We’ve everything you need here to plan your January GAA Entertainment
Well it’s a brand new year, and the calendar is already filling up. 2018 was a massive year for Dublin in Football, Hurling, Ladies Football and Camogie. And the bar has certainly been set hight for the coming year.
So let’s have a look at what you can enjoy for the month of January.
Jim Gavin’s Senior Footballers are currently cruising on their annual team holiday with the Allianz Division One campaign not starting until the end of the month. But there will be some Leinster pre-season action to check out in a couple of weeks time.
Dublin will most probably field a team of players that are on their radar in the O’Byrne Cup and will hopefully get two games for the management team to analyse the talent. Paul Clarke has taken the helm for this competition for the last number of years, and this year shouldn’t be much different.
The Dublin team have a bye straight into the Semi Finals on January 12th and will find out their opponents after this weekend’s Round 3 games are completed. The final of the competition will take place one week later on January 19th.
January 27th will see the National Football League Campaign get up and running with Dublin fans taking their first road trip. St. Tiernach’s Park in Clones will be the venue as Dublin face Monaghan in Round 1.
These two sides met in Croke Park in the final round of the 2018 League competition with Monaghan handing Dublin their only competitive defeat of the year. Monaghan were gearing themselves up for a second fixture against Dublin, in the All Ireland Final. But a one point defeat to Tyrone in the last four clash ended their hopes.
It was certainly an interesting 12 months for the Dublin Senior Hurlers. Buoyed with the appointment of Pat Gilroy, Dublin would see many faces return to strengthen a weakened panel. If anything the Walsh Cup and National League competitions were a learning curve culminating in a hard fought Quarter Final against Tipperary. it was the first sign of something clicking with Gilroy’s panel and despite battle Tipperary were the victors.
Dublin would have both a memorable and heartbreaking Leinster campaign performing fantastically across all the games in the new round robin format. Their opener against Kilkenny left fans wondering how they didn’t beat the cats. They had dominated the game but a late Liam Blanchfield goal swung the game in Kilkenny’s favour. In Wexford Park, the story was the same, with Wexford winning only by a two point margin. The boys in blue handed Offaly a 17 point beating, before losing out to Galway in Salthill by a solitary score.
With Pat Gilroy stepping down, the door was opened for two time All Ireland winning manager Mattie Kenny to take the reigns. And after two wins in Walsh Cup action, things are already looking extremely positive. They travel to O’Moore Park this weekend to face Laois in the final round, with a win sending them into the Semi Finals the following week against either Kilkenny, Galway or Wexford.
And on Saturday January 26th, Mattie Kenny will take charge of his first League Division 1B game as Dublin host Carlow in Parnell Park.
Reigning League, Leinster and All Ireland Champions Dublin have set the standard in Ladies Football for the past two seasons and everyone is hoping this year will be no different. The girls in blue will attempt to keep their All Ireland title for the third successive year, but another league title certainly wouldn’t go a miss.
The action in this year LIDL National Football League doesn’t get underway until the beginning of February, but on January 13th, Dublin will host their annual Dub Stars Challenge. The Dub Stars panel, with as many as 13 clubs represented, will face the All Ireland Champions in DCU sports grounds. The game will also be preceded by the Junior Dub Stars contest.
Anyone interested in catching these games can head to DCU St. Clares on Sunday, January 13th with the opening game throwing in at 11:30am. Admission is free but patrons will have the option of donating to Dublin’s chosen charity “Daniel’s Voyage”
A new era begins, as Frank Browne takes charge of the Dublin Senior Camogie panel for the 2019 season. Dublin will be looking to improve their form and challenge for silverware this year.
With a bye in the first round of games, Dublin will head for Kilkenny on January 26th for their opener. Last year the Dubs hosted Kilkenny in Parnells and were defeated 3-17 to 3-05 in a hotly contested affair. They’ll be hoping this will be the same, but the new manager will be hoping this is the ideal time to face Kilkenny and get their year off to the perfect start.
All Ireland Premier Junior Champions Dublin will now be Intermediate competitors in 2019, and will be playing their second year of Division 2 Camogie. They have to wait until mid February with the competition split over three groups. Last year they finished with four wins and two draws in their six round games. But old foes Westmeath pipped them in the league Semi Final.
And there you have it. Certainly enough action to keep everyone occupied as we start the new year.
Here’s to a New Year and a new season of sporting action.