All-Ireland Hurling Champions Begin Campaign Today

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All-Ireland hurling champions Kilkenny are back in action this afternoon as Brian Cody’s men begin their assault on the Leinster Championship. Wexford are all that stand between Brian Cody’s side and another provincial final. 2004 was the last time Wexford managed a win over the Cats but they have held their own at underage level in recent years. However, Model boss, Liam Dunne doesn’t think that will count for much come this afternoon [audio_player src=””] Throw-in at Nowlan Park is at 2. That’s preceded by the meeting of Kilkenny and Laois in the minors at noon. Last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists, Tipperary, also begin their campaign this afternoon when they take on Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds. It’s the third successive season the sides have met in the Munster semi-final, with Limerick coming out on top for the last two years. One of the starts of the summer so far has been Limerick’s forward, Cian Lynch. Lynch was on the pitch in 2013, but in the minor match before Limerick seniors beat Tipp that afternoon. And it’s a moment that has motivated the Patrickswell man [audio_player src=””] That throws-in at 4 o’clock. Before that, is the intermediate clash between the counties at the same venue – 2pm the start time there. There’s also hurling in Ulster, with Championship quarter-finals between Derry and Donegal and Armagh and Down. They both throw-in at 3.30. In football, Monaghan are bidding to reach a third consecutive Ulster final for the first time since the 1920s. Fermanagh stand in their way as they face each other in today’s semi-final. That match is underway at Kingspan Breffni Park at 4 with Cavan and Antrim playing in the minors from 2.15.