SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER
Munster club SHC final
Ballyea (Clare) v Ballygunner (Waterford), FBD Semple Stadium, 3.15pm
SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER
Connacht club SFC final
Moycullen (Galway) v Tourlestrane (Sligo), Pearse Stadium, 12.45pm
Ulster club SHC final
Dunloy Cuchullains (Antrim) v Slaughtneil (Derry), Athletic Ground, 1.30pm
Leinster club SHC final
Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) v Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin), Croke Park, 2.30pm
Leinster club SFC final
The Downs (Westmeath) v Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin), Croke Park, 4.30pm
TG4 will offer live coverage of all the games, starting at 2.45pm on Saturday and 12.40pm on Sunday, with the Ulster hurling final available on the TG4 YouTube Channel.
Live updates on Saturday Sport and Sunday Sport, RTÉ Radio 1.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with showery outbreaks of rain in parts, some places will stay dry. Light easterly or variable breezes. Highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees.
Sunday: A mix of cloud and sunny spells with showers spreading westwards across the country, most frequent along the east coast. Feeling cold in temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees and with a moderate easterly wind. For more go to met.ie.
Ballygunner v Ballyea
Ballygunner, the defending champions and All-Ireland winners from last season are back in another decider, as they seek a fourth crown. Clare's Ballyea are looking to add to the solitary title they won back in 2016.
A GAA highlights reel of the year would have to include Harry Ruddle's last-gasp goal that saw the Waterford champions edge out Ballyhale Shamrocks in last February's stirring Croke Park finale. They will be keen to follow up and land more provincial and All-Ireland glory.
With many county players in their ranks, the Gunners, on the back of completing nine titles on their home patch, are in rude health. The club contested county finals in the senior, intermediate and junior A grades in 2022.
After easily accounting for Mount Sion in the Déise decider, Ballygunner then saw off Tipperary's Kilruane McDonaghs and Na Piarsaigh of Limerick to get this far. Pauric Mahony hit 0-13 against the latter as Ballygunner outscored their opponents 1-11 to 0-04.
It's been a case of Ballyea having to dig deep in securing this final berth. Late points from Martin O'Leary, Cathal O’Connor, chief marksmen Tony Kelly and Niall Deasy saw them prevail by the minimum against Éire Óg in the Clare final.
Two weeks ago the same winning margin was again in their favour as they got the better of Cork's St Finbarr's. In a contest that saw two points as the biggest advantage over the entire hour, the sides were level for only the fifth time when defender Brandon O’Connell arrowed over the winning point in the 62nd minute.
Recent games between this year's finalists have gone the way of Ballygunner, with last year's meeting resulting in a 17-point win for the Waterford outfit at the quarter-final stage.
On paper, they look to prevail again, with Stephen O’Keeffe, Barry Coughlan the Mahony brothers, Shane O'Sullivan and Dessie Hutchinson forming a strong backbone.
Moycullen v Tourlestrane
A new name will be on the trophy in the western province as Galway's Moycullen welcome Tourlestrane of Sligo to Pearse Stadium.
Moycullen captured their second county title in three years when a late goal from Peter Cooke snatched victory in a tense final against Salthill/Knocknacarra.
It was just as tight in the view of Benbulben a fortnight earlier when Tourlestrane needed two points in second-half stoppage time to force an additional 20 minutes against St Mary's. They eventually eked out a two-point win to complete an historic seven-in-a-row in Sligo - 42 games unbeaten.
And while they may be masters of all they survey in the land of WB Yeats, the club, now managed by Fergie O'Donnell, have had a poor enough record at provincial level. Their win over St Mary's Kiltoghert in the semi-final was just their third in Connacht since 2011, a period in which they landed nine county titles.
They last contested a Connacht decider in 1982. In ending that 40-year wait they had to dig deep against the Leitrim champions, kicking 0-06 without reply in the second half to get over the line.
Speaking ahead of the final at an AIB GAA provincial club championship media day, Tourlestrane captain Gary Gaughan pointed out that getting this far was the obvious target this year after again reigning supreme in Sligo.
"You have to have medium and long-term goals as well, especially in our team where we are now," he said.
"When we won seven in a row we had to have bigger aspirations and a Connacht final was one this year."
After claiming the Galway crown, Moycullen accounted for Westport and then Strokestown after extra-time to secure their spot in a maiden Connacht decider.
They are the favourites to get the job done in Salthill, with Dessie Conneely expected to lead their scoring charge.
Dunloy Cuchullains v Slaughtneil
Between them the Ulster finalists have 14 titles between them. The last of Dunloy's ten wins came in 2009, with Derry's Slaughtneil the standard-bearers of late as evidence by their success in 2016, '17' '19 and '21.
Slaughtneil have held the upper hand in the most recent encounters between the sides, winning the 2019 provincial decider and last year's semi-final.
Dunloy have plenty of nippy forwards, with Conal Cunning the standout player, and one who is deadly accurate from placed balls. He scored 0-11 in their victory over Cushendall in the Antrim final, a game where Dunloy ran out six-point winners.
Slaughtneil come into the final on the back of a comprehensive defeat of Down's Portaferry, where impressive half-forward Brian Cassidy chipped in with 1-07. Ten of the squad also feature for the footballers that contested the last two Derry finals. Chrisy McKaigue is included in that group and in 2022 he won a football All Star as Rory Gallagher's side claimed the Anglo Celt.
Looking ahead to this Athletic Grounds finale, McKaigue, speaking at an AIB GAA provincial club championship media day, spoke about the opposition and the potential within his own team: "They are absolutely a fine young team.
"There is this perception that Slaughtneil are not a young team. If you look at the age profile bar myself that affects it a fair bit, we have a lot of young talent that has come through. We have a conveyor belt below that and I’d be very hopeful of also.
"You’ve the likes of Ruairí Ó Mianáin who is just turned 18 in the last couple of weeks, you’ve Peter McCullagh at 19 who started against Portaferry, Shea Cassidy in corner-forward as well at just about 20.
"There’s three of our starting 15 at the minute who are all about the age of 20.
"Dunloy have a brilliant age profile but so have we and that's why we put such an emphasis on our youth structures."
Ballyhale Shamrocks v Kilmacud Crokes
It's an earlier throw-in time at 2.30pm for this encounter, allowing the likes of dual star Brian Sheehy play in the football, which follows at 4.30pm.
Ballyhale Shamrocks remain on track for a four-in-a-row of Leinster titles though they had to overcome an early scare from Naas in last Sunday's semi-final.
Trailing by 0-01 to 1-04 after just 10 minutes, it looked as if the 11-time provincial champions might struggle to come good on their 1/40 odds against the reigning All-Ireland intermediate club champions.
But goals from TJ Reid, who top scored for last season's All-Ireland runners up with 1-06 just days after the birth of his first child, Joey Cuddihy and Eoin Cody helped turn a difficult situation into what was ultimately another comfortable win.
Crokes, led again by the in-form Oisin O'Rorke who finished with 0-11, took care of Carlow champions St Mullin's with relative ease in the semi to qualify for their first ever provincial decider.
In speaking to the media ahead of this eagerly anticipated final, O'Rorke was bullish about his side's chances.
"There's no point turning up if you don't think you're going to win," he said.
"We said literally straight after the game on Sunday when we got the win, we had a chat on the pitch after, and we said we had to make sure that we're coming back next week for one reason and that's to make sure we walk up the steps and lift the trophy.
"We're a very driven team and we set goals for ourselves. Our main goal this year was winning Dublin but going on from that we said there's more silverware to win this year. We're there definitely to get a good performance out of ourselves and get out on the right side of the result at the end on Sunday."
On the prospect of a possible senior double, O'Rorke added: "That's the goal.
"It would be incredible if that happened. It would be a good night in Stillorgan. It just shows the great work that has been done for the past 10/20 years in the club; all the volunteers giving back to the club and bringing all the players through.
"It would be a brilliant day for Kilmacud."
The Downs v Kilmacud Crokes
Reigning champions Kilmacud Crokes face opposition, who last reached a Leinster final in 1972. St Vincent's proved too good for the Westmeath champs half a century ago and The Downs will again be underdogs on their second visit to Croker in a fortbnight.
Goals from Ciaran Moran and Niall Mitchell, and five points from Tailteann Cup winner Luke Loughlin, saw the midlanders edge out Ratoath in the semi. That game was followed by Crokes' dismantling of Portarlington in the other last-four encounter.
Downs full-forward Niall Mitchell is adamant that the club don't intend to compromise on their open, attacking approach.
Speaking to the media in the days leading up to the decider, he said: "(There's) a huge amount of excitement. We're expecting a big crowd from The Downs and hopefully Westmeath on Sunday," he told RTÉ Sport.
"Because of the brand of football we play, every game you go to watch The Downs it's an exciting game. Which is great for our supporters, we keep them on the edge of their seats every day they go out.
"We play that brand of football where it's up and down the whole time. Yeah, we're looking forward to Sunday and hopefully putting in a performance and a big show for our supporters."
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The club are seeking to emulate Garrycastle, the last Westmeath outfit to win a Leinster crown back in 2011-12. Anthony Cunningham's side subsequently lost the All-Ireland final after a replay to Crossmaglen but Mitchell says it was a quest which attracted support the whole county - even to a relative football agnostic like himself at the time. He's hoping The Downs journey will encounter similar goodwill across Westmeath.
"I remember they got to the All-Ireland final against Crossmaglen and there was always a good few at their games. Even myself, and I wouldn't really have supported much football back in the day but I still went to their games. I think in Westmeath people will get behind us because we haven't won the Championship in a while.
"I can see already the support coming from people from other clubs. It would be encouraging to get."
Crokes, who narrowly lost last year's final to Kilcoo, remain on track in their quest to make amends. The addition of Shane Walsh has made them a more formidable force in attack. It seems the Galway ace has fitted seamlessly into the mix for the south Dublin club.
At this week's press briefing, Crokes' Shane Horan said: "When it was first announced, you're kind of excited. "Obviously there's a part of you that's fearful about another lad coming into the forwards. When you're playing in the forward line with him, and I always go back to Paul Mannion (currently out injured) with this, the other backs have to be wary of those two guys and it gives the rest of us a little bit more space to do a bit of damage.
"If even our defender has to focus away at all, it buys you a bit of time. Additionally, his training and his thoughts from his time with Galway, tactically he's quite good. It's a different set of eyes. We had a set group for a while there where we saw things the same way. To get a new set of eyes in for how we press a kick, or how we shape up in attack, it's good to have him involved from that perspective."