Munster Senior Hurling Championship

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Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship
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Current event clock.svg 2020 Munster Senior Hurling Championship
Irish Craobh Iomána na Mumhan
Code Hurling
Founded1888;133 years ago (1888)
Region Munster (GAA)
TrophyMick Mackey Cup
No. of teams5
Title holders Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick (21st title)
Most titles Colours of Cork.svg Cork (54 titles)
Sponsors Centra, Littlewoods Ireland, Bord Gáis Energy
TV partner(s) RTÉ
Sky Sports
MottoBe there. All the way.
Official website Official website

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

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The winners are presented with the Munster Cup, which was renamed the Mick Mackey Cup on 18 March 2021.

The final, usually held on the first Sunday in July, serves as the culmination of a series of games played during May and June, and the results determine which team receives the Mick Mackey Cup. The championship was previously played on a straight knockout basis whereby once a team lost they were eliminated from the championship; however, as of 2018, the championship involved a round-robin system.

The Munster Championship is an integral part of the wider GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship. The winners of the Munster final, like their counterparts in the Leinster Championship, are rewarded by advancing directly to the semi-final stage of the All-Ireland series of games. The losers of the Munster final enter the All-Ireland series at the quarter-final stage, while the third-placed team advances to the preliminary quarter-finals.

Five teams currently participate in the Munster Championship. Two of the most successful teams in hurling, namely Cork and Tipperary, play their provincial hurling in the Munster Championship. Between them, these teams have won the provincial title on 96 occasions while they have also claimed 58 All-Ireland titles.

The title has been won at least once by all six of the Munster counties, five of which have won the title more than once. The all-time record-holders are Cork, who have won the competition 54 times. Limerick are the current champions.

Hurling is the more prominent of the two Gaelic games in Munster. As such the Munster Championship is regarded as the most skillful and exciting of all the provincial hurling championships. The Munster final, particularly when played in Semple Stadium in Thurles, is considered one of the biggest and best sporting occasions in Ireland. [1] [2] [3]

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 Hurling 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. [4] 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 in Leinster and Munster.

Beginnings

The inaugural Munster Championship featured Clare, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford. Cork and Tipperary contested the first match on Sunday 27 May 1888. Despite losing, Cork advanced to the Munster semi-final as Tipperary champions Clonoulty used players from other clubs to supplement their team. Such a format was not yet allowed. A replay was ordered in Cork but Clonoulty refused to play anywhere in Cork stating a preference for Kilmallock. As a result of their refusal to play they were disqualified. The inaugural Munster final between Cork and Clare was to be played on Wednesday 29 August 1888, however, the provincial showpiece ended in disarray. Clare champions Ogonelloe, who had received a walkover from South Liberties of Limerick in the semi-final, however, this was later disputed. Before the final commenced South Liberties took to the field to play Ogonelloe, with the winners competing in the final later that day. The officials decided then not to play either game. It was then decided to play the final in Cork on Sunday 2 September 1888, however, Clare refused to travel and Cork were awarded the title.

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, however, the championship ended without a final once again as Kerry conceded a walkover to Clare.

On Sunday 28 September 1890, the very first Munster final took place. Cork won their first title on the field of play after a 2-00 to 0-01 defeat of Kerry. Since then the championship title has been awarded every year except in 1908 when Tipperary were awarded the title after being granted a walkover by Kerry.

Team changes

In spite of winning the Munster title in 1891, Kerry eventually became a county dominated by Gaelic football. Because of this the inter-county hurling team went into a sharp decline. Kerry's championship appearances were sporadic by the 1950s and the county eventually stopped fielding a team at senior level before regrading to the All-Ireland Junior Hurling Championship. After some successes in the All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championship, Kerry returned to the Munster Championship after a nineteen-year absence in 1977. A decade later the team made a more permanent return to the championship, however, Kerry only recorded one championship victory from then until their last appearance in the championship in 2004. [5]

Due to a lack of competition in the Connacht Championship, the Galway County Board proposed a regrading to the junior championship in January 1958. This led to a wider debate regarding the structure of the championship. The abolition of the provincial system and the introduction of an open draw was rejected. Galway put forward their own proposal for the creation of a new "province" consisting of Galway, Clare, Laois, Offaly and Westmeath, however, this was also rejected. The possibility of starting the National Hurling League in April in an effort to give Galway some game time before the start of the championship was also discussed. At a meeting of the Munster Council on 10 January 1959 it was decided to invite Galway to participate in all grades of hurling in Munster on a temporary basis. This decision was later ratified at the GAA Congress. Galway played in the Munster Championship from 1959 until 1969, however, during that time they won just one of their twelve championship games. [6]

Team dominance

Since the beginning the championship has been dominated by Cork and Tipperary. They have won a combined total of 96 of the 131 championship titles. These two teams began their hegemony by winning 18 championship titles between 1890 and 1909. Cork set a number of records during this time by becoming the first team to win successive titles in 1893, before claiming a first three-in-a-row the following year. Cork also set the all-time record of five successive championships which they won between 1901 and 1905. After twenty years Limerick emerged to break the dominance of the "big two" when they claimed five championship titles between 1910 and 1923. Limerick enjoyed a second golden era by winning a further five championship titles between 1933 and 1940. After a period in decline Cork returned to dominate by winning nine championships between 1942 and 1956. A period in decline followed once again, as Tipperary emerged with what many people regard as their greatest ever team. Between 1958 and 1971 they won nine championships, however, a sixteen-year barren spell followed. Cork dominated the next two decades, winning thirteen championships between 1972 and 1986. The 1990s saw a more equitable period develop in the championship as every team qualified for a Munster final with victories for Clare, Cork, Limerick and Tipperary. Waterford dominated the first decade of the 20th century. Between 2002 and 2010 they won four championships from six final appearances. In the next decade Cork and Tipperary won three titles each with Limerick winning two.

Format

Between 1888 and 2017 the Munster Championship was a knockout tournament whereby once a team was defeated they were 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 Cork and Tipperary eventually led to both these teams being placed on opposite sides of the championship draw. This was later viewed as a mean of penalising the other 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 which three of the five teams automatically qualified for the semi-final stage of the championship. Two other teams played in a lone quarter-final with the winner joining the other three teams at the semi-final stage.

The Munster Championship was an integral part of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. Between 1888 and 1996 the Munster final winners automatically qualified for either the All-Ireland semi-final or final. The introduction of the "back door" system in 1997 allowed the defeated Munster finalists access to the All-Ireland quarter-final, while the Munster champions received a bye to the All-Ireland semi-final. The "back door" system was replaced in 2002 by the All-Ireland Qualifiers which afforded every defeated team in the Munster Championship the chance of qualifying for the All-Ireland Championship. Between 2005 and 2007 both Munster finalists qualified for the All-Ireland quarter-finals, however, this system was abolished in 2008 with the Munster champions receiving a bye to the All-Ireland semi-final.

Current format

Championship

There are five teams in the Munster Championship. During the course of a season (from May to June) each team plays the others once (a single round-robin system) for a total of 10 games. Teams receive two points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points. The top two teams in the group contest the Munster final.

Tie-breakers

If two teams have the same points total, they are ranked by their head-to-head result. If this was a draw, the teams are ranked by score difference, followed by scores for, and then goals for. If all these are equal, then the two teams contest a play-off match to determine the higher-ranked team. [7]

Qualification for the All-Ireland Championship

As of the 2018 championship qualification for the All-Ireland Championship has changed due to the abolition of the qualifiers. The Munster champions continue to receive a bye to the All-Ireland semi-final while the defeated Munster finalists enter the All-Ireland quarter-finals. The third-placed team in the group enter the All-Ireland Championship at the preliminary quarter-final stage where they play either the champions or runners-up of the Joe McDonagh Cup.

Promotion and relegation

A system of promotion and relegation exists between the Munster Championship and the Joe McDonagh Cup, however, this only occurs if Kerry win the Joe McDonagh Cup. If that were to happen they contest a relegation/promotion play-off with the bottom team in the Munster group for the right to compete in the following year's Munster Championship.

Teams

2021 championship

The following five teams will compete during the 2021 championship.

TeamPosition
in 2020
First year in
Championship
Years in
Championship
in 2021
Championship
titles
Last
Championship
title
Clare 5th 1888 1266 1998
Cork 4th 1888 13354 2018
Limerick 1st 1889 13121 2020
Tipperary 3rd 1894 12742 2016
Waterford 2nd 1888 1219 2010

Other teams

TeamCurrent
Championship
Position
in 2019
First year
in
Championship
Most recent
year in
Championship
Years in
Championship
Championship
titles
Last
Championship
title
Galway Leinster Championship 4th 1959 1969 110N/A
Kerry Joe McDonagh Cup 4th 1889 2004 621 1891

Venues

Semple Stadium is the home venue of Tipperary. As a regular final venue it is often regarded as the spiritual home of Munster hurling. Semple1.jpg
Semple Stadium is the home venue of Tipperary. As a regular final venue it is often regarded as the spiritual home of Munster hurling.
In spite of being a Gaelic football stronghold, FitzGerald Stadium has hosted several Munster finals. FitzGeraldStadium.jpg
In spite of being a Gaelic football stronghold, FitzGerald Stadium has hosted several Munster finals.
As well as being the home venue of Cork, Pairc Ui Chaoimh has often been used as a neutral venue for games. Pairc Ui Chaoimh.jpg
As well as being the home venue of Cork, Páirc Uí Chaoimh has often been used as a neutral venue for games.
Cusack Park, the home venue of Clare, hosted its first championship game in 21 years in 2018. Hurling game, Cusack Park, Ennis.jpg
Cusack Park, the home venue of Clare, hosted its first championship game in 21 years in 2018.

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, teams eventually came to home and away agreements depending on the capacity of their stadiums. Teams that previously had agreements prior to the restructuring of the championship were Cork and Tipperary, Limerick and Cork and Limerick and Tipperary. [8] [9] Every second meeting between these teams was played at the home venue of one of them.

Waterford and Clare, in spite of having home stadiums, did not have home and away agreements with the other teams as their stadiums were initially deemed not to be of an adequate size for Munster Championship games. These teams usually played their games at neutral venues. [10]

The introduction of the round robin format in 2018 saw home and away arrangements being agreed by all five teams, with every second meeting between the participating teams being played at the home venue of one of the teams. On 16 March 2018, it was confirmed that Waterford would play their two 'home' clashes at a neutral venue instead of Walsh Park. The ground has a capacity of just 8,000 and was deemed unsuitable. [11] Nowlan Park in Kilkenny was mentioned as a possible venue for the Waterford-Tipperary game, however, the Munster Council cited a regulation whereby a change from a home venue can only be to a neutral venue within the province. [12] In November 2018, the Munster Council once again voted against allowing Waterford to play home games in Nowlan Park. [13] On 28 February 2019, it was confirmed that Waterford would play their two home championship games at Walsh Park after resolving a 'structural issue' which reduced the venue's capacity in 2018. [14]

Attendances

Stadium attendances are a significant source of regular income for the Munster Council and for the teams involved. For the 2017 championship, average attendances were 31,998 with a total aggregate attendance figure of 127,992. For a four-game championship, it was the highest cumulative figure since 2008 (136,868). The 2017 figure represented the highest combined total for a Munster Championship since 2009, when 136,908 fans attended five games, including a semi-final replay between Limerick and Waterford. [15] The change of format for the 2018 championship almost doubled attendances. A combined total of 248,809 attended 11 championship games, seeing a 95% increase on the previous year and a 147% rise on 2016. [16] The highest ever attendance at a Munster Championship game was recorded on 30 July 1961 when a crowd of 62,175 attended the Munster final between Cork and Tipperary. This is the officially-recorded attendance, however, due to spectators storming the gates the attendance could have been as high as 70,000 or more.

Group stage

Fixtures in the five group stage rounds of the championship are played at the home ground of one of the two teams. Each team is guaranteed two home games.

Final

The final has historically been played at either Semple Stadium, Páirc Uí Chaoimh or the Gaelic Grounds. As of the 2018 championship, the final is played at one of these venues as per the home and away agreements between Cork, Limerick and Tipperary. If Clare or Waterford were to reach the Munster final the game would be played at a neutral venue.

Managers

Davy Fitzgerald managed Waterford to the title in 2010. DavyFitz.jpg
Davy Fitzgerald managed Waterford to the title in 2010.

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. In this capacity, Paddy Leahy won several Munster Championship titles served as chairman of the Tipperary senior hurling selection committee between 1949 and 1965. Jim "Tough" Barry was trainer for all bar one of Cork's Munster Championship-winning teams between 1926 and 1966.

Winning managers (1969–present)
ManagerTeamWinsWinning years
Colours of Cork.svg Justin McCarthy Cork
Waterford
61975, 1984, 1985, 2002, 2004, 2007
Colours of Cork.svg Bertie Troy Cork51975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
Colours of Tipperary.svg Michael "Babs" Keating Tipperary51987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993
Colours of Cork.svg Michael O'Brien Cork41984, 1985, 1990, 1992
Colours of Cork.svg Jim O'Regan Cork31969, 1970, 1972
Colours of Clare.svg Ger Loughnane Clare31995, 1997, 1998
Colours of Cork.svg Jimmy Barry-Murphy Cork31999, 2000, 2014
Colours of Cork.svg John Allen Cork
Limerick
32005, 2006, 2013
Colours of Limerick.svg Jackie Power Limerick21973, 1974
Colours of Dublin.svg Noel Drumgoole Limerick21980, 1981
Colours of Cork.svg Johnny Clifford Cork21983, 1986
Colours of Limerick.svg Tom Ryan Limerick21994, 1996
Colours of Tipperary.svg Liam Sheedy Tipperary22008, 2009
Colours of Tipperary.svg Declan Ryan Tipperary22011, 2012
Colours of Limerick.svg John Kiely Limerick22019, 2020
Colours of Tipperary.svg Donie Nealon Tipperary11971
Colours of Tipperary.svg Nicky English Tipperary12001
Colours of Cork.svg Donal O'Grady Cork12003
Colours of Clare.svg Davy Fitzgerald Waterford12010
Colours of Tipperary.svg Éamonn O'Shea Tipperary12015
Colours of Tipperary.svg Michael Ryan Tipperary12016
Colours of Cork.svg Kieran Kingston Cork12017
Colours of Cork.svg John Meyler Cork12018
Current managers
Nat.NameTeam(s)AppointedTime as manager
Colours of Limerick.svg John Kiely Limerick 13 September 20164 years, 270 days
Colours of Tipperary.svg Liam Sheedy Tipperary 24 September 20182 years, 259 days
Colours of Waterford.svg Liam Cahill Waterford 30 September 20191 year, 253 days
Colours of Cork.svg Kieran Kingston Cork 1 October 20191 year, 252 days
Colours of Clare.svg Brian Lohan Clare 31 October 20191 year, 222 days

Trophy and medals

At the end of the Munster final, the winning team is presented with a trophy. The Munster Cup, which is similar in design to the Liam MacCarthy 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 is the third to be used. The first was used from 1928, when it was donated by the Munster Council, until 1990 when a replica was commissioned due to old age. In 2021, a proposal from the Limerick County Board to have the Munster Cup named in honour of Mick Mackey was approved by the Munster Council. [17] The second trophy was then retired and replaced with a third one. [18] An earlier attempt at renaming the cup had been rejected several years earlier. [19]

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

Sponsorship

Since 1995, the Munster Championship has been sponsored. The sponsor has usually been able to determine the championship's sponsorship name.

PeriodSponsor(s)Name
1888-1994No main sponsorThe Munster Championship
1995-2007 Flag of Ireland.svg Guinness The Guinness Munster Championship
2008-2009 Flag of Ireland.svg RTÉ Sport, Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Etihad Airways, Flag of Ireland.svg Guinness The Munster GAA Hurling Championship
2010-2012 Flag of Ireland.svg Centra, Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Etihad Airways, Flag of Ireland.svg Guinness The Munster GAA Hurling Championship
2013-2016 Flag of Ireland.svg Centra, Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Etihad Airways, Flag of the United States.svg Liberty Insurance The Munster GAA Hurling Championship
2017- Flag of Ireland.svg Centra, Flag of Ireland.svg Littlewoods Ireland, Flag of Ireland.svg Bord Gáis Energy The Munster GAA Hurling Championship

Media coverage

In the early years of coverage Radio Éireann had exclusive radio coverage of championship games. When Telefís Éireann was established on 31 December 1961, the new station was interested in the broadcasting of championship games. The GAA, however, were wary that live television coverage would result in lower attendances at games. Because of this, the association restricted annual coverage of its games to the All-Ireland hurling and football finals, the two All-Ireland football semi-finals and the two Railway Cup finals.

RTÉ broadcast highlights of the Munster final for the first time on 19 July 1970. These highlights programmes continued for the rest of the decade until the development of a dedicated highlights programme called The Sunday Game . The first edition of the programme on 8 July 1979 featured extensive coverage and analysis of the Munster final between Cork and Limerick. The first live broadcast of a Munster final took place on Network 2 on 2 July 1989.

In 2007, it was announced that TV3 had signed a three-year broadcasting deal with the GAA, resulting in senior inter-county championship games not being broadcast exclusively on RTÉ for the first time since 1962. [20] TV3's first live championship broadcast was a semi-final between Limerick and Waterford on 1 June 2008. Following the completion of the initial three-year deal in 2010, the GAA were satisfied to give TV3 an expanded role in Gaelic games broadcasting. TV3 broadcast one of the semi-finals over the next three years, however, RTÉ retained the rights to the other matches, including the final.

Since 2017, Sky Sports and RTÉ have shared live coverage of championship matches. Sky broadcast their first championship match, a semi-final between Clare and Limerick, on 4 June 2017, while RTÉ had live coverage of the other three matches including the final. [21]

Championship upsets

The possibility of unlikely victories in the various rounds of the championship, where lower ranked teams beat higher placed opposition in what is known as a "giant killing", is much anticipated by the public. Such upsets are considered an integral part of the tradition and unpredictable nature of the championship, and the attention gained by giant-killing teams can be as great as that for winners of the championship. Almost every team in the championship has a fondly remembered giant-killing act in its history. It is considered particularly newsworthy when a top championship team suffers an upset defeat.

General statistics

See: Munster Senior Hurling Championship records and statistics

List of Munster Finals

All-Ireland champions
All-Ireland runners-up
YearWinnersScoreRunners-upScoreVenueWinning CaptainAttendance
1888 Cork w/o Clare scr William Gleeson
1889 Clare w/o Kerry scrJohn Considine
1890 Cork 2-0 Kerry 0-1 Dan Lane
1891
(R)
Kerry 1-1
2-4
Limerick 1-2
0-1
Newcastlewest
Abbeyfeale
John O'Mahony
1892 Cork 5-3 (28) Kerry 2-5 (15) Bill O'Callaghan
1893 Cork 5-3 (28) Limerick 0-0 (0) John 'Curtis' Murphy
1894 Cork 3-4 (19) Tipperary 1-2 (7) Charleville Stephen Hayes
1895 Tipperary 7-8 (43) Limerick 0-2 (2) Mikey Maher
1896
(R)
Tipperary 1-3 (6)
7-9 (30)
Cork 1-3 (6)
2-3 (9)
Mikey Maher
1897 Limerick 4-9 (21) Cork 1-6 (9) Tipperary Denis Grimes
1898
(R)
Tipperary 3-0 (9)
1-13 (16)
Cork 2-3 (9)
1-2 (5)
Mikey Maher
1899 Tipperary 5-16 (31) Clare 0-8 (8) Tim Condon
1900 Tipperary 6-11 (29) Kerry 1-9 (12) Ned Hayes
1901 Cork 3-10 (19) Clare 2-6 (12) Market's Field Paddy Cantillon
1902 Cork 2-9 (15) Limerick 1-5 (8) Tipperary Jamesy Kelleher
1903 Cork 5-16 (31) Waterford 1-1 (4) Tipperary Steva Riordan
1904 Cork 3-10 (19) Tipperary 3-4 (13) Denis Harrington
1905 Cork 7-12 (33) Limerick 1-4 (7) Tipperary Chris Young
1906 Tipperary 3-4 (13) Cork 0-9 (9) Tipperary Tom Semple
1907 Cork 1-6 (9) Tipperary 1-4 (7) Jamesy Kelleher
1908 Tipperary w/o Kerry scr Tom Semple
1909 Tipperary 2-10 (16) Cork 2-6 (12) Tom Semple
1910 Limerick 5-1 (16) Cork 4-2 (14) Tralee John "Tyler" Mackey
1911 Limerick 5-3 (18) Tipperary 4-3 (15) John "Tyler" Mackey
1912 Cork 5-1 (16) Tipperary 3-1 (10) Barry Murphy
1913 Tipperary 8-2 (26) Cork 4-3 (15) Fraher Field Patrick 'Wedger' Meagher
1914 Clare 3-2 (11) Cork 3-1 (10) Thurles Sportsfield Amby Power
1915 Cork 8-2 (26) Clare 2-1 (7) Markets Field Connie Sheehan
1916 Tipperary 5-0 (15) Cork 1-2 (5) Fraher Field Johnny Leahy
1917
(R)
Tipperary 3-4 (13)
6-4 (22)
Limerick 3-4 (13)
3-1 (10)
Cork Athletic Grounds
Cork Athletic Grounds
Johnny Leahy
1918 Limerick 11-3 (36) Clare 1-2 (5) Thurles Sportsfield Willie Hough
1919 Cork 3-5 (14) Limerick 1-6 (9) Markets Field Jimmy ‘Major’ Kennedy
1920 Cork 3-4 (13) Limerick 0-5 (5) Cork Athletic Grounds Dick O'Gorman
1921 Limerick 5-2 (17) Cork 1-2 (5) Thurles Sportsfield Bob McConkey
1922
(R)
Tipperary 2-2 (8)
4-2 (14)
Limerick 2-2 (8)
1-4 (7)
Thurles Sportsfield
Markets Field
Johnny Leahy
1923 Limerick 2-3 (9) Tipperary 1-0 (3) Cork Athletic Grounds Paddy McInerney
1924 Tipperary 3-1 (10) Limerick 2-2 (8) Fraher Field Johnny Leahy
1925 Tipperary 6-6 (24) Waterford 1-2 (5) Fraher Field Johnny Leahy
1926
(R)
(R)
Cork 0-0 (0)
3-4 (13)
3-6 (15)
Tipperary 1-2 (5)
4-1 (13)
2-4 (10)
Cork Athletic Grounds
Thurles Sportsfield
Cork Athletic Grounds
Seán Óg Murphy
1927 Cork 5-3 (18) Clare 3-4 (13) Market's Field Seán Óg Murphy
1928
(R)
Cork 2-2 (8)
6-4 (22)
Clare 2-2 (8)
2-2 (8)
Gaelic Grounds Seán Óg Murphy
1929 Cork 4-6 (18) Waterford 2-3 (9) Fraher Field Dinny Barry-Murphy
1930 Tipperary 6-4 (22) Clare 2-8 (14) Cork Athletic Grounds John Joe Callanan
1931
(R)
Cork 1-9 (12)
5-4 (19)
Waterford 4-0 (12)
1-2 (5)
Ned Hall Park
Ned Hall Park
Eudie Coughlan
1932 Clare 5-2 (17) Cork 4-1 (13) Thurles Sportsfield John Joe Doyle
1933 Limerick 3-7 (16) Waterford 1-2 (5) Cork Athletic Grounds Micky Fitzgibbon
1934 Limerick 4-8 (20) Waterford 2-5 (11) Cork Athletic Grounds Timmy Ryan
1935 Limerick 5-5 (20) Tipperary 1-4 (7) Cork Athletic Grounds Timmy Ryan
1936 Limerick 8-5 (29) Tipperary 4-6 (18) Thurles Sportsfield Mick Mackey
1937 Tipperary 6-3 (21) Limerick 4-3 (15) Cork Athletic Grounds Jim Lanigan
1938 Waterford 3-5 (14) Clare 2-5 (11) Cork Athletic Grounds Willie Walsh
1939 Cork 4-3 (15) Limerick 3-4 (13) Thurles Sportsfield Jack Lynch
1940
(R)
Limerick 4-3 (15)
3-3 (12)
Cork 3-6 (15)
2-4 (10)
Thurles Sportsfield
Thurles Sportsfield
Mick Mackey
1941 Tipperary 5-4 (19) Cork 2-5 (11) Gaelic Grounds Johnny Ryan 10,000
1942 Cork 4-15 (27) Tipperary 4-1 (13) Cork Athletic Grounds Jack Lynch
1943 Cork 2-13 (19) Waterford 3-8 (17) Cork Athletic Grounds Mick Kennefick
1944
(R)
Cork 6-7 (25)
4-6 (18)
Limerick 4-13 (25)
3-6 (15)
Thurles Sportsfield
Thurles Sportsfield
Seán Condon
1945 Tipperary 4-3 (15) Limerick 2-6 (12) Thurles Sportsfield John Maher
1946 Cork 3-8 (17) Limerick 1-3 (6) Thurles Sportsfield Christy Ring
1947 Cork 2-6 (12) Limerick 2-3 (9) Thurles Sportsfield Seán Condon
1948 Waterford 4-7 (19) Cork 3-9 (18) Thurles Sportsfield Jim Ware
1949 Tipperary 1-16 (19) Limerick 2-10 (16) Cork Athletic Grounds Pat Stakelum 35,000
1950 Tipperary 2-17 (23) Cork 3-11 (20) FitzGerald Stadium Seán Kenny 38,733
1951 Tipperary 2-11 (17) Cork 2-9 (15) Gaelic Grounds Jimmy Finn 42,237
1952 Cork 1-11 Tipperary 2-6 Gaelic Grounds Paddy Barry 42,326
1953 Cork 3-10 (19) Tipperary 1-11 (14) Gaelic Grounds Christy Ring 46,295
1954 Cork 2-8 (14) Tipperary 1-8 (11) Gaelic Grounds Christy Ring 50,071
1955 Limerick 2-15 (21) Clare 2-6 (12) Gaelic Grounds Liam Ryan 23,125
1956 Cork 5-5 (20) Limerick 3-5 (14) Thurles Sportsfield Christy Ring 47,017
1957 Waterford 1-11 (14) Cork 1-6 (9) Thurles Sportsfield Phil Grimes 40,368
1958 Tipperary 4-12 (24) Waterford 1-5 (8) Thurles Sportsfield Tony Wall 41,384
1959 Waterford 3-9 (18) Cork 2-9 (15) Thurles Sportsfield Frankie Walsh 55,174
1960 Tipperary 4-13 (25) Cork 4-11 (23) Thurles Sportsfield Tony Wall 49,670
1961 Tipperary 3-6 (15) Cork 0-7 (7) Gaelic Grounds Matt Hassett 62,175
1962 Tipperary 5-14 (29) Waterford 2-3 (9) Gaelic Grounds Jimmy Doyle 31,000
1963 Waterford 0-11 (11) Tipperary 0-8 (8) Gaelic Grounds Joe Condon 36,000
1964 Tipperary 3-13 (22) Cork 1-5 (8) Gaelic Grounds Mick Murphy 44,245
1965 Tipperary 4-11 (23) Cork 0-5 (5) Gaelic Grounds Jimmy Doyle 40,687
1966 Cork 4-9 (21) Waterford 2-9 (15) Gaelic Grounds Gerald McCarthy 31,352
1967 Tipperary 4-12 (24) Clare 2-6 (12) Gaelic Grounds Mick Roche 34,940
1968 Tipperary 2-13 (19) Cork 1-7 (10) Gaelic Grounds Mick Roche 43,238
1969 Cork 4-6 (18) Tipperary 0-9 (9) Gaelic Grounds Denis Murphy 43,569
1970 Cork 3-10 (19) Tipperary 3-8 (17) Gaelic Grounds Paddy Barry 33,900
1971 Tipperary 4-16 (28) Limerick 3-18 (27) FitzGerald Stadium Tadhg O'Connor 31,118
1972 Cork 6-18 (36) Clare 2-8 (14) Semple Stadium Frank Norberg 25,048
1973 Limerick 6-7 (25) Tipperary 2-18 (24) Semple Stadium Éamonn Grimes 41,723
1974 Limerick 6-14 (32) Clare 3-9 (18) Semple Stadium Seán Foley 36,446
1975 Cork 3-14 (23) Limerick 0-12 (12) Gaelic Grounds Gerald McCarthy 46,851
1976 Cork 3-15 (24) Limerick 4-5 (17) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Ray Cummins 46,800
1977 Cork 4-15 (27) Clare 4-10 (22) Semple Stadium Martin O'Doherty 44,586
1978 Cork 0-13 (13) Clare 0-11 (11) Semple Stadium Charlie McCarthy 54,981
1979 Cork 2-14 (20) Limerick 0-9 (9) Semple Stadium John Horgan 47,849
1980 Limerick 2-14 (20) Cork 2-10 (16) Semple Stadium Seán Foley 43,090
1981 Limerick 3-12 (21) Clare 2-9 (15) Semple Stadium Paudie Fitzmaurice 40,205
1982 Cork 5-31 (46) Waterford 3-6 (15) Semple Stadium Jimmy Barry-Murphy 38,558
1983 Cork 3-22 (31) Waterford 0-12 (12) Gaelic Grounds Jimmy Barry-Murphy 20,816
1984 Cork 4-15 (27) Tipperary 3-14 (23) Semple Stadium John Fenton 50,093
1985 Cork 4-17 (29) Tipperary 4-11 (23) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Ger Cunningham 49,691
1986 Cork 2-18 (24) Clare 3-12 (21) FitzGerald Stadium Tom Cashman 39,975
1987
(R)
Tipperary 1-18 (21)
4-22 (34)
Cork 1-18 (21)
1-22 (25)
Semple Stadium
FitzGerald Stadium
Richard Stakelum 56,005
45,000
1988 Tipperary 2-19 (25) Cork 1-13 (16) Gaelic Grounds Pat O'Neill 50,000
1989 Tipperary 0-26 (26) Waterford 2-8 (14) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Bobby Ryan 30,241
1990 Cork 4-16 (28) Tipperary 2-14 (20) Semple Stadium Kieran McGuckin 54,000
1991
(R)
Tipperary 2-16 (22)
4-19 (31)
Cork 4-10 (22)
4-15 (27)
Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Semple Stadium
Declan Carr 46,927
55,600
1992 Cork 1-22 (25) Limerick 3-11 (20) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Ger FitzGerald 48,036
1993 Tipperary 3-27 (36) Clare 2-12 (18) Gaelic Grounds Michael O'Meara 41,557
1994 Limerick 0-25 (25) Clare 2-10 (16) Semple Stadium Gary Kirby 43,638
1995 Clare 1-17 (20) Limerick 0-11 (11) Semple Stadium Anthony Daly 46,361
1996
(R)
Limerick 0-19 (19)
4-7 (19)
Tipperary 1-16 (19)
0-16 (16)
Gaelic Grounds
Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Ciarán Carey 43,525
40,000
1997 Clare 1-18 (21) Tipperary 0-18 (18) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Anthony Daly 43,560
1998
(R)
Clare 1-16 (19)
2-16 (22)
Waterford 3-10 (19)
0-10 (10)
Semple Stadium
Semple Stadium
Anthony Daly 51,417
51,731
1999 Cork 1-15 (18) Clare 0-14 (14) Semple Stadium Mark Landers 54,000
2000 Cork 0-23 (23) Tipperary 3-12 (21) Semple Stadium Fergal Ryan 54,586 [30]
2001 Tipperary 2-16 (22) Limerick 1-17 (20) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Tommy Dunne 43,500
2002 Waterford 2-23 (29) Tipperary 3-12 (21) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Fergal Hartley 40,276
2003 Cork 3-16 (25) Waterford 3-12 (21) Semple Stadium Alan Browne 52,833 [31]
2004 Waterford 3-16 (25) Cork 1-21 (24) Semple Stadium Ken McGrath 52,100 [32]
2005 Cork 1-21 (24) Tipperary 1-16 (19) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Seán Óg Ó hAilpín 43,500 [33]
2006 Cork 2-14 (20) Tipperary 1-14 (17) Semple Stadium Pat Mulcahy 53,286 [34]
2007 Waterford 3-17 (26) Limerick 1-14 (17) Semple Stadium Michael 'Brick' Walsh 48,700 [35]
2008 Tipperary 2-21 (27) Clare 0-19 (19) Gaelic Grounds Eoin Kelly 48,076 [36]
2009 Tipperary 4-14 (26) Waterford 2-16 (22) Semple Stadium Willie Ryan 40,330 [37]
2010
(R-ET)
Colours of Waterford.svg Waterford 2-15 (21)
1-16 (19)
Colours of Cork.svg Cork 2-15 (21)
1-13 (16)
Semple Stadium
Semple Stadium
Stephen Molumphy 35,375
22,763
2011 Colours of Tipperary.svg Tipperary 7-19 (40) Colours of Waterford.svg Waterford 0-19 (19) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Eoin Kelly 36,654 [38]
2012 Colours of Tipperary.svg Tipperary 2-17 (23) Colours of Waterford.svg Waterford 0-16 (16) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Paul Curran 26,438 [39]
2013 Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick 0-24 (24) Colours of Cork.svg Cork 0-15 (15) Gaelic Grounds Donal O'Grady 42,730 [40]
2014 Colours of Cork.svg Cork 2-24 (30) Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick 0-24 (24) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Pa Cronin 36,075 [41]
2015 Colours of Tipperary.svg Tipperary 0-21 (21) Colours of Waterford.svg Waterford 0-16 (16) Semple Stadium Brendan Maher 43,084 [42]
2016 Colours of Tipperary.svg Tipperary 5-19 (34) Colours of Waterford.svg Waterford 0-13 (13) Gaelic Grounds Brendan Maher 26,508 [43]
2017 Colours of Cork.svg Cork 1-25 (28) Colours of Clare.svg Clare 1-20 (23) Semple Stadium Stephen McDonnell 45,558 [44]
2018 Colours of Cork.svg Cork 2-24 (30) Colours of Clare.svg Clare 3-19 (28) Semple Stadium Séamus Harnedy 45,364 [45]
2019 Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick 2-26 (32) Colours of Tipperary.svg Tipperary 2-14 (20) Gaelic Grounds Declan Hannon 44,261
2020 Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick 0-25 (25) Colours of Waterford.svg Waterford 0-21 (21) Semple Stadium Declan Hannon

Team progress since 1997

Below is a record of each county's performance since the introduction of the qualifier system to the All-Ireland series in 1997.

Key
Winner
Final
Semi Final
Quarter Final
Qualifier Rounds 1-3
Provincial Championship/Round Robin
Championship 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Clare W SF SF PR PR F Q1 QF SF SF QF QF Q2 Q2 Q2 Q3 W Q1 Q2 QF QF SF RR Q2
Cork PR PR W SF PR Q2 F W W F QF SF Q3 SF Q3 SF F SF QF Q2 SF SF QF Q2
Kerry PR PR PR PR - - Q1 PR - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Limerick PR PR PR PR QF Q1 Q2 Q1 QF QF F Q3 SF Q2 QF QF SF SF Q2 Q2 Q1 W SF W
Tipperary F PR PR QF W SF SF Q2 QF QF QF SF F W F SF Q2 F SF W SF RR W QF
Waterford PR SF PR PR PR SF Q2 SF QF SF SF F SF SF SF QF Q3 Q2 SF SF F RR RR F

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