2019 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Finals fixed for Croke Park on August 25

THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Championship sponsors TG4 have announced today (TUESDAY) that the 2019 TG4 All-Ireland Senior semi-finals will be played at Croke Park on Sunday, August 25.


Croke Park is the venue for the prestigious TG4 All-Ireland Senior, Intermediate and Junior Finals on Sunday, September 15, but the stadium will also play host to a glamour double-header three weeks earlier, when the Senior finalists will be confirmed.


The exciting news was confirmed at the official launch of the 2019 TG4 All-Ireland Championships.


Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate semi-finals on August 17 will be played at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny.


12 counties will battle it out for the Brendan Martin Cup, the big prize on offer for the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship winners, with holders Dublin aiming for a third successive title.


TG4 has committed to screening 17 Championship fixtures during the 2019 season, beginning next Saturday, July 13, and running until All-Ireland Final Day on Sunday, September 15, when the TG4 All-Ireland Junior, Intermediate and Senior Finals will be screened exclusively LIVE.


Over the course of eight weekends, TG4 will bring viewers the very best action from the All-Ireland Championships, with the Senior and Intermediate Competitions to be played once again on a round-robin basis.


The action gets underway next weekend, July 13/14, and the TG4 cameras will be present at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise for a LIVE double-header.


Connacht champions Galway and opponents Kerry will throw-in at 1.45pm, with that game followed by the meeting of TG4 All-Ireland and Leinster Senior champions Dublin and Munster runners-up Waterford, at 3.30pm.


It has also been confirmed that the LIVE double-header on Saturday July 20 (Donegal v Tyrone and Cork v Cavan) will be played at TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar.


A week later, on Saturday July 27, Bord Na Móna O’Connor Park in Tullamore will host Mayo v Donegal and Armagh v Cork, two games which will also be shown LIVE by TG4.


Last September’s TG4 All-Ireland Finals attracted a record 50,141 attendance to Croke Park, a figure that was a world record for a stand-alone female sporting event in 2018.


TG4’s coverage also attracts a significant TV audience in Ireland and globally on the TG4 Player www.tg4.tv.


Speaking on behalf of TG4, Ardstiúrthóir Alan Esslemont said: “TG4 is extremely proud once more to be the main sponsors for the 2019 LGFA All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship.


“The comprehensive coverage we give to the games – at all levels – show the importance that TG4 places on this wonderful sport, which is growing in popularity year on year.


“It is yet another great example of our unique heritage and we are extremely proud of the wonderful partnership that has been built between the LGFA and TG4 over the years.


“This Summer TG4 will screen 17 fixtures covering the Senior, Intermediate and Junior championships, running until All-Ireland Final day on Sunday, September 15.


“Over the course of eight weekends, TG4 will bring the very best action from the Championships not just on our TV channel in Ireland but also worldwide on the TG4 Player, on our YouTube channel and now also on Facebook Live, culminating at Croke Park when the TG4 All-Ireland Junior, Intermediate and Senior champions will be crowned.


“Viewers can keep up with all the action on social media @SpórtTG4 as well.


“TG4 is also delighted to be supporting the ‘20 x 20 – Women in Sport’ initiative, which is aiming to increase the profile of women’s sport at all levels.


“Through our very successful partnership with LGFA and Lidl, TG4 is extremely proud that we can help to give women’s football the prominence it deserves.  


“The #properfan campaign has contributed to a surge in interest in the games and the stunning success of last year’s LGFA Championship has brought a very welcome focus onto all women’s sports throughout Ireland.”


Marie Hickey, President of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, commented: “We are looking forward to another superb summer of action in the TG4 All-Ireland Championships.


“We’ve already witnessed some brilliant football in the provincial competitions, and now attention turns to the race for All-Ireland Final places at Croke Park on September 15.


“We are also delighted to announce that our 2019 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-finals will be played at Croke Park on Sunday, August 25.


“This is another huge step forward for our Association and it will be great to watch the four semi-finalists battle it out at Croke Park for coveted places in the Final.


“I would once again like to pay tribute to our wonderful Championship sponsors and broadcast partners TG4.


“We were thrilled to sign a four-year extension with TG4 last year, taking us up to the end of the 2022 season.


“2020 will mark the 20th year of a partnership that dates back to 2000, when TG4 became title sponsors of our Championships.


“TG4 continue to take our sport to new, unprecedented and record-breaking levels.


“We also have a large overseas population to cater for and TG4 have the ability to provide coverage to people outside of Ireland, which is hugely important to us.


“I would also like to reference our National League sponsors and official retail partners Lidl, who will work closely alongside TG4 in the promotion of our Championship games along the road to Croke Park.


“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the GAA for their cooperation as we now look forward to not one, but two, huge occasions at Croke Park in August and September.


“Our colleagues in the GAA have also helped us to secure county grounds for many of our top-level games in the early rounds of the All-Ireland series. 


“Ladies Football continues to lead the way in Irish women’s sport and after setting yet another attendance record for our TG4 All-Ireland Finals in 2018, we’re aiming to go even higher again in September.


“We need the help of clubs and counties to achieve that, and I’d appeal to all sports fans, at home and abroad, to get behind our magnificent players and follow their progress as they set out on their potential journeys to Croke Park, via the All-Ireland series.


“I wish all of the competing teams the very best of luck for the season ahead.


“It’s time for you, our supporters, to show that you’re a #ProperFan and #FollowOurJourney to Croke Park for the 2019 TG4 All-Ireland Finals.”


The 2019 TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football championships were officially launched at Croke Park today, with representatives from all 32 participating teams present at the venue which will host the Finals on September 15.


Holders Dublin will play their first qualifier game against Waterford next Saturday, July 13, as part of TG4’s LIVE double-header alongside the meeting of Connacht champions Galway and Kerry.


Elsewhere, Cork will harbour hopes of regaining the TG4 All-Ireland Senior title they last won in 2016, after winning the Lidl National League Division 1 crown and Munster silverware.


In the West, Galway made it three Connacht senior titles in a row, a feat that was also achieved by Donegal in Ulster.


In the Senior Championship, four qualifier groups will contain three teams in each.

Each team will play two games each in their respective groups and, from there, eight quarter-finalists will emerge.


The TG4 Intermediate and Junior championships will be keenly contested once again and are sure to produce some cracking fare.


Meath, beaten Intermediate Finalists last year, will hope to go one better but they’ll face stiff opposition from Tipperary, the Intermediate Champions from two years ago, and Wexford, who defeated Meath in the Leinster Final.


Roscommon, who retained their Connacht title, will also fancy their chances and, in total, there are 14 counties in the running for the Mary Quinn Memorial Cup.


The TG4 junior championship will feature six counties including 2018 runners-up Louth.

Antrim, who beat Fermanagh to win the Ulster title, are another impressive outfit, while Carlow, Derry and London are also in the race.


TG4 All-Ireland Championship – Round 1 – July 13/14




Group 1: Cavan v Armagh

Group 2: Waterford v Dublin

Group 3: Galway v Kerry

Group 4: Tyrone v Mayo




Group 1: Down v Sligo/Limerick v Kildare

Group 2: Tipperary v Meath/Longford v Wicklow

Group 3: Clare v Wexford

Group 4: Roscommon v Leitrim




Group A: Carlow v Louth

Group B: Derry v Antrim


25 Lúnasa ar Pháirc an Chrócaigh a imreofar Cluichí Leathcheannais Chraobhchomórtas Sinsir na hÉireann TG4 2019

Dé Máirt, an 9 Iúil, 2019


Tá sé fógartha ag Cumann Pheil na mBan agus ag TG4, urraitheoirí an Chraobhchomórtais inniu (DÉ MÁIRT) gur Dé Domhnaigh an 25 Lúnasa a imreofar cluichí leathcheannais Chraobhchomórtas Sinsir na hÉireann TG4 ar Pháirc an Chrócaigh.


Is ar Pháirc an Chrócaigh a imreofar Cluichí Ceannais na hÉireann TG4 a bhfuil ardmheas orthu ag an leibhéal Sinsir, Idirmheánach agus Sóisir Dé Domhnaigh an 15 Meán Fómhair.  Is sa staid sin freisin 3 seachtaine roimh ré a imreofar an dá chluiche mhóra i ndiaidh a chéile a chinnfidh cé a bhainfidh áit amach sa chluiche ceannais Sinsir.


Deimhníodh an scéal iontach seo ag seoladh oifigiúil Chraobhchomórtas na hÉireann TG4 2019.


Idir an dá linn, tá sé deimhnithe freisin go n-imreofar Craobhacha Leath Cheannais Idirmheánach na hÉireann i gCraobh TG4, i bPáirc Uí Nualláin, Cill Chainnigh ar an 17 Lúnasa.


Beidh 12 chontae san iomaíocht do Chorn Brendan Martin, an gradam a bhronnfar ar churaidh Chraobhchomórtas Sinsir na hÉireann TG4, agus súil ag Baile Átha Cliath an tríú craobh a bhuachan as a chéile.


Tá geallta ag TG4 17 gCluiche craoibhe a chraoladh le linn shéasúr 2019, ag tosú Dé Sathairn an 13 Iúil amach go dtí lá Chraobh na hÉireann Dé Domhnaigh an 15 Meán Fómhair nuair a chraolfar craobh na Sóisear, an Chraobh Idirmheánach agus Craobh na Sinsear BEO agus go heisiach ar TG4.


Cuirfidh TG4 an t-aicsean is fearr ó Chraobhchomórtais na hÉireann faoi bhráid an lucht féachana feadh ocht ndeireadh seachtaine agus an Comórtas Sinsir agus an Comórtas Idirmheánach le himirt arís i mbliana ar bhonn comórtas ciorclach.


An deireadh seachtaine seo chugainn, 13/14 Iúil a thosóidh an t-aicsean áit a mbeidh ceamaraí TG4 i láthair ar Pháirc Uí Mhórdha i bPort Laoise chun an dá chluiche i ndiaidh a chéile a chraoladh beo.


Caithfear isteach an liathróid idir Curaidh Chonnacht, Gaillimh, agus Ciarraí ag  1.45pm, agus ina dhiaidh sin ag 3.30 pm imreofar an cluiche idir Curaidh Laighean agus na hÉireann TG4  Baile Átha Cliath in aghaidh Phort Láirge, a chaill cluiche ceannais na Mumhan.


Tá sé deimhnithe freisin gur ar Pháirc Uí Chíosóg TEG sa Mhuileann gCearr a imreofar an dá chluiche i ndiaidh a chéile atá le himirt Dé Sathairn an 20 Iúil (Dún na nGall v Tír Eoghain agus Corcaigh v An Cabhán).


Seachtain ina dhiaidh sin, Dé Sathairn an 27 Iúil, ar Pháirc Uí Chonchúir Bhord na Móna sa Tulach Mhór a imreoidh Maigh Eo v Dún na nGall agus Ard Mhacha v Corcaigh, dhá chluiche eile a thaispeánfar BEO ar TG4.


Mheall cluichí ceannais Chraobhchomórtas na hÉireann TG4 50,141 go Páirc an Chrócaigh anuraidh,  an líon is mó a d’fhreastail ar imeacht spóirt ban as féin ar fud an domhain in 2018.


Tarraingíonn clúdach TG4 lucht féachana Teilifíse suntasach in Éirinn agus ar fud an domhain ar Sheinnteoir TG4 www.tg4.tv.


Dúirt Alan Esslemont, Ardstiúrthóir TG4, thar ceann TG4: “Tá TG4 thar a bheith bródúil a bheith ar an bpríomhurraitheoir arís i mbliana ar Chraobhchomórtas Pheil na mBan 2019.


Léiríonn an clúdach cuimsitheach a dhéanann TG4 – ar na cluichí ag gach leibhéal – an tábhacht a leagaimid ar an spórt iontach seo, spórt atá ag forbairt agus a bhfuil borradh ag teacht faoi bliain i ndiaidh bliana.


Is sampla breá eile d’oidhreacht ar leith na hÉireann agus táimid thar a bheith bródúil as an bpáirtnéireacht den chéad scoth idir TG4 agus an LGFA thar na blianta.


“Taispeánfar 17 gcluiche ar TG4 an samhradh seo, cluichí sa chraobhchomórtas Sinsir, Idirmheánach agus Sóisir suas go dtí lá Chraobh na hÉireann Dé Domhnaigh an 15 Meán Fómhair.


“Beidh an t-aicsean is fearr ó na Craobhchomórtais le feiceáil ar TG4 ar feadh ocht ndeireadh seachtaine. Ní hamháin go mbeidh na cluichí le feiceáil ar chainéal teilifíse TG4 in Éirinn ach beidh siad le feiceáil ar fud an domhain ar chainéal YouTube TG4 agus ar Facebook Beo go dtí go gcinnfear Seaimpíní na hÉireann TG4 ar Pháirc an Chrócaigh ag an leibhéal Sóisir, Idirmheánach agus Sinsir.


Is féidir leis an lucht féachana súil a choinneáil ar an aicsean ar fad ar na meáin shóisialta @SpórtTG4 freisin”.


“Tá an-ríméad ar TG4 a bheith ag tacú le tionscnamh ‘20 x 20 – Mná i Spórt’, atá ag féachaint le próifíl spórt na mban a ardú ar gach leibhéal.


Tá TG4 thar a bheith bródúil go bhfuilimid in ann an t-aitheantas is dual dó a thabhairt do Pheil na mBan leis an gcomhpháirtíocht seo leis an LGFA agus Lidl, comhpháirtíocht a bhfuil ag éirí thar cionn léi.  


Chuir an feachtas #properfan leis an tsuim mhór a cuireadh sna cluichí agus leagadh béim ar spórt do mhná ar fud na hÉireann le Craobhchomórtas LGFA na bliana seo caite agus chomh maith agus a d’éirigh leis.


Dúirt Marie Hickey, Uachtarán Chumann Pheil na mBan: “Táimid ag súil le samhradh iontach eile aicsin i gCraobhchomórtas na hÉireann TG4.


“Tá peil den chéad scoth feicthe cheana againn sna comórtais cúige agus táimid ag díriú anois ar iomaíocht chun áit a bhaint amach i gCluichí Ceannais na hÉireann ar Pháirc an Chrócaigh an 15 Meán Fómhair.


“Tá ríméad orainn a fhógairt freisin gur ar Pháirc an Chrócaigh a imreofar Cluichí Leathcheannais Sinsir na hÉireann 2019 an 25 Lúnasa.


“Is céim mhór chun cinn í seo don Chumann agus beidh sé iontach féachaint ar na ceithre fhoireann a bheidh fanta sna cluichí leathcheannais agus iad i mbun catha ar Pháirc an Chrócaigh chun áit a bhaint amach sa Chluiche Ceannais.


“Ba mhaith liom arís buíochas a ghlacadh leis na hurraitheoirí iontacha atá againn agus lenár bpáirtithe craolta TG4.


“Bhíomar thar a bheith sásta anuraidh síneadh ceithre bliana a chur leis an gconradh a bhí againn le TG4 a thabharfaidh go dtí deireadh shéasúr 2022 muid.


“Beidh muid 20 bliain i mbun páirtnéireachta le TG4 sa bhliain 2020, páirtnéireacht a thosaigh sa bhliain 2000 nuair a tháinig TG4 ar bord ina urraitheoir ar na Craobhchomórtais.


“Leanann TG4 den spórt a thabhairt chun cinn, chuig leibhéal nár sáraíodh riamh cheana.


“Ní mór dúinn freastal freisin don daonra mór thar lear agus tá ar chumas TG4 clúdach a thabhairt chuig daoine lasmuigh d’Éirinn, rud atá an-tábhachtach dúinn.


““Is mian liom urraitheoirí an tSraithchomórtais Náisiúnta agus ár bpáirtí tráchtála oifigiúil Lidl a lua freisin a oibreoidh go dlúth le TG4 chun cluichí an Chraobhchomórtais a chur chun cinn ar ár n-aistear go Páirc an Chrócaigh.


“Ba mhaith liom an deis seo a thapú freisin chun buíochas a ghlacadh leis an CLG as a gcomhoibriú agus muid le súil, ní hamháin le hócaid mhór amháin ach le péire ar Pháirc an Chrócaigh i mí Lúnasa agus i mí Mheán Fómhair.


“Chuidigh ár gcomhghleacaithe i CLG linn freisin teacht ar thailte imeartha contae chun na cluichí ardleibhéil a imirt sna babhtaí tosaigh den tsraith uile-Éireann.  


“Tá Peil na mBan ag treorú an bhealaigh do spórt do mhná in Éirinn agus i ndiaidh líon freastail nach bhfacthas riamh cheana ag Cluichí Ceannais na hÉireann TG4 in 2018, tá súil againn déanamh níos fearr fós i Meán Fómhair.


“Teastaíonn cúnamh uainn ó chlubanna agus ó chontaetha chun sin a bhaint amach agus iarraim ar lucht leanta ar fad an spóirt tacú leis na himreoirí den chéad scoth seo agus iad ar a n-aistear, b’fhéidir, go Páirc an Chrócaigh via shraith Chraobh na hÉireann.


“Guím gach rath ar na foirne ar fad a bheidh páirteach an séasúr seo.


“Tá sé in am agaibhse, an lucht tacaíochta, a léiriú anois gur #ProperFan sibh agus #FollowOurJourney go Páirc an Chrócaigh do Chluichí Ceannais na hÉireann TG4 2019.”


Seoladh go hoifigiúil Craobhchomórtas Pheil na mBan 2019 i bPáirc an Chrócaigh inniu, áit a raibh ionadaithe ó na 32 foireann atá páirteach i láthair san ionad a reáchtálfar na cluichí Craoibhe an 15 Meán Fómhair.


Imreoidh na curaidh reatha Baile Átha Cliath a gcéad chluiche cáilithe in aghaidh Phort Láirge Dé Sathairn seo chugainn an 13 Iúil ar cheann de dhá chluiche a imreofar i ndiaidh a chéile a chraolfar beo ar TG4.   Gaillimh, seaimpíní Chonnacht, le Ciarraí a bheidh sa chluiche eile.


In áit eile, beidh súil ag Corcaigh Craobh Sinsir na hÉireann TG4, a bhuaigh siad go deireanach sa bhliain 2016, a bhuachan arís.   Níl siad ach tar éis Roinn 1 de Shraithchomórtas Náisiúnta Lidl a thabhairt leo chomh maith le Craobh na Mumhan.


In Iarthar na tíre, tá Craobh Chonnacht bainte amach ag Gaillimh trí bliana as a chéile mar a rinne Dún na nGall in Ulaidh.


Sa Chraobhchomórtas Sinsir, beidh trí fhoireann i ngach ceann de cheithre ghrúpa cáilithe.

Imreoidh gach foireann dhá chluiche ina ngrúpa féin agus as sin tiocfaidh ocht bhfoireann chun cinn sna cluichí ceathrú ceannais.


Beidh iomaíocht mhór sa Chraobhchomórtas Idirmheánach agus na Sóisir arís i mbliana agus aicsean go leor ann.


Beidh an Mhí, a chaill sa chluiche ceannais Idirmheánach anuraidh, ag súil dul céim chun cinn i mbliana ach tabharfaidh Tiobraid Árann, na Curaidh Idirmheánacha dhá bhliain ó shin a fuair an ceann is fearr ar an Mhí i gCraobh Laighean, a ndóthain le déanamh dóibh.


Beidh misneach maith ag Ros Comáin freisin, a choinnigh greim ar Chraobh Chonnacht.  Beidh 14 chontae ar fad san iomaíocht do Chorn Cuimhneacháin Mary Quinn.


Sé chontae a bheidh páirteach i gCraobhchomórtas Sóisir TG4, an Lú san áireamh, a chaill sa chluiche ceannais sa bhliain 2018.

Beidh cuma na maitheasa freisin ar Aontroim, a bhuail Fear Manach chun Craobh Uladh a bhuachan gan trácht ar Cheatharlach, Doire agus Londain.


Craobhchomórtas na hÉireann TG4 – Babhta 1 – 13/14 Iúil




Grúpa 1: An Cabhán v Ard Mhacha

Grúpa 2: Port Láirge V Áth Cliath

Grúpa 3: Gaillimh v Ciarraí

Grúpa 4: Tír Eoghain v Maigh Eo




Grúpa 1: An Dún v Sligeach/Luimneach v Cill Dara

Grúpa 2: Tiobraid Árann v An Mhí/An Longfort v Cill Mhantáin

Grúpa 3: An Clár v Loch Garman

Grúpa 4: Ros Comáin v Liatroim




Grúpa A: Ceatharlach v An Lú

Grúpa B: Doire v Aontroim



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