Munster hurling championship dates are revealed
Fixtures begin on May 12th with competition to run over six weeks instead of five
Cork celebrate their 2018 Munster SFC victory. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho
The Munster Council has released details of this year’s provincial hurling championship round robin. All-Ireland champions Limerick will open their provincial campaign in week two with a home match against Munster champions Cork on 19th May.
The first round of fixtures will take place on Sunday May 12th and Waterford will be able to avail of home advantage - after last week’s approval of Walsh Park as a venue - in the opening round, against Clare.
On the same day Munster champions Cork face Tipperary in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
The 2019 senior and minor series will be run over a six-week period rather than five weeks as was the case in 2018.
This will address the issue of counties playing on four consecutive weekends.
2019 Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Fixtures
Sunday May 12th
1 Waterford v Clare, Walsh Park, Waterford, 2pm
1 Cork Tipperary, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 4pm
Sunday May 19th
2 Tipperary v Waterford, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 2pm
2 Limerick v Cork, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, 4pm
Sunday June 2nd
3 Waterford v Limerick, Walsh Park, Waterford, 2pm
3 Clare v Tipperary, Cusack Park, Ennis, 4pm
Saturday June 8th
4 Cork v Waterford, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 7pm
Sunday June 9th
4 Limerick v Clare, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, 4pm
Sunday June 16th
5 Clare v Cork, Cusack Park, Ennis, 2pm
5 Tipperary v Limerick, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 2pm
Sunday June 30th
Final, venue TBC, 2pm