Ulster Senior Hurling Championship

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Ulster GAA Hurling Senior Championship
Colours of Kilkenny.svg
Irish Craobh Iomána Uladh
Code Hurling
Founded1901;120 years ago (1901)
Region Ulster (GAA)
TrophyLiam Harvey Cup
No. of teams4
Title holders Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim (57th title)
Most titles Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim (57 titles)
TV partner(s) RTÉ, BBC Northern Ireland
MottoBe there. All the way.
Official website Official website

The Ulster GAA Hurling Senior Championship, known simply as the Ulster Championship, is an annual inter-county hurling competition organised by the Ulster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). It is the highest inter-county hurling competition in the province of Ulster, and has been contested every year since the 1901 championship.


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

In 2016, a two-tier format began. Four teams compete in the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship, and four in the Ulster Senior Hurling Shield.

The title has been won at least once by five Ulster counties, all of which have won the title more than once. The all-time record-holders are Antrim who have won the competition 57 times. Antrim are also the current champions. [1]

Standing of the Ulster Championship

While the Munster Hurling Championship and the Leinster Hurling Championship are generally held in very high regard, and have produced the vast majority of recent All-Ireland Hurling Champions, the Ulster Championship has not been regarded historically as of a similar standard, and the Ulster champions have entered the All-Ireland Hurling Championship at an earlier round than the Munster and Leinster champions.

This is due to a number of factors, one of which is the dominance of Gaelic football in eight of the nine counties of Ulster. An Ulster team has never won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, although Antrim were finalists in 1943 and 1989. Antrim have dominated the Ulster Championship throughout its existence, winning the title 57 times to date.

While below the standard of Leinster and Munster hurling, the Ulster championship has been generally more competitive than the now discontinued Connacht Senior Hurling Championship. However Galway, by far the strongest team in Connacht, have historically performed much better than any Ulster team, with several All-Ireland titles, and generally recognised as one of the major powers in the sport.

Top winners

CountyWinsWinning YearsRunners UpRunners Up Years
Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim 58 1900, 1901, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1916, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 111902, 1906, 1914, 1915, 1923, 1932, 1941, 1992, 1995, 1997, 2000
Colours of Down.svg Down 4 1942, 1992, 1995, 1997 191930, 1939, 1940, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015
Colours of Derry.svg Derry 4 1902, 1908, 2000, 2001 91901, 1907, 1931, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2011, 2012, 2014
Colours of Donegal.svg Donegal 3 1906, 1923, 1932 101903, 1910, 1924, 1925, 1929, 1933, 1934, 1937, 1938, 1945
Colours of Monaghan.svg Monaghan 2 1914, 1915 71909, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1916, 1943, 1944
Colours of Cavan.svg Cavan 061908, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1935, 1936
Colours of Armagh.svg Armagh 031946, 2016, 2017
Colours of New York.svg New York 012006

The following teams have won the Ulster Senior Hurling Shield.

CountyWinsWinning YearsRunners UpRunners Up Years
Colours of Donegal.svg Donegal 1 2016 0
Colours of Derry.svg Derry 1 2017 0
Colours of Monaghan.svg Monaghan 01 2016
Tyrone 01 2017

Antrim's historic domination (only 3 finals have not featured the county; 1908, 1934 and 2001) has led over time to periods of uncompetitive competitions, and the championship was not played at all between 1950 and 1988. However, there have been periods when this domination has made way for periods of intense rivalry, notably between Antrim and Monaghan in the 1910s, between Antrim and Down in the 1990s, and between Antrim and Derry in the early 2000s.

The 2001 Championship was unique in terms of being the only final since the reactivation of the Championship in 1988 which did not feature Antrim, as Derry defeated Down at Casement Park. Equally of note, Antrim have won every final since (albeit one on replay), their longest period of continuous success since 1988.

Ulster Championship moments

Statistics and records

By decade

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

Biggest wins

The most one sided Ulster finals:

Successful defending

3 teams of the 4 who have won the Ulster championship have ever successfully defended the title. These are:


Longest gaps between successive Ulster titles:

Longest undefeated run

The record for the longest unbeaten run stands at 24 games held by Antrim. It began with a 5–19 to 2–11 win against New York in the semi-final of the 2002 championship and will continue into the 2016 championship.

List of Ulster finals

All-Ireland runners-up
YearWinnersScoreRunners-upScoreVenueWinning captainWinning team
1900 Antrim Unopposed
1901 Antrim 0–41 Derry 0–12
1902 Derry 2–07 Antrim 2–05
1903 Antrim 2–05 Donegal 0–05
1904 Antrim Unknown
1905No record
1906 Donegal 5–21 Antrim 0–01
1907 Antrim 4–17 Derry 0–06
1908 Derry 2–08 Cavan 0–02
1909 Antrim 4-16 Monaghan 2-03
1910 Antrim Donegal
1911 Antrim w/o Monaghan scr.
1912 Antrim Monaghan
1913 Antrim 3–03 Monaghan 0–00
1914 Monaghan 4–03 (2–00) Antrim 1–00 (2–00)
1915 Monaghan 1–05 Antrim 1–02
1916 Antrim 3–01 Monaghan 1–01
1917–1922: Championship suspended
1923 Donegal 7–01 Antrim 3–00
1924 Antrim 5–03 Donegal 4–00
1925 Antrim 5–04 Donegal 4–05
1926 Antrim 4–03 Cavan 3–01
1927 Antrim 5–04 Cavan 3–03
1928 Antrim 4–05 Cavan 1–01
1929 Antrim w/o Donegal scr.
1930 Antrim 10–04 Down 2–00
1931 Antrim 4–10 Derry 0–01
1932 Donegal 5–04 Antrim 4–05
1933 Antrim 1–07 Donegal 2–01
1934 Down 3–04 Donegal 2–02
1935 Antrim 7–09 Cavan 0–03
1936 Antrim 2–10 Cavan 3–02
1937 Antrim 6–07 Donegal 3–02
1938 Antrim 3–05 Donegal 2–02
1939 Antrim 9–08 Down 4–02 Páirc Esler
1940 Antrim 4–04 Down 1–03
1941 Down 5–03 Antrim 2–05 Athletic Grounds
1942Championship abandoned
1943 Antrim 6–08 Monaghan 2–00 Corrigan Park Jimmy Walsh
1944 Antrim 7–03 (5–07) Monaghan 0–01 (6–04) Corrigan Park
1945 Antrim 8–02 Donegal 2–04 Corrigan Park M McAllister; M Butler, W Feeney, B Donnelly; T McAllister, T Tierney, J Mullan; S McKeon, N Campbell; M Kelly, S Kelly, L McGrady; D Cormican, C Mullan, S Mulholland.
1946 Antrim 6–03 Armagh 2–01 Corrigan Park M McAlinden; W Feeney, M McDonald, M Butler; J Woods, J Mullan, J Loughead; D Butler, N Campbell; M Mulholland, D McRandall, J Murray; D Cormican, G Brady, S Mulholland.
1947 Antrim Unopposed
1948 Antrim Unopposed
1949 Antrim Unopposed
1950–1988: Championship suspended
1989 Antrim 2–16 Down 0–09 Athletic Grounds Ciaran Barr N Patterson; G Rogan, T Donnelly, D Donnelly; J McNaughton, D McKinley, G O'Kane; P McKillen, T McNaughton; B Donnelly, A McCarry, J P McKillen; D Armstrong, C Barr, D McNaughton.
1990 Antrim 4–11 Down 2–11 Casement Park N Patterson; G Holden, D Donnelly, D McKinley; J Carson, D McKillop, A Murray; J Close, P McKillen; B Donnelly, A McCarry, S P McKillop; A McGuile, C Barr, O McFetridge. Subs: N Murray for A McGuile, G O'Kane for D McKillop, M Sullivan for McKillen.
1991 Antrim 3–14 Down 3–10 Casement Park N Patterson; P Jennings, D McKinley, D Donnelly; G Rogan, JMcNaughton, D McKillop; S P McKillop, P McKillen; J Carson, C Barr, D Armstrong; A McCarry, T McNaughton, J Close. Subs: Gregory O'Kane for Close, Garry O'Kane for S P McKillop, M Dennis for Greg O'Kane.
1992 Down 2–16 Antrim 0–11 Casement Park Noel Sands N Keith; K Coulter, D Woods, P Branniff; M Mallon, P McMullan, G Coulter; D Hughes, G Savage; P Coulter, G Blaney, G McGrattan; M Blaney, M Bailie, N Sands. Subs: C Mageean for M Blaney, P Savage for P Coulter.
1993 Antrim 0–24 Down 0–11 Casement Park P Gallagher; S McMullan, D McMullan, E McCloskey; R Donnelly, D McKinley, J McNaughton; P McKillen, P Jennings; A Elliott, Gary O'Kane, S P McKillop; J Close, T McNaughton, Greg O'Kane.
1994 Antrim 1–19 Down 1–13 Casement Park Dominic McKinley B Prenter; S McMullan, D McKinley, F McMullan; S P McKillen, P Jennings, J McCaffrey; P McKillen, J Connolly; J Carson, Gary O'Kane, P Walsh; C McCambridge, Gregory O'Kane, A Elliott. Subs: T McNaughton for G O'Kane, A McEteer for J McCaffrey, B McGary for G O'Kane.
1995 Down 1–19 (3–07) Antrim 2–10 (1–13) Casement Park N Keith; K Coulter, G Coulter, P Branniff; M Mallon, G Savage, D Woods; D Hughes, J McCarthy; P Coulter, P McMullan, M Blaney; C Arthurs, H Gilmore, N Sands. Subs: B Coulter for D Woods, M Branniff for P McMullan, S Mallon for H Gilmore.
1996 Antrim 1–20 Down 2–12 Casement Park B Prenter; E McCloskey, E Colgan, S McIlhatton; P Jennings, Gary O'Kane, R Donnelly; J Connolly, P McKillen; A McCloskey, T McNaughton, S P McKillop; P Graham, G O'Kane, A Elliott. Subs: S McMullan for R Donnelly, J Carson for McKillop, P Donnelly for McKillen.
1997 Down 3–14 Antrim 0–19 Casement Park Martin MallonG Clarke; B Milligan, S Murray, B Smith; M Branniff, M Mallon, T Coulter; G Savage, P Coulter; B Coulter, M Bailie, G McGrattan; M Coulter, J McCrickard, N Sands. Subs: B Branniff for J McCrickard.
1998 Antrim 1–19 Derry 2–13 Casement Park Alistair ElliotS Elliott; R Donnelly, E Colgan, F McMullan; S McMullan, Gary O'Kane, C Kelly; P McKillen, J O'Neill; J Carson, C McGuckian, J McIntosh; A Elliot, Gregory O'Kane, L Richmond. Subs: K McKiernan for J O'Neill, J O'Neill for K McKiernan, J Elliott for J McIntosh. [2]
1999 Antrim 2–19 Derry 1–09 Casement Park Gary O'Kane S Elliot; C McCambridge, E McCluskey, R Donnelly; S McMullen, Gary O'Kane, S Mullen; C Cunning, J Close; A Elliot, C McGuckian, B McGarry; J Carson, Gregory O'Kane, L Richmond. Subs: S P McKillop for McGarry, F McMullin for Carson, J Flynn for A Elliott. [3]
2000 Derry 4–08 Antrim 0–19 Casement Park Conor MurrayK Stevenson; C McGurk, C Murray, N Mullan; B Ward, C McEldowney, D Cassidy; O Collins, M Conway; K McCloy, K McKeever, R McCloskey; G Biggs, M Collins, J O'Dwyer. Subs: Gregory Biggs for Conway. [4]
2001 Derry 1–17 Down 3–10 Casement Park Colin McEldowneyK Stevenson, C McEldowney, E McKeever, R Lynch, B Ward, M Conway, C Murray, R McCloskey, O Collins, Gary Biggs, K McKeever, Greg Briggs, M Collins, G McGonigle, J O'Dwyer. Subs: P Kelly for Lynch, S Downey for Gary Biggs, F McEldowney for M Collins. [5]
2002 Antrim 3–16 Down 1–18 Casement Park Colm McGuckianD Quinn; M Kettle, K Kelly, E McCloskey; K McKeegan, R Donnelly, C Herron; C Cunning, C Connolly; L Watson, C McGuckian, L Richmond; A Delargy, G O'Kane, C McCambridge. Subs: B McFall for Delargy; M McCambridge for McCloskey; S Delargy for McFall; P Richmond for Cunning; C Hamill for Donnelly. [6]
2003 Antrim 3–21 Derry 1–12 Casement Park Colm McGuckianD Quinn; M Kettle, K Kelly, J Campbell; M McCambridge, K McKeegan, C Herron; C Cunning, J Connolly; P Richmond, C McGuckian, L Richmond; L Watson, G O'Kane, B McFall. Subs: A Delargy for O'Kane, P Close for McFall. [7]
2004 Antrim 3–14 (1–15) Down 0–18 (1–15) Casement Park Colm McGuickianDamien Quinn, M Kettle, K Kelly, B Herron, M McCambridge, K McKeegan, J Campbell, C Herron, J Connolly, M Herron, C McGuckian, L Watson, Darren Quinn, P Richmond, B McFall. Subs: L Richmond for McCambridge, G J McIntosh for Watson, Ward for Darren Quinn, M Magill for Connolly. [8] [9]
2005 Antrim 2–22 Down 1–18 Casement Park Jim ConnollyD Quinn; M Kettle, G Bell, C Hamill; G Cunningham, J Campbell, M McCambridge; P Richmond, M Scullion; K McKeegan, K Kelly, M Herron, J McIntosh, J Connolly, J Scullion. Subs: K Stewart for Kelly, C Herron for M Herron, B McFall for J Scullion, C McGuckin for Cunningham. [10]
2006 Antrim 2–20 New York 1–14Canton Park Karl McKeegan D Quinn; B McCauley, J McKeague, J Campbell; M Molloy, K McKeegan, C Herron ; C Cunning, M Scullion; J Scullion, C Kelly, M Herron; J McIntosh, P Richmond, B McFall. Subs: G Bell for McFall, B Delargey for Kelly, P McGill for McIntosh, M Dallas for M Scullion, S Óg McFadden for Richmond. [11]
2007 Antrim 2–24 Down 0–04 Casement Park Seán DelaqrgyR McGarry; M Kettle, M McCambridge, S Delargy; M Molloy, J Campbell, C Herron; B Herron, K McKeegan, P McGill, N McManus, M Herron, S McCrory, J McIntosh, P Shiels. Subs: N McAuley; Brian McFall for Shiels; P Richmond for McGill; S McDonald for McIntosh; Barry McFall for Kettle. [12]
2008 Antrim 3–19 Down 2–15 Casement Park Paddy Richmond R McGarry; A Graffin, N McGarry, S Delargy; C Herron, K McKeegan, J Campbell; K Stewart, E McCloskey; M Herron, C Donnelly, P McGill; P Richmond, L Watson, P Shields. Subs: PJ O’Connell for C Donnelly; S McCrory for P McGill; M Kettle for C Herron. [13]
2009 Antrim 3–20 Down 4–15 Casement Park Neil McGarry R McGarry; K McGourty, N McGarry, A Graffin; S Delargy, C Donnelly, N McAuley; J Campbell, K McKeegan; B Herron, N McManus, S McNaughton; K Stewart, P Richmond, J Scullion. Subs: E McCloskey for Stewart, M Herron for B Herron. [14]
2010 Antrim 4–22 Down 1–12 Casement Park Paul Shiels C O’Connell; K McGourty, C Donnelly, S Delargy; P Shiels, J Campbell, C Herron; S McNaughton, K Stewart; C McFall, T McCann, L Watson; PJ O’Connell, N McManus, K McKeegan. Subs: S McCrory for Stewart, J McKeague for Campbell, M Devlin for McNaughton, J McIntosh for Watson, B McFall for C McFall [15]
2011 Antrim 2–20 Derry 2–12 Casement Park Eddie McCloskey C Cunningham; C McGuinness, K McGourty, J McCouaig; K McKeague, M Donnelly, C Herron; B McFall, S McCrory; J Scullion, T McCann, E McCloskey; P Doherty, C McFall, K McKeegan. Subs: K Molloy for K McKeague, C Carson for J Black, P Shiels for B McFall, D Hamill for T McCann. [16]
2012 Antrim 3–18 Derry 0–09 Casement Park Damien Quinn D Quinn; James Campbell, N McGarry, A Graffin; M Herron, N McAuley, Johnny Campbell, B McAuley, S McNaughton; E McCloskey, C Carson, P Shiels; L Watson, N McManus, B McFall. Subs: C McCann for Sheils, J Scullion for Watson, C Rea for B McAuley, D Hamill for McFall, C McFall for Carson. [17]
2013 Antrim 4–20 Down 1–17 Celtic Park Neil McManus S McToal; B McFall, C McKinley, M Bradley; S McCrory, N McAuley, Ciaran Johnston; E Campbell, J McGreevy; N McKenna, C Carson, P Shiels; D McKernan, N McManus, C Clarke. Subs: S McAfee for McGreevy, Conor Johnston for McKernan, D Hamill for Clarke, N Elliott for McKenna. [18]
2014 Antrim 2–17 Derry 2–16Owenbeg Centre of Excellence Paul Shiels S McToal; O McFadden, M Donnelly, A Graffin; M Bradley, C Carson, N McAuley; J McGreevy, D Hamill; C McCann, P Shiels, E Campbell; C McGuinness, PJ O'Connell, D McKernan. Subs: R McCambridge for McGreevy, Niall McKenna for McGuinness, Daniel McCloskey for Hamill. [19]
2015 Antrim 1–15 Down 1–14Owenbeg Centre of ExcellenceChris O'ConnellC O’Connell; O McFadden, M Donnelly, R McCambridge; J Dillon, C McKinley, T McCann; N McAuley, M Dudley; PJ O’Connell, C McCann, E Campbell; D McClean, C Carson, D McKernan. Subs: P Burke for Campbell; C Ross for Donnelly; N McKenna for McAuley; J Connolly for McKernan; D Traynor for McClean.
2016 Antrim 6–21 Armagh 4–14Owenbeg Centre of ExcellenceConor CarsonC O'Connell; S McCrory, N McAuley, B Graham; F Donnelly, P Burke, J McKeague; E Campbell, D McKernan; E McCloskey, J Dillon, J Connolly; B McCarry, C Carson, C Clarke. Subs: O McFadden for McCrory, S Delargy for Graham, S McCrory for Donnelly, C McNaughton for McKernan. [20]
2017 Antrim 5–22 Armagh 1–12Owenbeg Centre Of Excellence
2018The Ulster Hurling Championship was cancelled for three years.

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