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O'Byrne Cup and Walsh Cup groups and fixtures

Tommy Callaghan

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O'Byrne Cup and Walsh Cup groups and fixtures

Kildare senior footballers have been drawn in a group along with Louth and Longford, in the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, while The Lilies senior hurlers are in a group in the Walshe Cup along with Kilkenny and Laois.

The Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup groups are as follows: Group 1: Dublin, Offaly, Wexford; Group 2: Kildare, Louth, Longford; Group 3: Meath, Carlow, Wicklow; Group 4: Westmeath, Laois.

The football competition will be run on a Round Robin format with first placed team advancing to semi-finals. Westmeath and Laois play each other home and away with aggregate score deciding who tops Group 4.

The dates are as follows: December 30, January 3 and 7. Semi-finals January 13/14. Final January 20/21.

Opening FIxtures: December 30: Offaly v Wexford, Louth v Longford, Wicklow v Carlow, Westmeath v Laois.

Bord na Móna Walsh Cup SH: Group 1: Wexford, Carlow, Wicklow; Group 2: Kilkenny, Kildare, Laois; Group 3: Dublin, Antrim, Meath; Group 4: Offaly, Westmeath.

Round Robin with format, first placed team advancing to semi-finals. Offaly and Westmeath will play each other home and away with aggregate score deciding who tops Group 4.

Dates: December 30, January 3 and 7. Semi-finals: January 14. Final: January 21.

Opening Fixtures December 30: Carlow v Wicklow, Kildare v Laois, Meath v Antrim, Offaly v Westmeath