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Laois ladies footballers learn national league fate as fixtures and structure confirmed for 2021 season

Taoiseach Micheal Martin gave elite inter-county GAA the green light to resume from April 19 – and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association are first out of the tracks with a fixture list for the national league.

Last year, the Laois Ladies played five rounds of their Division 3 campaign before the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

Donie Brennan’s charges sat fourth in the table but as the final two rounds could not be played, the league was declared null and void.

The new league structure will see each of the eight team divisions from last year split into two groups.

There are four counties in each group, with the exception of a three-team Division 4B, while the divisions have been comprised in regional fashion to minimise travelling for the competing teams, and to help ensure the health and safety of all counties.

Laois are in Division 3B alongside fellow Leinster counties Kildare, Longford and Wicklow.

In Division 3A is Down, Roscommon, Sligo and Fermanagh.

Three rounds of group fixtures will be played on consecutive weekends beginning on May 23.

The top two will emerge from the groups with the semi-finals scheduled for June 13.

There will then follow a two-week break before the Lidl National League Finals are played on June 27.

Definitive fixtures will be released in due course – as well as for the upcoming All-Ireland championships. Laois are once again due to be in the intermediate grade.

The Camogie Association and the GAA, for both hurling and football, are set to confirm their fixture schedules for 2021 in the coming days.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.