PREVIEWS: Super Sunday in Connacht and Leinster!

The first adult provincial silverware of the season will be handed out next Sunday, with big games in Connacht and Leinster down for decision.

In the TG4 Leinster Senior Final at Croke Park, with an 11.45am start, it’s holders Dublin, aiming for an 11th successive provincial title, up against Meath, who go in search of a first Leinster Senior crown since 2000.

In Connacht, meanwhile, it’s Galway against champions Mayo in the Senior Final at St Brigid’s, Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon, in a game that has a 2pm start.

At the same venue, at 4pm, Leitrim take on champions Roscommon in the Intermediate decider.

The Connacht and Leinster Senior Finals will be live-streamed via the Spórt TG4 YouTube channel, while Connacht LGFA will provide live-stream coverage of their Intermediate showpiece.


Sunday May 12


TG4 Leinster Senior Championship Final  


Dublin v Meath; Croke Park, 11.45am – Live on Spórt TG4 YouTube


THE 2024 TG4 Leinster Senior Final pits Dublin, aiming for an 11th successive title, against Meath, going for their first since 2000.

The sides met in a dress rehearsal last weekend ahead of the final, to conclude the round-robin phase, with Dublin running out comfortable winners against an admittedly second-string Royal County outfit.

Leading scorer for Dublin last Sunday, the vastly-experienced Nicole Owens, is held in reserve for the final, an indication of the huge strength in depth in the Dublin set-up.

In total, manager Mick Bohan makes seven changes in personnel as the provincial and All-Ireland champions target more silverware.

Coming into the starting line-up are goalkeeper Abby Shiels, Leah Caffrey, Niamh Donlon, Olwen Carey, Grace Kós, Niamh Hetherton and Kate Sullivan.

Making way are netminder Rachael Fleming, Niamh Crowley, Hannah McGinnis, Aoife Kane, Kate Murray, Annabelle Timothy and Owens, all of whom are listed on the Dublin bench with the exception of Crowley, who picked up an ankle injury last Sunday.

Meath, meanwhile, make 13 changes in personnel as their big guns return.

Captain and goalkeeper Monica McGuirk returns in place of Robyn Murray, while there are also starts for Mary Kate Lynch, Nicole Troy, Niamh Gallogly, Lisa Young, Máire O’Shaughnessy, Aoibhín Cleary, Megan Thynne, Shelly Melia, Ciara Smyth, Ella Moyles, Marion Farrelly and Emma Duggan.

Ciara Lawlor and Katie Newe, who captained the team last time out against Dublin, are the only players who retain their starting positions as, along with Murray, Olivia Gore, Karla Kealy, Tori Foster, Isabel O’Connor, Aisling McCabe, Rachel Casserly, Meadhbh Byrne, Seona Lynch, Orlaith Mallon, Megan Collins, Kerrie Cole and Ailbhe Leahy drop out.


Dublin: A Shiels; M Byrne, L Caffrey, N Donlon; S Goldrick, O Carey, L Magee; J Dunne, G Kós; C O’Connor, O Nolan, C Rowe (capt.); H Tyrrell, N Hetherton, K Sullivan.


Meath: M McGuirk (capt.); C Lawlor, M.K. Lynch, N Troy; N Gallogly, L Young, K Newe; M O’Shaughnessy, A Cleary; M Thynne, S Melia, C Smyth; E Moyles, M Farrelly, E Duggan.


TG4 Connacht Senior Championship Final


Galway v Mayo: St Brigid’s, Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon; 2pm – Live on Spórt TG4 YouTube


Both teams concluded their Lidl National League campaigns in contrasting styles against Waterford.

Mayo beat the Déise to conclude their League campaign on a positive note, with top flight status retained, but Galway lost to Waterford and suffered relegation to Division 2.

Galway will hope that the Championship brings much better fortunes, while Mayo will be hoping to retain the provincial crown they won last year against the Tribeswomen.

Galway were aiming for five-in-a-row in the western province but Mayo came good to land the Connacht title for the first time since 2016.

Both counties have been inactive in a competitive sense since the League campaign, with Galway preparing for their first outing since April 7, while Mayo haven’t played since March 24.

It may take both sides a little time to settle into the game but a cracking encounter is anticipated and Galway have made just one change to the team that lost to Waterford, with Chellene Trill coming in for Emilie Gavin in defence.

Mayo, meanwhile, have opted for three changes in personnel, with captain Saoirse Lally, Ciara Durkan and Aoife Staunton coming in for Hannah Reape, Saoirse Delaney and Sinead Walsh.


Galway: D Gower; M Jordan, S Lynch, C Trill; K Geraghty, N Ward, C Cooney; M Glynn, A Davoren (capt.); O Divilly, S Hynes, M Walsh; E Reaney, L Coen, R Leonard.


Mayo: L Brennan; S Lally (capt.), N O’Malley, K Sullivan; E Ronayne, C Durkan, D Caldwell; A Geraghty, E Murray; F McLaughlin, C Needham, S Cafferky; A Staunton, M Cannon, L Cafferky.


TG4 Connacht Intermediate Championship Final


Leitrim v Roscommon: St Brigid’s, Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon; 4pm – Live stream via Connacht LGFA (€) at


A repeat of last year’s final sees Roscommon put their title on the line against opponents Leitrim.

With Sligo in the Junior ranks, this is a straight shoot-out for the Connacht title, although both counties did warm up with good wins against Sligo in the round-robin phase, which afforded all teams valuable game time ahead of the All-Ireland series.

Roscommon have enjoyed a productive season to date, booking a return to Division 2 of the Lidl National League while also contesting a Division 3 decider with Clare.

Leitrim, meanwhile, finished second in the Division 4 standings following the group stages but they missed out on a final place and promotion after losing to Limerick in the semi-finals.

The winners of Sunday’s final will join Wicklow and Tyrone in Group 4 of the All-Ireland series, while the runners-up will regroup for Group 3 fare alongside the Leinster champions, Westmeath or Wexford, and Antrim.


Leitrim: M Monaghan; E Quigley, C Tyrrell, C Owens; S Reynolds, K Bruen, E Bruen; N Tighe, M Guckian (capt.); V Egan, L O’Dowd, M Devaney; A Clancy, S Quinn, Á Redican.


Roscommon: H Cummins; A McGrath, E Irwin, A Shanagher; R Fitzmaurice, S Wynne, C Cregg; J McDermott, K Nolan; L Fleming, S Farrell, E Thompson; A Hanly, L Shanagher, N Feeney (capt.).

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