Replying To Ben: "I started this tread and I agree with you. It's pointless. What we have now is the top hurling counties dictating to the rest about structures that suit themselves and are of no benefit to teams trying to improve. I'd see nothing wrong with div one of best eight and then division two the next best and so on. Something for everyone to play for there."
That's the way it was up til 2011. Changed to 6 team division 1a and 1b in 2012. 1a being the top division and 1b being a second division.