2020 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship key dates

After months of uncertainty you can now mark the calendar for 2020

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan celebrates scoring his side’s second goal during the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final against Kilkenny in 2019. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan celebrates scoring his side’s second goal during the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final against Kilkenny in 2019. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

 

For the first time in 96 years the All-Ireland hurling final will be played in December. Friday’s roll-out of dates and structures for the 2020 championship revealed that this year’s MacCarthy Cup climax will be on Sunday, December 13th, the same weekend on which Dublin beat Galway in the 1924 final.

As expected, the Leinster and Munster championships will be played on a knock-out basis but with two All-Ireland qualifier rounds and quarter-finals. The provincial draws will be made on Friday evening in Portlaoise and broadcast live on RTÉ’s Six One News.

These provincial championships will run from the weekend of October 24th/25th with quarter-finals and semi-finals a week later. The Leinster and Munster finals will take place on the weekend of November 14th/15th.

All-Ireland quarter-finals are scheduled for the weekend of November 21st/22nd. A week later the semi-finals will take place, like in the past two years, on the same weekend: Leinster champions will play on the Saturday and their Munster counterparts on Sunday.

It has also been announced that the 2020 Allianz Hurling League Division 1 title will rest between Limerick and Clare, as winners of Divisions 1A and 1B respectively. Should they meet in the championship, the outcome of that match will decide the league and if they don’t, the title will be shared.

Divisions 2A, 2B and 3B will complete their finals on the opening weekend of the intercounty season, October 17th/18th.

The hurling qualifiers will see the six teams who don’t reach their provincial final – three from Leinster and three from Munster – drawn, two from one province against two from the other to make up round one and the remaining two with byes to play the round one winners in round two.

The two winners of round two will face the defeated provincial finalists in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

The under-20 championship will be played but again as knock-out with the Leinster and Munster champions meeting in the All-Ireland final on the weekend of November 21st/22nd.

This year’s McDonagh Cup will again be played as a round-robin and there was good news for this year’s finalists, as the final is scheduled to be played as the curtain raiser before the All-Ireland final in December.

The minor hurling championship is being decoupled from the senior for this year and will be knock-out in format with just one All-Ireland semi-final, already drawn as Galway v Munster champions. Leinster champions advance to All-Ireland final.

The Ring Cup will be played as straight knock-out and the draw is as follows: Down v London, Offaly v Kildare, Roscommon v Wicklow and Derry v Sligo.

In the Rackard Cup there will be the same format and the draw for that is: Armagh v Leitrim, Warwickshire v Tyrone, Donegal v Longford and Monaghan v Mayo.

The Lory Meagher Cup retains its format.

Schools will complete their provincial championships but there will be no All-Ireland series this year.

Intercounty hurling dates 2020

SEPTEMBER
Monday 14th

Intercounty teams return to training

OCTOBER
Saturday/Sunday 17th/18th
Allianz League Finals – Division 2A:
Antrim v Kerry; Division 2B: Down v Derry; Division 3B: Sligo v Leitrim

Saturday/Sunday 24th/25th
Leinster quarter-final: Laois v Dublin
Munster quarter-final: Limerick v Clare
Christy Ring quarter-finals: Down v London; Derry v Sligo; Offaly v Kildare; Roscommon v Wicklow.
Nickey Rackard quarter-finals: Armagh v Leitrim; Donegal v Longford; Monaghan v Mayo ; Warwickshire v Tyrone.
Joe McDonagh & Lory Meagher Round 1

Saturday 31st/Sunday November 1st
Leinster semi-finals: Galway v Wexford; Dublin/Laois v Kilkenny.
Munster semi-finals: Cork v Waterford; Tipperary v Limerick/Clare
Joe McDonagh & Lory Meagher Round 2
Christy Ring & Nickey Rackard semi-finals & relegation semi-finals

NOVEMBER
Saturday/Sunday 7th/8th

Hurling Qualifier Round 1 (2 games)
Joe McDonagh Round 3 (1 game)
Christy Ring & Nickey Rackard relegation finals
Lory Meagher Round 3

Saturday/Sunday 14th/15th
Leinster final
Munster final
Qualifier Round 2 (2 games)
Joe McDonagh Round 3 (1 game)
Christy Ring, Nickey Rackard & Lory Meagher finals

Saturday 21st (Bloody Sunday Commemoration)
All-Ireland quarter-finals (2 games)
Joe McDonagh Round 4

Sunday 22nd
All-Ireland U20 final

Saturday 28th
All-Ireland semi-final: Leinster v Quarter-Final Winner
Joe McDonagh Round 5
All-Ireland minor semi-finals

Sunday 29th
All-Ireland semi-final: Munster v Quarter-Final Winner
All-Ireland minor semi-finals

DECEMBER
Saturday/Sunday 5th/6th

All-Ireland minor final

Sunday 13th
All-Ireland final
Joe McDonagh final

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