Dates for 2021 Lidl Ladies National Football League released
The dates for the 2021 Lidl Ladies National Football League have been released. The competition will commence on May 23 and conclude on June 27.
Mayo are in Division 1A with Donegal, Galway and Westmeath, and games against those counties are due to be played on May 23, May 30 and June 6 (bank holiday weekend).
The league semi-finals and final are then due to be played on June 13 and June 27 respectively.
TG4 All-Ireland senior finalists Dublin and Cork have been pitted together in Division 1B, which is completed by Tipperary and Waterford.
Dublin defeated Cork last December to claim a fourth straight All-Ireland senior crown but Cork are the reigning Division 1 champions, having won the title in 2019 (the competition wasn't completed last year).
In Division 2A, TG4 All-Ireland intermediate champions Meath will be joined by Clare, Kerry and Wexford, while Armagh – who ended Mayo's championship hopes last year – are joined by Cavan, Monaghan and Tyrone in an all-Ulster Division 2B.
There are four counties in each group, with the exception of a three-team Division 4B, which contains Carlow, Offaly and Limerick, while the divisions have been comprised in regional fashion to minimise travelling for the competing teams and to help ensure the health and safety of all counties.
Confirmation of initial details for the 2021 Lidl National Football League follow the recent government announcement that inter-county training can resume from April 19 for ‘sanctioned and organised adult inter-county National Gaelic Games Leagues'.
Fixtures for the 2021 Lidl National Leagues will follow in due course. The dates released today are for Sunday games but they may be played midweek or Saturday by agreement with both counties.