Liam MacCarthy Cup Replica
The Liam MacCarthy Cup (commonly referred to – and incorrectly spelled – as the Liam McCarthy Cup) is a trophy awarded annually by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) to the team that wins the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, the main competition in the prehistoric sport of hurling.
Based on the design of a medieval drinking vessel, the trophy was first awarded in 1923 to the winners of the (delayed) 1921 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final.
The original 1920s trophy was retired in the 1990s, with a new identical trophy awarded annually since 1992. The original trophy is on permanent display in the GAA Museum at Croke Park in Dublin.
The GAA organizes a series of games, which are played during the summer months. The All-Ireland Hurling Final was traditionally played on the first or second Sunday in September at Croke Park in Dublin.
In 2018, the GAA rescheduled its calendar and since then the fixture has been played in August.
The GAA commissioned a replica from silversmith James M. Kelly.
The silver for the new cup was donated by Johnson Matthey Ireland at the behest of Kieran D. Eustace Managing Director, a native of Newtowncashel Co. Longford. Tipperary was the last team to claim the original.
In 1992, a replica was produced and has been awarded on an annual basis since then.
Kilkenny was the first team to win the “new” MacCarthy Cup. Kilkenny is also the team to have won the new trophy on the most occasions and the only team to have won it four consecutive times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).
They had previously won it on consecutive occasions (2002, 2003). Cork is the only other team to have won the new trophy on consecutive occasions (2004, 2005).
All-Ireland winners are permitted to keep the trophy for one year until the following year’s All-Ireland final.
All Ireland-winning captains receive a model replica of the Liam MacCarthy Cup. The trophy is currently held by Limerick, who overcame Cork in the final held on 22 August 2021 to win the Liam McCarthy Cup.
In 2010, the GAA asked the same silversmith to produce another replica of the trophy (the third Liam MacCarthy Cup), although this was to be used only for marketing purposes.
The Liam MacCarthy Cup is the trophy awarded to the victors in Tier 1 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. Twelve teams are eligible for this trophy; the five from the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship and the five from the Munster Senior Hurling Championship, as well as two teams invited from the Tier 2 Joe McDonagh Cup (the winner of the Joe McDonagh Cup, in turn, replaces Tier 1’s bottom team via a system of promotion and relegation).
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