SATURDAY 14 MAY

Leinster SFC preliminary round
1700 Carlow v Louth, O'Moore Park
1900 Laois v Wicklow, O'Moore Park

Lory Meagher Cup Round 4
1430 Lancashire v Sligo, Páirc na hEireann
1430 Leitrim v Louth, Páirc Seán MacDiarmada

SUNDAY 15 May

Leinster SFC first round
1530 Offaly v Longford, O'Connor Park

Ulster SFC preliminary round
1600 Fermanagh v Antrim, Brewster Park

ONLINE
Live blogs on all the weekend's action from 1630 on Saturday and 1500 on Sunday on RTE.ie/gaa.

ON TV
Highlights of all the weekend's action on The Sunday Game on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player and worldwide on GAAGO.ie from 2130

ON RADIO
Live commentary on Carlow v Louth, Offaly v Longford and Fermanagh v Antrim on RTÉ Radio 1, Laois v Wicklow on Newstalk.

WEATHER
Saturday will be mainly dry with just an isolated shower later, mainly in the southwest of the country. Temperatures will reach 13 or 14 degrees in the north of the country, 17 to 19 degrees for much of the rest of the country. Winds will be mainly light and variable in direction.

Sunday will be dry and the risk of any showers diminishing further under high pressure. There'll be some sunshine and temperatures will reach 17 to 19 degrees across the country with light variable winds. 

FIXTURES

Carlow v Louth

Sunday 12 June in 2011 was when Carlow last won a Leinster championship. On that day they overcame Louth by a point in Portlaoise. It would be a surprise if the Barrowsiders repeated the feat on Saturday evening.

Louth, fresh from the Division 4 final victory over Antrim, will be looking to push on. The prize on offer is a date with Meath. Memories of that infamous 2010 Leinster final with the Royals still rankle with many in the Wee County.    

Laois v Wicklow

It's 30 years since the 'Battle of Aughrim'. Laois were warm favourites heading into that encounter after winning the 1986 NFL title. Yet, Wicklow caused a huge upset on that June afternoon in 1986. Laois are not the force now as they were then despite having talented players like Brendan Quigley, John O'Loughlin, Kevin Meaney and Colm Begley in their ranks.

The spring saw them relegated to Division 3, not the follow-on they wanted after last season's championship loss to Antrim.

New manager Mick Lillis has brought in former Galway hurling boss to freshen up things

Wicklow had an average enough league in the bottom tier, but if they rediscover the the drive that saw them push Meath and Armagh hard in last year's championship, then they have a chance of causing another upset.    

Offaly v Longford

For the third consecutive year, the footballers of Offaly and Longford have been paired in the preliminary round in Leinster. The score stands at 2-0 for Longford. Much incentive then for Pat Flanagan's side as the county strives to win a first match in the province since 2007.

Both sides were competitive in Division 3, with the Faithful prevailing by two points in inclement conditions on 31 January. Sunday's weather will be a lot more benign in Tullamore, and while some unease has emanated from the Longford camp with regard to the scheduling of club matches in advance of the game, Denis Connerton's side will nevertheless be fired up.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Connerton said: " Everything has been sorted. It's a great occasion - the first round of the Leinster championship and we're away to Offaly. We've worked very hard in the time that is available to us and have prepared as well as we possibly can. The mood in the camp at this stage is very bright."   

That said, Flanagan's Offaly also appear to be in good shape and can continue their improvement by advancing to a quarter-final date with Westmeath.    

Fermanagh v Antrim

It's another case here of a third championship meeting on the trot. The Saffron held on for a narrow win 2014, but it was a case of Fermanagh on the double last year after they prevailed through the back door following on from their Ulster quarter-final success.

Antrim topped the standings in Division 4, before losing narrowly to Louth in the final. There is plenty of experience in their side, with the likes of Tomas and Michael McCann leading their attack and Kevin Niblock operating at number 11.

Fermanagh had a great run in the 2015 championship, making it as far as the last-eight and a memorable joust with the Dubs at Croke Park. After that game, Pete McGrath spoke about the desire within the squad to win a first Ulster title: "Why should Fermanagh not be able to stand up and say that our objective for next year is to win our first Ulster title. No other Ulster county has that as their objective – but we have.

"I think it would be a marvellous achievement for this group of players that they could go on and be the first Fermanagh team to do that."

“We have the players to do it. I don’t say that with any kind of arrogance, I say it with belief, total belief.”

Sunday's encounter will tell us much about Fermanagh's desire. They should have enough to get over Antrim and book a date with Donegal on 12 June.