CROKE PARK TO HOST GILROY’S FIRST LEAGUE GAME IN CHARGE

Today the 2018 Allianz National League fixtures have been announced and the opening day has thrown up a massive hurling and football double header in Croke Park.

Which means that Pat Gilroy will be returning to the scene of one of his finest moments on opening night as the Dublin hurlers will face Offaly in their first Division 1B fixture.

On the same night All Ireland Football Champions Dublin will face newly promoted Kildare at HQ.

The Senior Footballers will take to the road three times this year, facing Tyrone, Mayo and Galway in away fixtures, while the Senior Hurlers will travel to Antrim, Limerick and Laois.

With the league set to finish earlier, the Division 1 football final will be played on April 1.

The Division 1 hurling decider looks set to be played at the end of March, with the final round of group games down for March 4.

The hurling league, which in recent years has not started until mid-February, also begins on January 27.

St Patrick’s Day was previously the preserve of the club finals but with that no longer the case.

NFL DIVISION 1

Round 1: Saturday, Jan 27th: Dublin v Kildare
Round 2: Saturday, February 3rd: Tyrone v Dublin
Round 3: Saturday, February 10th: Dublin v Donegal
Round 4: Saturday, February 24th: Mayo v Dublin
Round 5: Saturday, March 3rd: Dublin v Kerry
Round 6: Sunday, March 18th: Galway v Dublin
Round 7: Sunday Mar 25th: Dublin v Monaghan

NHL Division 1B

Round 1: Saturday, January 27th: Dublin v Offaly
Round 2: Sunday, February 4th: Antrim v Dublin
Round 3: Saturday, February 17th: Limerick v Dublin
Round 4: Sunday, February 25th: Dublin v Galway
Round 5: Sunday, March 4th: Laois v Dublin