Jim Kehoe Tipperary 4-0012
1976 Mikey Sheehy Kerry 1-2023
1977 Barry Walsh Kerry 2-0915
1978 Mikey Sheehy Kerry 4-1325
1979 Ger Power Kerry 4-0618
1980 Anthony Moran Limerick 0-2121
1981 Mikey Sheehy Kerry 1-1114
1982 Mikey Sheehy Kerry 2-1521
1983 Mikey Sheehy Kerry 2-1117
John Cleary Cork 1-1417
1984 Franny Kelly Tipperary 1-0912
1985 Franny Kelly Tipperary 1-1922
1986 Franny Kelly Tipperary 1-1114
1987 Larry Tompkins Kerry 0-1515
1988 Maurice Fitzgerald Kerry 0-1616
1989 Eoin Sheehan Limerick 4-0719
1990 Maurice Fitzgerald Kerry 1-1417
1991 Maurice Fitzgerald Kerry 0-2424
1992 Maurice Fitzgerald Kerry 1-2023
1993 Colin Corkery Cork 2-2026
1994 Peter Lambert Tipperary 4-1325
1996 Maurice Fitzgerald Kerry 4-2032
1996 Dara Ó Cinnéide Kerry 1-1518
1997 Brendan Cummins Tipperary 1-1316
1998 Declan Browne Tipperary 2-2935
1099 Podsie O'Mahony Cork 1-1316
2000 Dara Ó Cinnéide Kerry 2-0915
2001 Dara Ó Cinnéide Kerry 1-1316
2002 Colin Corkery Cork 0-2929
2003 Declan Browne Tipperary 1-1619
2004 Muiris Gavin Limerick 0-2424
2005 Colm Cooper Cork 3-1221
2006 James Masters Cork 1-2124
2007 James Masters Cork 3-1827
2008 Daniel Goulding Cork 1-0811
2009 Donncha O'Connor Cork 3-1423
2010 Colm Cooper Kerry 1-2023
2011 Daniel Goulding Cork 2-1521
2012 Ian Ryan Limerick 1-1720
2013 Daniel Goulding Cork 1-1720
2014 Paul Whyte Waterford 1-0710
David Tubridy Clare 1-0710
Shane McGrath Clare 1-0710
James O'Donoghue Kerry 0-1010
2015 Colm O'Neill Cork 1-1417
2016 Kevin O'Halloran Tipperary 0-1515
2017 James O'Donoghue Kerry 0-1616
2018 Paul Geaney Kerry 2-1218
2019 Mark Collins Cork 0-1717
2020 Conor Sweeney Tipperary 1-1821

Most appearances

RankPlayerTeamGamesEra
1 Colm Cooper Kerry412002-2016
Tomás Ó Sé Kerry411997-2013
3 Darragh Ó Sé Kerry401994-2009
4 Marc Ó Sé Kerry382002-2016
5 Dan O'Keeffe Kerry361932-1948
6 Tom O'Sullivan Kerry342000-2011
Séamus Moynihan Kerry341992-2006
Jack O'Shea Kerry341977-1992
Mick O'Connell Kerry341956-1974
10 Maurice Fitzgerald Kerry331988-2001
Billy Morgan Cork331966-1981

Record Munster medal winners

RankPlayerTeamNo.Years
1 Dan O'Keeffe Kerry 131932, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948
2 Mick O'Connell Kerry 121958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972
Pat Spillane Kerry 121975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 19913
Mick O'Dwyer Kerry 111958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972
John O'Keeffe Kerry 111970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984
Páidí Ó Sé Kerry 111975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986
Ger Power Kerry 111975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986
Mikey Sheehy Kerry 111975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986
Denis "Ógie" Moran Kerry 111975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986
9 Dick Fitzgerald Kerry 101903, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1923
Miko Doyle Kerry 101929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939
Joe Keohane Kerry 101936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1947, 1948
Johnny Culloty Kerry 101955, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1970
Jack O'Shea Kerry 101977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991

Team progress since 2001

Below is a record of each county's performance since the introduction of the qualifier system to the All-Ireland series in 2001. Qualifiers did not occur from 2020 onwards due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Gaelic games.

Key
Winner
Final
Semi Final
Quarter Final / Super 8s
Qualifier Rounds 1-4 / Tommy Murphy Cup
Championship 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Clare Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q3 Q2 TM TM Q2 Q1 Q1 Q4 Q2 Q3 Q2 QF Q3 Q3 Q4
Cork Q4 SF Q1 Q3 SF SF F SF F W QF SF QF QF Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 S8s
Kerry SF F SF W F W W F W QF F QF SF W F SF SF S8s F
Limerick Q2 Q3 Q4 Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1 Q2 Q4 Q4 QF Q3 Q1 Q3 Q1 Q2 Q1 Q1 Q2
Tipperary Q1 Q4 Q3 Q1 Q1 Q2 TM Q1 Q2 Q2 Q1 Q4 Q1 Q4 Q3 SF Q3 Q2 Q1
Waterford Q1 Q1 Q1 Q2 Q1 Q1 TM TM Q1 Q2 Q3 Q1 Q2 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q2 Q1

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