All-Ireland Football Series 2014 Launched
The 2014 All-Ireland Football Series was launched today in the Mansion House Dublin. Representatives from the four provincial winning counties were present to launch the GAA Championship.
Donegal and Dublin’s success over Monaghan and Meath respectively sees them joining Mayo and Kerry in the All-Ireland quarter-finals where they await winning teams from the Round 4A and 4B qualifier games.
The provincial champions were represented at the launch by James O’Donoghue, (Kerry), Karl Lacey (Donegal), Jonny Cooper (Dublin) and Robert Hennelly (Mayo).
GAA Uachtarán Tofa, Aogán Ó Fearghail thanked players from the winning provinces for attending today’s launch at this very busy time in their training schedule and expressed his delight at the prospect of what lies ahead this summer.
He said: “At this stage of the football Championship, everyone’s eyes are fixed on getting to Croke Park on September 21 and lifting Sam Maguire. We have seen some great football across the four provinces to date and I have no doubt that between now and All-Ireland final day we will have more exciting games to savour.
“Our four provincial champions all look to be strong contenders to win the Championship, however we all know that All-Ireland champions have emerged from the qualifiers in the past so the Round 4 winners will be well capable of upsetting the odds.”
“At this time of the year – the heart quickens, the weather warms, the pace quickens and we are all really looking forward to the remainder of the Championship.”
As it stands, there are 11 games remaining (without the possible need for replays) before the destination of the Sam Maguire for 2014 will be known.