The year in review: Has the Leinster Senior Cup lost its way?

It’s the sporting tournament of choice for Ireland’s ruling class. Yet the Leinster Senior Cup has also been blighted by a spate of unsavoury incidents, prompting many to wonder whether its culture needs a sea-change

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
15th March, 2020
The year in review: Has the Leinster Senior Cup lost its way?
Purple reign: Clongowes Wood players celebrate with fans after defeating Castleknock in the Senior Cup semi-final. Picture: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

It’s early March and I’m sitting in the grandstand of Donnybrook Stadium, waiting for the first of the two Leinster Senior Cup semi-finals to begin.

On that first day – where Clongowes Wood are playing Castleknock, to be followed the next day by Newbridge against St Michael’s – I’m flanked on my left by a phalanx of students from Clongowes who are chanting and singing, led by a handful of their...

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