|Number of teams||10|
|Level on pyramid||3|
|Domestic cup(s)|| Munster Senior Cup |
FAI Intermediate Cup
|League cup(s)||Keane Cup|
Donie Forde Cup
|Current champions||Avondale United|
|Most championships||Cobh Ramblers (15 titles)|
|Website||Munster Senior League|
The Munster Senior League Senior Premier Division is the top division of the Munster Senior League. It is organized by the Munster Football Association. Together with the Leinster Senior League Senior Division and the Ulster Senior League Senior Division, it forms the third level of the Republic of Ireland football league system. Clubs from this division play in the Munster Senior Cup, the FAI Cup, and the FAI Intermediate Cup. In recent seasons the winners of the Senior Division have also been invited to play in the League of Ireland Cup. Avondale United and UCC represented the division in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
The Munster Senior League is an association football league organized by the Munster Football Association. It currently organizes seven divisions as well as various cup competitions. Its Senior Division is a third level division in the Republic of Ireland football league system. Munster Senior League teams also compete in the Munster Senior Cup, the FAI Cup, the FAI Intermediate Cup and the FAI Junior Cup. In recent seasons the winners of the Senior Division have qualified to play in the League of Ireland Cup. Despite using the Munster name in its title, the vast majority of its member clubs are based in County Cork. However, in the past it has included clubs from County Limerick, County Waterford, County Kerry and County Tipperary.
The Munster Football Association is the governing body for association football in the Irish province of Munster. It is affiliated to the Football Association of Ireland and is responsible for organizing the Munster Senior Cup and the Munster Senior League as well as numerous other leagues and cup competitions for junior teams. There are 13 leagues and approximately 800 teams affiliated with the MFA.
The Leinster Senior League Senior Division is the top division of the Leinster Senior League. It is organized by the Leinster Football Association. Together with the Munster Senior League Senior Premier Division and the Ulster Senior League Senior Division, it forms the third level of the Republic of Ireland football league system. Formed in 1896, it is the oldest association football league in what is now the Republic of Ireland. Shelbourne have won the most titles. However, in more recent seasons Crumlin United, Cherry Orchard, Wayside Celtic and Bangor Celtic have been the divisions strongest teams. In 2014–15 Bluebell United were Leinster Senior League champions, 27 years after winning their previous title. Clubs from this division play in the Leinster Senior Cup, the FAI Cup, the FAI Intermediate Cup and the FAI Junior Cup. In recent seasons the winners of the Senior Division have also been invited to play in the League of Ireland Cup.
|Team||Home town/suburb||Home ground|
|Avondale United||Carrigaline/Ballintemple||Avondale Park|
|Cobh Wanderers||Cobh||Oldchurch Park|
|College Corinthians||Douglas||Corithians Park|
|Leeds A.F.C.||Ballyvolane, Cork City||Meelick Park|
|Mayfield United||Mayfield, Cork||Lotamore Grounds|
|Ringmahon Rangers||Blackrock, Cork||Ringmahon Road|
|UCC||University College Cork||The Mardyke/The Farm|
The original Munster Football Association was founded in 1901 and it is believed that a Munster League was founded within a few years. The 1909–10 season saw six teams representing the Highland Light Infantry, the Royal Welch Fusiliers, the Durham Light Infantry, the Sherwood Foresters, the King's Regiment and Haulbowline all playing in the Munster League First Division. In the Munster Cup the Highland Light Infantry lost 1–0 to the Royal Welsh Fusilers in the final played at Turner's Cross.However this league was effectively disbanded during the First World War and Irish War of Independence era. In 1921 Harry Buckle, a former Ireland international, settled in Cork and began working for the Ford Motor Company. Finding little or no association football activity in the city, Buckle initially founded Fordsons F.C. and then helped found the County Cork–based South Munster League for the team to play in. In addition to playing and coaching with the new club, Buckle also served as president of the Tipperary/Limerick based – North Munster League and helped reform the Munster Football Association. By 1922–23 the South Munster League and North Munster Leagues had effectively merged to become the Munster Senior League. Barrackton United of the South Munster League became the first post–First World War Munster Senior League champions after defeating Cahir Park F.C. of the North Munster League in a play-off.
The Highland Light Infantry (HLI) was a light infantry regiment of the British Army formed in 1881. It took part in the First and Second World Wars, until it was amalgamated with the Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1959 to form the Royal Highland Fusiliers which later merged with the Royal Scots Borderers, the Black Watch, the Highlanders and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders to form the Royal Regiment of Scotland, becoming the 2nd Battalion of the new regiment.
The Royal Welch Fusiliers was a line infantry regiment of the British Army and part of the Prince of Wales' Division, founded in 1689 shortly after the Glorious Revolution. In 1702, it was designated a fusilier regiment and became The Welch Regiment of Fusiliers; the prefix "Royal" was added in 1713, then confirmed in 1714 when George I named it The Prince of Wales's Own Royal Regiment of Welsh Fusiliers. After the 1751 reforms that standardised the naming and numbering of regiments, it became the 23rd Foot.
The Durham Light Infantry (DLI) was a light infantry regiment of the British Army in existence from 1881 to 1968. It was formed in 1881 under the Childers Reforms by the amalgamation of the 68th (Durham) Regiment of Foot and the 106th Regiment of Foot along with the Militia and Volunteers of County Durham.
|2010–11||Rockmount||Douglas Hall ?|
|2003–04||Avondale United||St. Mary's|
|2000–01||College Corinthians||Cobh Wanderers|
|1996–97||College Corinthians||Temple United|
|1995–96||Avondale United||Everton A.F.C.|
|1994–95||College Corinthians||Avondale United|
|1993–94||Everton A.F.C.||Avondale United|
|1992–93||Avondale United||St. Mary's|
|1990–91||Midleton||Cork City B|
|1988–89||Tramore Athletic||Avondale United|
|1987–88||Avondale United||Tramore Athletic|
|1986–87||Crofton Celtic||College Corinthians|
|1985–86||Limerick City B||Avondale United|
|1984–85||Cobh Ramblers||Tramore Athletic|
|1983–84||Cobh Ramblers||Tramore Athletic|
|1981–82||Cobh Ramblers||Clonmel Town|
|1980–81||Cobh Ramblers||Everton A.F.C.|
|1979–80||Cobh Ramblers||Tramore Athletic|
|1971–72||Cobh Ramblers||Ringmahon Rangers|
|1968–69||Ringmahon Rangers||Cobh Ramblers|
|1967–68||Ringmahon Rangers||Tramore Athletic|
|1966–67||Tramore Athletic||Ringmahon Rangers|
|1965–66||Ringmahon Rangers||Cobh Ramblers|
|1964–65||Ringmahon Rangers||Limerick B|
|1963–64||Ringmahon Rangers||Cobh Ramblers|
|1963–64||Ringmahon Rangers||Cobh Ramblers|
|1962–63||Cork Hibernians B||Glasheen|
|1960–61||Tycor Athletic||Cork Hibernians B|
|1958–59||Albert Rovers||Cobh Ramblers|
|1955–56||Evergreen United B||Albert Rovers|
|1954–55||Albert Rovers||Limerick B|
|1953–54||Albert Rovers||Cobh Ramblers|
|1943–44||Cobh Ramblers||Coastal Defence|
|1941–42||St Kevin's||Cork Bohemians|
|1939–40||Grattan United||Cork Bohemians|
|1938–39||Grattan United||Cobh Ramblers|
|1937–38||Cork Bohemians||Cobh Ramblers|
|1936–37||Evergreen United||Cobh Ramblers|
|1933–34 (Note 1)||Fermoy||Tramore Rookies|
|1931–32||Cork B||Cobh Ramblers|
|1930–31||Cork Bohemians||Cork B|
|1929–30||Fordsons B||Cobh Ramblers|
|1928–29||Fordsons B||Cobh Ramblers|
|1927–28||Waterford Celtic||Cork Celtic|
|1926–27||Barrackton United||Fordsons B|
|1925–26||Cobh Ramblers||Fordsons B|
|1922–23||Barrackton United||Cork Bohemians|
|1921–22||Barrackton United||Cahir Park|
Cork City Football Club is an Irish association football club based in Cork. The club currently plays in the League of Ireland Premier Division. The club was founded and elected to the League of Ireland in 1984. It was one of the first clubs in Ireland to field a team of professional footballers. With the progression of professionalism at the club, continued development of the Turners Cross stadium and the transition to summer football, the club became one of the biggest and best supported clubs in the country. In 2008, financial issues resulted in a period of examinership, and the club's then holding company was wound-up in 2010. A team was entered into the 2010 League of Ireland First Division, before the club re-acquired rights to the name "Cork City Football Club", and was promoted back to the premier division for the 2012 season. Cork City FC won its third premier division title, and first FAI Cup double, during the 2017 season.
Cobh Ramblers Football Club (CRFC) is an Irish football club in the League of Ireland First Division. The club, founded in 1922 and elected to the League of Ireland in 1985, hails from Cobh, County Cork and play their home matches at St. Colman's Park. The club's colours are claret and blue. The club was a founding member of the Cork AUL in 1947 and is the only one of the 14 founding clubs still in existence today.
The Munster Senior Cup is an association football cup competition organized by the Munster Football Association. Entrants include League of Ireland clubs such as Cork City, Cobh Ramblers, Limerick and Waterford who are affiliated to the MFA, as well as clubs from the Munster Senior League.
Cork Bohemians F.C. was an Irish association football club based in Cork. The club played in the League of Ireland for two seasons in 1932–33 and 1933–34. After Fordsons/Cork F.C., they became the second club from Cork city to join the league. Of the eight Cork city clubs to play in the league, Bohemians had the shortest stay. The club was successful at intermediate level both before and after its short spell in the League of Ireland, winning the Munster Senior League, the Munster Senior Cup and the FAI Intermediate Cup.
Cork Football Club was an Irish association football club based in Cork. They were founded as Fords F.C. and later became known as Fordsons F.C.. They played in the League of Ireland between 1924–25 and 1937–38. Like several fellow early League of Ireland clubs, such as St James's Gate, Jacobs, Midland Athletic and Dundalk, the club had their origins as a factory or works team. They were initially the football team of the Ford Motor Company, a major employer in the city at the time. In 1930, however, Ford ended its association with the club and they were renamed Cork. The club folded in 1938 and were replaced in the League of Ireland by a new club, Cork City.
The League of Ireland, together with the Football Association of Ireland, is one of the two main governing bodies responsible for organising association football in the Republic of Ireland. The term was originally used to refer to a single division league. However today the League of Ireland features five divisions – the Premier Division, the First Division, an U19 Division, an U17 Division, an U15 Division and starting March 2019 an U13 Division. The League of Ireland has always worked closely with the FAI and in 2006 the two bodies formally merged. All the divisions are currently sponsored by Airtricity and as a result the league is also known as the SSE Airtricity League. In 2007, it became one of the first leagues in Europe to introduce a salary cap. The league's most successful club is Shamrock Rovers who have won 17 titles. Together with Dundalk, Bohemians and Shelbourne they are one of four clubs in the league to feature a golden star above their badge in recognition of winning ten titles. Bohemians are the only club in the league to have played every season in the top division.
The FAI Intermediate Cup, also known as the FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup and the Pat O'Brien Intermediate Challenge Cup, is a cup competition organized by the Football Association of Ireland for intermediate association football clubs from the Republic of Ireland. These include clubs competing in the Leinster Senior League, the Munster Senior League and the Ulster Senior League. It was originally known as the FAI Qualifying Cup and from the beginning it has been used as a qualifying competition for the senior FAI Cup. It is currently sponsored by Umbro and has previously been sponsored by Carlsberg.
Tramore Athletic F.C. is an Irish association football club based in Douglas, County Cork. Their senior men's team currently plays in the Munster Senior League. The club has previously played in the Cork Athletic Union League. They have also entered teams in the FAI Cup, the FAI Intermediate Cup, the FAI Youth Cup and the Munster Senior Cup
The Cork Athletic Union League, also known as the Cork AUL, is an association football league featuring amateur and junior clubs from County Cork. Its top division, the Premier League, is a seventh level division in the Republic of Ireland football league system. The Cork AUL is currently sponsored by Murphy's Irish Stout. It is affiliated to the Munster Football Association. Clubs in the Cork AUL also compete in the FAI Junior Cup. Three League of Ireland clubs – Cobh Ramblers, Cork Hibernians and Albert Rovers – were originally members of the Cork AUL.
St. Mary's A.F.C. is an Irish association football club based in Kilcully Park, near Glanmire and Blackpool, Cork. Their senior men's team currently plays in the Munster Senior League Senior Premier Division. The club has previously played in the Cork Athletic Union League. They have also competed in the FAI Cup, the FAI Intermediate Cup and the Munster Senior Cup.
Pike Rovers F.C. is an Irish association football club based in Southill, Limerick. The club plays at Crossagalla and their senior men's team competes in the Limerick & District League. They have previously played in the Munster Senior League. During their history Pike Rovers have also entered teams in the FAI Cup, the FAI Intermediate Cup, the FAI Junior Cup and the FAI Youth Cup. They have been finalists in the latter three cup competitions.
John Caulfield is a former League of Ireland footballer and the former manager of Cork City. Caulfield spent the majority of his playing career at Cork City and was a prominent member of the team that won the 1992–93 League of Ireland Premier Division. He was also the League of Ireland Premier Division Top Scorer in both 1991–92 and 1994–95. As a manager Caulfield has won the 2016 FAI Cup, 2017 FAI Cup and 2017 League of Ireland Premier Division with Cork City. Caulfield has also played Gaelic football and represented both Roscommon and Cork at inter-county level, winning an All-Ireland title with the latter.
Avondale United F.C. is an Irish association football club based in Carrigaline, County Cork. Their senior team play in the Munster Senior League Senior Premier Division. They also regularly compete in the FAI Cup, the FAI Intermediate Cup and the Munster Senior Cup. Avondale has won the FAI Intermediate Cup a record seven times and have been Munster Senior League champions on eight occasions. After winning the 2012–13 Munster title, they were also invited to play in the 2014 League of Ireland Cup. The club also fields reserve, intermediate, junior, youth and schoolboy teams in the Munster Senior League, the Cork Schoolboys League and the Cork City & County Youths League.
College Corinthians A.F.C. is an Irish association football club based in Douglas, County Cork. Their senior men's team play in the Munster Senior League Senior Premier Division. They also regularly compete in the FAI Cup, the FAI Intermediate Cup and the Munster Senior Cup. Corinthians also fields a reserve team and an over 35 team in the lower divisions of the Munster Senior League and women's and schoolgirl teams in the Cork Women's and Schoolgirls Soccer League. In addition the club operates a large youth and schoolboy section and enters teams in the Cork Schoolboys League.
University College Cork Association Football Club is an Irish association football club based in Cork. It was founded in 1952 by students at University College Cork. Its senior men's team currently play in the Munster Senior League Senior Premier Division. They also regularly compete in the Collingwood, Crowley and Harding Cups, along with the FAI Intermediate Cup, and FAI Junior Cup. They have also played in the FAI Cup. UCC A.F.C. currently fields teams in the Munster Senior League, the Cork Athletic Union League, and the FAI College & Universities Football League
Mark O'Sullivan is an association footballer who plays for League of Ireland Premier Division club Cork City as a striker.
Ian Turner is an Irish professional footballer currently without a club having last played for League of Ireland club, Cobh Ramblers. He started his career with Cork City, who he spent six and a half seasons with. He also spent two and a half years with Limerick before signing for St Patrick's Athletic where he spent a year and a half.