Preview: Weekend's Hurling Club Championship action
Thursday's Limerick SHC opener at the LIT Gaelic Grounds has set the tone ahead of an interesting few days of action throughout the country.
Despite delivering a dynamic first half display when registering 0-17, Adare still lost to an Aaron Gillane inspired Patrickswell.
The prolific Gillane netted two crucial goals for the holders, who carved out the full complement of spoils.
A string of fascinating fixtures are scheduled with the TG4 cameras ready for the Friday meeting involing Na Piarsaigh and Kilmallock.
That promises to be a lively affair between two teams flecked with prominent players.
There is no shortage of high profile encounters in Tipperary too with holders Borris-Ileigh facing Toomevara at MacDonagh Park on Sunday.
Another match attracting significant local interest is Thurles Sarsfields' tussle against Kilruane MacDonaghas.
Ballygunner have won six Waterford titles on the spin and commence their 2020 journey against Tallow.
An improving Ballysaggart, powered by the Bennett brothers, make their senior debut against De La Salle on Saturday evening.
The Clare Senior Hurling Championship is loaded with important games too commencing on Friday evening when Inagh-Kilnamona and Cloney-Quin collide at Cusack Park, while Sixmilebridge provides the backdrop for Clonlara versus Newmarket-on-Fergus.
A competitive Galway Championship also gets underway with the two Saturday encounters at Pearse Stadium worth monitoring.
Louis Mulqueen's Liam Mellows, winners in 2017 and beaten finalists in 2018 and 2019, are completely aware of the threat posed by a highly regarded Turloughmore, who include Francis Forde in their backroom team.
On Saturday evening standard bearers St Thomas' will be eager to make a positive start against Castlegar, who are managed by former Clare star Fergal Lynch, and trained by the renowned Dinny Cahill.
In the south east the Wexford Senior Hurling Championship continues with St Martin's, impressive last weekend, playing Cloughbawn at Bellefield on Friday.
Saturday afternoon's joust involving Glynn Barntown and St Anne's should be another revealing contest.
In Westmeath Clonkill and Raharney meet on Sunday evening, while in Carlow St Mullin's, victors in 2019, clash with Naomh Eoin.
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