Hurling league battles and All-Ireland U21 last four race - this week's 18 key GAA fixtures

Here’s what on the cards this week.

Cormac Murphy with teammates Conor O'Sullivan and Aidan Walsh Cork and Dublin are in action this weekend in Croke Park. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

HURLING TAKES CENTRE stage this weekend with Cork, Dublin, Tipperary and Waterford heading to Nowlan Park in search of a league final place.

Cork last won the league way back in 1998 while Dublin lifted the title in 2011, Tipperary were crowned champions in 2008 and Waterford landed the honours in 2007.

Reigning All-Ireland U21 football champions Dublin put their title on the line in Saturday’s semi-final against Tipperary. It’s only Tipperary’s second-ever All-Ireland U21 semi-final clash after they lost to Donegal back in 2010.

Last year’s finalists Roscommon take on Tyrone, who recently won their first Ulster U21 crown since 2006, in Saturday’s other last four tie.

There’s also Munster and Leinster minor football action this weekend along with the semi-final ties in the National camogie league.


Electric Ireland Munster MFC quarter-finals
Kerry v Clare, Austin Stack Park, Tralee, 7pm
Limerick v Cork, Gaelic Grounds, 7pm
Tipperary v Waterford, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 7pm

Colin O'Riordan lifts the trophy Colin O'Riordan lifts the trophy after Tipperary win last week's Munster U21 final. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO


Eirgrid All-Ireland U21FC semi-finals
Tipperary v Dublin, O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 4pm
Roscommon v Tyrone, Markievicz Park, 6pm

The Roscommon team celebrate winning The Roscommon U21 side after their recent Connacht triumph. Source: Mike Shaughnessy/INPHO

Electric Ireland Leinster MFC first round
Dublin v Offaly, Parnell Park, 12.30pm
Meath v Laois, Páirc Tailteann, Navan, 3pm
Wexford v Westmeath, Innovate Wexford Park, 3pm
Louth v Kildare, Drogheda, 3pm
Wicklow v Longford, Blessington, 3pm

Allianz HL Division 2B playoff
Donegal v Tyrone, Celtic Park, Derry, 3pm

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Derek McGrath and Fintan O'Connor celebrate Waterford manager Derek McGrath and selector Fintan O'Connor after they clinched promotion Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHO


Allianz HL Division 1 semi-finals
Cork v Dublin, Nowlan Park, 2pm
Tipperary v Waterford Nowlan Park, 4pm

National Camogie League
Division 1 semi-finals
Cork v Limerick, Charleville, 2.30pm
Galway v Kilkenny, O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 3.45pm

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Division 2 semi-finals
Laois v Kilkenny, O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 2pm
Waterford v Kildare, MacDonagh Park, Nenagh, 3.45pm

Division 3 semi-finals
Carlow v Roscommon, MacDonagh Park, Nenagh, 2pm
Dublin v Limerick, Edenderry, 2pm

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