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  • Sun 01 Feb 2015
  • 11:00am2015 Ulster Senior
    Football Club League
    Truagh vs. Naomh Conaill Truagh
  • 11:00amMinor F.C. Roinn C
    Tullaroan vs. Kilmoganny Tullaroan
  • 11:00amU21 C North
    Football Championship
    Williamstown vs. Cortoon Shamrocks Williamstown
  • 11:15am2015 Ulster
    Intermediate Football Club League
    Naomh Pól CLG /St Pauls GAC vs. Steelstown The Dub
  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
    Football A League
    St Colmcilles vs. Nobber Piltown
  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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    Wolfe Tones vs. St Peter's, Dunboyne Kilberry
  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 11:30amAll County
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  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster Senior
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    Bellaghy vs. Sarsfields Bellaghy
  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
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    Pomeroy Plunketts vs. Derrytresk Fir aChnoic Derrytresk
  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
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    Brackaville Owen Roes vs. Dromara Brackaville
  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
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  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
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  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
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    Gortin St Patrick's vs. Urney St Colmcille's Urney
  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
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    Droim Ratha an tSáirsealaigh vs. Derrylaughan Kevin Barry's GAC Drumragh
  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
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  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
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  • 12:00pmMinor Football
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  • 12:00pmMinor Football
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  • 12:00pmMinor Football
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  • 12:00pmMinor Football
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  • 12:00pmMinor Football
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  • 12:00pmMinor Football
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  • 12:00pmMinor Football
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  • 12:00pmMinor Football
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  • 12:00pmU21 Football
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  • 12:00pmU21 Football
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  • 1:00pmAll County
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  • 1:00pm2015 Ulster
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    Drum vs. Belcoo O`Rahilly's Owenbeg
  • 2:00pmSenior Hurling
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  • 2:00pmAll County
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  • 2:00pmS.F.L.
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  • 2:00pmS.F.L.
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  • 2:00pmS.F.L.
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  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
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  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
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  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 2 2015
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  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 2 2015
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  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
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  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
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  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
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  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
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  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
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  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
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  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
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  • 2:00pmBord Na Mona Kehoe
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  • 2:00pmBord Na Mona Kehoe
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  • 2:00pmBord Na Mona Kehoe
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  • 2:00pmBord Na Mona Kehoe
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  • 2:00pmBord Na Mona Walsh
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    Carlow vs. Galway Dr. Cullen Park
  • 2:00pmBord Na Mona Walsh
    Cup SH 2015
    Laois vs. Dublin Portlaoise
  • 2:00pmAIB GAA Football
    All Ireland Junior Club Championship 14/15
    Brosna vs. Rock St Patrick's Ballinasloe
  • 3:00pmUnder-16 F.C.
    Roinn B
    St Fiacres vs. St Martin's Dr Tierney Park
  • 3:00pmAll County
    Football A League
    Kilmainham vs. St Brigid's Kilmainham
  • Mon 02 Feb 2015
  • 12:00pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football League Senior D
    Drumshambo VS vs. Jesus & Mary Secondary Enniscrone A: Connacht GAA Centre
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Junior A
    St. Attractas Community School Tubbercurry vs. St Geralds, Castlebar Swinford GAA Club
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Junior A
    St Colmans, Claremorris vs. StMuredeachs Kiltimagh GAA Club
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Junior B
    Ballyhaunis Community School vs. St. Clare`s Comprehensive Manorhamilton Tubbercurry GAA
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fergal Maher Cup 2015
    Institute of Technology Sligo vs. DkIT IT Sligo Grounds
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 1 Championship 2015
    St Mary's University College vs. Ulster University Jordanstown St Genevieves High School Belfast
  • 7:00pmMinor F.C. Roinn A
    Dicksboro vs. O`Loughlin Gaels Palmerstown
  • 7:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Ryan Cup 2015
    Athlone Institute of Technology vs. Queens University Belfast AIT GAA Pitch
  • 7:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Trench Cup 2015
    Cavan Institute vs. Marino Institiute of Education 3G Pitch Kingspan Breffni PK
  • Tue 03 Feb 2015
  • 11:30amConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Senior B
    Presentation College Headford vs. Carrick-on-Shannon Community School Connacht GAA Centre 3G Pitch
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 2 Championship 2015
    Mary Immaculate College Limerick vs. Limerick IT MICL Grounds
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 3 Championship 2015
    G.M.I.T. vs. Athlone Institute of Technology Carnmore Hurling Club
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 3 Championship 2015
    Institute of Technology Sligo vs. Cork Institute of Technology TBC
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 3 Championship 2015
    Maynooth University vs. Dublin City University Maynooth University North Campus
  • 2:45pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Sigerson Cup 2015
    Institute of Technology Tralee vs. IT Carlow IT Tralee GAA Pitche
  • 3:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Sigerson Cup 2015
    University College Dublin vs. Athlone Institute of Technology Belfield
  • 6:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Sigerson Cup 2015
    Maynooth University vs. University of Limerick Maynooth University North Campus
  • 7:00pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football League Senior A
    Summerhill College Sligo vs. Roscommon CBS Connacht GAA Centre 3G Pitch
  • 7:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais 2015
    St Patricks College Thurles vs. Galway T.I TBC
  • 7:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Corn na Mac Leinn 2015
    The Law School vs. RCSI TBC
  • 7:30pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Senior Hurling League Division 2 2014/15
    Ulster University Jordanstown vs. N.U.I. Galway TBC
  • 7:45pmS.F.L.
    Muckalee vs. O`Loughlin Gaels Muckalee
  • 8:00pm2015 Ulster Senior
    Football Club League
    Ballinderry vs. Lavey Ballinderry
  • 8:00pmS.F.L.
    Thomastown vs. James Stephens Piltown
  • Wed 04 Feb 2015
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football League Senior D
    Colaiste Cholmcille, Indreabhain vs. St Cuans Loughgeorge Galway
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Senior B
    St. Mary`s College Galway vs. St. Joseph`s College Galway Eire Og
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Senior B
    Holy Rosary College Mountbellew vs. Ballinamore Secondary School Elphin GAA Club
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Sigerson Cup 2015
    Ulster University Jordanstown vs. Dublin City University Jordanstown
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Hurling Division 1 Championship 2015
    Dublin Institute of Technology vs. Mary Immaculate College Limerick Parnells GAA Club
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Hurling Division 1 Championship 2015
    Maynooth University vs. St Patricks-Mater Dei Maynooth University North Campus
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Corn na Mac Leinn 2015
    National College of Ireland vs. G.M.I.T. Mayo Clontarf GAA
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Corn na Mac Leinn 2015
    Cadets vs. Ulster University Magee McDonagh Pitch
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Corn na Mac Leinn 2015
    G.M.I.T. Letterfrack vs. N.W.R.C. Letterfrack
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Ryan Cup 2015
    Institute of Technology Tralee vs. Institute of Technology Tallaght IT Tralee GAA Pitche
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher 'B' Football Championship 2015
    Ulster University Jordanstown vs. University of Limerick TBC
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher 'B' Football Championship 2015
    Queens University Belfast vs. Dublin Institute of Technology The Dub
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher 'B' Football Championship 2015
    Dublin City University vs. University College Cork Dublin City University Sportsgrounds
  • 3:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher 'B' Football Championship 2015
    University College Dublin vs. N.U.I. Galway Belfield
  • 3:30pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Sigerson Cup 2015
    N.U.I. Galway vs. St Mary's University College Dangan
  • Thu 05 Feb 2015
  • 12:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher 'B' Hurling Championship 2015
    Dublin Institute of Technology vs. Limerick IT Parnells GAA Club
  • 12:30pmMayo Post Primary
    Senior Hurling Competition
    St. Gerald`s College vs. St Colmans Claremorris Connacht GAA Centre 3G Pitch
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football League 1st Year A
    St. Jarlath`s College Tuam vs. St. Colman`s College Milltown GAA Club
  • 1:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015
    University of Limerick vs. G.M.I.T. UL Grounds
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fergal Maher Cup 2015
    G.M.I.T. Letterfrack vs. St Mary's University College Letterfrack
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fergal Maher Cup 2015
    Galway/Roscommon ETB vs. Marino Institiute of Education Liam Mellowes
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fergal Maher Cup 2015
    Cork Colleges of Further Education vs. Institute of Technology Sligo TBC
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais 2015
    Belfast Metropolitan College vs. Stranmillis UC GFC
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 2 Championship 2015
    Waterford Institute of Technology vs. Institute of Technology Tralee Carriganore
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 2 Championship 2015
    Institute of Technology Tallaght vs. DkIT Thomas Davis All Weather Pitch
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Corn Padraig Mac Diarmada 2015
    Letterkenny Institute of Technology vs. Instititute of Technology Blanchardstown O Donnell Park
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015
    St Patricks-Mater Dei vs. Cork Institute of Technology St Pats
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015
    University College Dublin vs. Dublin City University Belfield
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015
    Dublin Institute of Technology vs. Limerick IT Parnells GAA Club
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015
    N.U.I. Galway vs. University College Cork N.U.I. Galway
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
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    Instititute of Technology Blanchardstown vs. St Patrick's College IT Blanchardstown GAA Pitch
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
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  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
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    G.M.I.T. vs. St Mary's University College/Ulster University Jordanstown TBC
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
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    Winner of Round 1 vs. Mater Dei
  • 2:30pmIndependent.ie HE
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    Dublin Institute of Technology vs. University College Dublin St. David's CBS
  • 2:30pmIndependent.ie HE
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    Mary Immaculate College Limerick vs. Waterford Institute of Technology MICL Grounds
  • 2:30pmIndependent.ie HE
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  • 7:00pmIndependent.ie HE
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    St Patricks College Thurles vs. Athlone Institute of Technology Templetuohy
  • 7:00pmIndependent.ie HE
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    Maynooth University vs. IT Carlow Maynooth University North Campus
  • Fri 06 Feb 2015
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football League Juvenile B
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  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
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  • 7:45pm2015 Hasting Cup
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  • 8:00pmDivision 1
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  • 8:00pmDivision 1
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  • 8:00pmDivision 2
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  • 8:00pmDivision 2
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    Pairc de Grás/Gracefield vs. Bracknagh Gracefield
  • 8:00pmAll County
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  • 8:00pmAll County
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  • 8:00pmAll County
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  • 8:00pmAll County
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  • 8:00pmAll County
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  • 8:00pmAll County
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    Ballinlough vs. Meath Hill Ballinlough
  • 8:15pm2015 Ulster
    Intermediate Football Club League
    Steelstown vs. St Colman's Drumaness Owenbeg
  • Sat 07 Feb 2015
  • 12:00pmThe McGrath Oil
    West Under 21 B Football Championship
    Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams vs. Cappawhite/Treacys. Annacarty
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015
    Maynooth University vs. Mary Immaculate College Limerick Maynooth University North Campus
  • 2:00pmJ.F.L.
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  • 2:00pmJ.F.L.
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  • 2:00pmJ.F.L.
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  • 2:00pmJ.F.L.
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  • 2:00pmConnacht GAA Tain
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  • 2:00pmConnacht GAA Tain
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    Westport GAA vs. Western Gaels Westport
  • 2:00pmConnacht GAA Tain
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  • 2:00pmConnacht GAA Tain
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  • 2:00pmConnacht GAA Tain
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  • 2:00pmConnacht GAA Tain
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    Annaghdown vs. St. Dominics
  • 2:00pmAIB GAA Hurling
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  • 2:30pmDJ Print Neal
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  • 2:30pmDJ Print Neal
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  • 2:30pmDJ Print Neal
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    Ardmore vs. Doire Trasna Ardmore
  • 2:30pmDJ Print Neal
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    Glack vs. Limavady Reserves Glack
  • 2:30pmDJ Print Neal
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    Magilligan vs. Claudy Reserves Magilligan
  • 2:30pmDJ Print Neal
    Carlin Cup
    Steelstown Reserves vs. Sean Dolans Steelstown
  • 2:30pmDJ Print Neal
    Carlin Cup
    Faughanvale vs. Ballerin Reserves Faughanvale
  • 2:30pmDJ Print Neal
    Carlin Cup
    Craigbane Reserves vs. Slaughtmanus Reserves Craigbane
  • 3:00pm2015 Ulster
    Intermediate Football Club League
    St Marys Slaughtmanus GAC vs. Droim Ratha an tSáirsealaigh Slaughtmanus
  • 3:00pmNorth Tipp Under
    21 A Football
    Inane Rovers vs. Borrisokane Roscrea
  • 3:00pmNorth Tipp Under
    21 A Football
    Newport Gaels vs. Kildangan Newport Gaels
  • 3:30pmAll County
    Football B League
    Wolfe Tones vs. Dunshaughlin Kilberry
  • 3:30pmAll County
    Football B League
    St Peter's, Dunboyne vs. O'Mahonys Dunboyne
  • 3:30pmThe McGrath Oil
    West Under 21 A Football Championship
    Arravale Rovers vs. Clonoulty/Rossmore Cappawhite
  • 3:30pmThe McGrath Oil
    West Under 21 A Football Championship
    Galtee Rovers/Emly vs. Aherlow Gaels Sean Treacy Park
  • 3:30pmThe McGrath Oil
    West Under 21 A Football Championship
    Golden-Kilfeacle vs. Cashel King Cormacs New Inn
  • 3:30pmThe McGrath Oil
    West Under 21 B Football Championship
    Rockwell/Rosegreen vs. Éire Óg Anacarty/Donohill Leahy Park Cashel
  • 3:45pmAIB GAA Hurling
    All Ireland Senior Club Championship 14/15
    Gort Inse Guaire vs. Ballyhale Shamrocks Semple Stadium, Thurles
  • 5:00pmBord Na Mona Walsh
    Cup SH 2015
    Carlow/Galway vs. Laois/Dublin Páirc an Chrócaigh
  • 7:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 1 2015
    Dublin vs. Donegal Páirc an Chrócaigh
  • 7:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 2 2015
    Laois vs. Cavan Portlaoise
  • 7:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 2 2015
    Down vs. Roscommon Páirc Esler, Newry
  • 7:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 2 2015
    Meath vs. Kildare Páirc Tailteann
  • 7:00pmDivision 1
    Football League
    Raheen vs. Clara Geashill
  • 8:00pmDivision 1
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    St. Brigid's vs. Tullamore/An Tulach Mhór St. Brigid's GAA Park
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Fitzgerald ready to close the deal

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Suddenly, it's here. With much of the media's attention firmly focused on the All-Ireland football final between Dublin and Mayo over the last few weeks, the hurling final replay between Clare and Cork has slipped under the radar a little bit. But now it's just two days away.

We were going flat to the boards from early on. And I've been saying to myself, will these games catch up on them? That's the only concern
Davy Fitzgerald

Inevitably, the build-up to the replay has been very different to the first game. While the first game carried with it all the pageantry and novelty, the grandeur and the excitement, this second game is all about getting down to business, getting the job done.

It was the same last year when Kilkenny and Galway met again. They knew everything they possibly could about each other by then, and all that was left to do come the time of the replay was to play another 70 odd minutes and see where they stood then.

If Kilkenny and Galway knew each other well this time last year, Cork and Clare know each other even better. This game will be their sixth meeting in 2013.

"We're learned stuff about each other," said Davy Fitzgerald at Clare's pre All-Ireland final press night last week. "We know them fierce well at this stage. But I think we're two hurling teams. There were very little dirty strokes between ourselves and Cork the last day. We hurl, we go out and work hard. Two big work ethics and I also think there's a lot of skill on both teams. Let the hurling do the talking out there."

The three-week break which comes with an All-Ireland hurling final replay creates a special sort of energy and tension. In the immediate aftermath of the draw on September 8, the mood was hard to assess. Which was the happier side? Neither? Domhnall O'Donovan's point with effectively the last puck of the game had rescued a draw for Clare, so surely they were relieved while Cork were pained.

Yet Clare had been the better side for most of the game, so they must have in some way felt frustrated at their inability to see out the win. Over the last few weeks, Fitzgerald has tried as best he can to park the drawn game and look forward.

"I've looked at it like, it's a drawn game. I've looked back at it in two or three different ways. I could look back and it say, we should have won it," he said.

"I could look back at it and say that a minute into injury time, we'd take a draw. The best thing I did, and even from a team point of view, we say, we're going to draw a line under this. There's no point dwelling on it either way. We have lessons to learn. We have learned the lessons that we had to learn - there was mistakes made out there the last day.

"So there's no point dwelling back on it like that. It's like the last game we played, we have to learn from it and drive on. That's the way we have approached it."

One significant event within that three week spell was the Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 Hurling final, which Clare won for the second year in succession with a commanding victory over Antrim.

As everyone knows by now, there is a serious crossover between the Clare senior and U21 teams. Tony Kelly, David McInerney, Colm Galvin and Podge Collins are among a large group who have played for both teams all season, and Fitzgerald was happy to once again let those players focus on their U21 duties in the immediate aftermath of the drawn senior final.

Young Guns

Clare U21s/Seniors

Tony Kelly
David McInerney
Colm Galvin
Podge Collins
Paul Flanagan
Seadna Morey
Aaron Cunningham
Peter Duggan
Shane O'Donnell

"It's been the same for their All-Ireland semi-final, Munster final and Munster semi-final," said the former goalkeeper. "Like, nearly after every big game we've played, they've had an U21 game after. To be honest, it's great. It's well noted that we have 13 or 14 of them U21s in our senior squad.

"So they're training with me since last October at a serious level. I have to also say fair play to Gerry and Donal (U21 managers), it was a great victory, but the trust that they have in myself and Paul Kinnerk (Clare coach) to train most of their team is great.

"It's great to get a breakway for a week. It's no harm. What will we do after a big game? We will train on the Thursday night after a big game. They've a recovery session on the Tuesday. We train on the Thursday, we only do 35 minutes. So basically, we're not doing anything hard until the following Sunday.

"So basically, the 21s have their game on the Saturday so it's the exact same thing. I think it's good for us."

However, Fitzgerald admits he has one nagging worry with regard to all the hurling his young players are playing. While it's easy after a while to take it for granted that messrs Kelly, Collins, McInerney and all the rest will continue performing to the top level every week, the senior manager wonders if one day soon they could hit the wall.

"The only question you're asking yourself is, since the start of February, probably, we have been flat out, because we were playing National Hurling League at a championship pace because we have been trying to survive in the National League.

"We were going flat to the boards from early on. And I've been saying to myself, will these games catch up on them? That's the only concern."

It certainly has been a long hurling season. The evenings are drawing in ever quicker, a discernible chill is attending upon the air, and still the show goes on. Clare have been at it for a long time this season, and it feels like a long time ago indeed since they were beaten out the gate by Tipperary in the Allianz League back in March.

Tipperary marched away with a 3-19 to 1-14 win that day, sending Clare into the relegation play-off with Cork. That was the match which prompted Fitzgerald to call talk of Clare winning the All-Ireland "rubbish".

“Tipperary will take fair beating," he said after the 11-point defeat. "I was listening to so much rubbish during the week about Clare winning All-Irelands. I keep saying we’re building - I’ve been saying this from day one but some of our own people get so carried away.

“We have a job to do, it’s a young team and we’re building and we’ll stay building. We’ll take that on the chin today. That’s our first big loss since I’ve been there. We’ll come back fighting for more.”

If it's possible for Fitzgerald to be chastened, he is after being reminded of this comment. "Did I say that, I did!?" he asks, with a degree of mock incredulity.

"It didn't feel great after that loss," he admits. "Naturally, your ambition...like when you get a beating like that...there was people talking us up locally.

"It's just important that you try and keep the lads on the ground. I think that was one of the best things that ever happened us. I remember Eamon O'Shea with four or five minutes to go, roaring at Tipperary to go for goals and bury us.

"I went into the dressing room afterwards and said don't you ever forget that lesson you got there today. I think it was a good lesson. That was actually a help in our progression this year."

He vowed after that defeat to Tipperary that Clare would come back fighting for more. And they certainly have done that. Here we are in the last week of September, and they're preparing for an All-Ireland final replay against Cork. It's probably the only fitting dénouement to a hurling season which has, at practically every turn, defied prediction.

Fitzgerald wonders about the changing shades of early Autumn when "the air will be heavier, the ground won't be the same." But he doesn't dwell on it. It will be the same for both sides, he says.

For at this stage of the season, the only thing left to do is whatever is necessary to take the cup away at the end. Clare and Cork haven't been hurling since the darkest recesses of last winter to leave anything up to fortune in the last week of September. "Whatever is put in front of us, we'll deal with it," the Clare manager says, defiantly.

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