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GAA club finals, Six Nations, Boxing and Premier League - A guide to a bumper St Patrick's sporting weekend

What a weekend this is shaping up to be.

THE WINTER HAS come and gone and one of the biggest sporting weekends of the year is emerging on the horizon.

pjimage (1) Source: Inpho

St Patrick’s Day will kick off an unmissable weekend for sports fans.

Cuala booked their place in the All-Ireland club SHC final, which led to the GAA’s confirmation today that both club finals will take place on St Patrick’s Day in a Croke Park double-header.

Meanwhile, the Ireland kept their Six Nations title challenge on track with an impressive win over France with a potential title-decider against England looming on 19 March.

Here’s what’s on offer on a momentous weekend.

Friday 17 March

1.30pm – Rugby – Leinster schools senior cup final

Tony Kelly celebrates at the final whistle Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

3pm – GAA – Ballyea v Cuala, All-Ireland club SHC final

Bryan Cooper onboard Don Cossack celebrates winning Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

3.30pm – Horse Racing – Gold Cup, Cheltenham Day 4

4pm – Rugby – Munster schools senior cup final

Colm Cooper Source: Tom Beary/INPHO

5pm – GAA – Dr Crokes v Slaughtneil, All-Ireland club SFC final 

5pm – Soccer – Shamrock Rovers v Cork City, League of Ireland Premier Division 

Ireland players celebrate after the game Source: Matteo Ciambelli/INPHO

6pm – Rugby - Ireland U20s v England U20s, U20′s Six Nations

7.30pm – Soccer – Bohemians v Galway, League of Ireland Premier Division 

Ciaran Kilduff celebrates with Patrick McEleney, Michael Duffy and Sean Gannon after scoring their second goal Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

7.30pm – Soccer – Dundalk v St Pat’s, League of Ireland Premier Division 

8pm – Rugby – Ireland women v England women, Women’s Six Nations

Michael Conlan Source: Emily Harney/INPHO

10pm – Pro Boxing - Michael Conlan v Tim Ibarra, Madison Square Garden

Saturday 18 March

Sutton United v Arsenal - Emirates FA Cup - Fifth Round - Gander Green Lane Source: Daniel Hambury

12.30pm –  Soccer – West Brom v Arsenal, Premier League

12.30pm – Rugby – Scotland v Italy, Six Nations

2pm – Soccer – Limerick v Finn Harps, League of Ireland Premier Division 

Wales v France - 2016 RBS Six Nations - Principality Stadium Source: David Davies

2.45pm – Rugby – France v Wales, Six Nations

3pm – Soccer – Five 3pm kick-offs, Premier League

England v Ireland - 2016 RBS Six Nations - Twickenham Stadium Source: PA Archive/PA Images

5pm – Rugby - Ireland v England, Six Nations

5pm – Soccer – Derry v Drogheda, League of Ireland Premier Division

Chelsea v Swansea City - Premier League - Stamford Bridge Source: Dominic Lipinski

5.30pm – Soccer – Bournemouth v Swansea, Premier League

7pm – GAA – Donegal v Tyrone, Allianz Football League Division 1

Ciaran Kilkenny and Paul Mannion tackle Bryan Sheehan Source: James Crombie/INPHO

7pm – GAA – Kerry v Dublin, Allianz Football League Division 1

7.45pm – Soccer – Sligo v Bray, League of Ireland Premier Division

A dejected Andy Lee Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

10pm – Pro Boxing - Andy Lee v KeAndre Leatherwood, Madison Square Garden (on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin’s fight with Daniel Jacobs)

Sunday 19 March

12pm – Soccer – Middlesbrough v Man Utd, Premier League

Cillian O'Connor Source: Tom Beary/INPHO

2pm – GAA – Mayo v Cavan, Allianz Football League Division 1

2.15pm – Soccer - Spurs v Southampton, Premier League

Liverpool v Manchester City - Premier League - Anfield Source: Dave Howarth

4.30pm – Soccer - Man City v Liverpool, Premier League

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