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The Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge


The Bank of Ireland 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 Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge will grow even bigger for 2017 (see full Review Report). In total, 155 games will be provided to over 1,400 players on 47 teams.

  • The Bank of Ireland 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 H2

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Round 3 - Bawnacre Centre, (4G Pitch) Irvinestown
Fermanagh
10:30
Armagh
Referee: Mairtin Mc Gann

Celtic Challenge Group H

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Challenge Game - Abbottstown - GAA Centre of Excellence
Down
15:00
Westmeath
Extra Time if Necessary

TBC

Round 4 (Play Off) - Garvaghey
Team 3 Group H1
TBC
Team 1 Group H2

Celtic Challenge Group H1

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Round 3 - Owenbeg
Derry
0-6 6-18
Antrim
Referee: Colin Murray
Round 3 - Owenbeg
Derry
0-4 8-25
Down
Referee: Mark O Neill

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Round 2 - Queens Dub Playing Fields
Down
2-9 2-13
Antrim
Referee: Tarlach Conway

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Round 2 - Portaferry
Down
6-22 0-3
Derry
Referee: Fionntan Mc Cotter

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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Round 2 - Athletic Grounds
Armagh
8-18 2-8
Tyrone
Referee: Colin Murray

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Round 3 - Bawnacre Centre, (4G Pitch) Irvinestown
Fermanagh
4-7 4-9
Tyrone
Referee: Noel Mullaney

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Round 2 - Middletown
Armagh
3-12 2-9
Fermanagh
Referee: Gearóid O Neill

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

Celtic Challenge Group H

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Challenge Game - Cloghan
Louth
4-14 1-3
Tyrone
Referee: Jason Mc Andrew
Extra Time if Necessary

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