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Fixture details confirmed for Laois’s O’Byrne and Walsh Cup campaigns

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The Laois senior hurlers and footballers will begin their 2018 seasons on the second last day of 2017 – with both in action on Saturday, December 30.

John Sugrue’s reign as senior football manager will begin with an away O’Byrne Cup game against Westmeath in TEG Cusack Park at 2pm while Eamonn Kelly’s hurlers take on Kildare in St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge at the same time in the Walsh Cup.

And it’s the start of a busy few days for both teams – the hurlers host Kilkenny four days later in O’Moore Park. Their second group game is at 8pm on Wednesday, January 3. The top team will advance to the semi-final of the Walsh Cup.

The footballers, meanwhile, will play Westmeath in Stradbally at 2pm on Sunday, January 7, in what is the second leg of their O’Byrne Cup. The combined score from the two will be used to decide who goes forward to the semi-final the following weekend.

The semi-finals of both the O’Byrne Cup and Walsh Cups will be played on the weekend of January 13-14 with the final a week later on January 21, a week before the National League campaigns begin.

The Laois footballers begin their Allianz Football League Division 4 at home to Limerick on Saturday, January 27, with the hurlers away to Limerick on Sunday, January 28.

The 2018 GAA season will be run to a new, more condensed, schedule with all games taking place earlier than previous seasons – the All Ireland hurling final will be played on Sunday, August 19, with the football final on Sunday, September 2.

The full schedule of games for the Laois hurlers and footballers in 2018 is:


O’Byrne Cup

Saturday, December 30 – Laois v Westmeath (away)
Sunday, January 7 – Laois v Westmeath (Stradbally)

Allianz Football League Division 4

Saturday, January 27 – Laois v Limerick (home)
Sunday, February 4 – Laois v Leitrim (away)
Saturday, February 10 – Laois v Waterford (home)
Sunday, February 25 – Laois v Wicklow (away)
Saturday, March 3 – Laois v Antrim (home)
Sunday, March 11 – Laois v London (away)
Sunday, March 25 – Laois v Carlow (away)

Leinster Football Championship

Saturday, May 12 – Laois v Wexford (away)
Saturday/Sunday, May 26/27 – Laois/Wexford v Westmeath (TBC)
Sunday, June 12 – Leinster semi-finals in Croke Park
Sunday, June 26 – Leinster final in Croke Park


Walsh Cup

Saturday, December 30 – Laois v Kildare (away)
Wednesday, January 4 – Laois v Kilkenny (home)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B

Sunday, January 28 – Laois v Limerick (away)
Saturday, February 3 – Laois v Galway (home)
Saturday, February 17 – Laois v Antrim (home)
Sunday, February 25 – Laois v Offaly (away)
Sunday, March 4 – Laois v Dublin (home)

Joe McDonagh Cup

Sunday, May 6 – Laois v Westmeath (home)
Sunday, May 13 – Laois v Kerry (away)
Sunday, May 20 – Laois v Antrim (away)
Sunday, June 3 – Laois v Carlow (home)
Sunday, June 10 – Laois v Meath (away)
Sunday, July 1 – Joe McDonagh Cup Final
Saturday, July 7 – All Ireland quarter-final preliminary game

SEE ALSO – Sugrue gives injury update on Laois senior footballers 

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