Irish Cup

The Irish Football Association Challenge Cup,[1] commonly referred to as the Irish Cup[2] (currently known as the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup for sponsorship purposes) is the primary football knock-out cup competition in Northern Ireland. Inaugurated in 1881, it is the fourth-oldest national cup competition in the world. Prior to the break-away from the Irish Football Association by clubs from what would become the Irish Free State in 1921, the Irish Cup was the national cup competition for the whole of Ireland.

Irish Cup
Organising bodyIrish Football Association
Founded1881
Region Northern Ireland
Number of teams128 (2021–22)
International cup(s)UEFA Europa Conference League
Current championsLinfield (2020–21)
Most successful club(s)Linfield (44 titles)
Television broadcastersBBC Sport (highlights & 3 live games including final)
WebsiteIrish Cup
2021–22

Since December 2019, the cup has been sponsored by Sadler's Peaky Blinder Lager.[3] It was previously sponsored by Nationwide Building Society, Bass Ireland Ltd, JJB Sports[4] and Tennent's Lager.[5] 126 clubs entered the 2018–19 competition.

Linfield are the current holders, after they defeated Larne 2–1 in the 2021 final to win the competition for a record 44th time.