2014 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

2014 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates 27 April 2014 — 27 September 2014
Teams 15
All-Ireland champions
Winning team Kilkenny (35th win)
Captain Lester Ryan
Manager Brian Cody
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Tipperary
Captain Brendan Maher
Manager Eamon O'Shea
Provincial champions
Munster Cork
Leinster Kilkenny
Ulster Not Played
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
No. matches played 36
Goals total 115 (3.19 per game)
Points total 1327 (36.86 per game)
Top Scorer Séamus Callanan (9-50)[1]
Player of the Year Richie Hogan
All-Star Team See here

The 2014 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was the 127th staging of the All-Ireland championship since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1887. The draw for the 2014 fixtures took place on 3 October 2013.[2][3] The championship began on 27 April 2014 and ended on 7 September 2014.

On 7 June 2014 Kilkenny versus Offaly was broadcast on Sky Sports, the first time a Championship fixture was broadcast live to a UK-wide audience.[4][5] British viewers were reported to have been "amazed and confused", "bemused but impressed" and "amused and confounded" after seeing hurling for the first time.[6][7][8]

Clare entered the championship as defending champions, however, they were defeated by Wexford.[9] Kilkenny won the All-Ireland title following a 2-17 to 2-14 defeat of Tipperary after a replay.[10][11][12]


All teams from the 2013 championship continued to line out in hurling's top tier in 2014.

On 23 March 2013, the GAA's annual Congress adopted a proposal from the Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC) which sought to introduce a round-robin qualifying group in Leinster for five designated counties.

Ten counties competed in the 2013 Leinster championship; however, the CCCC proposal decreased the Leinster competition to a field of five regulars, namely Kilkenny, Dublin, Wexford, Offaly and Galway, alongside two more from a round-robin qualifying group featuring Laois, Westmeath, Carlow, London and Antrim. These five teams each played four games, with the top two qualifying for the Leinster Championship quarter-finals. The fourth-placed team met the winner of the Christy Ring Cup in a promotion/relegation play-off. The bottom county faced automatic relegation to the Christy Ring Cup.[13][14]

Personnel and kits

Team Colours Sponsor Captain Vice-captain(s) Manager(s) Most recent success
All-Ireland Provincial League
Antrim Saffron and white Creagh Concrete Neil McManus Kevin Ryan 2013
Carlow Red, green and yellow Dan Morrissey Ltd. Edward Coady John Meyler
Clare Saffron and blue Pat O'Donnell Patrick Donnellan Davy Fitzgerald 2013 1998 1977–78
Cork Red and white Chill Insurance Patrick Cronin Jimmy Barry-Murphy 2005 2006 1998
Dublin Navy and blue AIG John McCaffrey Anthony Daly 1938 2013 2011
Galway Maroon and white Supermac's Joe Canning[15] David Burke Anthony Cunningham 1988 2012 2010
Kilkenny Black and amber Glanbia Lester Ryan J.J. Delaney Brian Cody 2012 2011 2014
Laois Blue and white MW Hire Services Matthew Whelan Séamus Plunkett 1915 1949
Limerick Green and white Sporting Limerick Donal O'Grady T. J. Ryan 1973 2013 1997
London Green and white Bewley's Hotels Tommy Harrell 1901
Offaly Green, white and gold Carroll Cuisine Joe Bergin Brian Whelahan 1998 1995 1990–91
Tipperary Blue and gold Škoda Auto Brendan Maher[16] Noel McGrath Eamon O'Shea 2010 2012 2008
Waterford White and blue 3 Michael "Brick" Walsh[17] Jake Dillon Derek McGrath 1959 2010 2007
Westmeath Maroon and white Renault Eoin Price Brian Hanley
Wexford Purple and Gold Gain Garrett Sinnott Liam Dunne 1996 2004 1972–73


In the first year of a deal running from 2014 until 2016, a total of 45 provincial and All-Ireland championship matches in hurling and football were broadcast live on television in Ireland.[18][19] A total of 31 games will be shown by RTÉ and 14 by Sky Sports for the first time. TV3's six year-involvement with broadcasting games came to an end in 2013. Sky Sports will also broadcast live the All-Ireland Hurling and Football semi-finals and finals along with RTÉ. [20][21][22][23][24][25]

The first game to be broadcast by Sky Sports was the Leinster quarter-final between Kilkenny and Offaly in Nowlan Park on Saturday 7 June.[26][27] Rachel Wyse and Brian Carney were announced as presenters of Sky's coverage, with Dave McIntyre and Mike Finnerty as commentators.[28] Analysts for the hurling championship were Jamesie O'Connor and Nicky English.[29][30]

In May, the GAA and RTÉ launched a new streaming service called GAAGO intended to stream championship games worldwide.[31] The subscription-based service will be available to fans everywhere in the world outside of the island of Ireland, including all the games broadcast in Ireland exclusively by Sky Sports.[32] All 45 televised games from the football and hurling championships, as broadcast by both RTÉ and Sky will be available to watch on GAAGO.[33] For Great Britain, the games broadcast by Sky will only be available through Sky. The price for a worldwide GAAGO 'Season Pass' is €110 while in Britain, the GB Pass will be €60. A pay-per-game option is available for €10, and this will rise to €14 for the quarter-final, semi-final and final stages of the championship.[34]

Despite massive interest in the Leinster hurling semi-final replay between Kilkenny and Galway on 28 June, the game will not be shown live on television. The throw in time is fixed for 7.00pm and Sky Sports are already covering the Ulster football semi-final between Monaghan and Armagh with the GAA's television contracts preventing live television coverage of two championship games at the same time.[35][36]

These matches were broadcast live on television in Ireland

Round RTÉ Sky Sports
Munster Championship Cork vs Waterford
Cork vs Waterford (replay shown online only)
Limerick vs Tipperary
Cork vs Clare
Cork vs Limerick

Leinster Championship Galway vs Kilkenny
Kilkenny vs Dublin
Offaly vs Kilkenny
Wexford vs Dublin
Qualifiers Clare vs Wexford
Clare vs Wexford (Replay)
Tipperary vs Galway
Tipperary vs Offaly
Wexford vs Waterford
Quarter-Finals Limerick vs Wexford
Tipperary vs Dublin
Semi-Finals Kilkenny vs Limerick
Cork vs Tipperary
Kilkenny vs Limerick
Cork vs Tipperary
Final Kilkenny vs Tipperary
Kilkenny vs Tipperary (Replay)
Kilkenny vs Tipperary
Kilkenny vs Tipperary (Replay)


Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

Qualifying group

Team Pld W D L SF SA SD Pts
1 Antrim 44003-805-55198
2 Laois 43014-701-61186
3 Carlow 41123-626-66-133
4 Westmeath 41036-412-64-112
5 London 40135-527-59-131
Green background (rows 1 and 2) are positions that earn a place in the quarter-final
stages of the Leinster Championship. Blue background (row 4) indicates the team that
will be placed in a playoff with a team from the Christy Ring Cup to avoid relegation.
Red background (row 5) will be relegated, and will play in the Christy Ring Cup the
following season.

Promotion play-off


Quarter-final Semi-finals Leinster final
  Laois 0-23  
  Galway 1-22       Galway
  Kilkenny 5-32       Kilkenny
  Offaly 1-18         Kilkenny 0-24
             Dublin 1-09
           Wexford 1-14
  Antrim 0-21       Dublin 0-22    
  Wexford 5-19  

Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Quarter-final Semi-finals Munster final
           Tipperary 2-16  
           Limerick 2-18  
             Limerick 0-24
             Cork 2-24
           Clare 2-18
  Waterford 1-21
      Cork 2-23    
  Cork 1-21

All-Ireland qualifiers

Round 1

Round 2

All-Ireland series

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
  Tipperary 2-23  
  Dublin 0-16       Cork 1-11  
           Tipperary 2-18  
             Tipperary 1-28


             Kilkenny 3-22


           Kilkenny 2-13
  Limerick 4-26       Limerick 0-17    
  Wexford 1-11  






Top scorers

Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Séamus Callanan Tipperary 9-50 77 7 11.00
2 T. J. Reid Kilkenny 4-53 65 7 9.28
3 Paul Shiels Antrim 1-56 59 6 9.83
4 Patrick Horgan Cork 2-43 49 5 9.80
5 Shane Dowling Limerick 4-36 48 4 12.00
6 Paul Morris Wexford 1-36 39 6 6.50
7 Stephen Maher Laois 1-34 37 6 6.16
8 John O'Dwyer Tipperary 2-30 36 7 5.14
9 Conor Cooney Galway 2-29 35 4 8.75
10 Pauric Mahony Waterford 0-34 34 4 8.50
Single game
Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Séamus Callanan Tipperary 3-8 17 Galway
Patrick Horgan Cork 2-11 17 Clare
T. J. Reid Kilkenny 2-11 17 Galway
4 Séamus Callanan Tipperary 2-10 16 Offaly
5 Shane Dowling Limerick 2-9 15 Tipperary
6 Shane Dowling Limerick 2-8 14 Wexford
7 Conor Cooney Galway 2-7 13 Kilkenny
Paul Shiels Antrim 1-10 13 London
Brian Carroll Offaly 1-10 13 Kilkenny
Brian Carroll Offaly 0-13 13 Tipperary

Clean sheets

Rank Goalkeeper County Clean sheets
1 Eoin Reilly Laois 3
2 Peter Collins Westmeath 2
Mark Fanning Wexford
Anthony Nash Cork
5 Chris O'Connell Antrim 1
Colm Callanan Galway
Stephen O'Keeffe Waterford
Alan Nolan Dublin
Darren Gleeson Tipperary
David Herity Kilkenny




Involvement of the British Sky Broadcasting Group

The decision by the GAA to grant access to satellite broadcasting company BSkyB of Championship hurling was criticised in some quarters.[38] The first attempt by Sky Sports to cover live televised hurling - a Leinster Championship encounter between Kilkenny and Offaly - drew an audience share of less than 10 per cent of that which tuned into the free-to-air Dublin/Laois encounter at Croke Park the following day.[39] In addition, the match was erroneously billed in advance by Sky as a "Connacht GAA football" game.[40]


Sunday Game Team of the Year

The Sunday Game team of the year was picked on 28 September, which was the night after the final replay. Richie Hogan was named the Sunday game player of the year.[41]

All Star Team of the Year

Richie Hogan was named the All Stars player of the year with Cathal Barrett named as the young player of the year at the awards ceremony on 24 October.[42] [43]

GK Darren Gleeson Tipperary1
RCB Paul Murphy Kilkenny3
FB J. J. Delaney Kilkenny7
LCB Séamus Hickey Limerick1
RWB Brendan Maher Tipperary2
CB Pádraic Maher Tipperary3
LWB Cillian Buckley Kilkenny1
MD Richie HoganHOTY Kilkenny2
MD Shane McGrath Tipperary2
RWF John O'Dwyer Tipperary1
CF Patrick Maher Tipperary1
LWF T. J. Reid Kilkenny2
RCF Colin Fennelly Kilkenny1
FF Séamus Callanan Tipperary1
LCF Shane Dowling Limerick1


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