It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas already!

IT will be mistletoe instead of ribbons on the Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy Cup this year with both the All-Ireland football and hurling final being played on December 13 (hurling) and December 19 (football).

As excepted the football championship will be a straight knockout this year while the hurling will allow for a qualifiers round ensuring teams has at least two games.

New York has been excluded from this year’s football championship.

The provincial system will remain and Mayo will face their first test when they play Leitrim on the weekend of October 31/November 1, with the semi-finals down for November 7/8 and the Connaught final on November 14/15.

The All-Ireland semi-finals will see Connaught play Munster with both semi-finals on the weekend of November 28/29.

The minor football championship will also be run on a knockout basis this year.

James Horan (pictured) and his men still have a serious relegation battle on their hands with two games remaining in the National League.

They will play Galway in Pearse Stadium on the weekend of October 17/18 and have Tyrone at MacHale Park on the weekend of October 31/November 1.

Mayo hurlers have been drawn against Monaghan in the quarterfinal of Nicky Rackard Cup on the weekend of October 4/5.

The semi-final losers in the Rackard Cup will be demoted to the Laurie Meagher Cup.


October 24/25

Allianz Football League Round 7

Munster SHC 1/4-final

Leinster SHC 1/4 final

Christy Ring and Nickey Rackard 1/4 finals

Joe McDonagh & Lory Meagher Round 1

October 31/November 1

Connacht SFC 1/4 finals

Munster SFC 1/4 finals

Leinster SFC Round 1

Ulster SFC preliminary round/1/4 finals

Munster SHC semi-finals

Leinster SHC semi-finals

Joe McDonagh and Lory Meagher Round 2

Christy Ring and Nickey Rackard semi-finals & relegation semi-finals

November 7/8

Connacht SFC semi-finals

Munster SFC semi-finals

Leinster SFC 1/4 finals

Ulster SFC 1/4 finals

All-Ireland SHC Qualifier Round 1 (2 games)

Joe McDonagh Round 3 (1 Game)

Christy Ring & Nickey Rackard Relegation finals

Lory Meagher Round 3

November 14/15

Connacht SFC final

Leinster SFC semi-finals

Ulster SFC semi-final

Leinster SHC final

Munster SHC final

All-Ireland SHC Qualifier Round 2 (2 games)

Joe McDonagh Round 3 (1 game)

Christy Ring, Nickey Rackard and Lory Meagher finals

November 21/22

Leinster SFC final

Joe McDonagh Round 4

All-Ireland SHC quarter-finals (2 games)

Munster SFC final

Ulster SFC final

Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U20 SHC final

November 28/29

All-Ireland SHC semi-final (Leinster champion v 1/4 final winner)

Joe McDonagh Round 5

All-Ireland SHC semi-final (Munster champions v 1/4 final winner)

All-Ireland MFC semi-finals

All-Ireland MHC semi-finals

December 5/6

All-Ireland SFC semi-final (Leinster champion v Ulster champion)

All-Ireland SFC semi-final (Connacht champion v Munster champion)

All-Ireland MFC final

All-Ireland MHC final

December 13

All-Ireland SHC final

Joe McDonagh final

December 19

All-Ireland SFC final