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Did You Know? - Ashbourne Cup

By Camogie Press
Posted 05/02/2019
 
The Ashbourne Weekend
 
The Ashbourne Cup is the highest division in inter-collegiate camogie. The competition features many of the current stars of the game and is sometimes known as the ‘Olympics of Camogie’because of the disproportionate number of All Star and All-Ireland elite level players who participate each year.
Background
 
The competition is the brainchild of Agnes O'Farrelly (1874–1951), founder member (1914) and president (1914–51) of the UCD camogie club who later served as president of the Camogie Association of Ireland in 1941–2. In 1915 she persuaded her friend, Irish language activist Liam Mac Giolla Bhríde (1868–1942), second Lord Ashbourne, to donate a trophy for the camogie intervarsity competition. The first game of intercollegiate camogie took place between University College Dublin and University College Cork on 18 April 1915. NUI Galway (then University College, Galway) joined the competition in 1916, Queen's University, Belfast in 1934, and NUI Maynooth (then St Patrick's College), New University of Ulster, Coleraine, and Trinity College, Dublin in 1972. Apart from 1934-7, until 1960 the competition was played on a league basis, and since then the concluding stages have been played together on a single weekend in mid-February. There was no competition in 1943, due to war-time restrictions, and the competition remained unfinished in 1963, when University College Dublin fielded an ineligible player for the final, which was drawn and never replayed. University College Cork claimed the title.
 
Purcell Cup
 
The CCAO also oversees the Purcell Cup which has been contested since 1977. The Purcell Cup, the third level colleges division 2 championship, was donated by Úna Uí Phuirséil, President of the Camogie Association 1976-78, and her husband Pádraig Puirséil, Gaelic games correspondent for the Irish Press 1954-78. Mary Immaculate College, Limerick defeated Ulster Polytechnic by 3-0 to 0-1 in the first final in St Patrick’s Drumcondra on 6 March 1977. The format is like the Ashbourne Cup, in the final stages of the competition, six teams are divided into two groups of three in which each team plays two matches. The top two in each group goes through to the cup semi-finals while the bottom team in each group plays in the final of the Purcell Shield. Having initially been established for non-university colleges in 1977, from 1994 the standard of the team rather than the type of university determined whether colleges should participate in the Ashbourne Cup or the Purcell Cup.
 
Fr. Meachair Cup
 
Colleges who do not compete in the Ashbourne and Purcell Cups play for a cup named after Fr Gearóid Ó Meachair from Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, founder and popular trainer of the NUI Maynooth camogie team. It was inaugurated in 1986. Until 2011 it was a one-day seven-a-side competition. The format is similar to the Ashbourne and Purcell Cups.
 
Ó Mhaolagáin Cup
 
The remaining teams not in the first three championships participate in a one-day seven-a-side competition. The trophy is named for Camogie Association President of 1991-4, Brídín Uí Mhaolagáin.
 
 
Ashbourne Cup Role of Honour
 

1915   U.C.D.                        
1916   U.C.D.                        
1917   U.C.G.                        
1918   U.C.D.                        
1919   U.C.C.                        
1920   U.C.G.                         
1921   U.C.D.                        
1922   U.C.C.                        
1923   U.C.C.                        
1924   U.C.C.                        
1925   U.C.C.                        
1926   U.C.C.                        
1927   U.C.C.                        
1928   U.C.G.                        
1929   U.C.C.                        
1930   U.C.G.                        
1931   U.C.C.                        
1932   U.C.C.                        
1933   U.C.D.                        
1934   U.C.C.                        
1935   U.C.D.  
1936   U.C.C.                        
1937   U.C.C.                        
1938   U.C.D.                        
1939   U.C.D.                        
1940   U.C.D.                        
1941   U.C.D.                        
1942   U.C.D.                        
1943   Not Played                  
1944   U.C.C.                        
1945   U.C.C.                        
1946   U.C.D.
1947   U.C.C.
1948   U.C.G.
1949   U.C.G.
1950   U.C.D.
1951   U.C.G.
1952   U.C.D.
1953   U.C.D.
1954   U.C.D.
1955   U.C.D.
1956   U.C.G.
1957   U.C.G.
1958   U.C.D.
1959   U.C.D.
1960   U.C.D.
1961   U.C.D.
1962   U.C.D.
1963   Final not Played
1964   U.C.G.
1965   U.C.C.
1966   U.C.D.
1967   U.C.C.
1968   U.C.G.
1969   U.C.D.
1970   U.C.D.
1971   U.C.D.
1972   U.C.C.
1973   U.C.C.
1974   U.C.C.
1975   U.C.C.
1976   U.C.C.
1977   U.C.C.
1978   U.C.G.
1979   U.C.G.
1980   U.C.D.
1981   U.C.D.
1982   U.C.D.
1983   U.C.D.
1984   U.C.D.
1985   U.C.C.
1986   U.C.D.
1987   U.C.D.
1988   U.C.D.
1989   U.C.G.
1990   U.C.G.
1991   Q.U.B.
1992   U.U.J.
1993   U.U.J.
1994   U.C.G.
1995   U.L.
1996   U.C.C.
1997   U.U.J.
1998   U.C.C.
1999   W.I.T.
2000   U.C.C.
2001   W.I.T.
2002   U.C.C.
2003   U.C.C.
2004   U.L.
2005   U.L.
2006   U.L.
2007   U.C.D.
2008   U.C.D.
2009   W.I.T.
2010   W.I.T.
2011   W.I.T.
2012   W.I.T
2013   W.I.T.
2014   U.L.
2015   W.I.T.
2016   U.L.
2017   U.L.
2018   U.L.
 
 
Purcell Cup Role of Honour
 
 
1977   Mary Immaculate, Limerick
1978   Mary Immaculate, Limerick
1979   Ulster Polytechnic, Belfast
1980   Thomond/NIHE, Limerick
1981   Thomond/NIHE, Limerick
1982   St. Mary’s, Belfast
1983   Mary Immaculate, Limerick
1984   Ulster Polytechnic, Belfast
1985   Thomond College, Limerick
1986   Thomond College, Limerick
1987   Thomond College, Limerick
1988   Thomond College, Limerick
1989   Mary Immaculate, Limerick
1990   Waterford R.T.C.
1991   Thomond College, Limerick
1992   Waterford R.T.C.
1993   Athlone R.T.C.
1994   University College, Cork
1995   Athlone R.T.C.
1996   St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth
1997   Queen’s University, Belfast
1998   Mary Immaculate, Limerick
1999   Limerick I.T.
2000   University of Ulster, Jordanstown
2001   Cork I. T.
2002   Carlow I.T.
2003   University of Ulster, Jordanstown
2004   Athlone I.T.
2005   Garda College, Templemore
2006   University of Ulster, Jordanstown
2007   Athlone I.T.
2008   Queens’ University
2009   Athlone IT
2010   DIT
2011   Queens University
2012   DCU
2013   DCU
2014   UCC
2015   Mary Immaculate, Limerick
2016   Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)
2017   DIT
2018   NUIG

 
Fr. Meachair Cup Role of Honour
 
2012     Mary Immaculate Limerick
2013     St. Patricks
2014     Carlow IT
2015     Carlow IT
2016     Trinity College
2017     St. Patricks
2018     St. Mary’s University