Sam Maguire Cup
The Sam Maguire Cup is awarded annually to the winners of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. The cup was wrought by Hopkins and Hopkins of Dublin to the design of the early Christian Ardagh Chalice and named after Cork man, Sam Maguire, who was instrumental in the GAA scene in London at the turn of the 20th century. Kildare was the first county to win the cup in 1928.
A replica of the cup was introduced in 1988 and presented to that year’s All-Ireland Football champions, Meath. This replica is awarded annually to the All-Ireland Football champions while the original Sam Maguire Cup resides in the GAA Museum.
Liam MacCarthy Cup
The Liam MacCarthy Cup is awarded annually to the winner of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. The cup was wrought by Edmund Johnson Jewellers of Grafton Street and is modeled on a medieval drinking mether. The cup was named in honour of Liam MacCarthy, a former president of the London Board of the GAA who commissioned the trophy. The cup was first presented in 1923 to Limerick after defeating Dublin in the delayed 1921 All-Ireland Hurling Final.
A replica of the cup was introduced in 1992 and presented to that year’s hurling champions, Kilkenny. This replica is awarded annually to the all Ireland hurling champions while the original Liam MacCarthy Cup resides in the GAA Museum.