The All-Ireland Hurling championship is an annual inter-county hurling tournament organized by the Gaelic Athletic Association. It is considered as the top hurling event in Ireland and oncer ranked by CNN as #2 in the Top 10 sporting events “that you have to see live”, finishing behind the Olympic Games.
The tournament has always been played using the knockout system so that when a team loses, it is already eliminated from the tournament. Qualification for the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships is limited to teams participating in the Leinster Championship, the Munster Championship and the two teams that play in the championship game of the Joe McDonagh Cup.
Twelve teams currently participate in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship. The Leinster and Munster third placers play Joe McDonagh finalists in the preliminary quarter-finals. The two winners of the preliminary quarter finals will then play the Leinster and Munster second placers in the quarter-finals with the winners advancing to play the Leinster and Munster champions in the semifinals. The winners of the semis will go on to play in the finals and for the Liam McCarthy Cup.
Liam McCarthy Cup
The Liam McCarthy Cup commemorates the memory of its namesake who in 1922 presented the GAA with £500 to commission a cup for the winners of the All-Ireland Hurling championship. The cup looked like a medieval Irish drinking vessel called a mather and was made by Jeweller Edmund Johnson. The Cup was first presented to Bob McConkey of Limerick in 1923. Tipperary’s David Carr was the last recipient of the Cup before it was retired and now on display at the GAA museum. The current Liam McCarthy Cup is now a replica made by JMK Gold & Silversmiths and first presented to Kilkenny in 1992.
A total of 13 teams have won the All-Ireland Hurling Championship since its inception in 1887. The Big Three composed of Kilkenny, Cork and Tipperary have won the title a total of 93 times combined. Kilkenny has won the All-Ireland a record 36 times, Last year, Limerick won the title and they are on of the two teams favored this year.
Here are the odds to win the All-Ireland Hurling Championship. Odds taken from bet365 as of 4/16/19:
Galway and Limerick are the current betting favorites at +350. Micheal Donoghue’s team won the All-Ireland Hurling championship in 2017, their first title since winning back to back in 1987-1988. Limerick won last year and John Kiely’s team has picked up where they left off by adding a league title to their 2018 All-Ireland Hurling title.
Tipperary had an up and down league but Liam Sheedy is back and looking to duplicate his 2010 win for this team. If there’s a man who can turn Tipperary’s fortunes around, it is the man from Portoe. The pressure is mounting of John Meyler because if Cork will not win in 2020, it will be the longest drought in their history. If Cork doesn’t win by next year, it will mark the first decade that Cork hasn’t won an All-Ireland in any decade.
Clare last won in 2013 under Davy Fitzgerald. It was their first title in 17 years and for sure they don’t want to wait that long again to win their next. Kilkenny is always never out of it. The return of the Ballyhale Shamrocks payers will be back so there’s definitely good betting value of here. Waterford is a longshot at +2000 but they have good players amie Barron, Austin Gleeson and Stephen Bennett to name but a few.
Galway and Limerick are the recent champions in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship so you can’t’ take out the experience and confidence factors heading to the tournament. Tipperary also got back Liam Sheedy so you can’t count them out. I’m not making my bet yet but if you ask me about making this hurling bet, I’ll go with the safe bets which are Galway and Limerick to win the 2019 All-Ireland Hurling Championship.
Prediction: Galway or Limerick