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Here are the 13 key GAA fixtures to keep an eye on this week

Sunday’s battle between Clare and Waterford is the standout game.

THE COMPLETION OF the 2016 Clare-Waterford hurling trilogy is the primary focus in the championship next weekend.

Jamie Barron with Podge Collins Waterford's Jamie Barron and Clare's Podge Collins will be in opposition next Sunday.

Four weeks after Clare’s victory in a breathless finish in the hurling league final replay against Waterford, the counties renew acquaintances at the Munster semi-final stage.

The reigning All-Ireland football champions are also out in action next weekend as Dublin notably travel to Nowlan Park for their Leinster opener.

We’re also going to get to see the reigning Leinster U21 hurling champions and the Ulster senior football champions in action this week.

On the hurling front there are three trophies up for grabs in Croke Park next Saturday while the prize of Leinster hurling semi-final spots is on offer in Tullamore and Mulligar on Sunday.

Here’s what’s in store.

Wednesday

Leinster
Bord Gáis Energy U21HC quarter-final
Wexford v Dublin, Innovate Wexford Park, 7.30pm, (Ref: Peter Burke, Kilkenny)

Bord Gáis Energy U21 GAA Hurling U21 All Ireland Championship 2016 Launch Conor McDonald at the recent Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling launch Source: Ramsey Cardy/SPORTSFILE

JFC semi-final
Kildare v Louth, St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, 7.30pm

Thursday

Leinster JFC semi-final
Longford v Wexford, Innovate Wexford Park, 7.30pm

Saturday

Leinster
SFC quarter-final

Dublin v Laois, Nowlan Park, 7pm, (Live: Sky Sports 3), (Ref: Ciaran Branagan, Down)

JFC final
Kilkenny v London, Nowlan Park, 5pm

Denis BAstick, Cormac Costello, Diarmuid Connolly and Paul Flynn celebrate after the game Dublin players celebrating their recent football league final win Source: Lorraine.O'Sullivan

Christy Ring Cup final
Antrim v Meath, Croke Park, 5.30pm, (Live TG4), (Ref: John O’Brien, Tipperary)

Nicky Rackard Cup final
Armagh v Mayo, Croke Park, 3.30pm, (Live TG4), (Ref: Johnny Murphy, Tipperary)

Lory Meagher Cup final
Louth v Sligo, Croke Park, 1.30pm, (Live TG4), (Ref: Mick Murtagh, Westmeath)

Sunday

Munster
SHC semi-final
Clare v Waterford, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 4pm, (Live RTÉ 1), (Ref: James Owens, Wexford)

IHC semi-final
Clare v Waterford, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 2pm

Leinster
SHC quarter-finals
Westmeath v Galway, TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar, 3.30pm, (Ref: Diarmuid Kirwan, Cork)
Offaly v Laois, O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 3.30pm, (Ref: Johnny Ryan, Tipperary)

Mark Poland is tackled by Kieran Duffy and Colin Walshe A battle between Down and Monaghan is in store next Sunday Source: Presseye/Andrew Paton/INPHO

Ulster
SFC quarter-final

Monaghan v Down, Clones, 2pm, (Live RTÉ 1), (Ref: Conor Lane, Cork)

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