Sam Maguire Cup

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The Sam Maguire Cup, often called The Sam (), is the name of the cup that is awarded to winners of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the premier "knockout" competition in 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 Football Final being played on the third or fourth Sunday in September in Croke Park, Dublin.


The Cup is named after Sam Maguire, an influential figure in the London GAA and a former footballer. Following his death from starvation almost alone and forgotten in west Cork in 1927, a group of his friends formed a committee in Dublin under the chairmanship of Dr Pat McCartan from Carrickmore Co.Tyrone, to raise funds for a permanent commemoration of his name. They decided on a cup to be presented to the GAA. The Association were proud to accept the Cup. At the time it cost £300. In today's terms that sum is equivalent to €25,392. The cup is modelled on the Ardagh Chalice and was made by Hopkins and Hopkins of O'Connell Bridge, Dublin.

Kildare was the first county to win the "Sam Maguire Cup" in 1928 after defeating Cavan 2-6 to 2-5. Even though the cup aged with grace it had to be replaced following the 1987 championship. Meath's Joe Cassells was the first recipient of "Sam Óg". Meath...
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