The opening round of the Limerick SFC and IFC will be played on the last weekend of March it was confirmed last night with the first two rounds of fixtures announced. The following weekend will see the second round played out before the third round which is scheduled to be played between July 19-22.
Adare begin their defence of their crown against perennial contenders Drom-Broadford in a rematch of last years semi final clash on the Thursday evening. Elsewhere in Group 1, Intermediate Champions St Senans face Ballylanders. Monaleen take on Na Piarsaigh in the other group 1 game. Indeed, Na Piarsaigh may have been crowned All Ireland Club Hurling Champions less than a forthnight prior to this game as they face Cuala this weekend.
In Group 2, Newcastle West look to make up for last years final loss with a tie against St Patricks in Askeaton. Oola and Fr Caseys face off on the Saturday. The final game of the weekend sees Ballysteen battle against St Kierans in the only Sunday evening match up. Each of the six games has a 6.30pm throw in time.
Thursday March 29
Dromcollogher-Broadford v Adare in Knockaderry
Monaleen v Na Piarsaigh in Claughaun
Friday March 30
Ballylanders v St Senans in Kilmallock
Oola v Fr Caseys in Bruff
Newcastle West v St Patricks in Askeaton
Sunday April 1
St Kierans v Ballysteen in The Bog Garden
Friday April 6
Fr Caseys v Newcastle West in Tournafulla
Saturday April 7
Adare v Ballylanders in Bruff
Na Piarsaigh v Dromcollogher-Broadford in Askeaton
Sunday April 8
St Senans v Monaleen in Adare
Ballysteen v Oola in Mungret
St Patricks v St Kierans in Clarina