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Tyrone stalwart Conor Gormley with Rosemary Steen, Director of External Affairs, and U20’s players Conor Shields of Tyrone, Fergal Hanratty of Monaghan, Ryan O’Donoghue of Mayo and Liam O’Donovan of Cork.
Tyrone stalwart Conor Gormley with Rosemary Steen, Director of External Affairs, and U20’s players Conor Shields of Tyrone, Fergal Hanratty of Monaghan, Ryan O’Donoghue of Mayo and Liam O’Donovan of Cork.

EirGrid GAA Football U20 All-Ireland Championship launched


The newly structured, EirGrid GAA Football U20 All-Ireland Championship was officially launched today in Croke Park. In attendance to assist with the launch of this exciting new competition were Mayo GAA’s Ryan O’Donoghue, Tyrone GAA’s captain Conor Shields, Monaghan GAA’s Fergal Hanratty and Cork GAA’s Liam O’Donovan. Former GAA Tyrone footballer, Conor Gormley was also in attendance.

EirGrid, the state-owned company that manages and develops Ireland's electricity grid have partnered with the GAA since 2015 as sponsors of the U21 football competition and 2018, with the competition evolving to Under 20 grade, is an extremely exciting year for all involved.

This revised competition allows young players to develop their skills at a the top level and prepare for their careers at senior level. It is very much like the grid that EirGrid develop and manage, this competition gives young talented players the foundation required to build a very successful sporting career and that is a fundamental reason EirGrid partner with the GAA and this competition.

Fans will be excited to hear that the first throw-in of the 2018 Championship is in Ulster on May 26th, with Donegal and Cavan kicking off the competition. Proceedings in Leinster start shortly after with the first games between Longford and Dublin, Westmeath and Wexford, Kildare and Laois and Wicklow and Louth taking place on May 28th. The Connacht championship commences on June 2nd, with Roscommon and Sligo coming face to face for the first time this year.  Limerick and Kerry kick start the Munster campaign when they play on June 15th.

Speaking on behalf of the GAA, John Horan, Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael said: “2018 is certainly a year of change in the GAA, not least with the alterations to our competition structures. The U20 competition that we are here today to promote certainly falls into that category.

“The merits of this championship are well documented, offering as it does an outlet before the senior ranks for players to mature and develop against players of their own age.

“I look forward to the new slot the competition now occupies and I would like to acknowledge our partnership with EirGrid and Rosemary Steen, Director of External Affairs, for her ongoing support not only of this competition but of the GAA in general.

“Best of luck to all of our competing players and to everyone else involved.”

U20’s players, from left, Conor Shields of Tyrone, Liam O’Donovan of Cork, Ryan O’ Donoghue of Mayo and Fergal Hanratty of Monaghan at the launch of the EirGrid GAA Football U20 All-Ireland Championship.
U20’s players, from left, Conor Shields of Tyrone, Liam O’Donovan of Cork, Ryan O’ Donoghue of Mayo and Fergal Hanratty of Monaghan at the launch of the EirGrid GAA Football U20 All-Ireland Championship.

EirGrid Director of External Affairs, Rosemary Steen commented: “We at EirGird are excited to be in Croke Park, the home of the GAA to officially launch the EirGrid GAA Football U20 All-Ireland Championship.

“We are very proud of the three core partnerships we have created with the GAA to date; we have been sponsors of the U21 football championship since 2015, we became the GAA’s first official timing partner in 2016 and we were the lead sponsor for the 2017 Irish International Rules team but today is an exciting day as we officially launch a brand-new competition at U20’s level.

“While the sponsorships we hold are quite different, the crucial element is that communities benefit through our partnership with the GAA and we witnessed an example of this last year when we gifted four GAA clubs with a digital clock and scoreboard as part of our Moments in Time campaign. Something we will look to do again this year and look forward to revealing the details later this summer.

“EirGrid recently launched a new corporate social responsibility strategy and our partnership with the GAA supports this strategy, which focuses on developing positive relationships with communities, community groups and stakeholders.

“A wholehearted thank you to everyone who took the time to be with us today and a particular mention to the players of this new competition. We wish them the very best of luck in their respective campaigns.”

EirGrid GAA Football U20 All-Ireland Championship fixtures

 

Ulster fixtures

Round

Date

Team 1

Team 2

Round 1

Sunday 27th May

Donegal

Cavan

Quarter Final

Friday 25th May

Fermanagh

Armagh

Quarter Final

Friday 25th May

Tyrone

Monaghan

Quarter Final

Saturday 26th May

Down

Antrim

Quarter Final

Sunday 3rd June

Derry

Donegal/Cavan

Semi Final 1

Friday 8th June

Fermanagh/Armagh

Tyrone/Monaghan

Semi Final 2

Sunday 10th June

Down/Antrim

Derry/Donegal/Cavan

Final

Sunday 24th June

Winner of SF 1

Winner of SF 2

 

Connacht fixtures:

Round

Date

Team 1

Team 2

Preliminary Round

Saturday 2nd June

Roscommon

Sligo

Semi Final 1

Saturday 9th June

Galway

Winners of Prelim Rd

Semi Final 2

Saturday 9th June

Mayo

Leitrim

Final

Saturday 17th June

Winner of Semi-Final 1

Winner of SF 2

 

Munster fixtures:

Round

Date

Team 1

Team 2

Quarter Final

Friday 15th June

Limerick

Kerry

Quarter Final

Saturday 16th June

Cork

Tipperary

Semi Final 1

Friday 22nd June

Clare

Winner of QF 1

Semi Final 2

Friday 22nd June

Waterford

Winner of QF 2

Final

Friday 29th June

Winner of SF 1

Winner of SF 2

 

Leinster fixtures:

Round

Date

Team 1

Team 2

Group 1

 

 

 

Round 1

Monday 28th May

Longford

Dublin

Round 1

Monday 28th May

Westmeath

Wexford

Round 2

Monday 4th June

Dublin

Westmeath

Round 2

Monday 4th June

Wexford

Longford

Round 3

Saturday 16th June

Wexford

Dublin

Round 3

Saturday 16th June

Longford

Westmeath

Group 2

 

 

 

Round 1

Monday 28th May

Kildare

Laois

Round 1

Monday 28th May

Wicklow

Meath

Round 2

Monday 4th June

Laois

Wicklow

Round 2

Monday 4th June

Meath

Kildare

Round 3

Saturday 16th June

Meath

Laois

Round 3

Saturday 16th June

Kildare

Wicklow

Group 3

 

 

 

Round 1

Monday 28th May

Carlow

Offaly

Round 1

Monday 28th May

Louth Bye

 

Round 2

Monday 4th June

Louth

Carlow

Round 2

Monday 4th June

Offaly Bye

 

Round 3

Saturday 16th June

Offaly

Louth

Round 3

Saturday 16th June

Carlow Bye

 

Quarter Finals

22nd/23rd June

 

 

Quarter Finals

22nd/23rd June

 

 

Semi Final

Saturday 30th June

Grp1 Winners

Grp 2 Winners

Semi Final

Saturday 30th June

Winners of QF A

Winners of QF B

Final

Saturday 7th July

Winners of SF C

Winners of SF D

 

·         Winners of Group 1 and 2 Bye to Semi Finals.  Top two teams from each Group qualify for Quarter Finals (6 teams) - to note, the winners of Groups 1 & 2 will be in the top 6, they go straight to the semi-final.                                                                  

·         If two teams tie for qualifying positions – the outcome of the game between them decides otherwise score difference.                    

·         If three or more teams tie for qualifying positions – score difference will decided.

·         Home / Away arrangements apply to Quarter Finals and Semi Finals.                    

·         Final at neutral venue.                                                                                   

·         All Group games at home venues / Knock out games –  winner on the day.

           

All-Ireland fixtures:

Round

Date

Team 1

Team 2

 

All Ireland Semi Final

14/15th July

Connacht

Ulster

All Ireland Semi Final

14/15th July

Leinster

Munster

All Ireland Final

Sunday 5th August

Winners of SF

Winners of SF

 

 

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