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Laois hurlers learn All-Ireland Qualifier opponents as huge inter-county weekend on the cards

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The Laois hurlers will face Clare in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers.

The other Round 1 game will see take on Dublin on Cork.

Wexford and Tipperary have received a bye to Round 2 and will await the winners of these games.

The date and venue for this fixture will be confirmed later today – but it will be on either November 7 or 8 in a neutral venue.

Both Laois and Clare suffered heavy provincial quarter final defeats to Dublin and Limerick respectively.

July 2016 was the last championship meeting between Clare and Laois.

On that day in Cusack Park, it finished 5-32 0-12 in favour of the Banner County with Aron Shanagher scoring a hat-trick.

And Eddie Brennan’s charges will not be the only Laois team in action this weekend – with the other three adult teams also set to play.

On Saturday, John Desmond’s Laois Camogie team are in Round 2 of the All-Ireland intermediate championship when they face Down.

That game will be in a neutral venue that has yet to be confirmed. The winner will qualify for the semi final but the loser is still in it as they will head for the quarter finals.

Then on Sunday, the Laois senior footballers and the Laois Ladies are both set to be in action.

Donie Brennan’s Laois Ladies are up first at 1pm as they will travel to Clonmel to face Clare in Round 2 of the All-Ireland intermediate championship.

After a big win over Sligo yesterday, another win here would eliminate their opponents and set up a winner takes all clash with Kildare in Round 3 for a place in the semi finals.

Then at 1.30pm, Mike Quirke’s Laois footballers are off to Glennon Brothers Pearse Park to take on Longford in the Leinster quarter final.

Their hosts ground out a victory over Louth yesterday but Laois will be hoping to defeat them and reach their third successive Leinster semi final.

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