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Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
The Final of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship is the ultimate match in the annual hurling competition organized since 1887 by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).
Contested by the top hurling teams in Ireland, the tournament has taken place every year, except in 1888, when the competition was not played due to a tour of the United States by would-be competitors.
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 and ahead of both the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Football Championship.
The latest All-Ireland Hurling Final was held at Croke Park, Dublin, on 22 August 2021 and saw Limerick beat Cork at a score of 3-32 (Limerick) to 1-22 (Cork).
The final, held in the middle of August since the introduction of the new format in 2018, serves as the culmination of a series of games played during the summer months, and the results determine which county’s team receives the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
The Championship was initially a straight knockout competition open only to the champions of each of the four provinces of Ireland.
During the 1990s the competition was expanded, firstly incorporating a “back-door system” and later a round-robin group phase involving more games.
The Championship currently consists of several stages. In the present format, it begins in late May with provincial championships held in Leinster and Munster.
Once a team is defeated in the provincial stage they are granted one more chance to compete for the title.
The Munster and Leinster champions gain automatic admission to the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-finals, where they are joined by the two winners of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship qualifiers via two lone quarter-finals.
Thirteen teams currently participate in the Championship, the most dominant teams coming from the provinces of Leinster and Munster. Kilkenny, Cork, and Tipperary are considered “the big three” of hurling. Between them, these teams have won 90 out of 125 (approx 72%) championships completed during its history. The title has been won by 13 different teams, 10 of which have won the title more than once. The all-time record-holders are Kilkenny, who won their 36th title in 2015.
Ireland Senior Football Championship
The All-Ireland Men’s Senior Football Championship, the premier competition in Gaelic football, is an annual series of games played in Ireland during the summer and early autumn and organized by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).
Contested by the top male inter-county football teams in Ireland, the tournament has taken place every year since 1887, except in 1888 when the competition was not played due to a tour of the United States by would-be competitors.
The competition culminates on the third or fourth Sunday in September with the All-Ireland Men’s Senior Football Championship Final. The winning team receives the Sam Maguire Cup.
The final has been played at Croke Park in Dublin since 1913, except for 1947 final which was played at the Polo Grounds in New York.
Finals held before the GAA’s acquirement of Croke Park were played at venues around Dublin and the counties of Cork, Kildare, and Tipperary.