Championship season gets into gear

One of the sure signs of the imminence of the approaching summer holidays is the beginning of the All-Ireland provincial championships in both hurling and football. Ulster’s preliminary round game has already seen Antrim dumped from the Ulster Senior Football Championship last Sunday, but games across all four provinces today signal that Championship season is well and truly upon us.

In Ulster, Derry play host to Fermanagh, whilst both Cork and Kerry are in action in Munster against the minnows of Clare and Tipperary respectively. The meeting of Sligo and Leitrim in Connacht should prove interesting, whilst Laois-Longford and Kildare-Wicklow in Leinster complete the football ticket for the day.