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Monday 19 August 2019

Slaughtneil's All Ireland semi-final with Cuala put back as Ulster champions granted more preparation time

Slaughtneil captain Chris McKaigue lifts the Ulster Senior Hurling Senior Championship
Slaughtneil captain Chris McKaigue lifts the Ulster Senior Hurling Senior Championship
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

SLAUGHTNEIL'S preparations for All-Ireland club semi-finals in both codes have been given a huge boost after being granted extra time to prepare for their hurling clash with Leinster champions Cuala.

The dual Ulster football and hurling champions were originally due to play the Dalkey club on February 4 with their football semi-final against St Vincent's a week later, but the GAA has delayed the hurling tie until February 25.

With eight starting dual players, and many more involved between both extended panels, Croke Park has allowed them some leeway as they bid to become the first club to win All-Ireland hurling and football club titles in the same year.

GAA chiefs could face even bigger headaches if they win both semi-finals with hurling and football deciders down for decision on St. Patrick’s Day.

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