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02nd Nov 2023

Predicting the nine biggest GAA games of the weekend as provincial championship comes to town

Niall McIntyre

County final season has almost come and gone. The provincial club championships are ready to go.

Kilmacud Crokes and Carlow’s Éire Óg kick the weekend off in style on Saturday night in Netwatch Cullen Park in the Leinster quarter final. The game will be live on RTÉ Two and the history that exists between these two powerhouses of the provincial game will be felt throughout the night.

Kilmacud Crokes manager Robbie Brennan certainly won’t forget their Leinster club championship final in 1998 that stretched into 1999 such was the competitiveness of the fare.

Twice Crokes and Éire Óg couldn’t be separated only for that great Carlow side to win the trilogy, and their fifth provincial title in a decade.

Robbie Brennan was playing that day and he’ll be hoping to be on the other end of the result this time.

Saturday’s provincial show-piece will be followed on Sunday by three county football finals, in Galway, Kerry and Limerick, as well as some more big games in Munster, Leinster and Ulster.

Any day you get to see the Cliffords in action is a good day and they’ll line out for East Kerry against Mid Kerry live on TG4 in Sunday, in a repeat of last year’s Kerry SFC final.

The clash of Corofin and last year’s beaten All-Ireland semi-finalists Maigh Cuilinn will also draw plenty of eyes, while after their long break, Ballygunner face a stern test against Cork champions Sarsfields.


AIB Leinster Club Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final

  • Éire Óg CLG V Kilmacud Crokes, Netwatch Cullen Park, 7:45  (Live on RTÉ2)

Verdict: Kilmacud Crokes


Irish Wire Products Ltd, Limerick Senior Football Championship Final 

  • Adare v Newcastle West, TUS Gaelic Grounds, 2:00 

Verdict: Newcastle West

Bon Secours Hospital Galway Senior Football Championship Final 

  • Corofin V Maigh Cuilinn, Pearse Stadium, 2:00 

Verdict: Maigh Cuilinn

2023 Garvey’s SuperValu County Senior Football Championship Final (Live on TG4)

  • Mid Kerry V East Kerry, Austin Stack Park, 3:30

Verdict: East Kerry

2023 Ulster GAA Football Senior Club Championship Round 1

  • Derrygonnelly Harps V Kilcoo, Brewster Park, 3:45

Verdict: Kilcoo

2023 AIB Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final (Live on TG4)

  • Ballygunner V Sarsfields, Walsh Park, Waterford, 1:30

Verdict: Ballygunner

2023 AIB Leinster Club Senior Football Championship Quarter-Finals

  • Blessington V Ardee St Mary’s GFC, Echelon Park, Aughrim, 14:00 

Verdict: Ardee St Mary’s

  • Killoe Young Emmets V St Loman’s Mullingar, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, 14:00 

Verdict: St Loman’s

  • Naas V Summerhill, Hawkfield Kildare Centre of Excellence, 14:00

Verdict: Naas

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