Thurles to house two Kilkenny clubs in All-Ireland semi-finals

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Thurles to house two Kilkenny clubs in All-Ireland semi-finals

Shamrocks manager Henry Shefflin

Semple Stadium, Thurles, will be the venue for two All-Ireland hurling semi-finals in the New Year involving Kilkenny clubs.

Senior champions, Ballyhale Shamrocks and Graigue-Ballycallan, the intermediate champions, will play their All-Ireland championship semi-finals in Thurles.

First of the Kilkenny and Leinster champions in action in the New Year will be Graigue-Ballycallan.

They play Charleville (Cork) in the intermediate club All-Ireland semi-final on Saturday, January 19 at 2pm in Thurles. Extra time will be played in the event of the teams finishing level at the end of normal time.

The following day, Sunday, January 20, the junior hurling All-Ireland semi-final involving Dunnamaggin (Kilkenny) and Cloughduv (Cork) will be played in Fraher Field, Dungarvan (2pm). Again extra time will be played, if required.

On Saturday, February 9 in Semple Stadium, Thurles, manager Henry Shefflin will send out Ballyhale Shamrocks in their All-Ireland club senior hurling semi-final against Ballygunner (Waterford). Throw-in 5pm. Extra time if necessary.

The second senior semi-final involving St Thomas (Galway) and Ruairi Og (Antrim) will be played in Parnell Park (3pm) the same day.

Meanwhile, Kilkenny’s programme for the Round Robin Leinster senior hurling championship has been confirmed. The games schedule is:

Round 1 - May 11, Kilkenny at home against Dublin.

Round 2 - May 18/19, Kilkenny away to Carlow.

Round 3 - Kilkenny a bye.

Round 4 - June 8/9, Kilkenny at home to Galway.

Round 5 - June 15/16, Kilkenny away to Wexford.

July 20/21 - All-Ireland intermediate hurling championship final, Kilkenny v Cork. No venue agreed yet.

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