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Croke Park dates among eight ladies football double-headers with male counterparts

Dublin will face Cork and Kerry at GAA headquarters.

Noelle Healy kisses the Brendan Martin Cup Morgan Treacy / INPHO Dublin's Noelle Healy with the Brendan Martin Cup after their 2017 All-Ireland final win over Mayo. Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO

TG4 ALL-IRELAND ladies senior football champions Dublin are to play their 2018 Lidl National League Division 1 fixtures against Cork and Kerry at Croke Park.

The games will take place prior to Allianz Football League games involving the Dubs’ male counterparts. The Dublin ladies will also travel to Castlebar for their clash with Mayo, after the Ladies Gaelic Football Association announced a series of eight double-headers for the forthcoming league campaign this afternoon.

It comes on the back of last March’s historic meeting of the Dubs and Mayo at Croke Park, which was the first ladies football league game staged at GAA headquarters. The fixture acted as the curtain-raiser for the clash of the Dublin and Roscommon men’s teams.

The Dublin ladies will entertain Lidl Division 1 champions Cork at Croker on Saturday, 10 February and Kerry on Saturday, 3 March. The games will be followed by Dublin’s Allianz Football League encounters with Donegal and Kerry respectively.

Repeats of both the men’s and ladies’ All-Ireland senior football finals between Mayo and Dublin are scheduled for Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar on Saturday, 24 February.

Cora Staunton claims a high ball Gary Carr / INPHO Cora Staunton gathering possession for Mayo during their Division 1 clash with Dublin at Croke Park last March. Gary Carr / INPHO / INPHO

Five of the eight games which will form part of double-headers are high-profile Lidl NFL Division 1 showdowns, with three matches in Division 2 also accommodated.

Monaghan will host Kerry in Division 1 on Sunday, 11 February, before the Monaghan men take on Kerry at Páirc Grattan, Inniskeen. On the same day, Connacht champions Galway tackle Mayo at Pearse Stadium in Salthill, before the Galway and Mayo men battle it out.

In Division 2, Armagh, Cavan and Tyrone will also get the chance to line out in home fixtures ahead of the men’s teams from the respective counties.

Here’s the confirmed list of double-headers (men’s Allianz Football League fixtures in brackets):

Sunday, 28 January

Lidl NFL Division 2: Armagh v Tipperary (12pm) — Athletic Grounds, Armagh (Armagh v Sligo)

Saturday, 3 February

Lidl NFL Division 2: Cavan v Armagh (5.15pm) — Kingspan Breffni, Cavan (Cavan v Louth)

Saturday, 10 February

Lidl NFL Division 1: Dublin v Cork (5pm) — Croke Park (Dublin v Donegal)

Sunday, 11 February

Lidl NFL Division 1: Monaghan v Kerry (12pm) — Páirc Grattan, Inniskeen (Monaghan v Kerry)

Sunday, February 11

Lidl NFL Division 1: Galway v Mayo (12pm) — Pearse Stadium, Salthill (Galway v Mayo)

Saturday, 24 February

Lidl NFL Division 1: Mayo v Dublin (5pm) — Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar (Mayo v Dublin)

Saturday, 3 March

Lidl NFL Division 1: Dublin v Kerry (5pm) — Croke Park (Dublin v Kerry)

Saturday, 3 March

Lidl NFL Division 2: Tyrone v Cavan (5.15pm) — Healy Park, Omagh (Tyrone v Donegal)

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