|Number of teams||4|
|Most successful club(s)||Waterford (5 wins)|
The Top Four Cup was an association football super cup featuring the top four clubs in the League of Ireland. It was first held in 1955–56 and last played for in 1973–74. It was played at the end of the season. Shamrock Rovers were the inaugural winners and subsequently featured in seven finals. Waterford won the competition the most times, five times in total.The competition was sponsored by the Irish Independent and a result was also known as the Independent Cup. The cup was last won by Cork Celtic and is currently on display in the Evergreen Bar in Turners Cross, Cork. During the late 1960s the (Northern) Irish Football League also organised a Top Four Cup. Between 1998 and 2001 the FAI organised a similar formatted competition known as the FAI Super Cup.
|1955–56||Shamrock Rovers||1–0||Waterford||Dalymount Park|
|1956–57||Evergreen United||2–1||Drumcondra||Dalymount Park|
|1957–58||Shamrock Rovers||2–1||Drumcondra||Dalymount Park|
|1958–59||Evergreen United||1–0||Shamrock Rovers||Dalymount Park|
|1959–60||Cork Celtic||2–1||Shelbourne||Dalymount Park|
|1960–61||Drumcondra||1–1||Cork Celtic||Dalymount Park|
|Replay||Drumcondra||2–2||Cork Celtic||The Mardyke|
|2nd Replay||Drumcondra||3–0||Cork Celtic||Tolka Park|
|1961–62||Shelbourne||2–1||Cork Celtic||Dalymount Park|
|1962–63||Drumcondra||2–2||Cork Celtic||Tolka Park|
|Replay||Drumcondra||4–3||Cork Celtic||Turners Cross|
|1964–65||Drumcondra||3–0||Shamrock Rovers||Dalymount Park|
|1965–66||Shamrock Rovers||3–3||Bohemians||Dalymount Park|
|Replay||Shamrock Rovers||1–1||Bohemians||Tolka Park|
|2nd Replay||Shamrock Rovers||3–0||Bohemians||Dalymount Park|
|1967–68||Waterford||3–2||Shamrock Rovers||Tolka Park|
|1968–69||Waterford||2–0||Shamrock Rovers||Tolka Park|
|1969–70||Waterford||6–2||Cork Hibernians||Kilcohan Park|
|1970–71||Waterford||3–0||Cork Hibernians||Tolka Park|
|1971–72||Bohemians||2–1||Finn Harps||Dalymount Park|
|1973–74||Cork Celtic||0–0||Bohemians||Flower Lodge|
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