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Inter-Provincial competitions launched at Croke Park
The GAA has confirmed details of the 2016 Inter-Provincial competitions. The hurling and football semi-finals will be played on Saturday December 10th as a double header, with the finals staged the following day.
In football, Leinster will face holders Connacht, with Munster facing Ulster at Parnell Park with the final taking place there the next day.
In hurling, Munster will meet Ulster and reigning champions Leinster will face Connacht in a double bill in Nenagh with the following days final fixed for Semple Stadium.
Speaking at a launch for the Inter-Provincial series at Croke Park yesterday, Uachtarn CLG Aogn Fearghail said: Im delighted to see the return of the Inter-Provincial series, a competition with a great history within the Association.
It is a championship that can trace its roots back to the original Railway Shield competitions which were held first as far back as 1905. They are special and unique. There has always been an attraction to the sight of the best players in a province playing with instead of against each other.
Not every inter-county player will be fortunate to win an All-Ireland medal or be recognised with an All-Star award. But the Inter-Provincial competitions have a rich heritage of acknowledging outstanding talents from every corner of Ireland via the Provincial teams.
Members of the respective Provincial management teams were in Croke Park for the unveiling of details of the 2016 games. The managers have been confirmed as:
HURLING: Anthony Daly Clare & Munster, Michel Donoghue Galway & Connacht, Terence McNaughton Antrim & Ulster, Ciarn Hetherton Dublin & Leinster.
FOOTBALL: Ger OSullivan Cork & Munster, John Tobin Galway & Connacht, Pete McGrath Down & Ulster, Sen Kelly Meath & Leinster.