The 2015 Leinster GAA Club Championship was launched today at Barretstown Castle in Co Kildare, the home of Leinster GAA’s official charity partners.
At a gathering of players and coaches from county champions across the province including representatives from St. Mullins and Palatine in Carlow, Leinster GAA Chairman John Horan said he expects another high profile and high quality campaign.
“The AIB Leinster GAA Club Championships have gone to new levels in recent times and quality is never in doubt. We have an excellent record of producing provincial champions who go on to land All-Ireland Club honours and that is a testament to the quality of the AIB Leinster Senior Club Championships and I feel our football and hurling games live up to the excellent AIB ad campaign of being ‘tough’ to win.”
“To win a county title is special and creates heroes and memories to last a lifetime. But, to be capable of standing tall as the best in your province when the depth of the field is so great in Leinster is a prize really worth fighting for, and I wish all of the entrants in this year’s AIB Leinster Senior Club Championships the very best, and look forward to seeing games and players that portray all that is good about our great games.”
In hurling, there will be new winners in 2015 with last year’s AIB Leinster and All-Ireland champions Ballyhale Shamrocks crashing out at the semi-final stages to O’Loughlin Gaels in the city.
O’Loughlin’s contest the senior county final this weekend against last year’s beaten finalists, Clara, and we’ll have full coverage on air at 3.15pm this Sunday from Nowlan Park.
In Leinster senior football action this weekend, Palatine have to wait until Saturday night to find out whether they’ll face Emo or Portlaoise on Sunday while Grange are in Junior championship action against Lusk of Dublin, both games in Netwatch Cullen Park.
In hurling action, St. Mullins kick off their Leinster championship campaign against Clonkill of Westmeath while in Kilkenny, the winners of Clara and O’Loughlin’s will have a date on 15 november with either the winners of the Dublin championship or Coolderry of Offaly.