EirGrid has officially launched the 2020 EirGrid GAA Football U20 All-Ireland Championship in Croke Park today. Keith Ricken, Cork’s 2019 U20 All Ireland winning manager, and John Sugrue, the newly appointed Kerry U20 manager, were both in attendance at the launch.
This is the sixth year of the company’s sponsorship of the Championship with the state-owned company’s commitment extending to ten years all the way through to the 2024 season.
This year’s competition will be early with games taking place in each of the four provinces through February and the Final being played on the last weekend in March.
Both semi-finals are scheduled to take place this year at Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day replacing the AIB All Ireland Club Finals that have moved top earlier in the year as well.
It all starts this Friday, 7th February when Carlow take on Wexford. Louth play Offaly and Wicklow meet defending Leinster champions Dublin on Saturday, 8th February.
On a bumper day of action in Ulster, Derry takes on Fermanagh, Cavan and Down face off against one another, Monaghan travels to Donegal and Armagh clashes with Tyrone in one of the most eagerly anticipated ties of the opening weekend.
Galway meets fierce rivals Mayo with Leitrim awaiting the winner. Sligo faces off against Roscommon in the semi-final of the competition.
The Munster competition commences on 19th February when Waterford and Clare go head to head as do Tipperary and Limerick.
“The EirGrid GAA Football U20 Championship was a hugely entertaining competition last year, with the gripping Cork-Dublin final proving to be one of the games of the season and showcasing no shortage of future senior stars.
“We are looking forward to the 2020 championship offering similar levels of drama and entertainment all across Ireland in the coming weeks and months,” said GAA President John Horan.
“We will continue to work with EirGrid in the promotion of this great competition as they work towards an exciting finale to the Championship and encompassing a semi-final double header in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day.”
“The EirGrid U20 Football Championship gives talented and ambitious athletes a platform to shine, develop and grow into leaders both on and off the field,” added Eirgrid’s Michael Clayton.
“It is the role of the managers and their support teams to nurture that talent and put the infrastructure in place to facilitate that development and growth.”
“EirGrid’s role in relation to Ireland’s electricity grid is similar. We manage and develop Ireland’s grid to ensure that it is high performing, efficient and future-proofed. We will be drawing on these similarities to bring the partnership with the U20s Championship to life throughout the season and years.”
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