The roll of honour for the Cork Senior Hurling Championship - Senior Premier to give it its exact, over-elaborate title - reads surprisingly similarly to that for the Liam MacCarthy Cup.

Just like the All-Ireland list, there's a big three – Blackrock (32 wins), Glen Rovers (27) and St Finbarr’s (25) – and then a sharp drop to fourth-placed Midleton (7).

The trio at the top are all fierce Cork city rivals and multiple club All-Ireland winners, though only 'The Glen' have tasted county success in recent years.

The club of legendary hurlers like Christy Ring and Jack Lynch bridged a 26-year gap in 2015 and followed it up in ’16.

St Finbarr’s have been waiting even longer – they last won a county title all the way back in 1993.

In the 1970s and 80s, 'The Barrs', featuring household names like Jimmy Barry-Murphy and Ger Cunningham were a dominant force in Cork, racking up a three-in-a-row as part of eight county triumphs and claiming two All-Ireland crowns.

They remain the only club to win All-Ireland titles in both hurling and football.

Donal O'Grady (L) in action for Cork in 1983

Six-time county champion and former Cork manager Donal O'Grady captained The Barrs to victory over The Glen in the 1981 final, one of 12 times the rivals have met in the decider. They are deadlocked at six wins each.

This evening, he will be on co-commentary duty when RTÉ2 bring you the latest instalment in a storied rivalry as the sides meet in the opening round of the championship.

But has the competitiveness dulled in recent years? The Barrs' only championship victory over their rivals since the 1988 final came back in 2012, and in 2017 they lost a lead in the final seconds.

"The Glen and The Barrs has always been a big game," says O'Grady. "There was something special about it always, even if it was just the first round of the league.

"It's not as big now as it was back in the day because you don't have the same amount of inter-county players gracing the pitch. In the 70s and 80s, you might have had five or six from each team.

"You don’t have that any more but you still have the rivalry, and there’s a bit of north city-south city there as well. It’s still as strong today with the club and players, if not with the public.

"It’s a friendly rivalry because lots of the young lads are going to school together, which maybe wouldn’t have happened years ago, but even though the lads might be friendly, there is still fierce rivalry between The Barrs and The Glen, The Glen and Blackrock, and The Barrs and Blackrock."

Tomás Mulcahy captained Cork to the All-Ireland title in 1990, a year after leading the Glen to what proved their only county win in 39 years

"When we did it in 2015, the joy was incredible but it was relief more than anything else," former Glen captain Tomás Mulcahy tells RTÉ Sport of ending their long wait for a championship.

"As a club like Glen Rovers or St Finbarr's, every year you go out you have ambitions to win a county title but there are no guarantees there.

"It’s a long time for a club like The Barrs to be without that level of success but that’s the way it is and there’s only one group that can sort it and that’s themselves.

"You can see in the last number they are making massive inroads at underage so I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before they will get that county final success."

Mulcahy was skipper of a Glen team "hammered" by St Finbarr's in the '88 Cork final before he claimed his only Seán Óg Murphy Cup as captain the following year.

At that point, 13 years was already considered a "massive drought" for a club that had once won eight in a row.

"We didn’t know then we would have to wait for that period of time afterwards," he admits of that quarter-century delay until the next title.

"There are no guarantees for The Glen, The Barrs or Blackrock that they will have the dominance they had in the past."

Aidan Fitzpatrick has taken over from former club and Cork stalwart Ronan Curran (R) as St Finbarr's manager this year

O'Grady isn't much for dwelling on former glories but puts his club's long wait for a title down to a relative lack of firepower since JBM graced the field.

"That's past tense," he says of St Finbarr's now former glories. "Like the Rolling Stones song Ruby Tuesday, yesterday don’t matter if it’s gone.

"There are a lot of clubs that have never won it and are hoping to win it for the first time. Every club team hopes 'this might be our year'.

"The Barrs have been knocking on the door a bit but have lacked that little bit extra that’s needed to win a championship.

"There has been a dearth of forward talent there over the years. They were dependent on Kevin Murray for a long time. They just haven’t had inter-county calibre forwards, like the teams that have won the county championship.

"You need the likes of  Seamus Harnedy (Imokilly) or Patrick Horgan to stick the chances away."

Jack Cahalane, the younger brother of defender Damien and midfielder Conor, has been scoring goals for fun as a minor with Cork but O'Grady warns that is far too soon to expect him to take on the mantle of key Barrs forward.

"He's only a young lad, you’re asking a lot. Maybe in a couple of years' time. But he’s a prospect if he can continue his development."

Glen Rovers, of course, have no such problems, given the presence of four-time All-Star Horgan upfront. How do you contain a man who scored 3-10 in his last championship appearance, an All-Ireland quarter-final no less?

"Stopping Hoggy is easier said than done," muses O'Grady. "I'd prefer to see them stopping the supply getting to him. That will be the big thing.

"I presume The Barrs will man-mark him, maybe Dinny (Damien) Cahalane. But I was always of the opinion that if you want to stop a top-class forward, it starts by shutting down the opposing half-back line and midfielders so they can't get good ball into him.

"And obviously not giving away silly fouls. Anywhere within 90 metres of the goals, if he’s on his game at all, he’ll slot them over.

"That’s the big conundrum. Can The Barrs stop him, and if they have chances up front can they stick them away? They don’t have the same calibre of forwards.

"Dean Brosnan has been a big player for them as well. He’s big, strong and quick."

Will St Finbarr's try to double-mark Patrick Horgan (C)?

Mulcahy also namechecks Brosnan, along with Conor Doris, Paddy Cunningham, and youngsters Liam Coughlan and Simon Kennefick while insisting The Glen are more than a one-man attacking force.

"People would have it out there that if Patrick Horgan doesn't perform, the Glen won’t perform, but we have a lot of other guys in the team," he says. "We depend a lot on Patrick but he’s not the only one up front."

Nonetheless, the 1990 All-Ireland winning captain admits St Finbarr's will expect that containing Horgan is still the key to victory.

"They will have their homework done and they will probably feel if they stop Patrick Horgan, we have a great chance. They’ll put a lot of emphasis on that, but he’s in a rich vein form.

"I think he has put himself up there in terms of Joe Canning, TJ Reid, Seamus Callanan. No matter what you try to do stop him, he will find a way. He’s not a player that’s going to wait for someone to give him the ball. He’s willing to make things happen himself.

"If he does get the ball in his hand, he’s just so hard to stop."

Covid-19 restrictions mean just 200 people will be allowed into the 45,000-capacity stadium

Despite being Chairman of Games with The Glen, the attendance cap of 200 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh and allocation of just 40 for their senior panel and their management team, means Mulcahy will likely be watching from afar.

"It's fantastic for people that can’t get to the match that it’s live on RTÉ Television and fantastic for the nation being able to see club championship like that," he said. "I think there’s a lot of people eagerly looking forward to it.

"People might think The Glen are favourites but I expect an unbelievable match. I think this is one they are going to cherish.

"Three years ago they had us beaten and let it slip. There's very little between them. They bring a different kind of hurling. They're a big strong team and tactically they are very astute.

"Two or three months ago I didn’t see club or inter-county championship happening. It’s great to see."

Watch St Finbarr's v Glen Rovers live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player from 7pm.