Weekend's Club hurling and football preview
By Cian O'Connell
These are demanding and uncertain times, but a glimmer of hope will be evident throughout the coming weeks and months with a most welcome return to competitive GAA action.
Hurling Championship fare commences in Wexford on Friday evening with a couple of attractive fixtures on the agenda.
The TG4 cameras will be at Chadwicks Wexford Park to broadcast what promises to be an interesting encounter involving holders St Martin's and Oulart- the Ballagh.
With John Meyler in charge significant expectation is attached to Martin's again this year, but they will know all about Oulart's threat and tradition.
Between 2004 and 2016 Oulart earned 10 county titles and remain a most respected outfit.
In Bellefield Rathnure, the most prolific winners of the competition, field an exciting young team against St Anne's Rathangan.
On Saturday a string of other important fixtures take place with the meeting of Rapparees and Shelmaliers worth monitoring.
There will be no shortage of crucial games in the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship.
Parnell Park provides the backdrop for Sunday's televised tussle involving Kilmacud Crokes and Ballyboden St Enda's.
The other Group 2 match between Craobh Chiaráin and Scoil Uí Chonaill at O'Toole Park on Saturday evening will be keenly contested too.
Earlier in the afternoon the Faughs and St Jude's derby is a crucial joust packed with local importance.
Group 4 features Na Fianna who host Setanta at Mobhi Road on Saturday, while the standard bearers Cuala face Thomas Davis.
Three Roscommon Senior Hurling Championship ties are scheduled with holders Four Roads playing St Dominic's at Ballyforan on Sunday.
In the Wicklow Senior Football Championship Rathnew and Bray Emmets face off in Aughrim on Sunday evening.
Leitrim Gaels' first ever Senior Championship occasion is a home assignment against Melvin Gaels.
Following three final defeats in 2015, 2016, and 2017, Glencar-Manorhamilton finally returned to the Leitrim summit last year and face Allen Gaels in their opener.
The action gets underway in the Tipperary Senior Football Championship with a couple of fixtures on Friday evening.
Loughmore-Castleiney and Ballyporeen meet in Cahir, while Eire Og Anncaarty-Donohill clash with Moycarkey-Borris. Clonmel Commercials, who recaptured the title in 2019, begin their defence against Cahir in Ardfinnan on Saturday.
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Dublin SHC fixtures click here.
Roscommon SHC fixtures click here.
Tipperary SFC fixtures click here.
Wicklow SFC fixtures click here.
Leitrim SFC fixtures click here.