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League semi-final details announced with football in Croke Park and hurling in Semple Stadium

The football semi-finals take place on 10 April and the hurling games are on 17 April.

THE GAA HAVE confirmed as expected that Croke Park will host this year’s Allianz football league semi-finals and the hurling semi-finals will take place in Semple Stadium.

Walter Walsh with Conor Ryan    Kilkenny's Walter Walsh and Clare's Conor Ryan will be in opposition in Thurles. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

The last four pairings were revealed after yesterday’s final round of football league games and the weekend’s hurling quarter-final action.

The football semi-finals next Sunday will see Dublin, who are chasing four-in-a-row this year, in action against a Donegal team who last contested a league final in 2007.

Bernard Brogan with Neil McGee Dublin's Bernard Brogan and Donegal's Neil McGee set to renew acquaintances next Sunday Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

The other semi-final sees Kerry, finalists most recently in 2009, against a Roscommon team that last featured in a decider in 1981.

The hurling semi-finals are pencilled in for Sunday 17 April with reigning champions Waterford up against Limerick, who will be bidding to contest a final for the first time since 2006.

John Fitzgibbon and Jake Dillon Limerick's John Fitzgibbon and Waterford's Jake Dillon will be bidding to book a league final place Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

The other last four tie sees Kilkenny, league champions from 2012 to 2014, in action against Clare, whose last final appearance was in 2005.

There’s also been confirmation of fixture details for next weekend’s promotion-relegation playoffs in the Allianz hurling league.

Here’s what’s in store:

Saturday April 9th

Allianz hurling league
Division 1B promotion/relegation playoff
Westmeath v Laois, O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 3.30pm

Division 2B promotion/relegation playoff
Donegal v Roscommon, Venue TBC

Sunday April 10th

Allianz football league
Division 1 semi-finals
Kerry v Roscommon, Croke Park, 2pm, (Live TG4)
Dublin v Donegal, Croke Park, 4pm, (Live TG4)

Sunday April 17th

Allianz hurling league
Division 1 semi-finals
Waterford v Limerick, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 2pm, (Live TG4)
Kilkenny v Clare, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 4pm, (Live TG4)

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