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No repeat of provincial deciders as All-Ireland hurling semi-final permutations revealed

The semi-finals will be played at Croke Park on 28 and 29 July.

Joe Canning and Galway are bidding to win back-to-back All-Irelands.
Joe Canning and Galway are bidding to win back-to-back All-Irelands.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

THE COUNTIES WHICH faced each other in the Leinster and Munster provincial hurling finals will be kept apart in the All-Ireland semi-finals, as the race for the Liam MacCarthy heats up.

The GAA today confirmed the details for the 2018 hurling semi-finals ahead of this weekend’s quarter-final ties which see Clare face Wexford and Kilkenny meet Limerick.

Munster champions Cork and Leinster kingpins Galway have both already advanced to the last four and will have to wait until Sunday evening to discover their opponents.

Neither provincial final pairing can be repeated at the semi-final juncture and repeat pairings of teams that have already met in previous rounds of the championship will be avoided if possible.

It means there are a host of permutations heading into this weekend’s quarter-final ties.

If Kilkenny and Clare win their quarter-finals, the semi-final pairings will be;

  • Galway v Clare
  • Cork v Kilkenny

If Limerick and Wexford win their quarter-finals, the semi-final pairings will be;

  • Galway v Limerick
  • Cork v Wexford

If Kilkenny and Wexford win their quarter-finals, the semi-final pairings will be;

  • Galway v Wexford
  • Cork v Kilkenny

If Clare and Limerick win their quarter-finals, the semi-final pairings will be;

  • Galway v Clare
  • Cork v Limerick

Defending All-Ireland champions Galway, who saw off Kilkenny in last weekend’s Leinster final replay, will play their semi-final on Saturday 28 July at Croke Park, while Cork will be in action the following day at HQ.

Meanwhile, the fixture details for the Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling semi-finals have also been confirmed with both matches taking place on Saturday 4 August.

Galway and Tipperary will meet in Cusack Park at 2pm, with Cork and Wexford playing in Nowlan Park at 4pm.

All-Ireland senior hurling championship semi-finals:

Saturday, 28 July

  • Galway v quarter-final winner, Croke Park, 5pm (RTÉ/Sky Sports)

Sunday 29 July

  • Cork v quarter-final winner, Croke Park, 3.30pm (RTÉ/Sky Sports)

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