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Sunday 17 December 2017

Cats are top of pile

KILKENNY and Dublin lead the way in the Leinster Minor Hurling Championship Roll of Honour, although there is a huge disparity in the number of titles won by the respective counties.

The Cats have tasted success on no less than 54 occasions since the competition's inception in 1928 with their last triumph arriving twelve months ago when they comfortably accounted for Laois in the final en route to last year's All-Ireland semi-final loss.

In total, six counties have captured the Hanrahan Cup with Dublin's 14 triumphs double the amount won by Wexford, who have suffered final disappointment on no less than 24 occasions.

Dublin's first title was won in the competition's inaugural year and they have enjoyed three-in-a-rows between both 1945-47 and 1952-54.

Dublin endured some lengthy barren spells from that point, waiting eleven years until their next success in 1965 and then a further eighteen years before Niall Quinn inspired the Dubs to a worthy win over Wexford once again.

Since Offaly's fourth title in 2000, Sunday's finalists have shared the ensuing thirteen championships with the Dubs garnering four successes in 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2012.

That win in 2011 gained some compensation for Dublin, having been defeated by Kilkenny the previous year, confirming Dublin's 19th final defeat from 33 attempts.

Leinster mHC Roll of Honour

Kilkenny (54): 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936,1937, 1939, 1942, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951,1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013.

Dublin (14): 1928, 1938, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1965, 1983, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012. Wexford (7): 1963, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1980, 1985.

Offaly (4): 1986, 1987, 1989, 2000. Laois (4): 1934, 1940, 1941, 1964.

Meath (1): 1929.

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