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Allianz National League fixtures released as Dublin are forced away from home

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Dublin travel to Roscommon while hurling champions Limerick face Tipperary.

The fixtures for the Allianz National Leagues were announced on Thursday with Dublin due to play all their league games outside of Croke Park for the first time since 2010.

The move comes after some Dublin players were photographed breaking Covid-19 guidelines. Subsequently, manager Dessie Farrell was hit with a 12-week ban.

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Opening weekend.

Dublin will travel to Dr Hyde Park to take on Roscommon on Sunday, May 16 at 1.45 pm, before heading to Semple Stadium to face Kerry on Sunday, May 23 at 1.45 pm in their official ‘home’ game. They finish with a trip west to Galway the following Sunday, with throw-in at 3.45 pm.

Kerry begin the defence of their title against Galway in Tralee on May 15 while Tyrone host Donegal in Division 1 North on the same day. On Sunday, Monaghan take on Armagh in the remaining Division 1 game on the opening weekend.

Meanwhile, hurling champions Limerick will get their campaign underway a week earlier against arch-rivals Tipperary on Saturday, May 8.

Westmeath host Galway on the same day in Division 1A with another Munster clash between Cork and Waterford the following day.

In Division 1B, Kilkenny face Dublin, Wexford take on Laois while Antrim welcome Clare.

Format.

While the hurling format hasn’t been altered – split Division 1A and 1B – the football league divisions have been split North and South to minimise travelling.

Each team will face three group games before the semi-finals. The top two in each group will advance to the league semi-finals followed by a league final.

The bottom two in each group will play relegation semi-finals with the two losers of those matches relegated. The bottom teams in Division 4 will play a Shield semi-final and final.

Full Allianz National League fixtures are available by clicking here.

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Aidan O’Shea.

In other GAA news, The Mayo News are reporting that O’Shea suffered a worrying knee injury during their first collective training session back but did subsequently walk off the field unaided.

The Breaffy man will be assessed by Mayo’s medical team in the coming days and he is expected to undergo a scan to assess the full nature of the injury later this week.

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