It is as ever a busy sporting weekend with something for everyone and a danger of missing something that you really wanted to catch.
Here is a subjective guide to what we find might be the most exciting and ‘don’t miss’ highs of the coming days.
Shamrock Rovers Vs Bohemians
Friday night Football and its best and this has been a game to set the pulse racing from weeks out. League form bows down to Dublin rivalry for this fixture and while tickets would be easier to come by to Harry Styles than this, it will all play out on RTÉ 2 this evening. If you’ve been taking note from the sidelines that there is something special in our domestic game, then this would be a great chance to see for yourself.
Ireland Vs France
The Irish U20 men’s Rugby Team get their summer campaign underway in Verona with an opening clash against France. The action is live on the Six Nations YouTube Channel from 7 PM.
All Ireland Football Quarter Finals
Four games, over two days with over 100,000 tickets sold in advance and the hopes and dreams of the perennials mixed in with some exciting new kids on the block. Dublin and Cork, Kerry and Mayo have the history but Clare against Derry and Galway against Armagh are guaranteed to produce an All Ireland Finalist at the end of next month and this is a chance they will be excited to seize. All four games are televised live.
Dubai Duty-Free Irish Derby at the Curragh
The Festival gets underway this evening but the big race, drawing the eyes of the world to County Kildare, takes place on Saturday afternoon at 3-45 PM. The English-trained Westover is the favourite but Tuesday will give Aidan O’Brien a fair chance of a 15th success and Piz Badile could also go well for his son Donnacha.
Ireland Vs India at Malahide
Ireland’s first international matches under new Head Coach Heinrich Malan and it’s against the best T20 team in the world India. Again it’s a complete sell-out and will be the most colourful and noisiest event of the weekend at Malahide Cricket Ground. This is a huge test for Ireland but also an incredible occasion with the expected large Indian fan base raising questions as to whether Irish fans really are the best in the world.
150th Irish National Athletics Championships at Santry
The 150th consecutive edition of the Irish Life Health National Track and Field Championships are set to continue an illustrious history as the cream of Irish athletics talent takes to Morton Stadium this weekend.
The first national athletics championships were organised in College Park (Trinity College Dublin) on July 7th, 1873, and have been held every year since then, making the Irish national championships the longest-running consecutive national senior championships in the world.
The action gets underway from 1.30 pm on Saturday, with a second helping taking place on Sunday from 1 pm.
Both days of the competition will be streamed on the Athletics Ireland YouTube Channel.
RTE will be covering the Championships on Radio 1 throughout both days, while RTE1 will present live coverage from 6:05 pm-8:30 pm on Sunday.
KPMG WPGA Championships in the United States
With a $9 Million prize fund on offer this is a tournament that marks just how far the Women’s game has come. Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow are both in the field and coverage continues through to Sunday Night on Sky Sports.
World Refugee Day Fair Play Cup
There won’t be any TV cameras but The Fair Play Cup is Ireland’s largest World Refugee Day event, a 7-a-side tournament featuring up to 20 teams of men and women from refugee and local communities, Direct Provision Centres, NGOs, Government and members of the media. It will take place on Sunday 26th June at the Law Society Gardens, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 running from 10 am-5 pm
Féile na nGael
It will be the biggest weekend of the year for U15 Hurlers who play the National John West Fzeile finals on Saturday at the GAA national centre of Excellence at the Sport Ireland Campus.
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