Cavan won five titles between 1933 and 1952, including the 1947 final in New York. Since then, none of these teams have won an All-Ireland, with only Kildare, Mayo, and Roscommon reaching the final. The most recent Cavan team to reach the final was in 1997, when they were beaten by Offaly.
Cavan's only other appearance in the final came in 1933, when they lost out to Dublin. Since then, no Cavan team has even reached the final stage of the championship.
The county has never won the Triple Crown, nor has any Cavan team ever won the National League or Ulster Senior Football Championship. However, several Cavan players have won individual awards. Paddy McCafferty is regarded as one of the greatest midfielders in Gaelic football history; he won three All-Stars while playing for Cavan. Eamonn Collier is another great player who has represented Cavan at all levels, winning two All-Stars and one National Football League title with the county first team.
Cavan's only success at international level was when Eoghan Rua Hickey won an All-Ireland medal with Ireland in 1949. He went on to become a very successful manager, taking charge of both Cavan and Derry during their golden years.
Galway were the first team from the western region of Connacht to win an All-Ireland championship in 1925, while Cavan became the first from the northern province of Ulster in 1933. At the 2004 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, Croke Park was decked up in the green and red of Mayo supporters.
Every summer, the inter-county All-Ireland Championships in hurling and football captivate the Irish public's attention, and regional towns swell with the advent of enormous crowds and the color, commotion, and excitement that they bring. From May through September, over 1.5 million people attend the GAA Championships.
The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was held for the 42nd time in 1928, and it was Ireland's highest Gaelic football knock-out championship. Kildare came out on top. For the first time since 1916, Cork won the Munster title. Sligo won the Connacht championship for the first time in their history. Kildare has won the All Ireland title for the second year in a row. They were followed by Kerry, Roscommon and Westmeath.
These are the teams that played in the championship: Kildare, Meath, Louth, Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Clare, Down, Galway, Leinster, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Westmeath.
Kildare were the defending champions, but they failed to win either the National or Leinster championships. Instead, they went through the season undefeated before defeating Roscommon in the final. The match was called off after snow fell during half-time with Kildare leading 1-3 to 0-2. It was the first ever championship game to be cancelled due to weather conditions.
September 14th, 1947 Cavan defeated Kerry to win the 61st All Ireland Senior Football Championship on September 14, 1947. The game was held at Croke Park with 75,000 people attending. This is still the record for any sporting event in Ireland. The match was part of a triple-header that also included matches between Leinster and Ulster counties teams.
The Americans were invited to participate by the Gaelic Athletic Association. The winner of the Irish championship went forward to compete against the other major county champions from England, Scotland and Australia for the McCourt World Series Cup. This was a prize given out by soccer legend J. Bruce McCourt in honor of his father who had died earlier that year. Cavan were not able to defend their title as they failed to qualify for the final series of games.
There have been two attempts to bring the All-Ireland final to New York. The first was in 1997 when there was a push to have the final played at Giants Stadium. However, this proposal fell through when Derry and Dublin could not be matched up due to the former's participation in that year's UEFA Champions League group stage and the latter's involvement in the FAI Football Super Cup.
Michael Murphy guided Donegal to an Ulster final victory over Cavan in 2010. Cavan went on to win the following four Ulster titles (defeating Donegal in two of the finals) before Ryan McHugh scored a last-second goal in 2015 to end Cavan's attempt for five in a row.
The history between these two counties is one of the most exciting in all of sports - and it's still going on today!
Donegal will hope for a repeat of what happened in 2010 when they take on Cavan in the All-Ireland Final on September 11th. The game will be played at Croke Park with both teams looking to claim their first ever All-Ireland title.
Donegal are the favorites because of their experience but Cavan have never been beaten by anyone except Derry in the opening round of the championship. Donegal also haven't won back-to-back championships so that could be a problem for them. However, if Michael Murphy can lead Donegal to another victory then nobody else can stop them this year.
The history between these two teams means that there's always going to be passion behind every match they play against each other. It doesn't matter who wins or loses, the atmosphere around an All-Ireland Final is always incredible!
Overview of 1948 Waterford lined up in only their third championship decider in the All-Ireland senior hurling final. They had last competed in an All-Ireland final two years before, in 1957, when they were beaten by Kilkenny. Waterford last won the championship in 1948, defeating Dublin. Since then they have been relegated to the secondary status of 'province' which is represented by the other three teams of the province.
Waterford are one of the most successful clubs in Irish history. They have won the All-Ireland six times - a record that stands alone today. The other five teams that make up the modern-day provincial system have each won the title at least once. Waterford's other major success came in 1947 when they defeated Cork to take out the Munster title for the first time ever.
Since then, Waterford have also won the National League in 1964, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972. This makes them the only team to have won this competition more than twice. They are also the only team to have won the league back-to-back. Overall, Waterford are one of the most successful clubs in Europe, with more than just an All-Ireland medal to their name. They have also won four European titles. In addition, they have seven Christy Cup medals to their name - the most of any club. Finally, they have eight O'Byrne Cups - again, the most of any club.
At least five times Cavan County Football Club is Ulster's most successful county football club, having won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship five times, the Ulster Senior Football Championship 40 times, and the National Football League once. Cork County Football Club is the other Irish county football team to have won the All-Ireland five times.
Cavan RFC was founded in 1879 and originally played association football. The sport of rugby was introduced into Ireland by the English community who set up clubs in almost every large town and city across the country. The first Cavan Rugby Football Club match was played on 21 October 1879 between a team composed entirely of players from St. Mary's College, Cavan and a team from the nearby Royal School. The game ended in a 0-0 draw. The following year, the two teams again faced off in a re-match of this inaugural game with the Royal School winning 1-0. This was the only time the Schools would win until 1989 when Cavan beat the same team by the same score of 0-1. From then on the rivalry would forever be defined as one of the biggest sports stories in Northern Ireland.
Almost immediately after its formation, Cavan RFC began competing in regional tournaments where it achieved considerable success.