All-Ireland Minor Football Championship

All-Ireland Minor Football Championship

The All-Ireland Minor Football Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the ESB Minor Football Championship) is the premier "knockout" competition for under-18 competitors of the game of Gaelic football played in Ireland. The series of games are organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association and are played during the summer months with the All-Ireland Minor Football Final being played on the third Sunday in September in Croke Park, Dublin. The minor final provides the curtain-raiser to the senior final. The prize for the winning team is the Tom Markham Cup, which is named in honour of former Clare figure Tom Markham.


The All-Ireland Minor Football Championship features the youngest competitive players of the game of Gaelic football - players must be under eighteen years of age on 1 January of the year of the competition. The first minor championship was played in 1929 when Clare were crowned the champions. The championship has been held every year since then, however, it was suspended for a period during 'The Emergency'.

Predictably Kerry are the most successful team in minor football, however, they are closely followed by Cork and Dublin. All three teams have achieved famous three-in-a-rows: Kerry from 1931 to 1933; Cork from 1967 to 1969; and Dublin from 1954 to 1956. The coveted treble of winning senior, under-21 and minor titles in the same year has been achieved on just one occasion, by Kerry in 1975.Because teams will only play together for at most, about two or three years, unlike the senior competition, it is unusual that one county will dominate for periods any longer than this.

The current champions are Tyrone who defeated Mayo in a replay at Pearse Stadium, Longford on Saturday 27 September 2008. The final score was 1-20 to 1-15 after extra-time. The first match at Croke Park was a draw with Tyrone scoring a last minute point to force the replay.

Top Winners

Roll of Honour

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • All-Ireland Junior Camogie Championship — Irish Craobh Soisir na hÉireann Founded 1968 Trophy Kay Mills Cup (formerly New Ireland Cup) Title holders Waterford (1st title) …   Wikipedia

  • All-Ireland Kick Fada Championship — The All Ireland Kick Fada Championship is an annual tournament testing the skills of Ireland s best Gaelic footballers. Fada is Irish for long . The Kick Fada is sponsored by MBNA. The tournament (first played in 2000) is held annually at Bray… …   Wikipedia

  • Munster Minor Football Championship — Founded 1929 Trophy = Title holders …   Wikipedia

  • Connacht Minor Football Championship — Irish ? Founded 1930 Title holders Galway (12th title) Most titles Mayo (37 titles) Spons …   Wikipedia

  • Leinster Minor Football Championship — Infobox GAA championship main name=Leinster Minor Football Championship first=1929 firstwin=Longford sponsors= irish= current=Meath currentordinal=10 super=th most=Dublin mostordinal=26The Leinster Minor Football Championship is the Minor… …   Wikipedia

  • Ulster Minor Football Championship — Infobox GAA championship main name=Ulster Minor Football Championship first=1930 firstwin=Armagh trophy= sponsors=ESB irish=? current=Tyrone currentordinal=21 super=st most=Tyrone mostordinal=21The Ulster Minor Football Championship is the Minor… …   Wikipedia

  • Waterford Minor Football Championship — The Waterford Minor Football Championship is a Gaelic football competition played by GAA teams in Waterford in Ireland. All players have to be under the age of 18 in the year in which they take part here. The competition is organized by the two… …   Wikipedia

  • All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship — Infobox GAA championship main name=All Ireland Under 21 Football Championship first=1964 firstwin=Kerry trophy=Clarke Cup sponsors=Cadbury irish= current=Kerry currentordinal=10 super=th most=Kerry and Cork mostordinal=10The All Ireland Under 21… …   Wikipedia

  • Dublin Ladies' Senior Football Championship — Dublin Senior Ladies Football Championship Founded 1985 Title holders Na Fianna (2nd title) First winner Rathcoole Most titles Ballyboden St. Enda s (10 titles) Sponsors …   Wikipedia

  • Cork Minor A Football Championship — The Cork Minor A Football Championship is a Gaelic football competition for Gaelic Athletic Association players under the age of 18 in Cork, Ireland. This championship was begun in 1992 when the strongest minor football teams were placed in the… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”