FIXTURES

SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER

TG4 Ladies All-Ireland SFC semi-final
1700 Cork v Monaghan, Gaelic Grounds 

TG4 Ladies All-Ireland IFC semi-final
1515 Tipperary v Clare, Gaelic Grounds

SUNDAY 4 SEPEMBER

All-Ireland SHC final
1530 Kilkenny v Tipperary, Croke Park

All-Ireland MHC final
1315 Limerick v Tipperary, Croke Park

ONLINE 
1200
Live blog on Sunday on www.rte.ie/gaa

ON TV
Saturday
1445 Tipperary v Clare and Cork v Monaghan live on TG4

Sunday
1245 Tipperary v Limerick live on TG4
1405 Kilkenny v Tipperary live on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player
 

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2130 Highlights of all the weekend action on The Sunday Game on RTÉ Two and RTÉ Player

All live hurling games streamed via GAAGO 

ON RADIO
Sunday
1300
Tipperary v Limerick live on RTÉ Radio 1 (LW)
1400 Tipperary v Limerick & Kilkenny v Tipperary live on RTÉ Radio 1

WEATHER
Saturday: Rain will spread to all parts of the country and will soon turn heavy in places. Most at risk from heavy rain will be southern and southeastern areas, although some heavy falls may also occur later in the west and north.

Winds on Saturday may be fresh or strong at times in southern counties as the direction swings from southerly to westerly during the day; however, winds elsewhere will be mostly light throughout.

Sunday: some showers will persist early on but mainly dry and bright conditions will develop for the afternoon and evening; west to northwest winds will slacken as the day goes on and temperatures will recover normal values generally

THE FIXTURES

ALL-IRELAND SHC FINAL

Kilkenny v Tipperary

Between them Kilkenny and Tipp have amassed 62 All-Ireland senior titles. However in this century the Cats have so far brought home Liam MacCarthy on 12 occasions, while the Premier have only twice walked up the Hogan Stand to collect that famous trophy.

Since Tipperary beat Kilkenny in the 2010 decider, Brian Cody's men have had the upper hand in championship meetings between the sides. We all remember the classic drawn game in the 2014 All-Ireland final and Kilkenny's subsequent win in the replay. A year previous in a Round 1 qualifier, the Cats prevailed in what was a tense occasion at Nowlan Park.

Both finalists won their respective provincial titles, with Tipperary most impressive in their dismantling of Waterford. Michael Ryan's side would then go on to shade Galway in the All-Ireland semi. 

Galway gave Kilkenny a run for their money in the Leinster decider for about 50 minutes, before the Cats' now familiar late surge saw them prevail.

The test put to them by Waterford in the last four was even greater. A late goal and a point ensured parity at the end of 70 minutes in an absorbing encounter on 7 August. A week later, the Black and Amber had two points to spare at the final whistle in what was another game for the ages.

PATHS TO THE FINAL: KILKENNY

Kilkenny 1-25 Dublin 0-16 (Leinster semi-final)

Kilkenny 1-26 Galway 0-22 (Leinster final)

Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-24 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 2-17 (All-Ireland semi-final replay)

Average For: 1-24;

Average Against: 0-22

PATHS TO THE FINAL: TIPPERARY

Tipperary 0-22 Cork 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)

Tipperary 3-12 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)

Tipperary 5-19 Waterford 0-13 (Munster final)

Tipperary 2-19 Galway 2-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Average For: 2-19

Average Against: 1-15

Kilkenny have reached 65 All-Ireland finals, winning 36, losing 25 and drawing 4.

Tipperary have appeared in 40 All-Ireland senior finals, winning 26, losing 12 and drawing two.

Next Sunday’s game will be Brian Cody 84th championship outing as manager since taking over in Kilkenny at the start of 1999 season. Kilkenny have won 68, drawn six and lost nine of the previous 83 under Cody. The defeats were against Galway (2001-2005-2012), Cork (1999-2004-2013), Wexford (2004), Tipperary (2010) and Dublin (2013).

Tipperary are bidding to become the first Munster champions to win the All-Ireland title since Cork in 2005. Tipperary (2010) and Clare (2013) both won the title, having come through the qualifiers.

Kilkenny are bidding to win the All-Ireland treble for the third time, having previously achieved it in 1911-12-13 and 2006-07-08.

ALL-IRELAND MHC FINAL

Tipperary v Limerick

The curtain-raiser on Sunday sees a repeat of the Munster final which the Tipp youngsters won impressively by 1-24 to 0-10. They then went on to hit Galway for seven goals in the semi-final.

Cian Darcy scored a hat-trick and Rian Doody chipped in with a brace as the Premier County gained revenge for last year’s final defeat against the Tribesmen, with Mark Kehoe and Ger Browne also raising green flags. 

Limerick got the show back on the road with an eight-point win over Wexford in the quarter-final, before then accounting for a fancied Dublin outfit by six points. 

Brian Ryan's 10-point haul proved decisive for the Shannonsiders.

TG4 Ladies All-Ireland SFC semi-final

Cork v Monaghan

After the drama that was served up last weekend with Dublin’s last-gasp win over Mayo much is expected of this clash between Cork and Monaghan.

The reigning All-Ireland champions come into this game having already collected the Lidl National Football League Division 1 title and the TG4 Munster Championship,  whereas the Ulster side had a real struggle in their Division 1 campaign before rediscovering their form to win the Ulster championship.   

Cork are boosted by the return of Doireann O’Sullivan following a long injury lay off as she returns to the starting fifteen at full forward. Deirdre O’Reilly and Bríd Stack are familiar presences in the central defensive positions as are Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley in the centre of the field. 

Monaghan’s turnaround league strugglers to TG4 Ulster Champions and All-Ireland semi-finalists has been phenomenal and can be attributed to the impact of new manager, Paula Cunningham. Cunningham has gotten this team back to full fitness and has instilled a belief that has seen the return of Monaghan’s swagger.

Caoimhe Mohan has returned to the starting line-up and is due to play at full forward in an attack that is loaded with talent like Laura McEnaney, Ellen McCarron, Therese Scott, Ciara McAnespie and emerging star, Rosemary Courtney.

Sharon Courtney is amongst their most important players and her influence from centre half back is vital. Sharon is flanked by Gráinne McNally and Aoife McAnespie in what is possibly the best half back line in the game.