With the reindeers’ hooves almost ready to clatter onto the rooftops accompanied by a generous side portion of ho-ho-hoing, the GAA has finally released details of its master fixtures schedule for next year. You’ll find it all here.
Of most immediate interest, given that the action gets underway in just over a month’s time, will be the National League fixtures for 2022. According to the schedule, our Division One campaign next spring is as follows:
- ROUND 1: MAYO v Donegal, Markievicz Park, Sligo, Sunday 30th January at 1.45pm
- ROUND 2: Monaghan v MAYO, St Tiernach’s Park, Clones, Sunday 6th February at 2pm
- ROUND 3: Dublin v MAYO, Croke Park, Dublin, Saturday 19th February at 7.30pm
- ROUND 4: MAYO v Armagh, Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon, Sunday 27th February at 2pm
- ROUND 5: Kerry v MAYO, Austin Stack Park, Tralee, Saturday 12th March at 7.30pm
- ROUND 6: Tyrone v MAYO, Healy Park, Omagh, Saturday 19th March at 7pm
- ROUND 7: MAYO v Kildare, Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon, Sunday 27th March at 1.45pm
Nothing easy from that list but that’s Division One football for you. It’s good to be back in such company after our brief sojourn in the League’s second tier.
The Connacht Championship gets going soon after the League’s conclusion – the final of which, by the way, is pencilled in for the first weekend in April – and, in light of our being drawn to play Galway at the quarter-final stage, we’re out of the traps rapidly.
That provincial clash against the Tribesmen has been fixed for Sunday, 24th April. No venue or throw-in time has been listed for it. The winners of that game will then face either London or Leitrim in the provincial semi-final on Sunday, 8th May. The Connacht final is fixed for Sunday, 29th May.
There’s loads more detail in the master schedule documentation published today, including all the hurlers’ fixtures and the underage ties. I’ll leave it to you, though, to wade through the rest of it.