Limerick manager Billy Lee.
Limerick manager Billy Lee.

Preview: Weekend's Munster, Leinster, and Ulster SFC action


Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final

Saturday May 14

Tipperary v Limerick, 7pm

This should be a particularly interesting encounter in Thurles.

Limerick, eager to reach a first Munster decider since 2010, edged out Clare following a dramatic penalty shootout.

Billy Lee, in his sixth year in charge, has guided Limerick back into Division Two of the Allianz Football League - highlighting the impressive work being carried out.

Tipperary sampled provincial glory a couple of years ago and David Power's team features some talented performers.

Conor Sweeney remains an instrumental figure scoring 1-4 against Waterford, while at the opposite end of the field Tipp will need to be diligent dealing with the in form Josh Ryan.

Dublin manager Dessie Farrell.
Dublin manager Dessie Farrell.

Leinster Senior Football Championship Semi-Finals

Sunday May 15

Kildare v Westmeath, Croke Park, 2.15pm

Dublin v Meath, Croke Park, 4.30pm

Old rivals Dublin and Meath return to GAA headquarters on Sunday.

In the last 10 Championship matches involving the counties Meath have only registered one win - back in 2010.

During the intervening dozen years Meath have suffered several demoralising defeats, but Andy McEntee's outfit did summon a gutsy display in 2021 against Dublin.

Dessie Farrell's team eventually prevailed 2-16 to 1-13, but the Royals gave them a fright.

Meath struck four goals when beating Wicklow, while Con O'Callaghan impressed during Dublin's facile victory over Wexford.

John Heslin continues to impress for Westmeath.
John Heslin continues to impress for Westmeath.

The first game of the Croke Park double header promises to be lively.

Jack Cooney's Westmeath defeated Longford 4-13 to 0-12 with John Heslin supplying plenty of craft for the midlanders.

Kildare, under the stewardship of Glen Ryan, were able to deal with Louth's challenge in the quarter-final.

Jimmy Hyland continues to contribute handsomely, while Darragh Kirwan also carries a real threat for the Lilywhites.

Ulster Senior Football Championship Semi-FInal

Sunday May 15

Derry v Monaghan, Athletic Grounds, 4pm

Derry forward Shane McGuigan.
Derry forward Shane McGuigan.

It is 11 years since Derry last featured in an Ulster decider, but they face another awkward assignment against Monaghan.

Séamus 'Banty' McEnaney's charges did precisely what was required against Down, cruising to a convincing 0-23 to 2-7 success.

Jack McCarron, prominent in the Allianz Football League, produced another capable attacking display for Monaghan in that triumph.

Derry were delighted to overcome All Ireland champions Tyrone at the quarter-final stage.

Rory Gallagher's industrious team were prompted by the effective Niall Loughlin and Shane McGuigan.

A May 29 date against Donegal awaits the victors.