All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship
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|All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship|
|Current season or competition:
2012–13 All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship
|Title holders||St. Thomas's (1st title)|
|Most titles||Ballyhale Shamrocks (5 titles)|
|Sponsors||Allied Irish Banks (AIB)|
The All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship, commonly known from current sponsorship as the AIB Club Hurling Championship, is an Irish hurling competition. Like its equivalent at senior inter-county level, it is played on a provincial knockout (single elimination) basis. Unlike the All-Ireland inter-county championship there is no "back-door" or second chance for defeated teams. The competition is open to the champion clubs of the strongest hurling counties in the four provinces.
In the 1960s a number of new initiatives took place with regard to developments in Gaelic games competitions. Firstly the All-Ireland under-21 championships in hurling and Gaelic football were introduced in 1964 as a new grade of competition for young hurlers. Secondly, the Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship was established that same year as a competition for the champion clubs of the six counties of the southern province. Prior to this, however, tournaments and charity games involving clubs from different counties had taken place as far back as the thirties.
Each of Ireland's 32 counties play their own championship between all the hurling clubs in the county – depending on the county, it can be league, knockout, or a mixture of both. The 32 county champions play in the 4 provincial championships, with the four winners of these advancing to the All-Ireland Semi-Finals. Until the introduction of the Intermediate and Junior Championships one team usually played the London champions in a quarter-final. The London champions now play in the Intermediate Championship. The All-Ireland Final is played in Croke Park on St. Patrick's Day.
- County championships: June — November
- Provincial championships: October — December
- All-Ireland quarter-final and semi-finals: February
- All-Ireland Final: March 17
The club championship was first held in 1971, with Roscrea of Tipperary becoming the first champions. Ironically, given the county's initial opposition to the tournament, Cork clubs won seven All-Irelands in this decade. James Stephens of Kilkenny were the first Leinster team to win.
Castlegar won Connacht's first title in 1980, and in '83 Loughgiel Shamrocks became Ulster's first and only All-Ireland champions at the time, repeating the feat in 2012. Teams from the traditional hurling counties (Cork, Tipperary and Kilkenny) dominated for the rest of the 80s.
Since the 1990s Galway clubs have come to the fore, with Sarsfields, Athenry and Portumna managing to retain the title. Birr also enjoyed much success, winning four titles in nine seasons.
All-Ireland winners are shaded gold, and counties are given in brackets.
|Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny), 2009–10||5||Leinster|
|Birr (Offaly), 2002–03||4|
|Athenry (Galway), 2000–01||3||Connacht|
|Portumna (Galway), 2008–09|
|Blackrock (Cork), 1978–79||Munster|
|James Stephens (Kilkenny), 2004–05||Leinster|
M, L, C, U refer to Munster/Leinster/Connacht/Ulster championships won by clubs from the county. "Last winning team" gives the name of the club from the county which last won the All-Ireland' if no club has, the name of the last provincial champion is given in italic type.
|#||County||All-Irelands||M||L||C||U||Last winning team|
|1||Galway clubs||12||38||St. Thomas's, 2012–13|
|2||Kilkenny clubs||10||17||Ballyhale Shamrocks, 2009–10|
|3||Cork clubs||9||15||Newtownshandrum, 2003–04|
|4||Offaly clubs||4||11||Birr, 2002–03|
|5||Tipperary clubs||3||9||Borris-Ileigh, 1986–87|
|6=||Wexford clubs||2||9||Buffers Alley, 1992–93|
|Clare clubs||7||St. Joseph's Doora-Barefield, 1999–2000|
|Antrim clubs||34||Loughgiel Shamrocks, 2011–12|
|10=||Limerick clubs||0||5||Kilmallock, 1994–95|
|Waterford clubs||5||De La Salle, 2010–11|
|Laois clubs||2||Camross, 1996–97|
|Dublin clubs||1||Crumlin, 1979–80|
|Down clubs||6||Ballygalget, 2005–06|
|Roscommon clubs||3||Four Roads, 1988–89|
No club from Armagh, Carlow, Cavan, Derry, Donegal, Fermanagh, Kerry, Kildare, Leitrim, London, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Sligo, Tyrone, Westmeath or Wicklow has ever won a national or provincial title.
|Province||All-Irelands||Last winning team|
|Leinster clubs||15||Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny), 2009–10|
|Munster clubs||14||Newtownshandrum (Cork), 2003–04|
|Connacht clubs||12||St. Thomas's (Galway), 2012–13|
|Ulster clubs||2||Loughgiel Shamrocks (Antrim), 2011–12|
- "Might and fight seal historic day for St Thomas’". Irish Examiner. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
- 2012 Final Report