Offaly Senior Club Football Championship

All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship

The All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship is an annual Gaelic football tournament run since 1971, played between the thousands of senior football clubs in Ireland. The current holders are St. Vincent's GAA, who won their second title beating Nemo Rangers on 17 March 2008. The prize for the winning team is the Andy Merrigan Cup, which is named in honour of Castletown and Wexford footballer Andy Merrigan, who died as a result of a farm accident at the height of his playing career. It was first presented in 1974.

Structure

Each of Ireland's 32 counties play their own championship between all the Gaelic football 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 (one team usually plays the London champions in a quarter-final). The All-Ireland Final is played in Croke Park on St. Patrick's Day.

Schedule:

  • County championships: June-September
  • Provincial championships: September-December
  • All-Ireland Quarter-Final: December
  • All-Ireland Semi-Finals: February
  • All-Ireland Final: March 17

History

Ulster and Connacht tournaments were first held in the 1960s before an All-Ireland tournament was mooted at the GAA National Congress in 1969 - despite opposition from many delegations the motion received the 2/3 majority necessary and the first winners in 1970-71 were an East Kerry divisional team (nowadays amalgamations of clubs are not allowed to enter the All-Ireland). The Andy Merrigan Cup was first awarded in 1974, donated by the Castletown club in memory of the great Wexford footballer who died in a farming accident at the height of his career.

Dublin clubs (UCD x2 and St. Vincent's of Raheny) won a three-in-a-row of All-Irelands in 1974-76, before Kerry and Cork clubs began to dominate, winning 9 titles in 13 years, 1977-89, including four for Nemo Rangers of Cork. Clan na nGael (Drum and Clonown) won 7 Connacht titles in 8 years (1983-90), but could not win a single All-Ireland.

Burren of Down ended a 14-year Ulster drought when they were victorious in 1986. Baltinglass caused a major shock in 1990 by winning their and Wicklow's first national honour, while Nemo pulled ahead with their fifth title in 1994. In 1998, Corofin won Galway's and Connacht's first national award, six months before the county team's first All-Ireland for 32 years.

In the late 90s the club championship rose to national prominence with regular TV coverage and the prestigious St. Patrick's Day fixture in Croke Park for the final. Crossmaglen Rangers claimed 3 All-Irelands in 4 years from 1997-2000. While the Caltra club of Galway won their first Galway title, first Connacht award and first All-Ireland in one year, 2003-04. 2006 saw Salthill-Knocknacarra of Galway complete a Connacht three-in-a-row.

Past winners

All-Ireland winners shown in bold type. County in (brackets).

Year Leinster champions Munster champions Ulster champions Connacht champions
1970-71 Gracefield (Offaly) East Kerry (Kerry) Bryansford (Down) Fr. Griffin's (Galway)
1971-72 Portlaoise (Laois) U.C.C. (Cork) Bellaghy (Derry) Claremorris (Mayo)
1972-73 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Clan na nGael (Armagh) Fr. Griffin's (Galway)
1973-74 UCD (Dublin) U.C.C. (Cork) Clan na nGael (Armagh) Knockmore (Mayo)
1974-75 UCD (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Clan na nGael (Armagh) Roscommon Gaels (Roscommon)
1975-76 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) St. Joseph's (Donegal) Roscommon Gaels (Roscommon)
1976-77 Portlaoise (Laois) Austin Stacks, Tralee (Kerry) Ballerin (Derry) Killererin (Galway)
1977-78 Summerhill (Meath) Thomond College (Limerick) St. John's (Antrim) St. Mary's (Sligo)
1978-79 Walsh Island (Offaly) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Scotstown (Monaghan) Killererin (Galway)
1979-80 Walsh Island (Offaly) St. Finbarr's (Cork) Scotstown (Monaghan) St Grellan's (Galway)
1980-81 Walterstown (Meath) St. Finbarr's (Cork) Scotstown (Monaghan) St. Mary's (Sligo)
1981-82 Raheens (Kildare) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Ballinderry (Derry) Garrymore (Mayo)
1982-83 Portlaoise (Laois) St. Finbarr's (Cork) St. Gall's (Antrim) Clan na nGael (Roscommon)
1983-84 Walterstown (Meath) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Burren (Down) St. Mary's (Sligo)
1984-85 St. Vincent's(Dublin) Castleisland Desmonds (Kerry) Burren (Down) Clan na nGael (Roscommon)
1985-86 Portlaoise (Laois) Castleisland Desmonds (Kerry) Burren (Down) Clan na nGael (Roscommon)
1986-87 Ferbane (Offaly) St. Finbarr's (Cork) Castleblayney Faughs (Monaghan) Clan na nGael (Roscommon)
1987-88 Portlaoise (Laois) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Burren (Down) Clan na nGael (Roscommon)
1988-89 Parnells (Dublin) Nemo Rangers(Cork) Burren (Down) Clan na nGael (Roscommon)
1989-90 Baltinglass (Wicklow) Castlehaven (Cork) Scotstown (Monaghan) Clan na nGael (Roscommon)
1990-91 Thomas Davis (Dublin) Dr. Crokes, Killarney (Kerry) Lavey (Derry) Salthill (Galway)
1991-92 Thomas Davis (Dublin) Dr. Crokes, Killarney (Kerry) Castleblayney Faughs (Monaghan) Corofin (Galway)
1992-93 Éire Óg (Carlow) O'Donovan Rossa (Cork) Lavey (Derry) Knockmore (Mayo)
1993-94 Éire Óg (Carlow) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Errigal Ciarán(Tyrone) Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo)
1994-95 Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) Castlehaven(Cork) Bellaghy (Derry) Tuam Stars (Galway)
1995-96 Éire Óg (Carlow) Laune Rangers, Killorglin (Kerry) Mullaghbawn (Armagh) Corofin (Galway)
1996-97 Éire Óg (Carlow) Laune Rangers, Killorglin (Kerry) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Knockmore (Mayo)
1997-98 Erins Isle (Dublin) Castlehaven (Cork) Dungiven (Derry) Corofin (Galway)
1998-99 Éire Óg (Carlow) Doonbeg (Clare) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Ballina Stephenites (Mayo)
1999-2000 Na Fianna (Dublin) U.C.C. (Cork) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Crossmolina (Mayo)
2000-01 O'Hanrahans (Carlow) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Bellaghy (Derry) Crossmolina (Mayo)
2001-02 Rathnew (Wicklow) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Ballinderry (Derry) Charlestown (Mayo)
2002-03 Dunshaughlin (Meath) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Errigal Ciaran (Tyrone) Crossmolina (Mayo)
2003-04 St. Brigid's (Dublin) An Gaeltacht (Kerry) An Lúb (Derry) Caltra (Galway)
2004-05 Portlaoise (Laois) Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Ballina Stephenites (Mayo)
2005-06 Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) St. Gall's (Antrim) Salthill-Knocknacarra (Galway)
2006-07 Moorefield (Kildare) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) St. Brigid's (Roscommon)
2007-08 St Vincents (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Ballina Stephenites (Mayo)

By club

By county

L, M, U, C refer to Leinster/Munster/Ulster/Connacht championships won by teams from the county.

# County All-Irelands L M U C Last All-Ireland/provincial winners
1 Cork clubs 11 24 Nemo Rangers, 2002-03
2 Kerry clubs 5 10 Laune Rangers, Killorglin, 1995-96
3 Dublin clubs 4 14 St Vincents, 2007-08
6 Armagh clubs 4 9 Crossmaglen Rangers, 2006-2007
4 Galway clubs 3 12 Salthill-Knocknacarra, 2005-06
5 Derry clubs 3 10 Ballinderry, 2001-02
7 Down clubs 2 6 Burren, 1987-88
8 Mayo clubs 2 12 Ballina Stephenites, 2004-05
9 Laois clubs 1 6 Portlaoise, 1982-83
10 Wicklow clubs 1 2 Baltinglass, 1989-90
11 Limerick clubs 1 1 Thomond College, 1977-78
12 Roscommon clubs 0 10 St. Brigid's, 2006-07
13 Monaghan clubs 0 6 Castleblayney Faughs, 1991-92
13 Carlow clubs 0 6 O'Hanrahans, 2000-01
15 Meath clubs 0 4 Dunshaughlin, 2002-03
15 Offaly clubs 0 4 Ferbane, 1986-87
17 Antrim clubs 0 3 St. Gall's, 2005-06
17 Sligo clubs 0 3 St. Mary's, 1983-84
19 Tyrone clubs 0 2 Errigal Ciaráin, 2002-03
19 Clare clubs 0 2 Kilmurray-Ibrickane, 2004-05
21 Kildare clubs 0 2 Moorefield, 2006-07
21 Donegal clubs 0 1 St. Joseph's, 1975-76

No club from Cavan, Fermanagh, Kilkenny, Leitrim, London, Longford, Louth, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath or Wexford has ever won a national or provincial title.

By province

Province All-Irelands Most Recent Winners
Munster clubs 17 Nemo Rangers (Cork), 2002-03
Ulster clubs 9 Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh), 2006-07
Leinster clubs 7 St Vincents (Dublin), 2007-08
Connacht clubs 5 Salthill-Knocknacarra (Galway), 2005-06

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