All Ireland Hurling (2021)

The All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship is a yearly inter-county hurling sport event that is organised by the GAA. It is the hurling event all clubs want to win because the All Ireland Hurling winners can call themselves the best hurling team in Ireland. Read on to find out more.

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Format of the Competition

If you have taken some time to read our page about All Ireland Football Championship, then you will know that 32 teams compete in their provincial championship for a chance to qualify for it. There are four provincial championships, and these are the Munster, Ulster, Connacht, and Leinster Championship. When it comes to the GAA All Ireland Hurling event, things are slightly different as qualification is currently limited to those hurling teams that are competing in the Munster Championship, Leinster Championship, and the two finalists from the Joe McDonagh Cup.

There are five teams that compete in the Leinster Hurling Championship for a chance to compete at the All Ireland Hurling Championship and there are also five teams that compete in the Munster Hurling Championship for the same prize. Both tournaments are a knockout out competition, meaning that if a team loses a match, they are out. However, they still have a chance to make it into the All Ireland Hurling draw.

The teams that compete in both provincial tournaments are not always the same because there is a relegation and promotion system, which is where the Joe McDonagh Cup comes into play. Six teams, a mixture of hurling teams from the provinces of Leinster and Munster, compete for the Joe McDonagh Trophy and a chance to qualify for their county's championship.

If the winner of this event is a team from Munster, then they will enter a relegation/promotion playoff with the team that finished bottom of the Munster Hurling Championship. If the winner is a Leinster team, then they get automatic promotion to the Leinster Hurling Championship, while their place in the Joe McDonagh Cup will be taken by the team that finished bottom of the Leinster Championship.

The two teams that make it to the finals of the Leinster and Munster Championship qualify for the All Ireland Club Hurling event - the winners of the final enter the semi-finals, while the two teams that come second will be entered into the quarter-finals.

The six teams that do not make it to the final of their provincial championship (3 teams from Munster and 3 teams from Leinster) go into an All Ireland Hurling fixtures draw, where four of the teams (2 from each province), are drawn into Round 1 of the qualifiers. The two teams that are not drawn get a bye into Round 2 of the qualifiers, where they will play one of the winners from Round 1. The two teams that win the matches in Round 2 will qualify for the All-Ireland quarter-finals, where they will take on the beaten Munster and Leinster finalists.

N.B. Due to the pandemic, there was a slight format change for the 2020 and All Ireland Hurling Championship 2021. The five teams used to play every other team in a round-robin format, but it will be a knockout competition for the time being. Hopefully, things will be able to go back to normal next year.

The Provincial Championships

There are two provincial championships that are a way into the All Ireland Hurling Championship, and we shall now have a closer look at these two provincial tournaments which we will not go into a huge amount of detail, since both of the provincial championships have their own page where you can find all the important information you need.

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

The Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship, known to most as the Leinster Championship, is the most prestigious hurling event in Leinster and it has been played each year since way back in 1888. There are five teams that take part in this competition, and one of them is Kilkenny, who have won the title a staggering 72 times and are the reigning champions, having won in 2020. To add to this, they have the most All Ireland Hurling titles, having lifted the trophy 36 times.

Below we have provided you with the fixtures for the 2021 Leinster Championship. The Galway All Ireland hurling team and the Kilkenny team were put straight into the semi-finals because they made it to the finals of the 2020 edition, while Dublin, Wexford, Antrim, and Laois will compete in the quarter-finals.

Quarter-Final:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
26th June - 15:00DublinAntrim
26th June - 18:00WexfordLaois

Semi-Finals:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
3rd July - 14:00Dublin/AntrimGalway
3rd July - 16:30KilennyWexford/Laois

Final:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
17th July - TBDTBDTBD

Munster Senior Hurling Championship

The Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship, known to hurling fans as the Munster Championship, is the biggest hurling event in Munster and it has been played annually since 1888. There are five teams that compete in this tournament, and one of them is Cork, who are the most successful team in the province has won the title 54 times. However, they were not successful in 2020 as it was Limerick who went on to win the trophy.

Below you can find the fixtures for the 2021 Munster Championship. A draw was carried out in April, and Limerick, Tipperary, and Cork were drawn in the semi-finals, while Waterford and Clare will face each other in the only quarter-final. Below is the full fixture list for the 2021 Munster Championship.

Quarter-Final:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
27th June - 15:15WaterfordClare

Semi-Finals:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
3rd July - 19:00LimerickCork
4th July - 16:00TipperaryWaterford/Clare

Final:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
18th July - 16:00TBDTBD

All Ireland Hurling Qualifying Fixtures

Below is the Ireland hurling schedule for the 2021 All Ireland hurling Championship qualifiers. Since the matches have not been played in the Leinster and Munster provincial tournaments, we do not yet know which teams will make it straight through to the quarter-finals and semi-finals and which teams will still have a chance to put their name on the All Ireland Hurling winners list via the qualifiers. When we finally know this information, we shall come back and update the tables accordingly.

Qualifiers Round 1:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
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Qualifiers Round 2:

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
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All Ireland Hurling Quarter-Final Fixtures

The beaten Munster and Leinster finalists will meet the winners from the qualifiers in the quarter-finals. We have provided you with a fixtures table below, but obviously, we do not yet know what teams will be competing in the quarter-finals. As usual, we will update this table as soon as we do know.

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
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All Ireland Hurling Semi Finals

The two winners from the quarter-finals will play one of the two winners from the Leinster and Munster finals. Once again, we have provided you with a table that we will fill in once we know the necessary information.

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
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All Ireland Hurling Final 2021

Once the two semi-finals have been played, we will know which two teams will be fighting it out to win the All Ireland Hurling final 2021 and earn the right to lift the most prestigious prize in hurling. The All Ireland Hurling Final, just like it is in the All Ireland Senior Football Championship, will be played at Croke Park, and we hope that there will be some attendance allowed this time.

DateTeam 1Team 2Result
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The Stadiums That Are Used

The All-Hurling Championship matches are traditionally played at Croke Park, Dublin, but there are other stadiums that are used in the provincial championships. In the tables below you can find out some interesting information about the different stadiums that are used in the Munster and Leinster Championships.

Leinster:

TeamStadiumLocationCapacity
AntrimCorrigan ParkBelfast5,000
DublinParnell ParkJones' Road8,500
GalwayPearse StadiumSalthill26,197
KilkennyUPMC Nowlan ParkO'Loughlin Road27,800
LaoisO'Moore ParkPortlaoise22,000
AntrimCorrigan ParkBelfast
WexfordInnovate Wexford ParkClonard Road18,000

N.B. The final of the Leinster Championship is also played at Croke Park in Dublin, which has a capacity of 82,300.

Munster Championship:

TeamStadiumLocationCapacity
ClareCusack ParkEnnis19,000
CorkPáirc Uí ChaoimhBallintemple45,000
LimerickLIT Gaelic GroundsEnnis Road49,866
TipperarySemple StadiumThurles45,690
WaterfordWalsh ParkSlievekeale Road45,690

N.B. The final for the Munster Championship does not take place at Croke Park - it is played at Semple Stadium, which is the second biggest GAA stadium in the country.

All Ireland Hurling Odds

As we clearly showed above, there are more than enough All Ireland Hurling fixtures that fans across the Emerald Isle can sit down and watch. However, aside from just watching the entertainment on offer, there is something else you can do if you want to make the matches more entertaining, and that is doing a bit of All Ireland Hurling outright betting.

Hurling is not the world's most popular sport for people to place bets on, but any sports betting site which accepts Irish bettors is one that should have All Ireland club hurling odds for you to make use of. More and more people are placing hurling predictions due to the variety of markets that are available to bet on. In addition to this, All Ireland Hurling winner odds are often pretty enticing thanks to the competitive nature of this competition - there is not often one that is a long way ahead of the rest.

Soon we are going to give you some very useful hurling tips that you would do well to keep in mind when you are doing some All Ireland Hurling betting. However, before we go ahead and provide you with this useful information, we are going to give you a table that shows the All Ireland Hurling odds as well as the odds for hurler of the championship. All the players that participate are eager to be crowned Hurler of the Year as it is a special achievement to get on the roll of honour board. The latter is a very good market to place a bet on because the hurling odds for this particular market are often pretty enticing because it is not an easy type of bet to get correct. Despite the difficulty, we suggest that you give it a shot because even if you do not end up winning, you will still get a lot of entertainment by following your selected player.

Since we do not yet know what teams will be competing for the right to put their name on the All Ireland Club Hurling roll of honour board, the bookies are obviously not providing their odds for each team's chances of winning yet and the odds for the player that will be crowned Hurler of the Year. When the odds have been released for both markets, we will come back and update the following tables.

All Ireland Hurling Championship Odds Table:

TeamBookie 1Bookie 2Bookie 3Bookie 4

Hurler of the Year:

TeamBookie 1Bookie 2Bookie 3Bookie 4
Aaron Gillane
Gearóid Hegarty
Kyle Hayes
Patrick Horgan
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All Ireland Hurling Betting

As hurling continues to rise in popularity, so do the different bets that you can make on it. The fact that there are many different bets that you can place is great as it means that you will not struggle to be entertained. We shall now take the time to look at the national sport of Ireland hurling markets. We recommend that you give this section a thorough read so that you know the different options that are available to you.

Match Betting

This is the most popular market, and it is also the easiest one for punters since all you are doing is trying to predict a home or away win or a draw. Any bookmaker that has hurling as one of their available sports on their sports betting site will have this market available.

Over/Under

There are many different over/under markets that you can put your money on. Such bets simply require you to choose whether there will be more or less of a market that is set by the bookie. Popular over/under markets include the likes of cards, fouls, total points, and points methods. For instance, a bookie might give you a number of 2.5 cards in a match, and it is up to you to decide whether there will be 2 cards or fewer or at least 3 cards in the match.

Handicap Betting

The handicap betting market is one of the most used when it comes to hurling betting. The reason for this is that there are some games that are pretty one-sided when you move away from inter-county matches. Therefore, the odds that are being offered will usually be ridiculously low or ridiculously high. There is no point putting your money on an outcome when the odds are low as you will need to stake a lot of money in order to make any decent profit. There is no point placing your money on odds that are really high as the chance of you winning are slim.

This is where handicap betting comes into play as you can add or subtract points from a team to increase or decrease the odds. So, if there is a team that are big favourites but you still want to place a bet on them, then you can give them a points deficit at the start of the game to increase their odds a bit. For example, if you give them a -5 points deficit, you will need them to win the game by 6 points or more.

First Points Scorer

If you have bet on a football match before then you will probably already know that you have the option of betting on the player that you think will score the first goal. Well, when it comes to betting on hurling, you can place a bet on the player that you think will score the first points in the match. With most bookies, it will not matter how your chosen player scores the first points, so long as nobody else has scored points before them. Due to the fact that there are a number of other players that can score first, the odds that are offered for such a market of often pretty enticing.

First Scoring Play

If you do not want to wager on a player to be the first to score, then you can choose how a team will score their first points of a match. This will generally range from a placed ball, goal, or points from play. You can also bet on there being no scoring play, but the chances of this happening are pretty slim, to say the least.

Odd/Even Total Points

This is another simple market that you can bet on as all you have to do is try to guess whether the full-time total points will add up to an even or odd number. This is an even money type of bet, so in reality you have a 50/50 chance of getting your bet right. This type of bet is more for a bit of fun than making a big profit.

All Ireland Hurling Betting Tips

So, you can take a look at the All Ireland Hurling semi-final/final odds and jump right in with your bets, but if your only strategy when betting on hurling, or any other sport, is to jump in and hope for the best, then you should not be too surprised when you lose more money than you win. Below we are going to provide you with some tips that you should always remember when you are thinking about betting on this sport.

Check the Form

We know that this might sound pretty obvious to you, but you will be completely surprised by how many people do not pay any attention whatsoever to recent form. When you are considering placing a bet on a hurling match, it is very important that you take the time to check how both teams have been performing as of late as there really is no substitute out there for form.

Obviously, this might be a bit difficult when both the teams have put together a string of wins to go deep into a tournament. Whenever this is the case, we recommend that you take a close look at how their victories have been achieved. Have they blown their opponents away? Did they scrape by in their last matches? Was their win a controversial one? You need to ask all these questions of the participating teams and answer them.

Stick with Your Local Counties

If you are just starting out in the world of hurling betting, then some good advice that we are able to provide you with is to stick with games from a local county, to begin with. Why are we recommending this? Well, it is simply because it is more likely that you will have a lot of knowledge on these teams, meaning that you can make more educated guesses about how a match might pan out.

If you do not live in Ireland or are new to this sport, then you will need to do plenty of research before you start to bet. Once again, you can choose a county and then improve your knowledge in that particular sector. By doing this, you will be concentrating on a few teams instead of more than a handful, which can get pretty intimidating even for those who are experienced, hurling bettors.

Take a Look at the Games a Team Has Played

The number of matches that a team plays throughout the season can vary quite drastically. Teams that make it deep into tournaments on a consistent basis, such as Limerick or Kilkenny, will obviously play more matches since having success means less time to rest. Thus, fatigue can play a big role when it comes to betting on Hurling.

If a favourite will be facing a team that most bookies have as huge underdogs, but you believe that the underdog is fresher, it is not such a foolish move to place a bet on them to win. If you are not highly confident that the underdog will have enough to win, then you should think about placing a handicap bet to help you out. The All Ireland Hurling final betting tips will be updated closer to the date of the match.

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So, above we have taken a look at the odds for the 2021 All Ireland Hurling Championship, have spoken about the most popular hurling markets, and have provided you with some very useful tips. Now, we are going to have a look at free bets. It is entertaining to bet on hurling, but it is more entertaining when you are able to place bets on the sport with money that has been given to you by a bookmaker.

Nowadays, bookies will offer potential new customers free bets in order to try and entice them to open an account with them. Not all free are created in the same ilk, so you need to do some research and look around to ensure that you get the best deal you can when registering with a bookie. You will obviously not want to register with a bookmaker to start betting on hurling and then find out that their odds are not up to scratch and that their bonuses are slacking too.

Actually, just this once, you do not have to do your own research as we have found some of the best sportsbook bonus deals around at the moment and have added them to the table below. You can use these bonuses on whatever sporting events you want, but if the Championship is being played if you register with one of these bookies, then we suggest that you use your free bets on this event.

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Also, keep in mind that all bonuses come with terms and conditions attached to them, so please do remember to read them before accepting any bonus.

Previews

Below we have provided you with some useful news regarding the All-Ireland Hurling Championship.

Kilkenny Will Be Looking to Make it 37 Wins in Total

When it comes to the number of trophies won, Kilkenny sits right at the top of the pile as they have lifted this prestigious trophy no fewer than 36 times. They have also come in second place on 27 occasions, which is a clear sign that they have had plenty of success down the years. However, 2015 was the last time that they lifted the trophy, so they will be eager to put an end to the drought.

Last year they made it to the semi-finals because they won the Leinster Championship, but they were knocked out by Waterford, who were then beaten by Limerick in the final. Once again, they will be looking to retain their Leinster Championship title so that they can go straight through to the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Hurling Championship.

Leinster Will Be Look to Retain the Title

It was a Limerick All Ireland Hurling final victory in 2020 as they overcome Waterford in the final to lift the trophy for just the 9th time in their history. They have won two of the last three tournaments, but the last time they won before 2018 was 1973. They have a pretty solid team at present, and it will not be too much of a surprise to see them do well once again.

Stephen Bennett Will be Looking to Retain his Hurler of the Year Award

Stephen Bennet, who plays for Waterford, was the top scorer in the 2020 competition, averaging 11.40 points per match. With the skills he has, there will probably be quite a number of hurling fans who will put their money on him being the top scorer once again.

Other players that will be challenging him for the trophy are Tony Kelly (Clare), Aaron Gillane (Limerick), Gearóid Hegarty (Limerick), and Joe Canning (Galway). Whenever you are considering making a top scorer wager, it is a good idea to have a look at how each player has been performing lately.

A Look Back at the Previous Year

Thanks to the pandemic, the 2020 All-Ireland Hurling Championship was played from the 24th of October until the 13th of December. It was eventually won by Limerick, and in the following tables we have given you a breakdown of how the different rounds played out.

Qualifiers Round 1:

DateTeam 1Team 2
7th NovemberLaois 3-17 (26)Clare (27) 0-27
7th NovemberDublin 0-22 (22)Tipperary (28) 1-25

Qualifiers Round 2:

DateTeam 1Team 2
14th NovemberWexford 0-17 (17)Clare (24) 1-21
14th NovemberTipperary 2-18 (24)Cork (20) 1-17

Quarter-finals:

DateTeam 1Team 2
28th NovemberKilkenny 2-23 (29)Waterford (33) 2-27
28th NovemberLimerick 0-27 (27)Galway (24) 0-24

Semi-finals:

DateTeam 1Team 2
21st NovemberGalway 3-32 (32)Tipperary (30) 2-24
21st NovemberWaterford 3-27 (36)Clare (27) 3-18

Final:

DateTeam 1Team 2
13th DecemberWaterford 0-19Limerick 0-30

FAQs

When Will the All Ireland Hurling Championship Take Place?

At the current moment we do not know when the All Ireland Hurling Championship will take place because the Leinster and Munster Championships still have to be played. As soon as we have that information available, we will update this page accordingly.

When is the All Ireland Hurling Final 2021?

Once again, we will not know the date of the 2021 All Ireland Hurling Final for a little while longer yet.

At What Time is the All Ireland Hurling Final?

This is another question that we are going to have to answer at a later date because no information about it has been released as of yet.

Who Won the All Ireland Hurling Final in 2020?

The All Ireland Hurling Final in 2020 was won by Limerick, who defeated Waterford in the final.

Who Will Win the All Ireland Hurling Final in 2021?

This is not an easy question to answer at the moment since we have not seen the form that the teams are in. However, we would not be surprised to see Limerick retain their title or to see Tipperary or Kilkenny lift the title.

How Many All Irelands Have Cork Won in Their History?

Cork have managed to win the All Ireland Hurling Championship on 30 occasions, which is second only to Kilkenny, who have won it 36 times.

What is the Best Bet You Can Make on All Ireland Hurling?

This is a subjective question because what one person might consider to be the best type of bet might not be the best kind of bet for another. In short, the best type of bet you can make on the All Ireland Hurling Championship is whatever bet entertains you the most.

When Did Clare Win the All Ireland Hurling?

Clare have only won the All Ireland Hurling title on 4 occasions and their successes came in 1914, 1995, 1997, and 2013.

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