11 May


Posted by Darren Kelly in Craic | May 2017

With the 2017 championships returning to the television, looks at 10 provincial matches we don’t want to miss:

Sunday, 21st May – Munster Hurling Championship

TIPPERARY vs CORK (4pm Semple Stadium)

Tipperary begin their Munster title defence as they seek back-to-back All-Irelands. But Cork beat them in their last meeting.

Sunday, 28th May – Ulster Football Championship

DERRY vs TYRONE (2pm Celtic Park)

Derry took a heavy defeat in the McKenna Cup Final and were relegated to Division Three. But Tyrone limped through their last three league games and could be vulnerable.

Sunday, 28th May – Leinster Hurling Championship

GALWAY vs DUBLIN (4pm O’Connor Park, Tullamore)

The winner of this will be favourites to make the Leinster Final and both have a point to prove. The ever-unpredictable Galway and recently relegated Dublin needed a replay in 2015.

Sunday, 4th June – Leinster Football Championship

Louth/Wicklow vs MEATH (3pm Parnell Park/Aughrim)

Should Louth prevail in the opener, this could be the most anticipated meeting with Meath since the 2010 Leinster Final especially after the Wee County’s win the O’Byrne. Wicklow will have nothing to fear should they qualify.

Sunday, 4th June – Munster Hurling Championship

CLARE vs LIMERICK (4pm Semple Stadium)

These Shannonside neighbours are fierce rivals and a final six place in the All-Ireland series awaits the winners. A high stakes showdown for a championship opener.

Saturday, 10th June – Munster Football Championship

Cork/Waterford vs TIPPERARY (5pm Pairc Ui Rinn/Semple Stadium)

If Waterford cause a shock, their supporters will flock for a big opportunity to gain a Munster Final place. But Cork will be looking for revenge and Tipperary supporters will be in bigger numbers than the 2016 semi-final.

Saturday, 10th June – Leinster Hurling Championship

KILKENNY vs Round Robin/Wexford (7pm Venue TBC)
If one of the round-robin teams reach this stage, they will have surpassed their year’s expectations. But if its Kilkenny vs Wexford, their league quarter-final meeting was just the appetiser.

Sunday, 11th June – Ulster Football Championship

CAVAN vs Fermanagh/Monaghan (2pm Brewster Park/Breffni Park)

Despite getting relegated, Cavan have confidence coming into the summer and will look forward to hosting Monaghan in Breffni Park. But despite their own woes in Division Two, Fermanagh will make life hard for anyone visiting Enniskillen.

Sunday, 11th June – Connacht Football Championship

GALWAY vs Mayo/Sligo (4pm Pearse Stadium)

Sligo won’t be lying back after a solid return from their trip across the Atlantic. But following their 2016 dethroning, Mayo will be aiming to restore their dominance in Salthill.

Sunday, 18th June – Munster Hurling Championship

Cork/Tipperary vs WATERFORD (4pm Semple Stadium)

Could this be the year Waterford come of age? They’ve had many great battles with Cork in recent times but have unfinished business with the Premier County. No matter the pairing, this will be the match of the day!

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