GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Finals London v 32 Counties Champions 1900-1903

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Gaelic Athletic Association 20th Century logo [References: 1]

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Finals 1887-2020

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From 1900 to 1903 an early version of the St. Brendan’s Cup and World Cup Championship of the 1950s and 1960 was experimented with when London played the 32 Counties Champions in the All-Ireland Final. London won one of these All-Ireland Finals in 1901 defeating Cork, although Cork gained revenge the following two years. In 1900 the first of these Finals featured a victorious Tipperary.

Like in the later St. Brendan’s Cup (1954-1960) and World Cup Championship (1967-1969) the Challenger gained a bye to a match with the 32 counties Champions, although in this case it was London rather than New York, and counted as the All-Ireland Final rather than separate competition between the All-Ireland Champions and New York as in the later competitions. These can be seen in the light of history as an early precursor to New York and London playing in the All-Ireland Championship itself (both were placed in Connacht in Gaelic Football), and the Christy Ring, Nickey Rackard and Lory Meagher Cups (Divisions 3-5 in Hurling All-Ireland Championship Cups); and also the International Rules series between Ireland and Scotland.



[1] Wikipedia (2020) Gaelic_Athletic_Association [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 11 November 2020]

Internet Archive

[2] GAA | Wayback Machine (2011) Hurling Results 1887-1910 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 17 September 2019]


Thanks to Decy Meagher, Conor McGroarty & Tom Dunne.

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