GAA provincial championship draws to be made on Saturday

Draws to be made on Saturday Sport with hurling championship fixtures also confirmed

The Dublin team celebrate with the Delaney Cup. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Dublin team celebrate with the Delaney Cup. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

 

The draws for the 2022 GAA provincial football championships will be made this weekend live on RTÉ’s Saturday Sport, presented by Des Cahill and Joanne Cantwell, after 3.0.

With the commencement of training for the new season permitted from next Wednesday week, December 8th, the GAA were keen to leave the draws until that return was imminent in case the pairing of any neighbouring rivalries might have prompted an early, unauthorised return for some counties.

Leinster GAA will, like last year, draw only as far as the quarter-finals and leave the semi-final pairings until the championship reaches that stage. The other provinces will complete their whole schedule.

Next year’s hurling championships are scheduled to revert to the round-robin format that proved so successful in 2018 and 2019. The hurling fixtures as well as their dates will be confirmed on Saturday.

The championship will begin next April in order to make for the completion of the All-Ireland finals by the end of July.

The fixtures for next year’s O’Byrne Cup football competition have been finalised by Leinster GAA.

2022 O’Byrne Cup (Leinster SF)

Saturday, January 8th at 2.0 (home advantage for first team)

Group A, Longford v Louth; Offaly v Dublin. Group B, Wicklow v Meath, Wexford v Laois; Group C, Kildare v Westmeath.

Wednesday, January 12th at 7.30

Group A, Dublin v Louth, Offaly v Longford; Group B, Wicklow v Wexford, Laois v Meath; Group C, Carlow v Kildare.

Saturday, January 15th (time TBC)

Group A, Longford v Dublin, Louth v Offaly; Group B, Laois v Wicklow; Meath v Wexford; Group C, Westmeath v Carlow.

Wednesday, January 19th at 7.30

Semi-final: Winner Group B v Winner Group C.

Saturday, January 22nd (time TBC)

Final: Winner of Group A v winner of semi-final

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