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New Cork, Kerry and Tipp bosses set for first games as Munster pre-season fixtures released

The inter-county action begins on Sunday 2 January in the province.

Keith Ricken, Jack O'Connor and Colm Bonnar are all in charge.
Keith Ricken, Jack O'Connor and Colm Bonnar are all in charge.
Image: INPHO

THE RETURN OF the GAA pre-season competitions sees new senior managers discover their first games in charge, as the Munster Council finalised their fixture details today.

The January fixtures for the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling Cup and the McGrath Cup football competition have both been released.

In hurling, new Tipperary boss Colm Bonnar will start out with a first competitive clash in Tralee on Saturday 8 January as his team face Kerry, who will be managed by Waterford’s Stephen Molumphy for the first time.

Then in football, Ephie Fitzgerald, the Cork All-Ireland ladies football winning supremo, will be at the helm as Waterford play Clare in the first Munster action of the New Year on Sunday 2 January.

Later that week on Wednesday 5 January, Jack O’Connor’s third spell in charge of the Kerry footballers will begin when they host Limerick in Austin Stack Park. 

The following night on Thursday 6 January, Keith Ricken begins life as Cork senior football boss with a long trip to Miltown Malbay for their clash with Clare.

Here are the fixtures in full:

2022 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling Cup

Saturday 8 January – Quarter-final

  • Kerry v Tipperary, Austin Stack Park, Tralee, 2pm.

Friday 14 January – Semi-finals

  • Clare v Waterford, Sixmilebridge, 7pm
  • Limerick v Tipperary/Kerry, TUS Gaelic Grounds, 7pm

Saturday 22 January – Final

john-kiely-celebrates-with-the-liam-maccarthy Limerick's All-Ireland winning manager John Kiely. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

2022 McGrath Cup

Sunday 2 January

  • Group 1: Waterford v Clare, Fraher Field, Dungarvan, 2pm.

Wednesday 5 January

  • Group 2: Kerry v Limerick, Austin Stack Park, Tralee, 7pm.

Thursday 6 January

  • Group 1: Clare v Cork, Miltown Malbay, 7pm.

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Sunday 9 January

  • Group 2: Limerick v Tipperary, Rathkeale, 2pm.

Tuesday 11 January

  • Group 1: Cork v Waterford, Páirc Uí Rinn, 7pm.

Wednesday 12 January

  • Group 2: Tipperary v Kerry, Dr Morris Park, Thurles, 7pm.

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