Limerick Intermediate Football Championship Preview

With sides relegated from senior, as well as promoted from Premier Junior, it promises to be a competitive and entertaining Intermediate championship 2023.

With the Limerick Intermediate football championship kicking off this weekend, we take a look at the teams who will be competing to earn promotion to senior and a coveted place in the Munster club championships.

With the nature of the second tier competition, it promises to be a competitive and entertaining Intermediate championship 2023.

Last Ten Limerick Intermediate Football Championship Winners

  • 2022: Na Piarsaigh
  • 2021: Kildimo Pallaskenry
  • 2020: Claughaun
  • 2019: Galtee Gaels
  • 2018: Galbally
  • 2017: St. Senan’s
  • 2016: Adare
  • 2015: Oola
  • 2014: Na Piarsaigh
  • 2013: Rathkeale

Galbally find themselves back at the grade for the the current campaign after their four year stint in the top tier came to an end at the hands of Oola last November. On the other end, Castlemahon return to the grade after a three-year absence.

Group 1

  • Drocollogher Broadford
  • Rathkeale
  • Mungret St. Paul’s
  • Pallasgreen
  • Glin
  • Gerald Griffins

First Round Fixtures

  • G1: Gerald Griffins v Pallasgreen (June 27 at 7.30pm in Ballingarry)
  • G1: Rathkeale v Glin (July 1 at 7.30pm in Foynes)
  • G1: Drom Broadford v Mungret St. Pauls (July 1 at 7.30pm in Croagh)

Group 2

  • Crecora Manister
  • Castlemahon
  • St. Senan’s
  • Fr. Casey’s
  • St. Patrick’s
  • Galbally

First Round Fixtures

  • G2: St. Senan’s v Galbally (June 28 at 7.30pm in Ballyagran)
  • G2: Castlemahon v Fr. Casey’s (July 15/26 at 7.30pm in Dromcollogher)
  • G2: Crecora Manister v St. Patricks (July 15/26 at 7.30pm in Fedamore)

Drom Broadford will be the favourites for the championship, having lost last year’s final to Na Piarsaigh, and the west Limerick side face Mungret St. Paul’s in their first game of the campaign. Having won seven Senior football titles in the 2000s, and still hurting from the loss in last year’s final, they will be eager for promotion this term.

Their first round opponents will also harbour promotion ambitions having been beaten by the eventual champions in the last four in 2022 despite holding a commanding half time lead.

4 November 2012; Garrett Noonan, Dromcollogher-Broadford. AIB Munster GAA Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final, Castlehaven, Cork v Dromcollogher-Broadford, Limerick, Clonakilty GAA Complex, Ahamilla, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Gerald Griffins, back to back beaten finalists in 2019 and 2020, face Pallasgreen in the opener on June 27, while Rathkeale, winners in 2013 and runners up in 2018, clash with Glin.

In the other group, Galbally are new to Intermediate for 2023, having been relegated from senior, with the South side winning the grade back in 2018, beating Rathkeale in the final. They come up against St Senan’s in the opener on June 28, who actually beat them in the 2017 Intermediate final, with Senans already having lost two finals in the last decade.

Sean Flanagan in action for Castlemahon in their Munster Junior Football club semi-final with Shamrocks. Credit: Skyview Photography

Joining them in their group is Castemahon, who earned promotion to Intermediate ranks following their triumph at Premier Junior level, with the west Limerick side reaching the Munster semi-final only to lose to a Fossa side, led by a certain David Clifford. They play Fr. Casey’s second side in their opener, and will fancy their chances in their first Limerick championship game since promotion.

Crecora Manister and St. Patrick’s will meet to round out the group, with both hoping to call on Limerick senior hurlers following the conclusion of the All-Ireland series.

Each of the twelve will hold their own hopes and the recent history of the championship will point to a number of surprise winners. May the best team win.

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