GAA satisfied Ulster fixtures not clashing with 'Twelfth'
Published 07/07/2015 | 02:30
Four football qualifiers north of the border this weekend have been carefully choreographed to avoid 'Twelfth of July' parades.
It is unprecedented that so many football championship matches are being played in the North on the weekend of 'The Twelfth' celebrations but with Tyrone, Armagh, Derry and Fermanagh all drawn at home against southern opposition, it left some logistical challenges for the GAA's Central Competition Controls Committee.
Armagh will host Galway at 3.0 in the Athletic Grounds on Sunday, the day of the commemorations, while Fermanagh face Roscommon in Enniskillen in a 3A qualifier ,with the throw-in time half an hour later.
On the previous day, Wexford will travel to Owenbeg, Derry's second ground, for a 2.0 throw-in, while Tyrone will take on Meath in Omagh at 3.00.
An Orange march is due to take place in Aughnacloy later on Saturday evening but travelling Meath supporters should be through the border town by then.
Croke Park's head of game administration Fergal McGill said the CCCC liaised with Ulster Council before arranging the fixtures for afternoon throw-ins on both days.
McGill said the question of playing the games south of the border didn't come up despite speculation and pointed out that the four teams are entitled to home venue.
Wexford chairman Diarmuid Devereux said his county had no issue travelling but was happier the game was in Owenbeg and not Celtic Park.
"Owenbeg is three-quarters of an hour closer to the border so it should give us time to get back down before evening. Derry have home draw, they're entitled to that and we have to work around that," he said.
Meanwhile, the annual Leinster GAA U-8 Croke Park 'Go Games' days take place on July 13-14. Over the course of two days of activity, there will be more than 190 teams representing more than 130 clubs.
It's the seventh year of the Leinster GAA Croke Park Go Games Days and in that time more than 21,000 young children have been able to get precious first-hand experience of being a GAA star on the biggest stage.
Leinster GAA describe it as an opportunity to acknowledge the work being done at grassroots and to promote the games, with the children getting a chance to experience just what it's like to play in Croke Park.
Sf QUALIFIERS - Saturday, July 11
(Extra-time if necessary)
All-Ireland SfC Qualifier
Owenbeg: Derry v Wexford, 2.0
Thurles: Tipperary v Louth, 2.45
Healy Park: Tyrone v Meath, 3.0
Cusack Park: Longford v Kildare 7.0
Athletic Gds: Armagh v Galway, 3.0
Brewster Pk: Fermanagh v Roscommon, 3.30