The Leinster GAA Council have decided to keep the Dublin footballers in Croke Park for their opening defence of the Delaney Cup against the winners of Longford/
Offaly who will clash in the first round of the 2015 Leinster Senior Championship at O’Connor Park on Saturday evening May 16th.
But winning in Tullamore could prove to be a tough task for Jack Sheedy’s side, particularly with Pat Flanagan recently ratified as the new manager of the faithful county, and the experienced coach was previously in charge of Sligo and Westmeath.
Having said that, Longford will be hoping to earn a crack at the 2015 All-Ireland favourites Dublin and that quarter-final tie (throw-in 4pm) is part of a double-header with the Dublin v Galway Leinster Senior Hurling Championship game (2pm) at Croke Park on Sunday May 31st.
Longford will be back in competitive action in early January with interesting O’Byrne Cup fixtures against DCU (home, Sunday Jan 4), Meath (away, Wednesday night Jan 7) and Westmeath (home, Sunday Jan 11) in the build up to the start of the National League Division 4 campaign away to Leitrim on the first Sunday in February.
The Longford hurlers have been drawn away to Monaghan in the first round of the 2015 Nicky Rackard Cup on Saturday May 2nd and will be attempting to make further progress after winning the Lory Meagher Cup this season.
Meanwhile, the county champions Wolfe Tones are just one step away from reaching the final of the Leinster Special Junior Club Hurling Championship following their fine away win (2-16 to 0-10) over St. Patrick’s, Tullow (Carlow). With home advantage in the semi-final against St. Patrick’s, Stamullen on Sunday next (2pm), the Mostrim side will be quietly confident of getting a result at Devine Park in the quest to gain revenge for the heavy 6-8 to 0-11 defeat suffered against the same opposition in the quarter-final of this competition in 2012.
But the Meath club scored a very easy 2-15 to 1-3 home win over Pearse Og (Louth) in the previous round and will provide a most difficult challenge for Wolfe Tones, backboned by Lory Meagher Cup All-Stars award winners Martin Coyle and Paddy Cullen and other county hurlers in Thomas Stakem, Benny Stakem, Kealan Cox, John Mulhern and Luke Kelly.