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Hi classmates, most of our age group will have been notified by their local Doctor or medical centre regarding a vaccine in the coming weeks and this will lead to more freedom to plan events in the future and allow for all of us and our families to get back to normality. However as I write, some sporting activities are about to get under way from the 26th April including Golf and Tennis.
The Kilkenny hurling leauge fixtures have just been announced and are listed as follows.
Dublin v Kilkenny in Parnell Park on Saturday the 8th May.
Kilkenny v Antrim in Nowlan Park on Sunday16th May.
Kilkenny v Wexford in Nowlan Park Sunday 23rd May.
Kilkenny v Laois in Nowlan Park Saturday 5th June.
Clare v Kilkenny on Saturday 12th June in Cusack Park Clare.
Leinster SHC draw has been made and the fixtures are.
Quarter Finals: Dublin v Antrim and Wexford v Laois.
Semi-finals: Kilkenny v Wexford or Laois. Galway v Dublin or Antrim.
Eoin Larkin has joined Eamonn Scallan's backroom team in the Wicklow senior hurling set-up in a coaching and advisory capacity. The eight-time All-Ireland winner and two-time All-Star brings a wealth of experience to the role. The Garden County will compete in Division 2A of the National Hurling League and the Christy Ring Cup in 2021.
Rachael Blackmore had ridden Festival winners before but from the moment she steered Honeysuckle home in the Champion Hurdle on Tuesday 16th March 2021, this Festival took on a whole new dimension for the Irish jockey. The outstanding mare Honeysuckle stamped her class on the two-mile Championship event and Blackmore did likewise across four days at Cheltenham.
Blackmore rode six winners – joining Ruby Walsh as the only rider in history to achieve such a haul in one sitting – and her skills were evidenced throughout. On April 10th she rewrote the history books yet again to become the first female jockey to win the Grand National. Her tactical awareness and superb horsemanship continued to win the greatest race in the world, becoming the first women in history to take the title on Manilla Times, since it was run in 1839. Rachael from Killenaule in County Tipperary and Minella Times now joins many others in racing and sporting folklore, with three-time winner Red Rum, as famous as any sportsman or woman on the planet. Henry de Bromhead from Waterford trained the top two finishers in the race, and he continued his success, training this year's winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup (Manilla Indo), ridden by Jockey Jack Kennedy.
In full flight over Beechers Brook.
National Hurling League and Championship.
Inter-county action will begin on the 8th and 9th of May, giving counties a three-week lead-in and a guarantee of five games. There is no league final scheduled for this year. Instead, the GAA have announced there will either be joint winners of the hurling league for 2021 or if the winning sides from Division 1A and 1B meet in the championship, that fixture will double as a league final.
The 2021 Championships will get underway in June, with the All-Ireland hurling and football finals on August 22nd and 29th respectively. For hurling, it is a provincial knock-out championship with a back-door qualifier system, now with added relegation to the McDonagh Cup.Eleven teams will contest the Liam McCarthy Cup with Kilkenny, Galway, Wexford, Dublin and Laois, Antrim making up Leinster, while Limerick, Waterford, Tipperary, Clare and Cork will make up Munster.
Leinster champions Kilkenny will take on the winners of Wexford and Laois in the Leinster senior hurling semi-final. Wexford will play Laois in the quarterfinals with the winner advancing to a semi-final clash against reigning champions Kilkenny.
On the other side of the draw, Dublin takes on Joe McDonagh Cup champions, Antrim, with the winner of that game then playing Galway in the semi-finals. The quarterfinals and semi-finals will all be played at neutral venues.
Some notable Sporting events for the rest of this year.
17th April – 3rd May: Snooker – World Championship at the Crucible Theatre.
26th June – 18th July: Cycling – Tour de France.
28th June – 11th July: Tennis – Wimbledon.
11th July - Hurling All Ireland Final.
15th – 18th July Golf – The Open at Royal St George's.
18th July - Football All Ireland Final.
23rd July – 8th Aug: Olympic Games in Tokyo.
24th, 31st July & 7th Aug: Rugby Union – South Africa v British and Irish Lions Test series.
24th Aug – 5th Sept: Paralympic Games in Tokyo.