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Fixtures for 2014 All-Ireland hurling and football Championships revealed

Published 03/10/2013 | 19:57

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Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire
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28 September 2013; Clare captain Patrick Donnellan lifts the Liam MacCarthy cup. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Patrick Donnellan lifts the Liam McCarthy Cup

Clare will begin their defence of Liam McCarthy with a Munster semi-final against Cork or Waterford while either Wicklow or Laois will be first to have a pop at All-Ireland champions Dublin.

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There is a new format in the All-Ireland Football Championship with all four provinces split in two which will result in the qualifiers being split into an A and B section.

On Dublin's side of the Leinster championship Wexford await the winners of Longford and Offaly for a place in the Leinster semi-final.

Kildare and Meath will be glad to be on the B side where the avoid the Dubs with the managerless Lilywhites in line to face either Louth or Westmeath and the Royals drawn to face Anthony Rainbow's Carlow.

Ulster, as it so often does, has thrown up some serious games with Mickey Harte's Tyrone facing Down in a preliminary round for the right to play reigning Ulster champions Monaghan in a quarter-final.

The other quarter-final on the B side in Ulster will give Paul Grimley's Armagh the chance to avenge their defeat to Cavan in this year's Ulster Championship.

Jim McGuinness Donegal will face Derry on the other side of the draw for the right to take on wither Fermanagh or Antrim, neither county has a manager at the minute after Peter Canavan and Frank Dawson stepped down this year.

Galway will play London for the right to play Sligo in the A quarter-final in Connacht while Mayo will be going for a fourth consecutive provincial title when they play New York in a preliminary with the winners of Roscommon and Leitrim awaiting in the B semi-final.

The contentious Munster Championship is seeded meaning that Cork and Kerry received byes into the semi-finals.

On the A side of the draw Kerry will face the winners of Limerick and Tipperary while on the other side of the draw whoever triumphs between Clare and Waterford will take on Cork.

In hurling, Davy Fitzgerald's Clare have been handed a bye into the Munster semi-final where they will play the winners of Cork and Waterford giving us the mouthwatering prospect that they could meet the Rebels in a repeat of last weekend's All-Ireland.

Limerick ended an 18-year wait for a Munster title this year but of they are to regain their provincial crown they will first have to beat rivals Tipperary in a Munster semi-final.

The Dublin hurlers have been handed a kind draw in their bid to retain their Leinster hurling title with Anthony Daly's men drawn to play either Wexford or the winners of the Qualifier Group which contains Laois, Westmeath, Carlow, London and Antrim in the semi-final.

On the other side of the draw, Kilkenny have been drawn to play Offaly as they were in 2013 and Galway will play the runners-up of the Qualifier Group.

Here are the details of the 2014 All-Ireland Hurling and Football Championships:

GAELIC FOOTBALL

Leinster

First Round

Wicklow v Laois

Longford v Offaly

Westmeath v Louth

 

Quarter-finals(A)

Dublin v Wicklow/Laois

Wexford v Longford/Offaly

Winners to meet in semi-final(A)

 

Quarter-finals(B)

Kildare v Westmeath/Louth

Meath v Carlow

Winners to meet in semi-final(A)

 

Ulster

Premliminary Round

Tyrone v Down

 

Quarter-finals (A)

Fermanagh v Antrim

Derry v Donegal

Winners to face in semi-final(A)

 

Quarter-finals(B)

Armagh v Cavan

Monaghan v Tyrone/Down

Winners to play in semi-final(B)

 

Connacht

Preliminary Round

Mayo v New York

 

Quarter-final (A)

Galway v London

 

Quarter-final(B)

Roscommon v Leitrim

 

Semi-final (A)

Galway/London v Sligo

 

Semi-final (B)

Roscommon/Leitrim v Mayo/NewYork

Munster

Quarter-final(A)

Tipperary v Limerick

 

Semi-final(A)

Cork v Tipperary/Limerick

 

Quarter-final(B)

Clare v Waterford

 

Semi-final(B)

Kerry v Clare Waterford

HURLING

Leinster

Qualifier Group

Antrim, Carlow, Laois, London, Westmeath

 

Quarter-finals

Group winner v Wexford

Galway v Group runners-up

Kilkenny v Offaly

 

Semi-finals

Dublin v Group Winners/Wexford

Galway/Group runners-up v Kilkenny v Offaly

 

Munster

Quarter-final

Cork v Waterford

 

Semi-finals

Tipperary v Limerick

Clare v

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