02 Dec 2021

Longford to play Louth, Offaly and Dublin in the 2022 O’Byrne Cup

First group fixture at home to Louth on Saturday January 8

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Longford players celebrate following the fine win over Offaly in the 2020 O'Byrne Cup Final at Bord na Mona O'Connor Park in Tullamore on January 18

Whoever is appointed the new manager of the Longford senior football squad will have little time to prepare the players for the first competitive fixture in 2022 with the official start of inter-county training on Wednesday December 8.

Longford will be back in action on Saturday January 8 at home to Louth in the O’Byrne Cup and the other Group A fixtures in the restored pre-season tournament are against Offaly (away) on Wednesday January 12 and Dublin (home) on Saturday January 15. 

The Group A winners will qualify for the 2022 O’Byrne Cup final on Saturday January 22 with the top team in the other two groups meeting in the semi-final on Wednesday January 19.

The 2021 O’Byrne Cup was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic with Longford the holders of the Leinster tournament trophy after defeating Offaly in the 2020 final at Bord na Mona O’Connor Park in Tullamore on January 18.  

Longford’s opening game in Division 3 of the 2022 National Football League is away against Limerick on Saturday January 29. 

The draws for the 2022 provincial championships will be made LIVE on the RTE Radio 1 Sports programme from 3pm this Saturday. Who will Longford be playing in next year's Leinster Senior Football Championship?   

2022 O'Byrne Cup fixtures are as follows: 

Saturday January 8 (2pm)

Group A - Longford v Louth, Offaly v Dublin

Group B - Wicklow v Meath, Wexford v Laois

Group C - Kildare v Westmeath

Wednesday January 12 (7.30pm)

Group A - Dublin v Louth, Offaly v Longford

Group B - Wicklow v Wexford, Laois v Meath

Group C - Carlow v Kildare

Saturday January 15

Group A – Longford v Dublin, Louth v Offaly

Group B - Laois v Wicklow, Meath v Wexford

Group C - Westmeath v Carlow

Wednesday January 19

Semi-Final: Winners Group B v Winners Group C

Saturday January 22

O’Byrne Cup Final 

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