The Laois senior hurlers are heading back to Croke Park.
The GAA has confirmed that their Leinster hurling championship quarter final against Dublin will take place at GAA HQ on Saturday October 24 at 6pm.
Laois played in Croke Park twice last year – and before that the majority of the squad had never played in the stadium.
They defeated Westmeath in the Joe McDonagh Cup final last June before returning some weeks later where they lost out to eventual champions Tipperary in an All-Ireland quarter final.
Sky Sports have confirmed that this game will kick off their coverage of this year’s GAA action.
The British broadcaster will have 14 games this year and their coverage will begin with that game on Saturday October 24 – which is set to throw in at 6pm.
It will almost certainly be behind closed doors regardless as the country is set to still be in Level 3 restrictions until October 28 at the earliest.
With the cancellation of club activity, Eddie Brennan’s Laois hurlers have been able to step up preparations for this game a week earlier than scheduled as the senior, premier intermediate and intermediate hurling finals are not going ahead this week.
Laois played a challenge match against Carlow last week where it is believed they recorded a victory. While last night, they took on Waterford in the LOETB Centre of Excellence.
In a new departure, Sky have decided to show all games live on Sky Sports Mix.
The move means all Sky customers, even those who don’t have a Sky Sports subscription, will get to watch the action and be inside the game.
Sky Sports Mix is available in approximately 900,000 homes in Ireland, on Sky channel 416 and Virgin channel 409.
Long standing presenter Rachel Wyse has been replaced by Gráinne McElwain who will join Brian Carney as co-host of Sky Sports’ GAA coverage and Inside the Game – their review and preview show that will air on a Wednesday.
The Sky Sports punditry team of Kieran Donaghy, Peter Canavan, Jamesie O’Connor, JJ Delaney and Ollie Canning will be back once again.
Lead commentary will come from Dave McIntyre and Mike Finnerty with co-commentary from Nicky English and Paul Earley.
Live GAA games on Sky Sports
Dublin vs Laois, Leinster SHC (Saturday October 24)*
Monaghan vs Cavan, Ulster SFC (Saturday, October 31)*
Cork vs Waterford, Munster SHC (Saturday, October 31)*
Hurling Qualifier (Saturday, November 7)*
Dublin vs Westmeath, Leinster SFC (Saturday, November 7)*
Donegal/Tyrone vs Armagh/Derry, Ulster SFC (Saturday, November 14)*
Hurling Qualifier (Saturday, November 14)*
All-Ireland Hurling Quarter-Final (Saturday, November 21)*
All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final (Saturday, November 28)
All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final (Sunday, November 29)
All-Ireland Football Semi-Final (Saturday, December 5)
All-Ireland Football Semi-Final (Sunday, December 6)
All-Ireland Hurling Final (Sunday, December 13)
All-Ireland Football Final (Saturday, December 19)
*Exclusively live on Sky Sports Mix