2000 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

2000 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates 6 May 2000 - 10 September 2000
Teams 18
All-Ireland champions
Winning team Kilkenny (26th win)
Captain Willie O'Connor
Manager Brian Cody
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Offaly
Captain Johnny Dooley
Manager Pat Fleury
Provincial champions
Munster Cork
Leinster Kilkenny
Ulster Derry
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
No. matches played 24
Goals total 66
Points total 717
Top Scorer Johnny Dooley (0-41)
All-Star Team See here

The 2000 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship (also known as the Guinness Hurling Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the 114th staging of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, the Gaelic Athletic Association's premier inter-county hurling tournament. The draw for the 2000 fixtures took place on 14 November 1999. The championship began on 6 May 2000 and ended on 10 September 2000.

Cork were the defending champions but were defeated by Offaly in the All-Ireland semi-final.[1] Carlow, New York and Westmeath fielded teams after long absences.

On 10 September 2000, Kilkenny won the championship following a 5-15 to 1-14 defeat of Offaly in the All-Ireland final.[2] This was their 26th All-Ireland title, their first in seven championship seasons. It was the third All-Ireland final to feature teams from the same province.

Offaly's Johnny Dooley was the championship's top scorer with 0-41. Kilkenny's D. J. Carey was the unanimous choice for Hurler of the Year.

New provincial formats

Following a motion from the Westmeath County Board at Congress, the Leinster Council proposed the introduction of a "back door system" in their hurling championship. This would be introduced to help develop hurling in the "weaker" counties and to ensure at least two championship games for these teams. While the motion was passed at Congress in April, the new format was rejected by the GAA's management committee at a meeting on 30 October 1999. The committee disagreed with the prospect of allowing losers from earlier rounds to re-enter the championship through a "back door system". As a result of this the Leinster Council were forced to tweak their championship format. This also led to the postponement of the championship draw. The Leinster Council's diluted proposal saw the introduction of a round-robin for the four weakest teams in the province. The group stage winners would join the other three teams in the championship proper.


Due to the introduction of the round robin system in Leinster, Carlow and Westmeath returned to the championship.

On 18 May 2000 the Roscommon County Board announced that the senior hurling team were withdrawing from the Connacht Championship. Nine of the previous year's panel were absent and, together with a lack of commitment from the remaining players, the board were left with no choice but to withdraw. As a result of this the Connacht Championship was not played and Galway's first game was an All-Ireland quarter-final.

The Kerry County Board were faced with a similar prospect to Roscommon, however, they declined to withdraw from the Munster Championship.

New York joined the Ulster Championship.

Personnel and kits

Team Colours Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Antrim Saffron and white Seán McNaughton Conor McCambridge O'Neills Bushmills
Carlow Red, yellow and green Eddie Byrne O'Neills Stone Developments
Clare Saffron and blue Ger Loughnane Brian Lohan O'Neills Eircell
Cork Red and white Jimmy Barry-Murphy Fergal Ryan O'Neills Esat Digifone
Derry White and red Kevin McNaughton Conor Murray O'Neills O'Kane Insurance
Down Red and black Jimmy O'Reilly O'Neills Canal Court Hotel
Dublin Blue and navy Michael O'Grady O'Neills Arnott's
Galway Maroon and white Mattie Murphy Joe Rabbitte O'Neills Supermac's
Kerry Green and gold Michael O'Halloran O'Neills Kerry Group
Kilkenny Black and amber Brian Cody Willie O'Connor O'Neills Avonmore
Laois Blue and white Padraig Horan P. J. Peacock O'Neills Meadow Meats
Limerick Green and white Éamonn Cregan Ollie Moran O'Neills Red Cow Moran's Hotel
London Green and white O'Neills Setanta Sports
New York White and blue O'Neills Budweiser
Offaly Green, white and gold Pat Fleury Johnny Dooley O'Neills Carroll Meats
Tipperary Blue and gold Nicky English Tommy Dunne O'Neills Finches
Waterford White and blue Gerald McCarthy Paul Flynn O'Neills Gain Feeds
Wexford Purple and gold Joachim Kelly Rory McCarthy O'Neills Wexford Creamery


Ulster Senior Hurling Championship

Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

Top scorers


Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Johnny Dooley Offaly 0-41 41 5 8.20
2 Tomás McGrane Dublin 1-33 36 5 7.20
3 Dave Cuddy Laois 1-29 32 4 8.00
4 Joe Deane Cork 1-28 31 4 7.75
5 Henry Shefflin Kilkenny 2-21 27 4 6.75
6 Charlie Carter Kilkenny 3-11 20 4 5.00
Gary Biggs Derry 1-17 20 3 6.66
8 Pat Coady Carlow 1-16 19 3 6.33
9 Gregory O'Kane Antrim 1-13 16 2 8.00

Single game

Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Gary O'Kane Antrim 1-9 12 London
Dave Cuddy Laois 0-12 12 Dublin
Johnny Dooley Offaly 0-12 12 Derry
4 Gary Biggs Derry 0-10 10 Down
Joe Deane Cork 0-10 10 Tipperary
Joe Deane Cork 0-10 10 Offaly
7 Tomás McGrane Dublin 1-6 9 Westmeath
Dave Cuddy Laois 1-6 9 Carlow
Johnny Dooley Offaly 0-9 9 Wexford
10 Henry Shefflin Kilkenny 2-2 8 Offaly
Eugene O'Neill Tipperary 1-5 8 Cork
Pat Coady Carlow 1-5 8 Westmeath
Johnny Dooley Offaly 0-8 8 Kilkenny
Denis Byrne Kilkenny 0-8 8 Galway
Tomás McGrane Dublin 0-8 8 Laois
Tomás McGrane Dublin 0-8 8 Laois
Neil Ronan Cork 0-8 8 Kerry

Clean sheets

Rank Goalkeeper County Clean sheets
1 Kieran Stevenson Derry 2
Donal Óg Cusack Cork
Brendan Cummins Tipperary
Brendan McLoughlin Dublin
James McGarry Kilkenny
6 Shane Elliott Antrim 1
Brendan Landers Waterford
John Lyons Laois
Michael Crimmins Galway
Stephen Byrne Offaly


  1. Downey, Paddy (12 September 2003). "Keepers of September's flame". Irish Times. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  2. Breheny, Martin (11 September 2000). "Goal hungry Kilkenny play Cat and mouse with Offaly". Irish Independent. Retrieved 25 July 2015.

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