In attendance at the Lidl All-Ireland Post-Primary Schools captains' day are senior A championship final captains Lily Dwyer of Loreto St. Michael's, Navan, Meath (left), and Laura Moran of Sacred Heart School, Westport, Mayo. Photo: Sam Barnes / Sportsfile

Mayo school bidding for 2023 Lidl All-Ireland PPS glory

Representatives from competing teams, representing nine counties, gathered at Croke Park today (Tuesday) ahead of six eagerly-anticipated 2023 Lidl All-Ireland Post-Primary Schools finals.

The Junior A, B and C finals are scheduled for next Saturday, March 25, with the Senior A, B and C deciders due to be played on Saturday, April 1.

The LGFA and competition sponsors, Lidl Ireland, have also confirmed that the three senior finals will be live-streamed, with further viewing details to follow.

In the senior A final, Sacred Heart School from Westport are aiming to become the first Mayo winners of this competition since Ballinrobe CS were successful back in 1995.

At that time, Ballinrobe were a powerhouse in the senior A competition, landing five successive titles from 1991 to 1995.

Sacred Heart’s opponents are from Meath and Loreto, St. Michael’s, Navan, would bring this title to the Royal County for the very first time if they win. They were senior B champions in 2015 and senior C winners a year previously, and have contested two previous senior A finals but finished as runners-up in 2002 and 1996.

Sacred Heart, meanwhile, were runners-up in the junior A final against Cavan opponents Loreto last year.

The senior B final will pit Mercy Mounthawk from Tralee, Co. Kerry, against Roscommon town opponents, Convent of Mercy.

Mercy Mounthawk were junior C winners last year and will now aim for senior glory against Convent of Mercy, who are two-time senior A winners (2009 and 1989).

In the senior C final, St. Mary’s from Naas take on Virginia College from Cavan, who were finalists in this competition a decade ago.

St. Mary’s will aim to emulate the feats of Cross and Passion in 2015, who were the last school from Kildare to win the senior C title.

The junior finals will take centre stage on Saturday (March 25), with St. Mary’s, Midleton (Cork), taking on Loreto College, Cavan, in the junior A decider.

St. Mary’s were famously crowned senior A champions last year and are now aiming for junior A glory, but they’ll face stiff opposition in the form of Loreto, the current junior A holders who were also recent winners in 2018.

The B final pits Kildare against Armagh as Maynooth Education Campus take on St. Ronan’s College from Lurgan, Armagh. Maynooth were runners-up in the C competition last year and now have a shot at redemption in the B grade against St. Ronan’s, who were Junior A finalists in 2016.

The C final is a Kerry v Galway affair as Presentation Milltown pit their wits against Dunmore CS.

Presentation Milltown will hope to keep the silverware in the Kingdom following Mercy Mounthawk’s 2022 win, while Dunmore CS, senior C winners in 2005, aim to become the first Galway school to win the junior C title since Coláiste Bhaile Chláir in 2017.

Across the six finals, Cavan, Meath and Kerry are the counties with two schools getting ready for Lidl All-Ireland PPS deciders.

Further fixture details will be available shortly on the Ladies Gaelic Football Association’s website.