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19th Oct 2023

Predicting the biggest club championship games around the country as Kildare final goes to Carlow

Niall McIntyre

There are 15 senior county finals taking place this weekend, across Gaelic football and hurling, on one of the biggest club weekends of the year.

The Dublin senior club football final between Kilmacud Crokes and Ballyboden St Enda’s takes top-billing on Sunday, but there are a number of other eye-catching ties throughout the country.

The Roscommon football final between Boyle and St Brigid’s is an intriguing one, given that Boyle, home of the Smith brothers, are aiming to win their first senior title in almost 100 years. They narrowly lost the final to Strokestown last year and will be aiming to strike back this Sunday, against one of the county’s aristocrats.

The Galway senior club football semi-final between Mountbellew/Moylough and Moycullen is a heavyweight one, with Cumann Peile Mhaigh Cuilinn surely harbouring high ambitions after their All-Ireland semi-final loss to Glen last year.

Their opponents shouldn’t be discounted, with high-class players like John and Michael Daly, Barry McHugh and Eoin Finnerty in their ranks.

Meanwhile, due to the re-development of St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, an unusual side-note of Naas and Celbridge’s Kildare senior football final is that it takes place in Netwatch Dr Cullen Park, in Carlow.

What makes it all the more unique is that Naas’ manager, the Éire Óg legend Joe Murphy, is a Carlow man.

“It’s really unique alright,” he told Naas GAA’s social media.

“It’s hard to know what to think of it.

“It’d be lovely to win it in Carlow but on the other side of it is that it would be worse again,” says Murphy, who won four Carlow senior titles in a row as manager of his home club recently, having won five Leinster titles as a player with them in the ’90s.

“It’s only up the road from my house,”added Murphy, who steered Naas to a county title in 2022, “I can walk to it,” he added.

Murphy took over as Naas manager last year, on the back of the team deploying a player-led management team due to a dispute in 2021.

The decision for the game to take place in neighbouring Carlow comes after the Lilywhites played their home All-Ireland SFC games against Monaghan and Dublin this summer Glenisk O’Connor Park and UPMC Nowlan Park.

Generally staged in St Conleth’s Park, the Hurling for Cancer game was also moved to Cullen Park earlier this year, with the Kildare county board opting for the Carlow venue ahead of any of their other club’s grounds in a meeting this September.

Kingscourt Stars clash with Gowna should also be a good one, while the Sligo final between and Coolera Strandhill and St Molaise Gaels will see one of those clubs end a famine. Coolera Strandhill haven’t won since 2005 while St Molaise goals have never won, and last contested a final back in 1978.

See our predictions below.


Mayo GAA Senior A Hurling Championship Final 2023 

  • Ballyhaunis V Tuairín, Ballyhaunis, 4:00

    Verdict: Tuairín

Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry County Senior Football Championship Semi-Final

  • Mid Kerry V Dingle, Austin Stack Park, 5:30

Verdict: Dingle

Bon Secours Hospital Galway Senior Football Championship Semi Final

  • Mountbellew/Moylough V Maigh Cuilinn, Pearse Stadium, 15:30 

Verdict: Maigh Cuilinn


Homeland Sligo Senior Football Championship Final 

  • Coolera Strandhill V St Molaise Gaels, Markievicz Park, 3:15 

Verdict: Coolera Strandhill

FBD Insurance – County Tipperary Senior Football Championship Final

  •  Clonmel Commercials V JK Brackens, FBD Semple Stadium, 3:30 

Verdict: Clonmel Commercials

TUS Clare Senior Hurling Championship Final 

  • Clonlara V Crusheen, Cusack Park, 2:00 

Verdict: Clonlara

Wicklow Senior Football Championship Final 

  • Blessington V Rathnew, Echelon Park, Aughrim, 2:30 

Verdict: Blessington

Go-Ahead Dublin Senior 1 Football Championship Final

  • Kilmacud Crokes V Ballyboden St Enda’s, Parnell Park, 4:00

Verdict: Kilmacud Crokes

Monaghan Senior Football Championship Final 

  • Inniskeen V Scotstown, Clones, 3:30

Venue: Scotstown

Anchor Tours Louth Senior Football Final  

  • Ardee St. Mary’s G.F.C V Naomh Mairtin, Páirc Naomh Bríd, Dowdallshill, 3:30 

Verdict: Ardee St. Mary’s

2023 Joe Mallon Motors Kildare Senior Football Championship Final

  • Celbridge V Naas, Netwatch Dr Cullen Park, 4:00 

Verdict: Naas

The Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Donegal Senior Football Championship Final

  • Gaoth Dobhair V Naomh Conaill, Mac Cumhaill Park, 4:00 

Verdict: Naomh Conaill

2023 Armagh Senior Football Championship Final 

  • Clan na Gael V Crossmaglen Rangers, BOX-IT Athletic Grounds, Armagh, 4:15 

Verdict: Crossmaglen Rangers

2023 Morgan Fuels Down GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final  

  • Portaferry V Ballycran, Páirc Esler, Newry, 4:00 

Verdict: Ballycran

Bon Secours Hospital Galway Senior Football Championship Semi Final

  • Milltown V Corofin, Tuam Stadium, 3:30 

Verdict: Corofin

Mannok Fermanagh Senior Football Championship Final 

  • Derrygonnelly Harps v Erne Gaels Belleek, Brewster Park, Enniskillen, 2:00

Verdict: Erne Gaels 

Kiernan’s Service Stations Cavan Senior Football Championship 2023 Final

  • Kingscourt Stars V Gowna, Kingspan Breffni, 4:00 

Venue: Gowna

Hodson Bay Roscommon Senior Football Championship Final

  • St Brigid’s V Boyle, Dr Hyde Park, 2:30

Verdict: Boyle

Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry County Senior Football Championship Semi-Final 

  • East Kerry V Rathmore, Fitzgerald Stadium, 2:30 

Verdict: East Kerry 

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