Nowlan Park, Sunday 20 May, 3pm

Live blog on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now App from 2.30pm.

Live updates on Sunday Sport, RTÉ Radio 1, from Martin Kiely. 

Highlights of the game, along with all the weekend's action, on The Sunday Game, RTÉ 2, from 9.30pm. 

Past 5 Championship Meetings
2014 Kilkenny 5-32 Offaly 1-18 (Leinster quarter-final)
2013 Kilkenny 0-26 Offaly 4-9 (Leinster quarter-final)
2008 Kilkenny 2-24 Offaly 0-12 (Leinster semi-final)
2007 Kilkenny 1-27 Offaly 1-13 (Leinster semi-final)
2005 Kilkenny 6-28 Offaly 0-15 (Leinster semi-final

They were those who felt Dublin would put it up to Kilkenny in round one. That's exactly how it turned out. Should we be surprised at the way the Cats snatched victory from the jaws of defeat? Probably not, even though they were legitimate claims for a Dublin free before Liam Blanchfield struck for the vital goal.

There was also a common view that Offaly would acquit themselves well in their opener against Galway. And Kevin Martin's charges certainly did that. Five points adrift at the break, a total wides on the resumption undid a lot of their good work as they slipped to a 12-point defeat.

Just two months ago, the Faithful ran Cody's men close in the league quarter-final. Late points from Walter Walsh and TJ Reid were the difference in Tullamore on 19 March, as Offaly showed a fighting spirit that has been evident in their performances under Martin.

They won't fear the Black and Amber and will be keen to put up another good showing before games against Wexford and Dublin - games at this juncture they feel they can win.

Cats purring again

Four-time All-Ireland winner with the Cats Kieran Joyce said that he feels  Kilkenny's infusion of fresh blood this winter has restored the trademark hunger we associate with Cody's teams.

"Kilkenny have that doggedness back," he told the RTÉ GAA Podcast.

"They probably missed it for the first one or two (League) games.

"When I saw the first Tipp and Kilkenny league match, I saw Kilkenny had that doggedness back again.

"Lads were working and working and there was no give up. That showed there was something there again, a bit of bite, that hounding mentality to not give up.

"That’s from a lot of lads who haven’t had much success underage. They’re getting the opportunity now with Kilkenny and saying ‘I have to put my hand up here’."

Michael Duignan's Verdict 
"I think Offaly will have one eye on Wexford next Saturday, that’s a game they will have to target."  

Sunday will be generally rather dull and damp with patchy outbreaks of rain. Temperatures will range between 14 and 16 degrees with light to moderate southerly winds. Later in the day the winds in the west of the country will veer to the north introducing cooler weather there. For more go to

Kilkenny: Eoin Murphy; Joey Holden, Padraig Walsh, Paddy Deegan; Conor Delaney, Cillian Buckley (capt), Paul Murphy; Conor Fogarty, James Maher; Martin Keoghan, TJ Reid, Richie Leahy; John Donnelly, Walter Walsh, Luke Scanlon. 

Offaly: Eoghan Cahill;Tom Spain, Sean Gardiner, Ben Conneely; Damien Egan, Pat Camon, Brendan Murphy; David King, Shane Kinsella; Joe Bergin, Conor Mahon, Oisin Kelly; Dan Currams, Colin Egan, Shane Dooley.