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The 2017 GAA pre-season kicks off this week and there's 30 games to get stuck into

Calling all you O’Byrne and McGrath Cup fans.

NEW YEAR AND the familiar sight of pre-season provincial competitions coming down the tracks to signal the start of another GAA campaign.

A general view of the game Dublin's footballers are at home in Parnell Park on Sunday Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

The 2017 offering gets underway tomorrow night with Walsh Cup action in Parnell Park before switching to Kilkenny’s game on Thursday night.

On Saturday the footballers of Kildare and Longford will get the O’Byrne Cup rolling before on Sunday there’s action from all four provinces.

Here’s the 30 games to get stuck into this week.


Bord Na Móna Walsh Cup

Group 3
Dublin v Carlow, Parnell Park, 7.30pm


Walsh Cup

Group 2
Kilkenny v DCU, MW Hire Park Dunmore, 7.30pm

Kilkenny players during half time Thursday night lights for the Kilkenny hurlers Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO


O’Byrne Cup

Group 2
Kildare v Longford, St Conleth’s Park Newbridge, 2pm


Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League

Round 1
Cork v Kerry, Mallow, 2pm
Waterford v Limerick, Fraher Field, 2pm

Derek McGrath First day out in the Fraher Field for Waterford's Derek McGrath Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Dr McKenna Cup

Section A
Down v Queen’s University, Downpatrick, 2pm
Derry v Armagh, Owenbeg, 2pm

Section B
Antrim v St Mary’s, Glenavy, 2pm
Monaghan v Fermanagh, Clones, 2pm

Section C
Cavan v Tyrone, Kingspan Breffni Park, 2pm
Donegal v UUJ, Ballybofey, 2pm

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Mattie Donnelly lifts the cup Mattie Donnelly captained Tyrone to win the Dr McKenna Cup last year Source: Andrew Paton

FBD League

Section A
Roscommon v Sligo IT, Abbey Park, Boyle, 2pm
Mayo v NUI Galway, Elverys MacHale Park, 2pm

Section B
Sligo v Galway, Enniscrone, 2pm
Leitrim v GMIT, Mohill, 2pm

McGrath Cup

Group A
Kerry v Tipperary, Austin Stack Park, Tralee, 2pm

Liam Kerans The Tipperary management will be hoping to build on their 2016 success Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Group B
Clare v Waterford, Meelick, 2pm

O’Byrne Cup

Group 1
Dublin v DCU, Parnell Park, 2pm
Wexford v UCD, Gorey, 2.30pm

Group 2
Offaly v IT Carlow, Geashill (Raheen GAA), 2pm

Group 3
Meath v Wicklow, Páirc Tailteann, Navan, 2pm
Laois v DIT, Crettyard, 2pm

Group 4
Westmeath v Louth, TEG Cusack Park, 2pm
Carlow v Maynooth University, Netwatch Cullen Park, 2pm

Walsh Cup

Group 1
Galway v DIT, Duggan Park, Ballinalsoe, 2pm
Laois v NUI Galway, Abbeyleix, 2pm

Group 2
Westmeath v Antrim, Kinnegad, 2pm

Group 3
Wexford v UCD, Gorey, 12.45pm

Davy Fitzgerald Davy Fitzgerald's first game with Wexford is against the students of UCD Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Group 4
Meath v Offaly, Trim, 2pm
Kildare v IT Carlow, St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, 2pm

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