GAA: Return of provincial hurling championships reignites neighbourly rivalries

Gaa: Return Of Provincial Hurling Championships Reignites Neighbourly Rivalries
Limerick make the short trip to Ennis to face rivals Clare in the opening round of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship. Photo: Inpho
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After the return of the provincial football championships last week, this weekend sees the turn of the hurling and ladies football championships in Munster and Leinster.

The opening round of the Leinster Hurling Championship brings some exciting pairings, with Wexford welcoming Dublin and Kilkenny meeting Antrim.


The big ticket game, however, is in Munster, where neighbours Clare and Limerick add another instalment to their fierce rivalry.

The game is made all the more intriguing by the outcome of their meetings in last year's provincial championship, in which the Banner took the win in second round, only to suffer defeat to the Shannonsiders in the final.

Here's all the fixtures taking place this weekend, and where to catch the televised games...




Connacht semi-final: Sligo v Galway – Markievicz Park, 3.30pm.

Munster semi-final: Kerry v Cork – Fitzgerald Stadium, 4pm.

Munster semi-final: Waterford v Clare – Fraher Field, 6pm.

Ulster semi-final: Derry v Donegal – Celtic Park, 6.15pm. Live coverage on RTÉ Two from 6.10pm.




Christy Ring Cup: Derry v Tyrone – Owenbeg, 1pm.

Christy Ring Cup: London v Sligo – McGovern Park, Ruislip, 1pm.

Nickey Rackard Cup: Monaghan v Roscommon – Inniskeen, 2pm.

Nickey Rackard Cup: Donegal v Mayo – Letterkenny, 2pm.


Lory Meagher Cup: Lancashire v Leitrim – St Joseph’s Glenavy, 2pm.

Lory Meagher Cup: Fermanagh v Cavan – Brewster Park, 3pm.

Joe McDonagh Cup: Down v Meath – Ballycran, 2pm.

Ladies football

Munster Championship: Kerry v Tipperary – Fitzgerald Stadium, 1.45pm.

Munster Championship: Waterford v Cork – Fraher Field, 3.45pm.



Connacht semi-final: Roscommon v Mayo – Dr Hyde Park, 4pm. Live coverage on RTÉ Two.

Ulster semi-final: Cavan v Tyrone – Breffni Park, 4pm.


Leinster Championship: Wexford v Dublin – Wexford Park, 2pm.

Leinster Championship: Galway v Carlow – Pearse Stadium, 2pm.

Leinster Championship: Kilkenny v Antrim – Nowlan Park, 2.30pm.

Munster Championship: Clare v Limerick – Cusack Park, Ennis, 2pm. Live coverage on RTÉ Two from 1.30pm.

Munster Championship: Waterford v Cork – Walsh Park, 4pm.

Christy Ring Cup: Kildare v Wicklow – Manguard Park, 2pm.

Nickey Rackard Cup: Louth v Armagh – Dowdallshill, 2pm.

Lory Meagher Cup: Warwickshire v Longford – Páirc Na hÉireann, Birmingham, 1pm.

Joe McDonagh Cup: Laois v Offaly – O’Moore Park, 2pm.

Joe McDonagh Cup: Westmeath v Kerry – Cusack Park, Mullingar, 2pm.

Ladies football

Leinster Championship: Dublin v Kildare – Parnell Park, 2pm.

Leinster Championship: Meath v Laois – Páirc Tailteann, 2pm.

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