SATURDAY 19 AUGUST

All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-finals 
1230
Galway v Cork, Cusack Park, Mullingar 
1415 Donegal v Mayo, Cusack Park, Mullingar

All-Ireland Senior Camogie semi-finals 
1715 Dublin v Kilkenny, Gaelic Grounds 
1900 Cork v Galway, Gaelic Grounds

All-Ireland U21HC semi-finals 
1600 Kilkenny v Derry, Semple Stadium 
1800 Galway v Limerick, Semple Stadium

SUNDAY 20 AUGUST

All-Ireland SFC semi-final 
1530 Kerry v Mayo, Croke Park

All-Ireland MFC semi-final 
1330 Kerry v Cavan, Croke Park

ONLINE 
Live blog on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now App from 1600 on Saturday and from 1300 on Sunday.   

TV
Camogie semi-finals live on RTÉ2 from 1700. Ladies' football and U21 hurling semi-finals live on TG4 from 1215

Sunday: Kerry v Cavan live on TG4 from 1300. Kerry v Mayo live on RTÉ One from 1445 and on Sky Sports from 1500.

Irish language commentary on Kerry v Mayo is also available. Click here for details. 

Highlights of all the weekend's action on The Sunday Game on RTÉ2 from 2130.

All live football and hurling games on GAAGO

RADIO
Live commentary on Kerry v Mayo with updates on Kerry v Cavan on RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Sport from 1400.

WEATHER
Saturday: A few showers about on Saturday, but overall a much drier and bright day with sunny spells and the northwesterly winds will ease through the day, but still cool with afternoon temperatures of 15 to 18 degrees. Sunday: Fresh southwesterly winds will bring cloudier warmer, more humid conditions on Sunday with rain at times but dry periods as well. Highs of 17 to 20 or 21 and breezy or windy in places.  

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Ladies football - provincial winners back in action

All roads lead to Mullingar for the remaining two quarter-finals.   

All-Ireland champions Cork had a nervy win in the qualifiers against Monaghan the last day out to set up a clash with Galway.

Eimear Scally (pictured) landed five second-half points as the Rebelettes survived a real scare. All-Star Orla Finn also chipped in with a five-point haul before being called ashore. 

Cork would have been dragged into a three-way relegation play-off had they lost.

Galway were certainly impressive in landing Connacht honours on 2 July. Stephen Glennon’s Tribeswomen wrestled the title back from Mayo to claim a fifth Connacht win in six seasons – as Tracey Leonard and Mairead Seoighe combined for 2-11.

Leonard scored nine points, including two from play, as Seoighe chipped in with an impressive 2-02.

Also on the first Sunday in July, Geraldine McLaughlin (above) fired Donegal to a second TG4 Ulster crown in three seasons following a 4-11 to 0-15 victory over Monaghan. They now take on Mayo.

McLaughlin landed 2-06, as Donegal,with sidekick Yvonne McMonagle and Roisin Friel also raising green flags. 

Mayo, who came so close to reaching last year's September decider, have their sights on Croke Park again. They bounced back from their provincial loss with a 3-20 to 0-08 win over Kildare in Ballinasloe.

Cora Staunton collected 1-11 for the victors.

Camogie semi-finals

Dublin manager David Herity

After an excellent win over Wexford in the quarter-final, Dublin face a real test of their credentials against reigning All-Ireland champions Kilkenny. The sides met in the group stages on 22 July, with the Black and Amber running out convincing 3-14 to 0-08 winners.

Dublin will be hoping to hit the ground running and will look to the likes of Faye McCarthy, Aisling Maher, Hannah Hegarty and Eimear McCarthy to find the scores to keep in the hunt for as long as possible.

Kilkenny, in the shape of Miriam Walsh, Danielle Morrissey, Katie Power, Shelly Farrell, Anna Farrell and Anne Dalton, are also well served in the scoring stakes and are justifiably favourites to advance to the final on 10 September.

The meeting of Cork and Galway is a repeat of the 2015 decider, which the former won. 

Cork, of course, are renowned for their ability to smother opposition attacks; the likes of Pamela Mackey, Laura Treacy and captain Rena Buckley are among the stickiest of defenders in the game.

In addition, All-Ireland-winning skipper Ashling Thompson has been a central figure in the game-plan with her athleticism enabling her to sweep up deep in her own half while also forcing turnovers around the field and getting forward for a score or two.

Gemma O’Connor, Aoife Murray and Orla Cotter are just some other who provide plenty of experience while Niamh McCarthy represents the new breed.

Galway have a similar profile in that regard, as apart from Siobhán McGrath, Róisín Black is a newcomer who has appeared to the manor born in defence.

U21 final spots up for grabs

 

Saturday’s first game sees Kilkenny and Derry square off. The latter come into this game as complete underdogs, having not played in an All-Ireland semi-final since 2008, as Antrim have been the ones to progress from Ulster for the last number of years.

Derry ran out comfortable 3-17 to 1-09 winners over Down in the Ulster final.

Kilkenny came through the Leinster with victories against Dublin, Westmeath and a provincial final encounter with Wexford, where Eddie Brennan’s side prevailed on a 0-30 to 1-14 scoreline.

Galway make their debut in this year’s Championship in Saturday’s second game.

The team and fans will be on a high after the senior panel advanced to their September decider.

They face Limerick, a team who last lifted the All-Ireland trophy in 2015, with some members of that XV set to face the Tribsemen.

Limerick overcame Tipperary in their Munster quarter final, before following that up with wins over Clare and Cork to claim provincial honours.

Rejuvenated Mayo look to break Kerry hoodoo

At the start of the championship, the smart money would have been on Kerry and Mayo meeting in the first of the All-Ireland senior semi-finals.

That has come to pass, and while the Kingdom came through the front door, the westerners, just like last season had to navigate the back-door route before reaching this penultimate stage. 

Indeed, Stephen Rochford's side hit a few road bumps along the way, with Derry and Cork taking them to extra time before they needed another day out against Roscommon in the last round. 

After the drawn game against the Rossies it was felt that Mayo had lost their place at the top table and that the 'top four' had now become the 'top three'. But then they pulverised their neighbours on the August Bank Holiday and all the talk is again about the leading quartet and how far ahead of the pack they are.

It's a fickle world!

Kerry have reached this stage relatively untested, though Clare did ask a few questions of them in the Munster semi-final. Subsequent games against Cork and Galway proved to somewhat flat affairs, more so the encounter with the Tribesemen - a game enlivened by Kieran Donaghy's influence at the edge of the square and Kerry leakiness at the back that Galway did not exploit.

Sunday's encounter will evoke memories of the counties' last meeting three years ago - a gripping last-four exchange that went to a replay at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

It took extra time to sort things out on Shannonside in a game where James O'Donoghue converted two penalties and Mayo 'keeper Rob Hennelly came up just short with the final kick of the game in normal time.

Kerry prevailed on a 3-16 to 3-13 scoreline. Three week's later they were All-Ireland champions.

Mayo, not for the first time, would ruefully reflect on what might have been. Much of their ire would focus on the performance of referee Cormac Reilly and his handling of the drawn game.

A chorus of disapproval was led by fan Mick Barrett as he attempted to make his feelings known to the Meath official late on. 

Mick subsequently got a year's ban from all GAA activities.

Kerry are the bookies favourites to reach another final and so continue a winning run in the championship against the Green and Red that goes back to 1997.

It's fair to say that opinion on Mayo has diversified thanks to their decade in the spotlight. Our own Conor Neville expands on this point of view. Read his thoughts here.  

  • Mayo last beat Kerry in the championship in 1996, winning an All- Ireland semi-final by 2-13 to 1-10. They have met on seven occasions in the championship since then, with the Kingdom winning six times while there was one draw. 
  • Éamonn Fitzmaurice is in his fifth season as Kerry manager, leading them to Munster titles in 2013-2014-2015-16-17 and to the 2014 All-Ireland .The county's championship record under Fitzmaurice reads: Played 24; Won 19, Drew 2, Lost 3. All three defeats came against Dublin in the 2013 and 2016 semi-finals and the 2015 final.
  • Stephen Rochford is in his second season as Mayo boss. Their championship record under him ireads Played 15, Won 11, Drew 1, Lost 3. 
  • The Green and Red are bidding to reach the All-Ireland final via the qualifiers for a second successive year. 
  • Other than Dublin (2013 and 2016), the last county to beat Kerry in an All-Ireland semi-final was Tyrone in 2003.
  • The Munster side are bidding to reach the All-Ireland final for the 11th time since the turn of Millennium and for the fourth time in seven seasons (2011-14-15). while their Connacht rivals are trying to reach the deciderl for the fourth time in six seasons (2012-13-16).  

Views from either side

John Maughan (Mayo): "There was something different in their attitude in the replay against Roscommon.

"The Mayo mindset was in a different space. They might have been a little bit complacent going into the drawn game as they would have always felt they would have been better than Roscommon.

"They got the shock of their lives and were very lucky to survive, but the last day, it was the most complete performance we have seen out of this Mayo team, certainly in this championship year.

"There’s a steeliness, the fitness levels have improved, there’s a more cohesive approach and effort from the team. It appears to be coming right at the right time.

"I think we have a right good chance."

Tomás Ó Sé (Kerry): 

"Our defence is an area Mayo will be looking at because they created six or seven good goal chances the last day with their running defence.

"They obviously had licence to get forward. You had Keith Higgins, Colm Boyle, Chris Barrett coming forward, Lee Keegan is back, they have players that can trouble Kerry.

"I think Kerry will have their homework done properly and will try and stop these fellas making their runs from far out."