Dublin manager Dessie Farrell.
Dublin manager Dessie Farrell.

Preview: Weekend's senior inter-county Gaelic Football action

Saturday January 22

O'Byrne Cup Final

Dublin v Laois, Netwatch Cullen Park, 3pm

McGrath Cup Final

Kerry v Cork, Fitzgerald Stadium, 2pm

Dr McKenna Cup Final

Donegal v Monaghan, O'Neills Healy Park, 5pm

Jack O'Connor's return as Kerry manager carries plenty of intrigue with Saturday's McGrath Cup decider against Cork next on the agenda.

Emphatic wins with strong teams named signals Kerry's intent for the year ahead.

Killian Spillane and Seán O'Shea scored heavily in the win over Tipperary, but Cork will be eager to test O'Connor's charges.

Brian Hurley has impressed so far for Cork, while Dan Dineen and Blake Murphy were prominent against Waterford.

Healy Park hosts the McKenna Cup final between Monaghan and Donegal.

Seamus McEnaney's outfit, with Conor McCarthy influential, eventually overcame Armagh on Tuesday.

Some vital late points from Jack McCarron and McCarthy ensured that a shootout was required as Monaghan prevailed.

Donegal, prompted by a splendid Caolan McGonigle contribution, edged out Derry in Ballybofey.

Declan Bonner's team, eager to make a significant impact in 2022, will know that a demanding challenge awaits.

Dublin have featured a blend of established and emerging players in the O'Byrne Cup so far.

With a string of high profile retirements in recent years Dessie Farrell is eager to unearth some top class performers.

Still the enduring excellence of Ciarán Kilkenny is a source of optimism with Eoin Murchan, James McCarthy, and Brian Howard all starting against Longford also.

Billy Sheehan's Laois defeated Kildare following a penalty shootout with Séan Moore, Eoin Lowry, and Evan O'Carroll clipping scores during the game.

Sheehan is a well regarded coach and it will be interesting to see how Laois fare in the coming weeks and months.