The start of the 2022 inter-county season is now approaching rapidly – with our first National League match, against Donegal at Markievicz Park, set to be played on Sunday week – but this coming weekend there are two important Mayo-related All-Ireland semi-finals to keep an eye on.
First up are the Castlebar Mitchels’ women footballers who take on Kerry’s Castleisland Desmond’s in the LGFA Intermediate All-Ireland semi-final on Saturday. This match takes place at Josie Munnelly Park in Castlebar and throw-in is 1pm on Saturday.
Admission to the game will be ticket-only and tickets go on sale tomorrow. The match will also be streamed live for free on the Ladies Football Facebook page. Details on that are here.
On Sunday, meanwhile, Tooreen are contesting the Intermediate hurling All-Ireland semi-final when they take on Naas at Duggan Park in Ballinasloe. Throw-in for this one is 1.30pm on Sunday.
This game is also all-ticket and you can purchase match tickets for it here.
There’s a good bit of focus on the club IHC this year, in light of the unusual line-up of counties involved. Instead of clubs from hurling’s powerhouses, this year’s All-Ireland semi-final involves clubs from Mayo, Kildare, Derry and Kerry.
None of the four counties from which the clubs involved hail have ever had a representative in the final, which has traditionally been dominated by clubs from Kilkenny and Cork. Now Tooreen, Naas, Kilmoyley and Banagher are all on the cusp of an All-Ireland final appearance at Croke Park.
The best of luck to both Castlebar Mitchels and Tooreen as they aim to book their places in their respective All-Ireland deciders this weekend.