IT’S THE LAST week of January and the provincial pre-season GAA is drawing to a close.
The Gaelic football competitions in the four provinces conclude this weekend.
While the hurling fare in Munster and Leinster intensifies with heavyweights like Kilkenny, Galway and Tipperary all making their seasonal bows.
There are 20 games in all scheduled to be played.
In Connacht the focus is on Sunday’s FBD League decider.
FBD League final: Sligo v Leitrim, Markievicz Park, 2pm, (Ref: Jerome Henry, Mayo)
In Leinster, the Bord Na Móna GAA series continues with the O’Byrne Cup final taking centre stage on Saturday night but there are also four Walsh Cup ties and eight games in the Kehoe Cup.
Walsh Cup quarter-final: Dublin v UCD, Parnell Park, 7.30pm, (Ref: John Keenan, Wicklow).
O’Byrne Cup final: Dublin v Kildare, Parnell Park, 7pm, (Ref: Eddie Kinsella, Laois).
Walsh Cup quarter-final: Kilkenny v NUI Galway, O’Loughlin Gaels GAA club, 2pm, (Ref: Brian Gavin, Offaly).
(All games at 2pm)
Walsh Cup quarter-finals: Wexford v Offaly, Blackwater, (Ref: Anthony Stapleton, Laois); Carlow v Galway, Dr Cullen Park, (Ref: Sean Cleere, Kilkenny).
Kehoe Cup: Armagh v Meath, Navan, (Ref: Patrick Murphy, Carlow); DCU v Wicklow, Bray Emmett’s GAA pitch, (Ref: Justin Heffernan, Wexford); Derry v GMIT, Celtic Park, (Ref: Kevin Brady, Louth); Louth v Kildare, Darver, (Ref: Danny Harrington, Dublin); Dublin IT v Westmeath, Kinnegad, (Ref: David Hughes, Carlow); Laois v Antrim, Rathdowney, (Ref: Gavin Quilty, Kilkenny); St Patrick’s College v Fingal, Lawless Park Swords, (Ref TBC); Trinity College v Roscommon, Dublin venue, (Ref: Barry Redmond, Wexford).
In Munster the McGrath Cup decider will be contested by Kerry and Tipperary on Saturday. While the Waterford Crystal Cup reaches the quarter-final stage over the weekend.
Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-final: Kerry v Limerick IT, Abbeydorney, 7pm, (Ref: Damien Fox, Clare).
McGrath Cup final: Kerry v Tipperary, Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town, 2.30pm, (Ref: James Bermingham, Cork).
Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-final: Cork v Waterford IT, Páirc Uí Rinn, 2pm, (Ref: Shane Hourigan, Limerick).
Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-final: Tipperary v Limerick, MacDonagh Park, Nenagh, 2pm, (Ref: Colm Lyons, Cork); Clare v UL, Sixmilebridge, 2pm, (Ref: John Sexton, Cork).
Power NI Dr McKenna Cup final: Tyrone v Monaghan, Athletic Grounds, 7.30pm, (Ref: Barry Cassidy, Derry)