Huge Guinness All Ireland Hurling championship framed advertisement from the first year of sponsorship in 1995
The All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, known simply as the All-Ireland Championship, is an annual inter-county hurling competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). It is the highest inter-county hurling competition in Ireland, and has been contested every year except one since 1887.
The final, currently held on the third Sunday in August, is the culmination of a series of games played during July and August, with the winning team receiving the Liam MacCarthy Cup. The All-Ireland Championship has always been played on a straight knockout basis whereby once a team loses they are eliminated from the championship. The qualification procedures for the championship have changed several times throughout its history. Currently, qualification is limited to teams competing in the Leinster Championship, the Munster Championship and the two finalists in the Joe McDonagh Cup.
Twelve teams currently participate in the All-Ireland Championship, with the most successful teams coming from the provinces of Leinster and Munster. Kilkenny, Cork and Tipperary are considered “the big three” of hurling. They have won 94 championships between them.
The title has been won by 13 different teams, 10 of whom have won the title more than once. The all-time record-holders are Kilkenny, who have won the championship on 36 occasions. Tipperary are the current champions.
The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship final was listed in second place by CNN in its “10 sporting events you have to see live”, after the Olympic Games. After covering the 1959 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final between Kilkenny and Waterford for BBC Television, English commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme was moved to describe hurling as his second favourite sport in the world after his first love, soccer. Alex Ferguson used footage of an All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship final in an attempt to motivate his players during his time as manager of Premier League soccer outfit Manchester United; the players winced at the standard of physicality and intensity in which the hurlers were engaged.
Since 1995 the All Ireland Hurling Championship has been sponsored. The sponsor has usually been able to determine the championship’s sponsorship name.
|1887−1994||No main sponsor||The All-Ireland Championship|
|1995−2007||Guinness||The Guinness Hurling Championship|
|2008−2009||RTÉ Sport, Etihad Airways, Guinness||The GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship|
|2010−2012||Centra, Etihad Airways, Guinness||The GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship|
|2013−2016||Centra, Etihad Airways, Liberty Insurance||The GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship|
|2017−2019||Centra, Littlewoods Ireland, Bord Gáis Energy||The GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship|
Origins :Co Wicklow
Dimensions : 40cm x 156cm 9kg