Preview: Weekend's Gaelic Games action
Saturday December 8
AIB Leinster Club Intermediate Football Final
Shamrocks (Offaly) v Two Mile House (Kildare), Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park, 1.30pm
AIB Leinster Club Junior Football Final
Dundalk Young Irelands (Louth) v St Brigid's (Offaly), Drogheda, 1.30pm
Two interesting deciders are scheduled for Saturday with Offaly involvement in both games.
In Tullamore Shamrocks' clash with Two Mile House in the Intermediate showpiece promises to be a lively affaor.
Two Mile House have made significant strides in the past decade and are emerging as a force in Kildare with Peter Kelly and Chris Healy prominent figures.
Nigel Dunne remains a prolific forward for Offaly and Shamrocks and Two Mile House will be fully aware of his potent threat.
Dundalk Young Irelands's have enjoyed a good Leinster adventure and are set for a good tussle with St Brigid's.
There has been plenty to admire about how Brigid's have responded following a setback in Offaly and they will journey to Drogheda in an optimistic frame of mind.
Bord Na Mona O'Byrne Cup
Louth v Wexford, Darver, 5pm
Laois v Meath, O'Moore Park, 6pm
Longford v Wicklow, Netownforbes, 7pm
The Saturday evening action is focused on the Bord Na Mona O'Byrne Cup.
Wayne Kierans takes charge of Louth, who host Wexford at the Centre of Excellence in Darver.
Laois, who progressed nicely under John Sugrue in 2018, will be hoping to make an impact in Division Three of the Allianz League so their encounter with Meath is a decent test.
Padraic Davis is a well regarded figure in Longford so the midlanders' match with Wicklow, who are without a string of experienced players, is another game in which emerging talent should be afforded the opportunity to shine.
Sunday December 9
AIB Leinster Club Senior Football Final
Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) v St Columba's, Mullinalaghta (Longford), Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park, 1.30pm
Mickey Graham's splendid work with Mullinalaghta is reflected with three Longford titles, but the journey has continued into Leinster this year.
That a provincial decider has been reached owes much to Mullinalghta's clever use of the resources at their disposal.
How Graham has stitched a team together with the talented Shane Mulligan, Donal and Aidan McElligott, Rian Brady, James and David McGivney all instrumental.
Kilmacud Crokes have impressed en route to this Leinster Final winning a strong Dublin Championship with Paul Mannion supplying the scores and inspiration in attack.
Pat Burke's enduring influence is another key factor, while the decorated Cian O'Sullivan is also a vital figure.
Andrew McGowan and Cillian O'Shea are important members of the Croes defence, while Caullum Pearson's three point haul in the thrilling semi-final success over Portlaoise was critical.
AIB All Ireland Club Junior Football Quarter-Final
Red Hughs (Donegal) v Dunedin Connollys (Edinburgh), Letterkenny, 1pm
Dunedin Connollys have won three British Championships in a row so Red Hughs will be braced for this encounter.
It was an impressive Ulster campaign for the Donegal outfit with Johnny Carlin's late goal decisive against Limavady Wolfhounds.
Bord Na Mona O'Byrne Cup
Carlow v Westmeath, Netwatch Cullen Park, 2pm
Westmeath manager Jack Cooney has been forced to deal with the blow of losing John Helsin, who is opting out of the panel.
The loss of Heslin, such a central player for Westmeath, is a setback for the midlanders.
Carlow, promoted to Division Three of the Allianz League, are preparing for a hugely important campaign.
Bord Na Mona Walsh Cup
Offaly v Laois, Birr, 2pm
Eddie Brennan's first game as Laois manager is a trip to Birr to face Offaly.
The teams will clash in the Allianz Hurling League and Joe McDonagh Cup also in 2019.