Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

The Leinster GAA Hurling Championship is an annual hurling competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1888 for the top hurling teams in the province of Leinster in Ireland.

The series of games are played during the summer months with the Munster final currently being played on the first Sunday in July. The prize for the winning team is the Bob O'Keeffe Cup. The championship has always been played on a straight knockout basis whereby once a team loses they are eliminated from the series.

The Leinster Championship is an integral part of the wider GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship. The winners of the Leinster final, like their counterparts in Munster Championship, are rewarded by advancing directly to the semi-final stage of the All-Ireland series of games. The losers of the Leinster final enter the All-Ireland series at the quarter-final stage.

Seven teams currently participate in the Leinster Championship, including Galway from Connacht and Antrim from Ulster. The most successful team in hurling, namely Kilkenny, play their provincial hurling in the Leinster Championship. They have won the provincial title on 68 occasions during its history while they have also claimed 33 All-Ireland titles.

The title has been won at least once by six of the Leinster counties, all but one of which (Galway) have won the title more than once. The all-time record-holders are Kilkenny, who have won the competition 68 times. Galway are the current champions.

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