GAA Championships Back With a Bang

There has been talk throughout the winter and spring of the changes to the All Ireland Championships in Football and Hurling this year.

While the initial skirmishes took place last weekend it was this weekend that had been circled by many in red on the calendar for when the action would move into top gear.

There was drama between Wexford and Laois on Saturday night, delight in Wicklow as they won the right to entertain Dublin in the next round of the Leinster Championship with a win over Offaly and visceral drama in the Leinster Hurling Championship as Kilkenny scored a late goal to rob Dublin of victory at Parnell Park.

Elverys McHale Park was another ground packed to the rafters with 30,000 turning out to watch Galway secure victory over mayo for the third year in a row in Connacht, again with a late, late goal being the deciding factor.

Sometimes the drama and the excitement you anticipate, and as promoted by the GAA in their pre-game build up below can overstate the speed at which the excitement will reach fever pitch.  That was certainly not the case this year.

The action now moves on to Tyrone against Monaghan in the Ulster Football Championship next weekend and to Wexford facing Dublin for what might well be the deciding game in who progresses to an All Ireland Quarter Final, and this is only the middle of May.

In Munster Limerick face Tipperary and Cork welcome Clare to Pairc Uí Chaoimh in a Sunday doubleheader to be broadcast live on RTÉ.

Time to fasten the seatbelts.

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