The Liam McCarthy Cup

JMK Goldsmiths holds a distinctive role in the legacy of the prestigious Liam MacCarthy Cup, the esteemed trophy awarded to the winners of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship each year. This historic cup, named in tribute to Liam MacCarthy, former president of the London Board of the GAA, has a profound connection with JMK Goldsmiths today. In 1922, Liam MacCarthy himself approached the GAA with a visionary idea—to commission a trophy for the champions of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. The Cup was fashioned after an ancient drinking vessel called a mether and meticulously crafted by Edmund Johnson Jewellers of Grafton Street, Dublin, at a cost of £50.

More than 70 years later in 1992, the GAA commissioned James Mary Kelly to create an exact replica of the Cup. This marked the beginning of a new era for the Liam MacCarthy Cup, with Kilkenny being the first county team to claim the “new”; trophy in 1992, succeeding Tipperary, the last team to hoist the original Cup in 1991.

In 2010, the GAA once again turned to James Kelly, tasking him with creating yet another replica of the Liam MacCarthy Cup which was to be used for marketing purposes.

The original trophy is now on permanent display in the GAA Museum at Croke Park in Dublin, serving as a testament to the rich history of the championship. The Liam MacCarthy Cup returns to JMK Goldsmiths when it requires restoration and maintenance to ensure it remains in impeccable condition and is preserved for many more championships to come.