The highlight of recent years for the Louth senior hurling team was the capture of the Lory Meagher Cup in 2016. The team managed by Dee McCarthy beat Sligo at Croke Park on Saturday June 4 by 4-15 to 4-11 in a game that had plenty of drama in front of the live television cameras.
The Wee County hurlers had finally captured a trophy at headquarters having lost four previous Nicky Rackard Cup finals between 2005 and 2012. It was a terrific achievement of the hurlers to reach the first ever Nicky Rackard Cup Final in 2005 which took place at Croke Park on Saturday August 21, but it would end in disappointment for Louth supporters as London proved too good on the day winning by 5-8 to 1-5.
The team suffered defeat again in the 2008 final against Sligo, before losing two in a row in 2011 and 2012. Paddy Kelly’s charges lost out again to London in 2011, followed by a defeat at the hands of Armagh a year later, a team managed by Pat Clancy.
You have to go back to 1976 when Louth captured a National Championship title for the first time lifting the All Ireland Junior Hurling Championship with a 6-8 to 4-9 victory over Mayo in Athlone on Sunday July 18. They went on to repeat the feat 12 months later capturing the title again in 1977. The Louth hurlers have operated out of the lower leagues of the National League with mixed success over the years. They did qualify to play in Div 2 on one occasion but were denied the right following a restructuring of the leagues by those in authority.
They recently reached the National Hurling League Div 3A Final in 2018 when managed by Philip O Brien only to lose out to Warwickshire by 0-20 to 1-14 at Trim on Saturday March 24.
The team still currently operate out of Div 3A of the NHL with manager Paul McCormack starting into his second year in charge and among his targets in 2020 will be the Lory Meagher Cup following the team’s relegation from the Nicky Rackard Cup.