Fifteen county senior finals down for decision on Sunday

November 05, 2021

Will Ballyhale be celebrating a fourth successive Kilkenny SHC title this weekend?

Sunday will be one of the busiest days of the GAA year, with a total of fifteen county finals - eleven in football and four in hurling - down for decision across the country.

In Ulster, Naomh Conaill, Kilcoo and Slaughtneil will be attempting to make it a three-in-a-row of county football titles as Truagh aim for an historic first Monaghan SFC crown against close rivals and holders Scotstown. The Meath SFC final sees St Peter's, Dunboyne up against Wolfe Tones for the first time, while Naas look to bridge a 31-year gap when they face Sarsfields in the Kildare SFC showpiece. Extraordinarily, Gowna and Mullinalaghta from the one parish on the border of Cavan and Longford will contest finals at the same time in different counties and provinces. Elsewhere, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, Naomh Mairtin and Baltinglass will put their SFC titles on the line in Clare, Louth and Wicklow, respectively.

The most high-profile of the hurling finals is the clash of reigning All-Ireland champions Ballyhale Shamrocks and O'Loughlin Gaels in the Kilkenny decider at UPMC Nowlan Park. O'Loughlin Gaels defeated Ballyhale when the sides last met in the final in 2016 but the Shamrocks are now gunning to complete a four-in-a-row of Tom Walsh Cups. In neighbouring Laois, the SHC final pits champions Clough-Ballacolla against Borris-Kilcotton once again, while Castletown-Geoghegan and Raharney do battle in the Westmeath equivalent. The Athletic Grounds will stage the latest installment of the Armagh SHC final between neighbours Keady Lamh Dhearg and Middletown Na Fianna. Cavan and Tyrone will also crown their county hurling champions this weekend.

As well as that, there are a number of massive semi-finals taking place, including Saturday evening's mouthwatering Dublin SFC semi-final double-bill at Parnell Park involving Lucan Sarsfields versus St Jude's and Ballyboden St Enda's versus Kilmacud Crokes. Both of these games will be televised live on RTE2.

The highly-anticipated Kilkenny SHC final and Naomh Conaill's Donegal SFC showdown with St Eunan's, who are chasing a unique senior football and hurling double, will be shown live by TG4 on Sunday.

Here are the fixtures to keep an eye on this weekend:

Friday 5 November


Meath SFC relegation final
Dunshaughlin v Navan O'Mahony's, Dunganny, 8pm

Monaghan SFC relegation round 3
Castleblayney Faughs v Monaghan Harps, Emyvale, 8.15pm
Carrickmacross Emmets v Magheracloone, Castleblayney, 8.15pm

Tipperary SFC relegation semi-final
Moyne-Templetuohy v Moycarkey-Borris, Littleton, 7.30pm

Wexford SFC relegation semi-final
Sarsfields v St Anne's, Rathangan, Bellefield, 7.45pm


Cavan SHC final
Cootehill Celtic v Pearse Ogs, Kingspan 3G Pitch, 8pm

Saturday 6 November


Carlow SFC relegation play-off
Old Leighlin v O'Hanrahan's, Netwatch Cullen Park, 7.30pm

Dublin SFC semi-finals
Lucan Sarsfields v St Jude's, Parnell Park, 5.15pm
Ballyboden St Enda's v Kilmacud Crokes, Parnell Park, 7pm

Donegal SFC relegation final
Termon v Bundoran, Donegal GAA Centre, 7pm

Fermanagh SFC semi-final replay
Derrygonnelly Harps v Kinawley Brian Borus, Brewster Park, 7pm

Kerry SFC quarter-finals
Dingle v Kerins O'Rahilly's, Austin Stack Park, 5pm
Killarney Legion v St Brendan's, Austin Stack Park, 7pm

Kilkenny SFC first round
James Stephens v Clara, Larchfield, 2.30pm
Muckalee v Railyard, Muckalee, 7pm

Mayo SFC semi-final
Garrymore v Knockmore, Bekan, 7pm

Mayo SFC relegation play-off
Balla v Kiltane, Knockmore, 2pm

Tipperary SFC semi-final
Loughmore-Castleiney v Moyle Rovers, Golden, 2pm

Waterford SFC semi-final
Ballinacourty v The Nire, Fraher Field, 7pm


Tyrone SHC final
Eire Og, Carrickmore v Eoghan Ruadh, Dungannon, O'Neill's Healy Park, 3pm

Clare SHC relegation play-offs
Clooney Quin v O'Callaghans Mills, Meelick, 12pm
Crusheen v Clarecastle, Clonlara, 12pm

Galway SHC semi-final
Craughwell v Clarinbridge, Kenny Park, 2pm

Galway SHC relegation play-off
Ballinderreen v Mullagh, Gort, 1.30pm

Offaly SHC semi-final
Coolderry v Shinrone, Birr, 2pm

Sunday 7 November


Cavan SFC final
Gowna v Ramor United, Kinspan Breffni, 3pm

Clare SFC final
Kilmurry-Ibrickane v Eire Og Ennis, Cusack Park, 2pm

Derry SFC final
Glen v Slaughtneil, Celtic Park, 2pm

Donegal SFC final
Naomh Conaill v St Eunan's, Ballybofey, 3.15pm

Down SFC final
Burren v Kilcoo, Pairc Esler, 3pm

Kildare SFC final
Naas v Sarsfields, Newbridge, 2pm

Longford SFC final
Mostrim v Mullinalaghta, St Columba’s, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, 3pm

Louth SFC final
Naomh Mairtin v St Mochta's, Pairc Mhuire, Ardee, 2.30pm

Meath SFC final
St Peter's, Dunboyne v Wolfe Tones, Pairc Tailteann, 2.30pm

Monaghan SFC final
Scotstown v Truagh, Clones, 2.30pm

Wicklow SFC final
Baltinglass v Blessington, Aughrim, 3pm

Carlow SFC semi-finals
Bagenalstown Gaels v Rathvilly, Netwatch Cullen Park, 1.30pm
Eire Og v Mount Leinster Rangers, Netwatch Cullen Park, 3.30pm

Fermanagh SFC relegation final
St Joseph's, Ederney v Tempo Maguires, Irivinestown, 1pm

Kerry SFC quarter-finals
Dr Crokes v Templenoe, Fitzgerald Stadium, 12.45pm
Austin Stacks v South Kerry, Fitzgerald Stadium, 2.45pm

Kilkenny SFC first round
Mullinavat v Danesfort, Mullinavat, 10.30am
Kilmoganny v Dicksboro, Dunnamaggin, 10.30am

Mayo SFC semi-final
Belmullet v Westport, Ballina, 2pm

Tipperary SFC semi-final
Clonmel Commercials v JK Brackens, Boherlahan, 2pm

Tipperary SFC relegation semi-final
Cahir v Arravale Rovers, Ardfinnan, 12pm

Waterford SFC semi-final
Gaultier v Rathgormack, Walsh Park, 1.30pm

Wexford SFC semi-finals
HWH Bunclody v Shelmaliers, Chadwicks Wexford Park, 12.15pm
Gusserane O'Rahilly's v St Martin's, Chadwicks Wexford Park, 2.15pm


Armagh SHC final
Keady Lamh Dhearg v Middletown Na Fianna, Athletic Grounds, 4pm

Kilkenny SHC final
Ballyhale Shamrocks v O'Loughlin Gaels, UPMC Nowlan Park, 1.30pm

Laois SHC final
Borris-Kilcotton v Clough-Ballacolla, MW Hire O'Moore Park, 3.30pm

Westmeath SHC final
Castletown-Geoghegan v Raharney, TEG Cusack Park, 3pm

Cork SHC semi-finals
Blackrock v Midleton, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 1.30pm
Glen Rovers v Sarsfields, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 3.15pm

Galway SHC semi-final
Gort v St Thomas', Kenny Park, 2pm

Offaly SHC semi-final
Kilcormac-Killoughey v St Rynagh's, Bord na Mona O'Connor Park, 2pm

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