THE first major championship final of the GAA season in Cork will take place next Saturday night with the meeting of Nemo Rangers and Bantry in the U21 football final.
Last night’s County Board meeting at Páirc Uí Chaoimh saw the unveiling of the list of championship fixtures for the remainder of the year with the city and west Cork champions setting the ball rolling at Pairc Ui Rinn, 7.30pm.
The game will be preceded by the final of the U21 B championship involving Kildorrery and Iveleary which has a 6pm throw-in.
The board also ratified the big clash in the PIFC featuring Gaeltacht neighbours Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh and Naomh Abhan and that game will take place at Kilmichael at 6pm on the same night.
In drawing up a substantial programme of fixtures right through to the county senior football final on October 14, the board stressed that dates may be adjusted depending on Cork’s progress in the All-Ireland senior hurling and football championships.
Cork County Board chairman Bob Ryan told the Evening Echo today that it was extremely hard work in pencilling in the games and, whilst the list was now drawn up, difficulties may arise along the way’’ he said.
“Obviously, a lot of fixtures are dependent on the Cork hurlers and footballers and their progress in the All-Ireland championships and that is a situation that will monitored as things develop.
“Hopefully both will make it through to the finals and if they do alterations will be required but we are going to do our level best to assist the clubs along the way and we will communicate with them throughout.
“The list is now drawn up and I would be confident that things will fall into place and that our targets will be met. It is a heavy schedule of fixtures with some great games to look forward to in both codes.’’
The SHC is scheduled to resume on the August Bank Holiday Weekend with the big game involving Ballymartle and Courcey Rovers taking place at Pairc Ui Rinn on August 4-5.
The big East Cork derby featuring Killeagh and Erin’s Own is pencilled in for August 11 at Midleton while on the same night Na Piarsaigh are down to play Newtownshandrum at Fermoy. The eagerly awaited city showdown in the SFC involving Nemo Rangers and St Finbarr’s is also marked in for that Saturday night at Pairc Ui Rinn.
Looking much further down the line the board have pencilled in Sunday September 30 for the County SHC and PIHC finals while the football finals are marked down for Sunday October 14.
IFC: Killavullen v Cloyne, Castlelyons, 7.30pm. (J Dorgan)
U21 B FC final: Kildorrery v Iveleary, Páirc Ui Rinn, 6pm. (B Coniry)
U21 A FC final: Nemo Rangers v Bantry Blues, Páirc Ui Rinn, 7.30pm (G Sweeney)
PIFC: Beal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Naomh Aban, Kilmichael, 6pm. (C Lane); Ballinora v St. Michael’s, Ballincollig, 7.30pm. (E Sheehy).
JBFC quarter-final replay: Diarmuid Ó Mathúna’s v Araglen, Ballygarvan, 4pm. ET.
JBHC quarter-final: Lough Rovers v Killavullen, Blarney, 3.30pm. (P O’Driscoll); Whitechurch v Rathpeacon, Blarney, 2pm (T Hayes); Lismire v Gabriel Rangers, Cloughduv, 2pm. (P Downey); Randal Óg v Castlemagner, Cloughduv, 3.30pm. (J Buckley).
FRIDAY, July 27
IHC: Meelin v Milford, Rathluirc,7pm.
SATURDAY, July 28
PIHC: Mallow v Blarney, Páirc Uí Rinn, 7pm; Bandon v Castlelyons, Caherlag, 5.30pm; Tracton v Youghal, Caherlag, 7pm; Newcestown v Ballinhassig, Brinny, 7pm; Kilbrittain v Ballyhea, Coachford, 7pm.
IHC: St Catherine’s v Charleville, Glanworth, 7pm.
PIFC: St Vincent’s v Glenville, @ Riverstown, 7.30pm.
IFC: If Killavullen v Fermoy, Doneraile, 7.30pm.
JBFC semi-final: Whitechurch v Kilmeen, Carraigadroichead, 7.30pm.
IHC relegation play-off: Dripsey v Blackrock, Brinny, 5.15pm.
SUNDAY, July 29
All-Ireland quarter-final: Cork v Waterford, Thurles, 2pm.
PIHC: Carrigaline v Ballincollig, Belgooly, 7pm.
WEDNESDAY, August 1
IFC relegation play-off: If Cloyne v Glanmire, Carrigtwohill, 7pm; If Killavullen v Glanmire, Rathcormac, 7pm. (Provisional)
FRIDAY, August 3
PIHC quarter-final: Inniscarra v Valley Rovers, Cloughduv, 7pm.
SATURDAY, August 4 to MONDAY, August 6
All-Ireland football quarter-finals involving Cork.
Quarter-finals: PIHC and IHC.
SATURDAY, August 4
IHC: Ballygarvan v Barryroe, Ballinaspittle, 7pm.
SHC: Ballymartle v Courcey Rovers, Pairc Ui Rinn, 7pm. (Alt Aug 5)
SUNDAY, August 5
SHC: Bride Rovers v Blackrock, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 2.30pm. (J Sexton); Cloyne v Glen Rovers, Pairc Ui Choaimh, 4pm (D Kirwan) (Alt Aug 18-19)
JBFC semi-final: St Catherine’s v Araglen or Diarmuid Ó Mathúnas, Kilworth or Kilmurry, 3.30pm.
FRIDAY, August 10
SFC: Carbery Rangers v Ballincollig, Bandon, 7pm.
PIFC: Valley Rovers v Kiskeam, Ballyanley, 7pm.
IHC quarter-final: Fermoy v Kilworth, Ballygiblin, 7pm.
SHC: Douglas v Bishopstown, Páirc Uí Rinn, 6.30pm (Alt Aug 18-19).
Weekend August 11-12
Quarter-finals: PIFC and IFC;
SATURDAY, August 11
SFC: St Finbarr’s v Nemo Rangers, Páirc Uí Rinn, 7pm; Avondhu v Ilen Rovers, Macroom or Rathcormac, 7pm; Aghada v O’Donovan Rossa, Ballygarvan, 7pm.
SHC: Killeagh v Erin’s Own, Midleton, 7pm; Newtownshandrum v Na Piarsaigh,
SUNDAY, August 12
All-Ireland semi-final: Galway v Cork or Waterford, Croke Park.
IFC: Grenagh v Castletownbere, Inchigeela, 2.30pm. (Alt Aug 18)
SHC: Carrigtwohill v Glen Rovers/Cloyne, Páirc Uí Chaoimh , 4pm; Sarsfields v Blackrock/Bride Rovers, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 2.30pm. (Alt Aug 25-26)
SFC: Duhallow v Dohenys, Coachford, 7pm. (Alt Aug 11);Castlehaven v Newcestown, TBC, 7pm.
PIFC quarter-final: Nemo Rangers v Carrigaline, Shanbally, 7pm. (Alt Aug 10)
IHC: Fr O’Neill’s v Éire Óg, Riverstown, 3.30pm. (Alt Aug 11/8).
IFC: Aghabullogue v Cill na Martra, Beal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, 3.30p.m. (Alt Aug 11); Adrigole v Youghal, Carrigadroichead, 3.30pm. (Alt Aug 11)
FRIDAY, August 17
IHC: Kanturk v Dromina, Ballyhea, 6.30pm.
SATURDAY, August 18
SHC: Midleton v Avondhu, Ballynoe, 6.30pm.
SFC: Douglas v Newmarket, Mallow, 6.45pm.
PIFC: Kinsale v Clyda Rovers, Blarney, 6.45pm.
SHC: CIT v St Finbarr’s, TBC.
IHC: Arigdeen Rangers v Aghada, Ballygarvan, 6.30pm.
SUNDAY, August 19
SFC: Bishopstown v Clonakilty, Newcestown, 3.30pm.
PIFC: Mallow v Bantry Blues, Macroom, 3.30pm.
IFC: Ballydesmond v Canovee, Mourneabbey, 3.30pm.
PIHC relegation play-off: Aghabullogue v Watergrasshill, Ballincollig, 3.30pm.
Semi-finals: PIHC and IHC
SATURDAY, August 25
IFC: Kanturk v Glanworth, Buttevant, 6.30pm; Éire Óg v Kildorrery, Donoughmore, 6.30pm.
SUNDAY, August 26
All-Ireland football semi-final: Munster v Ulster.
Finals: JBHC and JBFC
SATURDAY, September 1
PIFC relegation play-off: Macroom v Mayfield, Ballyanley, 7pm.
SATURDAY, September 8
Round one: JAHC, JAFC, U21 A HC, U21 B HC
SUNDAY, September 9
All-Ireland hurling final
SUNDAY, September 23
All-Ireland football final
SUNDAY, September 30
Finals: SHC and PIHC
SUNDAY, October 7
Finals: IHC and IFC
SUNDAY, October 14
Finals: SFC and PIFC
Dates may be adjusted consequent on inter-county teams’ progress
Extra-time shall be played in the event of a draw in the following: rounds one, two and three of senior, premier intermediate and intermediate hurling and football games; rounds one and two of JBHC; rounds one, two and three of JBFC.
Extra-time may also be played in other rounds on decision of CCC where a game in a round is delayed.
Replays shall be played within a week of a drawn game.