Ladies GAA

  • THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to announce the teams bidding to become 2019 LGFA Interfirms champions.

    All roads lead to Naomh Mearnóg in Portmarnock, Dublin, on Saturday, May 18, where 12 teams will compete for the top prize.

    In addition, 11 teams have signed up to take part in a recreational blitz, where no matter what the level, experience or ability, teams will play lots of football, socialise with each other and have fun.

    Following on from last year’s successful Interfirms launch, which saw AIB retain their title, this year’s competition is even bigger and better, with increased numgers competing in the competitive event.

    The teams who will aim for LGFA Interfirms glory are as follows:

     

    Allergan Pharmaceuticals

    Cavan/Monaghan Gardaí

    Irish Prison Service

    Kishoge Community College

    Pallas Foods

    PWC x 2 teams

    Teagasc Moorepark x 2 teams

    University Hospital Waterford

    AIB Dublin

    Glanbia

     

    The following 11 teams will take part in the recreational blitz:

     

    Athy College

    Auntie Anne’s

    Baker McKenzie

    Boston Scientific

    Irish Prison Service

    National Ambulance Service

    Pfizer Cork

    St. Kevins Community College, Dunlavin

    Glanbia Kilkenny

    Ard Scoil Trionóide

    Accenture Dublin

  • Midwest Sport understands that Carnacon’s appeal against their removal from the Mayo Club Championship and League will be heard by Connacht LGFA on Thursday evening next.

    A vote was taken at a Mayo Ladies County Board meeting on Tuesday night which will remove Carnacon from the championship. They have the usual right of appeal on that vote.

    The club has been sanctioned under Rule 288.

    12 players and 2 selectors left the Mayo Senior Panel prior to the clash with Cavan, eight of those were from the Carnacon club. The players cited welfare issues and personal reasons for withdrawing from the panel.

    The decision means that Carnacon will not be able to defend their county, provincial and All-Ireland championships this year, if an appeal is not successful.

     

  • Ladies County Senior Football Final 
    Carnacon 9-10 
    Knockmore 0-04 

  • Statement from Carnacon Ladies Gaelic Football Club as of 22nd August in response to the decision of Mayo LGFA to remove our Senior team from league and championship football for the 2018 season.

    Understandably, the entire panel, management, club officers, our families and supporters are devastated by the sequence of events which have transpired.

    The Club is in the process of preparing an appeal of this decision to lodge with the Connacht LGFA, so at this point in time we feel it would be inappropriate to comment any further.

    We hope you can understand our position and respect our decision.

    At the end of the day - all our members want is to play football and we hope to get this opportunity again in the not too distant future.

    We would like to thank the general public for their support and goodwill in this unprecedented situation.

     

     

     

  • Carnacon Ladies GAA Club have released a statement following the news that their appeal against their removal from the Mayo Club Championship and League last night was successful.

    The club say they are delighted to confirm that the appeal against the sanctions imposed by the Mayo Ladies County Board has been successful and they have been reinstated to the Senior League and Championship competitions for 2018.

    The statement says the club is happy with this outcome and feel it reflects the impulsive, heavy handed approach initially taken by the Mayo Ladies County Board. Without a full examination of the events available for club delegates, it was been proved incorrect to make any such ruling on the situation.

    The statement says a swift and fair hearing from the Appeals Committee of Connacht LGFA Council was greatly appreciated and we are happy we can now continue our preparations for the remainder of the season.

    They say as a club and individuals, we are very thankful for all the support we have received in the last few days, in what has been a difficult time with the negative attention and speculation surrounding the players involved.

    The statement says that unfortunately this ruling stemmed from issues raised by players representing their county. As a club we supported these players and continue to do so. We will continue to be proud of all players and teams, including those who represent Mayo at all levels.

    We now look forward to getting back in action on the pitch and doing our best as a club to support all of our members. It has been a great honour to represent our families and communities on a provincial and national stage in recent years.

    We will strive to continue successfully and uphold the values that unite us as a club.

    And there the statement concludes.

    Carnacon were successful in their appeal last night, after a vote taken by Mayo County Board last week removed them from the competitions. Mayo County Board do have the option of appealing the decision to Croke Park if they wish. 

  • Carnacon have been removed from the Mayo Senior Club Football Championship, after a number of their players were withdrawn from the Mayo Senior Football panel earlier this summer.

    Midwest Sport understands a vote was taken at a Mayo Ladies County Board meeting last night which will remove Carnacon from the championship. They have the usual right of appeal on that vote.

    Midwest Sport understands that the club has been sanctioned under Rule 288, which looks at the club as opposed to the players individually, as the Carnacon club stated that they would be withdrawing their players last month.

    12 players and 2 selectors left the Mayo Senior Panel prior to the clash with Cavan, eight of those were from the Carnacon club. The players cited welfare issues and personal reasons for withdrawing from the panel.

    The decision means that Carnacon will not be able to defend their county, provincial and All-Ireland championships this year, if an appeal is not successful.

    Midwest Sport has contacted the Mayo Ladies County Board and Carnacon for comment on the matter. Mayo County Board is due to revert with official statement on the matter.

    While a spokesperson for Carnacon told Midwest Sport that they have no comment to make, other than they will be appealing the decision of Mayo LGFA to a higher body within the next few days.

     

  • Carnacon captured their 20th Mayo title in total yesterday, following a 9-10 to 0-4 victory over Knockmore.

    Carnacon will now look to retain their provincial crown on Sunday, November 4, when they meet Galway’s Kilkerrin-Clonberne in the final.

    This is a repeat of last year’s clashes between the sides, with Carnacon winning after a replay.

    Kilkerrin-Clonberne will make for tough opposition after scoring an 8-19 to 0-3 victory over Kilbride in yesterday’s Connacht semi-final.

     

     

     

  • The LGFA and TG4 have revised the throw-in time for Mayo’s TG4 Quarter Final clash with Galway.

    Throw in is now at 3pm on Sunday Aug 12th.

    Ref is Niall McCormack. 

    Venue still to be confirmed.

     

  • CORK manager Ephie Fitzgerald has made three changes to his starting team for Sunday’s Lidl National League Division 1 Final clash with Galway – as the Leesiders chase a 12th top-flight crown.

    Fitzgerald has opted for two switches in defences, with Eimear Meaney coming in for Melissa Duggan, while Daire Kiely replaces Shauna Kelly.

    There’s an enforced change in attack, with Áine O’Sullivan ruled out through suspension following the red card she picked up in the gripping semi-final defeat of Dublin.

    Her replacement is former underage star Sadhbh O’Leary at corner forward, while Fitzgerald has kept captain Doireann O’Sullivan in reserve, as she continues to nurse a back injury.

    Fitzgerald has a wealth of attacking talent to call upon should he need it, with the aforementioned O’Sullivan, Eimear Scally, Saoirse Noonan and Rhona Ní Bhuachalla also listed among the replacements for the Parnell Park tie (4.0, LIVE TG4).

    Galway, who are chasing a very first Lidl NFL Division 1 crown after losing five previous finals, have made just one change from their semi-final victory over Donegal, with Leanne Coen replacing Sarah Conneally in attack.

    Following their Division 2 semi-final defeat of Armagh, Kerry have made just one change for Sunday’s Divisional final against Munster rivals Waterford (2.0, Parnell Park, LIVE TG4).

    Former TG4 All Star replaces Emma O’Sullivan in defence as the Kingdom aim for an immediate return to Division 1 following relegation in 2018.

    There’s also one change on the Waterford team following their semi-final victory over Cavan, with Chloe Fennell coming in for Katy Hayes.

    On Saturday, there’s also a double-header at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones, with the Division 3 and 4 Finals down for decision.

    The Division 3 Final gets underway at 4pm (LIVE, TG4), and Meath have made just one change to the team that defeated Longford in the last four, with Katie Newe coming in at the back for Orlaith Duff.

    Following their victory over Connacht rivals Roscommon, Sligo have plumped for an unchanged starting 15.

    The Division 4 Final, between Ulster rivals Antrim and Fermanagh, gets Finals weekend underway in Clones at 2pm (LIVE TG4) on Saturday.

    Antrim, who shocked pre-match favourites Louth in the semi-finals, are unchanged from that landmark victory.

    Fermanagh, who came from 11 points down to see off Limerick, have also named an unchanged team.

    Cork (v Galway):M O’Brien (capt.); C O’Shea, H Looney, E Meaney; D Kiely, A Hutchings, E Kiely; M O’Callaghan, N Cotter; O Farmer, C O’Sullivan, L O’Mahony; L Coppinger, O Finn, S O’Leary.

    Galway (v Cork):L Murphy; S Molloy, S Lynch, F Cooney; O Murphy, S Burke, C Cooney; L Ward, B Hannon; O Divilly, T Leonard (capt.), M Glynn; L Coen, R Leonard, M Seoighe.

    Kerry (v Waterford):R White; T Breen, A Desmond, C O’Brien; S Murphy, A O’Connell, A Galvin; L Scanlon, A Brosnan (capt.); M O’Keeffe, C Murphy, N Carmody; S Houlihan, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh, H O’Donoghue.

    Waterford (v Kerry):R Landers; Karen McGrath (capt.), C McGrath, R Casey; Kate McGrath, M Dunford, R Tobin; K Murray, E Murray; K.A. Hogan, M Ryan, C Fennell; E Fennell, M Delahunty, A Wall.

    Meath (v Sligo):M McGuirk; K Newe, S Powderly, S Ennis; S Wall, A Cleary, N Gallogly; M O’Shaughnessy (capt.), O Lally; V Wall, E Duggan, M Thynne; E White, K Nesbitt, S Grimes.

    Sligo (v Meath):N Gormley; A Morrisroe, M McNamara, J Mulligan (capt.); N Brennan, B Byrne, A.M. Coleman; R Goodwin, L.A. Laffey; L Boles, C Gorman, S Naughton; K Walsh, E Kevany, L Casey.

     

    Antrim (v Fermanagh): A McCann; N Killen, M Hanna, O Corr; K Farren, C Brown, S Tennyson (capt.); A McFarland, L Dahunsi; C Taggart, C Carey, S.L. McLaughlin; M Cooper, M McCurdy, A Taggart.

     

    Fermanagh (v Antrim):R Gleeson; M Maguire, E Murphy, M Flynn; M McGloin, C Murphy, S McQuaid; R O’Reilly, A Flanagan; J Doonan (capt.), L Maguire, D Maguire; A O’Brien, E Smyth, B Bogue.

  • Mayo Ladies Junior Championship Final
    Cill Chomain 4-17 Tuar Mhic Eadaigh 0-06

  • THE Gourmet Food Parlour O’Connor Cup All-Stars and Rising Stars have been announced following a mammoth weekend of action at DIT Broombridge, DIT Grangegorman and Abbotstown, where seven winners were confirmed in the GFP Higher Education Championship Finals. 

    The teams were announced via the Ladies HEC Social Media channels on Tuesday evening and GFP O’Connor Cup Champions University of Limerick (UL) were the big winners, with eight players included on the HEC All Star team.

    Defenders Caoimhe McGrath, Shauna Kelly and Louise Ward all pick up HEC All Star awards, with Fiona McHale named at midfield.

    UL, managed by DJ Collins, have nailed down four of the six forward positions, including the entire inside line, with Shauna Howley, Hannah O’Donoghue, captain Eimear Scally and Róisín Howard all included.

    Runners-up UCD have four players on the team – goalkeeper Linda Bruggener, Kate McGrath, Niamh Collins and Áine McDonagh, while Giles Cup winners Ulster University Jordanstown and Lynch Cup Champions TU Dublin (DIT) are also honoured.

    Claragh Connor and ace forward Aimee Mackin make the cut from UUJ, while competition hosts TU Dublin have Niamh McEvoy on the final XV.

    In total, there are four survivors from the 2018 selection, namely Fiona McHale, Shauna Howley, Aimee Mackin and Eimear Scally.  

    The GFP Rising Stars selection recognises the efforts of players in the fourth, fifth and sixth tier competitions.

    GMIT, the Donaghy Cup winners, lead the way with four players on this team, while there are three players each for Moynihan Cup winners Dundalk IT, Moynihan Cup runners-up Letterkenny IT and Lagan Cup winners Ulster University Magee.

    Marino Institute of Education, the beaten Donaghy Cup Finalists, have two players on the list.

     

    GFP O’Connor Cup All Stars

     

    1. Linda Bruggener (UCD) – Kerry
    2. Kate McGrath (UCD) – Waterford
    3. Caoimhe McGrath (UL) – Waterford
    4. Claragh Connor (UUJ) – Derry
    5. Shauna Kelly (UL) – Cork
    6. Louise Ward (UL) – Galway
    7. Niamh Collins (UCD) – Dublin
    8. Niamh McEvoy (TU Dublin) – Dublin
    9. Fiona McHale (UL) – Mayo
    10. Shauna Howley (UL) – Mayo
    11. Aimee Mackin (UUJ) – Armagh
    12. Áine McDonagh (UCD) – Galway
    13. Hannah O’Donoghue (UL) – Kerry
    14. Eimear Scally (UL) – Cork
    15. Róisín Howard (UL) – Tipperary

     

    GFP Rising Stars 2019

     

    1. Aoife McColgan (Letterkenny IT) – Donegal
    2. Aisling Nee (Letterkenny IT) - Donegal
    3. Caoimhe Magee (UU Magee) – Tyrone
    4. Ailish Noonan (Dundalk IT) – Longford
    5. Colleen McKenna (Dundalk IT) –Armagh
    6. Kate Fitzgibbon (Marino Institute of Education) - Dublin
    7. Shauna Hynes (GMIT) – Galway
    8. Neasa Byrd (Marino Institute of Education) – Cavan
    9. Amy Wharton (GMIT) - Cavan
    10. Emma McMahon (Letterkenny IT) – Clare
    11. Danielle McManus (UU Magee) - Fermanagh
    12. Stacey Grimes (Dundalk IT) – Meath
    13. Andrea Trill (GMIT) – Galway
    14. Bronagh O’Rourke (GMIT) - Leitrim
    15. Niamh Murray (UU Magee) – Armagh

     

     

  • Dublin City University (DCU) 2-12

    University of Limerick (UL) 0-17

    Emma Duffy reports from Abbotstown

    CAPTAIN Fantastic Aishling Moloney swung over a sensational late winner as Dublin City University edged UL to be crowned Gourmet Food Parlour O’Connor Cup champions for the first time since 2011.

    There was just a single point in the difference at Abbotstown, and fittingly it was skipper Moloney who settled a gripping tie in the dying seconds. 

    The Tipperary ace finished with 0-7 to her name, while goals from Cavan’s Aisling Sheridan and Mayo’s Sarah Rowe helped the Dublin college past the holders to victory.

    Cork sharpshooter Eimear Scally bagged 0-11 at the other end, while Grace Kelly and Shauna Howley hit 0-3 apiece.

    But ultimately, DCU did just enough to seal the win in a fiery affair. Even when reduced to 14 with Moloney sent to the sin-bin, they withstood a period of dominance from UL, which saw Scally’s pristine free-taking to the fore.

    It was UL who drew first blood through Mayo’s Grace Kelly before DCU showed their intent immediately at the other end, Moloney getting the ball rolling.

    As the sides settled into the encounter, the vicious speed and tempo was evident from the get-go.

    The first goal of the game came with 16 minutes on the clock – Mayo forward Niamh Kelly’s effort dropped short, but Sheridan bundled the ball over the line following a scramble to make it 1-3 to 0-3.

    Kelly and her sister, Grace, exchanged points moments after, as they went head-to-head for the first time ever.

    As half-time approached, Scally kept frees ticking over while Rowe closed proceedings at the break with the score reading 1-7 to 0-7.

    On the restart, UL raised the tempo with Fiona McHale and Louise Ward working hard around the middle. And just as Moloney was shown a yellow card for a challenge on Laurie Ryan, they started to claw their way on top.

    Scally’s expert kicking from frees continued while Howley produced two stunning efforts to swing the momentum in their favour.

    But then came Moloney back to the field after her 10-minute stint in the bin. Straight into the thick of the action, she was involved in the attack which resulted in a DCU penalty.

    Rowe stepped up to find the back of the net despite Caoimhe Moore getting her fingertips to it, and the same player added a point straight after.

    Scally levelled matters at the other end directly after, but it took a moment of magic from Moloney at the death to ensure the O’Connor Cup would head to DCU.

    Scorers for DCU: Aishling Moloney 0-7 (3f), Sarah Rowe 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), Aisling Sheridan 1-1, Niamh Kelly 0-1.

    Scorers for UL: Eimear Scally 0-11 (10f), Grace Kelly & Shauna Howley 0-3 each. 

    DCU: E Ní Eafa; L McGinley, K Murray, D Geaney; E Rutledge, L Caffrey, H Hegarty; M Atkinson, L Magee; N Kelly, A Moloney, A Murphy; A Sheridan, S Rowe, A Cleary.

    Subs: A Murphy for V Wall (47), N Rickard for Rutledge (58)

     

    UL: C Moore; A Kelleher, M Curley, S Murphy; L Ryan, A Healy, F McHale; L Ward, S Kelly; S Howley, L Rogers, A McCarthy; R Howard, E Scally, G Kelly.

     

    Subs: A Davoren for Howard (h.t.), O O’Dwyer for Healy (h.t.), A Considine for Kelleher (48), J Cregg for McCarthy (54). 

     

    Ref – G Chapman (Sligo).

     

  • Ladies All-Ireland U14 B Final 
    Mayo v Tipperary 
    Sunday June 17th at 2pm in Duggan Park, Ballinalsoe 

  • TG4 All Ireland Senior Championship – Group 4 - Round 3 – Live on TG4 

    Saturday July 28th at 1pm

    Mayo v Dublin, Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon 

  • The GAA, Camogie Association and Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) are pleased to announce that draft memorandums of understanding have been agreed between the GAA and the Camogie Association, and between the GAA and the LGFA.

    The proposed memorandums seek to establish stronger links between the three organisations and are the result of over six months of separate discussion by the GAA with both organisations.

    The memorandums will become effective only when they have been approved by the Central Council of each organisation. In the case of the Camogie Association, a proposal to approve the memorandum will be discussed at its meeting on Wednesday March 14th, by the GAA on Saturday March 24th and by the LGFA on March 26th.

    The memorandums reflect the shared vision of the three organisations for a new overall organisational model within which the games, ideals and aspiration of all three Associations are equally developed and promoted. They recognise areas of common interest and give the Camogie Association and the LGFA representation on GAA committees, and vice versa. The memorandums have been drafted to a similar template but differ in that they reflect the different stages that the organisations have reached in discussions on developing a new relationship.

    While the proposals in these memorandums aim to strengthen the links within the family of Gaelic Games at national level only, they also commit the three organisations to explore a framework for further integration at provincial, county and club level.

    Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail said: “I am delighted to confirm that draft Memorandums of Understanding have been agreed with both Cumann Camógaíochta and Cumann Peile na mBan and the closer worker relationship that these arrangements will give rise to is to be warmly welcomed.

  • THE draws for the newly-introduced round-robin stages of the TG4 All-Ireland senior championships have been revealed.

    The four groups, each containing three counties, were drawn at the Ladies Gaelic Football Association’s rescheduled Annual Congress, taking place on Friday evening and Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk.

    The four groups read as follows:

    Group 1:

    Ulster champions

    Munster runner-up (beaten Munster finalist)

    Loser of Cork v Tipp Munster semi-final

     

    Group 2:

    Munster champions

    Ulster runner-up (beaten Ulster finalist)

    Loser of Donegal v Monaghan Ulster semi-final

     

    Group 3:

    Connacht champions (Galway or Mayo)

    Leinster runner-up (beaten Leinster finalist – Dublin or Westmeath)

    Loser of Kerry v Waterford Munster semi-final

     

    Group 4:

    Leinster champions (Dublin or Westmeath)

    Connacht runner-up (beaten Connacht finalist – Galway or Mayo)

    Loser of Cavan v Armagh Ulster semi-final

     

    The draw for the 2018 TG4 All-Ireland intermediate championship group stages will be released on Saturday, April 28.

     

    ***The TG4 All-Ireland intermediate championship draws will be announced on Saturday (April 28)***

     

    2018 TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football championship summer schedule

     

    Saturday July 14 – TG4 Ladies Football championship – 1pm and 3pm

    Saturday July 21 – TG4 Ladies Football championship – 3pm and 4.45pm

    Saturday July 28 – TG4 Ladies Football championship – 1pm and 7pm

    Monday August 6 – TG4 Ladies Football 1/4 finals – 3pm and 4.45pm 

    Sunday August 12 – TG4 Ladies Football 1/4 finals – 5pm and 6.45pm 

    Saturday August 18 – TG4 Ladies Football semi-finals – 4pm and 5.45pm 

    Saturday August 25 – TG4 Ladies Football semi-finals – 12.30pm and 2.15pm 

    Sunday September 16 – TG4 All-Ireland finals

  • TG4 All Ireland Senior Championship 2018

     

    Saturday 28th July 2018

     

    TG4 All Ireland Senior Championship – Group 4 - Round 3

    Dublin 3-11 Mayo 1-8

     

    TG4 All Ireland Senior Championship – Group 1 - Round 3

    Donegal 1-13 Kerry 3-6

     

    TG4 All Ireland Senior Championship – Group 3 - Round 3 

    Galway 6-17 Westmeath 1-6

     

    TG4 All Ireland Senior Championship – Group 2 - Round 3

    Cork 1-19 Armagh 1-7

     

    TG4 All Ireland Junior Championship 2018

     

    TG4 All Ireland Junior Championship – Round 2 Group A

    Louth 6-24 Kilkenny 1-6

     

    TG4 All Ireland Junior Championship – Round 2 Group B

    Derry 0-8 v Limerick 0-7

     

    TG4 All Ireland Senior Championship 2018 – Quarter-final Pairings

     

    Dublin v Kerry

    Galway v Mayo

    Cork v Westmeath

    Donegal v Armagh

  • Efforts are ongoing to secure a home ground for Castlebar Mitchels Ladies Football Club, and one of the five training pitches at MacHale Park may be an option, because of the development of three new training pitches by the GAA at Lough Lannagh. That’s the view of Castlebar Fianna Fail Councillor Martin McLoughlin.

    The Councillor says the significance of Mayo County Council purchasing almost 30 acres of land at Lough Lannagh recently and the GAA developing the three training pitches on the site, should hopefully free up one of the pitches at MacHale park.

    Castlebar Mitchel’s Ladies Football club have long sought a permanent pitch for their club, who at present depend on accessing other clubs training facilities for their members to both train and host games.

  • The eight Carnacon players who left the Mayo panel have had their suspensions reduced to two weeks after an appeal to the National Appeals Committee last night according to the 42.ie.

    The players – Cora Staunton, Fiona McHale, Martha Carter, Marie Corbett, Amy Dowling, Doireann Hughes, Sadhbh Larkin and Saoirse Walsh – were still found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute but their four-week bans were halved.

    At an appeal hearing in Tullamore last night, Carnacon also withdrew their appeal of the €500 fine that was handed out 10 days ago.

    The All-Ireland club champions now have five days if they wish to lodge an appeal with the LGFA Central Council in the hope of further reducing the suspensions.

    But with the Mayo ladies senior football championship due to resume this weekend, the upcoming round of fixtures will go ahead as scheduled — without the eight suspended players — unless Carnacon’s appeal is lodged by 5pm this evening.

  • CHAMPIONS Dublin will face Donegal at home in the opening round of 2019 Lidl National League Division 1 Fixtures on Saturday, February 2.

    The Sky Blues are also the TG4 All-Ireland Senior title holders after a remarkable 2018 campaign saw them scoop a League and Championship Double.

    Dublin boss Mick Bohan has committed to another two years at the helm and he will now attempt to mastermind successful defences of his team’s high-profile crowns next year.

    TG4 All-Ireland Final runners-up Cork will also have home advantage in their first Lidl NFL Division 1 fixture of 2019.

    Ephie Fitzgerald’s side, who won the TG4 Munster Senior title in 2018, will entertain Connacht champions Galway – and that game is also pencilled in for Saturday, February 2.

    On Sunday, February 3, 2018 Lidl NFL Division 1 runners-up Mayo welcome newly-promoted Tipperary to the West, while Westmeath have home advantage for their clash with Monaghan.

    Looking ahead, Dublin will have home advantage against Mayo on Saturday, February 23, in round 3, while the repeat of the 2018 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Final between Dublin and Cork is pencilled in for Sunday, April 7, with Cork having home advantage in round 7.

    In Division 2, Clare will entertain Kerry in a Munster derby, Waterford host Wexford, Laois take on Armagh, and Tyrone, the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate champions, travel to Cavan for an all-Ulster clash in the opening round of fixtures.

    Division 3 of the 2019 Lidl NFL will see Sligo at home to Meath, Longford taking on Kildare, Offaly entertaining Down, and Roscommon at home to Wicklow in Round 1.

    And in Division 4, Limerick will meet Louth in a repeat of the 2018 TG4 All-Ireland Junior Final, which was won by the Shannonsiders, on the opening day.

    Elsewhere, Carlow entertain Kilkenny, Antrim are at home to Leitrim and Derry make the journey to Fermanagh.

    The Divisional semi-finals are fixed for the weekend of April 20/21, and the showpiece Finals will be decided over the weekend of May 4/5.