The All-Ireland quarter-final fixtures have just been announced and, in a welcome development, our minors and seniors will both feature on the same card at Croke Park this coming Saturday.
The minors go into battle first, with throw-in in their quarter-final against All-Ireland champions Tipperary set for 3pm. The seniors are on next, with a 5pm start for our first ever championship clash with Down. The fun doesn’t stop there (unless, I guess, we lose either or both of the matches we’re involved in) because the Dubs are on after that, with their quarter-final against Laois getting underway at 7pm. It’s like the Electric Picnic for football or something: lots of football at any rate.
The two quarter-finals in the other half of the draw have also been fixed for the following day at HQ, with Cork playing Kildare at 2pm while the clash of the round between Kerry and Donegal throws in at 4pm. Opening the fun that day will be the minor quarter-final between Roscommon and Kerry which gets going at midday.