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The Celtic Challenge


The Celtic Challenge is the only competition in hurling that has teams from all 32 counties participating. In 2016, a total of 38 teams with over 1,000 players played in the competition. During a 7 week period an incredible 118 games were played including 5 Divisional Finals.

Further to a significant review of the competition the Celtic Challenge will grow even bigger for 2017 (the full Review Report is available to download below). In total, 155 games will be provided to over 1,400 players on 47 teams.

  • The Celtic Challenge is a competition for players, aged 16 and 17 years old, who are not participating in State Examinations during May and June 2017. 47 teams will participate in the competition.
  • The programme will run from Wednesday 3rd May to Saturday 24th June 2017.
  • The ethos of the competition is a developmental one, where an 8 week programme of meaningful games is supplemented by a 1 to 1 ratio of games to training.
  • Each team will play a minimum of 5 games through a programme that is structured on the basis of Group Stages, Preliminaries (Quarter-Finals) and Play-Offs (Semi-Finals).
  • The Group Stages will consist of 8 Groups of teams selected on a geographical and developmental basis. Matches at the Group Stages will be played on Wednesdays.
  • After the Group Stages, teams will be graded on foot of their performance and will be assigned to 1 of 6 Divisions prior to participating in the Preliminaries (Quarter-Finals) and Play-Offs (Semi-Finals) where they will play against opposition of a comparative developmental level.
  • 6 Finals will be played on Saturday June 24th, 2017.

For a full overview of the operation of the competition please see the Operations Manual available to download below.

If you are a player, coach or parent and are looking for more information about how to get involved please contact: Caoimhe Ní Néill caoimhe.nineill@gaa.ie; 01 865 8622

Celtic Challenge Group H1

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Round 2 - Portaferry
Down
12:30
Derry
Referee: Fionntan Mc Cotter

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Round 2 - Queens Dub Playing Fields
Down
19:30
Antrim
Referee: Tarlach Conway

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Round 3 - Owenbeg
Derry
12:00
Antrim
Round 3 - Owenbeg
Derry
13:30
Down

Celtic Challenge Group H2

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Round 2 - Middletown
Armagh
13:30
Fermanagh
Referee: Gearóid O Neill

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Round 3 - Brewster Park
Fermanagh
10:30
Armagh
Round 3 - Brewster Park
Fermanagh
12:00
Tyrone

TBC

Round 2 - Middletown
Armagh
TBC
Tyrone
Referee: Colin Murray

Celtic Challenge Group H

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Round 4 (Play Off) - Garvaghey
Team 3 Group H1
12:00
Team 1 Group H2

Celtic Challenge Group H1

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Round 1 - Dunsilly
Antrim
1-11 0-13
Down
Round 1 - Dunsilly
Antrim
2-15 1-12
Derry
Referee: Barry Winters

Celtic Challenge Group H2

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Round 1 - Garvaghey
Tyrone
5-5 5-12
Fermanagh
Referee: Alan Nash
Round 1 - Garvaghey
Tyrone
2-10 6-9
Armagh
Referee: Tarlach Conway

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