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22nd Sep 2022

All-Ireland final date set to be moved yet again as GAA reshuffle the calendar

Lee Costello

It isn’t quite as drastic as last time.

Last season, the GAA tried to condense the calendar and introduce a split season between club and county, something which has had mixed reviews.

The players certainly seem happier, they aren’t being torn apart by club and county commitments, and they can manage their social lives a lot better.

Not to mention the fact that’s there is a window to go travelling and play some football in America if your team is knocked out of the championship, something that the likes of Conor Meyler and Rian O’Neill took full advantage of.

However, with the final being played in July and ultimately no great spectacles on TV or the month of August, there were a lot of complaints about viewers missing out on what was their usual summer experience.

With all of this in mind, the GAA are doing another shake up of sorts, and have decided to extend the All-Ireland series by another week.

The Tailteann Cup final is down for 15/16 July, with the All-Ireland hurling final taking place a week later. Under these proposals the All-Ireland football final will move from 23 to 30 July.

In case of the event of a replay in the hurling final, the first weekend of August will be kept free for that potential fixture.

From that point on the club championships will dominate the fixtures schedule.

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