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16th Jun 2024

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All-Ireland preliminary quarter finals fixtures CONFIRMED

Next weekend is going to be special.

The draws for the All-Ireland preliminary quarter finals were made on Morning Ireland on RTÉ on Monday morning throwing up some mouth-watering affairs for next weekend. Mayo v Derry is the tie of the round while Tyrone-Roscommon should also be a good one.

See the full draw here, with the first team listed as the home team. Fixture and tv details are also below, with all four games to be shown on GAAGO only. The main reason for that is because the hurling quarter finals and Tailteann semi-finals are all on next weekend too, and they’re taking precedence on RTÉ.

Louth qualified in second place earning them a home game but that will take place in Monaghan, in Inniskeen.

Ardee has been the venue for the Wee County’s home league games but that venue is not deemed fit for a major championship game. They nominated Inniskeen as their home venue for their group stagre clash with Meath a fortnight ago and will stick to it for the game with Cork, with their plans to build a new stadium in Dundalk still in a development phase.

All-Ireland preliminary quarter final draw

Sat June 22

Galway v Monaghan, Pearse Stadium, 4.00, GAAGO

Tyrone v Roscommon, O’Neills Healy Park, 5.00, GAAGO

Mayo v Derry, Hastings Insurance MacHale Park, 6.30, GAAGO

Sun June 23

Louth v Cork, Grattan Park, Inniskeen, 3.00, GAAGO

Donegal, Armagh, Kerry and Dublin, meanwhile, are waiting in the wings for the winners of the below ties in the quarter finals.

Kevin McStay fired up in defiant interview after Mayo-Dublin draw

RTÉ’s Damien O’Meara put it to McStay that the draw may have felt like a defeat but McStay was defiant instantly. He wasn’t having it.

“No, it doesn’t feel like a defeat Damien.” he said.

“At the same time, no interest in moral victories either. We got ourselves into a great position. I hope that people realise now that we were trying to win the game.

“The nonsense that people were waffling about about saving yourself for next week…we gave it our best shot but look Dublin are a terrific team. Very hard to see how they’d come back from that but they did it.”

“What I want to put on record is how proud I am of our team. We asked for a big effort and I felt we went so deep into the well and almost pulled it off, and just got clipped at the end,” he added.

O’Meara then mentioned that Mayo will have no time to feel sorry for themselves with a game coming up next week and McStay was again defiant.

“We won’t be feeling sorry for ourselves. We’re in this championship. We feel we’re going to have a say in this championship still. We will readjust. We learned from last year. And we’ll be ready to get to that quarter final one way or the other.”

Isn’t that the type of thing you’d love to hear as a player in the dressing room? It would certainly get you fired up.

Ciaran Kilkenny makes monstrous fetch to keep Dublin in business

This was an incredible moment from one of the all-time greats of Gaelic football.

Ryan O’Donoghue had just scored the free to put Mayo one up and heading for the quarter final but with thirty seconds to go, Kilkenny leapt into the sky.

He made as good a catch as you’ll ever see. Dublin broke and the brilliant Cormac Costello fisted the score that levelled the game up at 0-17 apiece, and sends Dublin straight through to the quarter finals. Mayo on the other hand will have a quick turnaround with a preliminary quarter final to come next weekend.

Watch the fetch here.

Glenn Ryan steps down as Kildare boss after Tailteann Cup quarter final loss to Laois

Glenn Ryan ended brought an end to his tumultuous stint as Kildare manager after their 2-11 to 0-12 loss to Laois in the Tailteann Cup quarter finals.

Kildare GAA announced the news on their Twitter account after the loss.

“We would like to thank Glenn and his management team for their commitment and dedication to Kildare GAA over the past three years,” they said.

Armagh draw with Galway to go straight through to All-Ireland quarter finals

A late fisted point from Stefan Campbell saw Armagh qualify as table-toppers straight through to the All-Ireland quarter finals.

Galway looked destined for victory when they led by four points with thirteen minutes to play but a Tiernan Kelly goal turned the contest on its head. Conor Turbitt capitalised on a stray Connor Gleeson kick-out in the build-up to the goal and the eventual man-of-the-match then set up his team-mate who made no mistake. They kicked on from there and after the 1-12 to 0-15 draw, their superior score difference saw them qualify ahead of Galway.

Padraic Joyce’s side will be out in the preliminary quarter finals next week.

There was some controversy at half-time as Armagh spent almost twenty minutes in the dressing room in Markievicz Park.

They eventually emerged but only after one of the referee’s officials went into their dressing room to tell them to come out.

A member of the Armagh backroom team was stood outside the dressing room as the RTÉ cameras picked up on the commotion, with the Galway players left waiting on the field for a number of minutes.

Speaking on The Sunday Game, Ciaran Whelan said it was a case of ‘gamesmanship’ from the Ulster side while Lee Keegan said it was down to their poor first half performance.

Afterwards, the Mayo man joked that the extended break helped them.

“I think the twenty minute half-time talk helped them,” joked Lee Keegan afterwards.

Padraic Joyce gives Armagh a dig before throw-in

Padraic Joyce gave Armagh a dig before throw-in in their All-Ireland Round Three group stage clash on Sunday. Speaking to RTÉ’s Damien Lawlor before the game, the Galway manager said Armagh have ‘been making a lot of noise” about their unbeaten record outside of penalty shoot-outs.

“We’re playing a top class side in Armagh,” he said.

“They’re making a lot of noise that they’re probably unbeaten in two and a half years in competition football bar the penalty shoot-outs,” he said.

Galway, of course, were the first side to beat Armagh in a shoot-out back in the 2022 quarter final in what was an extremely entertaining game. In the mean-time, Armagh have gone onto lose three more shoot-out, with two of them coming in successive Ulster finals.

Davy Burke comes out swinging after Roscommon’s win over Cavan

The Roscommon senior footballers recorded their first win in sixteen weeks against Cavan on Saturday afternoon. The 3-20 to 1-20 win sees the Rossies through to next weekend’s All-Ireland preliminary quarter finals with Cavan exiting the championship.

Diarmuid Murtagh (1-6, 0-2f) and Enda Smith (1-1) were the scoring stars for Davy Burke’s side and afterwards the manager hailed his players and hit out at those who have criticised them in recent weeks.

21 April 2024; Roscommon manager Davy Burke arrives for the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship semi-final match between Roscommon and Mayo at Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

“You hear a lot of rubbish about what’s going on in the camp,” he told the Roscommon Herald.

“So I’m delighted for the players. They stood together. If they were listening to outside stuff, we’d all be gone home long ago.”

“The players stood strong, trained hard, and, ultimately, got their reward.

“It’s not a bad team. I know a lot of ye boys mightn’t think that. I’m glad they might have shut a few people up for a while. Let’s see what happens on Monday morning (in the draw).

Hurling quarter final and Tailteann Cup semi-final dates may be swapped

Wexford are seeking to have their upcoming All-Ireland quarter final against Clare changed to next Sunday from its original fixture of Saturday.

Keith Rossiter’s side defeated Laois by twelve points on Saturday to advance to the last eight of the championship. Lee Chin and Conor McDonald played key roles in their victory scoring 0-16 between them.

Wexford GAA announced on Twitter after the game that they would be seeking a change in next weekend’s fixture, as they are hosting the National Féile na nGael on the Saturday.

15 June 2024; Lee Chin of Wexford in action against Tom Cuddy of Laois during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship preliminary quarter-final match between Laois and Wexford at Laois Hire O’Moore Park in Portlaoise, Laois. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

“It’s all over, and we go through to play Clare in the quarter-final,” read their Tweet.

“That match is currently scheduled for next Saturday, but we’ll be making every effort possible to have it changed to Sunday, on account of how so many Wexford people will be involved in all sorts of ways as we host Féile na nGael on Saturday.

As reported by RTÉ, a special central council meeting will take place on Monday to discuss the request with the promotional contraditction of hosting two All-Ireland hurling quarter finals of a Saturday also to be taken into account.

Sunday fixtures

All-Ireland SFC round 3
Dublin v Mayo, Dr Hyde Park, 3.45 – RTE
Monaghan v Meath, Kingspan Breffni, 3.00 – GAAGO
Louth v Kerry, Portlaoise, 3.00
Galway v Armagh, Markievicz Park, 1.45 – RTE

Tailteann Cup quarter-final
Kildare v Laois, Glenisk O’Connor Park, 1.15 – GAAGO

All-Ireland MHC semi-final
Kilkenny v Clare, FBD Semple Stadium, 1.00 – TG4

Saturday results

All-Ireland SFC round 3
Donegal 2-23 Clare 0-5, Castlebar
Tyrone 1-18 Cork 0-17, Tullamore
Derry 2-7 Westmeath 0-9, Pairc Esler
Roscommon 3-20 Cavan 1-20, Glennon Bros Pearse Park

All-Ireland SHC preliminary quarter-finals
Laois 0-20 Wexford 0-32, Laois Hire O’Moore Park
Offaly 3-19 Cork 4-25, Glenisk O’Connor Park

Tailteann Cup quarter-finals
Fermanagh 0-11 Antrim 1-11, Brewster Park
Sligo 2-20 Limerick 0-9, Markievicz Park
Down 1-18 Wicklow 0-12, Pairc Esler

All-Ireland MHC semi-final
Tipperary 1-24 Galway 0-26, TUS Gaelic Grounds

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