Allianz Hurling League Division 1 quarter-finals
Galway v Wexford, Pearse Stadium, 1.30pm
Waterford v Clare, Walsh Park, 3pm
Tipperary v Dublin, Semple Stadium, 4.30pm

Division 1A relegation play-off
Kilkenny v Cork, Nowlan Park, 2pm


All-Ireland club SHC final
St Thomas' (Galway) v Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny), Croke Park, 2pm

Live blogs on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now App from 1pm Saturday and 1.30pm Sunday, reports on all games.

Live commentaries and updates on RTÉ Radio 1's Saturday Sport and Sunday Sport from 2pm.

Galway v Wexford, Waterford v Clare and St Thomas' (Galway) v Ballyhale Shamrocks live on TG4.

Highlights of all the weekend's action on Allianz League Sunday on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player from 9.30pm.

All live games also available to watch overseas on GAAGO.

Very wet and blustery across much of the country on Saturday with spells of heavy rain and strong and gusty southwest to west winds. The rain will ease in the afternoon with a clearance to sunshine and blustery showers following, some with hail and thunder. Maximum temperatures ranging from 3 or 4 degrees in the northwest to 11 or 12 degrees in the southeast.

St Patrick's Day looks set to be a cold and blustery day with sunny spells and passing showers, some with hail and thunder. Highest temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees in fresh and gusty west to northwest winds.

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St Thomas’ Conor Cooney (L) and Ballyhale Shamrock’s Joey Holden will clash on St Patrick's Day

A club classic?

St Patrick's Day is - for now at least - club finals day at Croke Park and the action begins at 2pm with a much-anticipated SHC clash between Ballyhale Shamrocks of Kilkenny and Galway's St Thomas'.

Ballyhale head the all-time roll of honour, having captured the  Tommy Moore Cup six times, most recently in 2015.

That victory was the cue for the 10-time All-Ireland winner Henry Shefflin to announce his retirement from inter-county hurling with Kilkenny.

Fast forward four years and 'King Henry' is back but this time with the bainisteoir bib.

"It's a lot easier playing," he admits to RTÉ Sport. "You just get yourself right and look after yourself.

"Managing a team, there's a lot of things going on around it. A lot of organisation in the lead up to the final.

"That brings its challenges but it's great to be involved and the lads are applying themselves very well, which makes it easier for us."

Shefflin has had a flawless first year in charge of his home club, recapturing the Kilkenny senior crown and beating Wexford's Naomh Éanna, Ballyboden St Enda's and Ballygunner on the way to Croker.

The Waterford kingpins got closest with a losing margin of five points.

They face a St Thomas' side who were champions in 2013 and semi-finalists two years ago. 

"Thomas' are probably the more experienced team," suggests Shefflin. "We've five U-21 players, two U-18, two 19-year-olds, a 20-year-old.

"They (Thomas') have been there before. They have nine of that team (that won in 2013) and most of the panel were up there, we have only six of that team (2015) and a lot of that panel has gone.

"There's nothing like that experience of playing there on the big days."

Galway captain David Burke, his brother Éanna and Conor Cooney are all Galway senior panellists while Shamrocks can call on inter-county stars and present in Joey Holden, Colin and Michael Fennelly and TJ Reid.

Former Hurler of the Year Michael has been battling a knee injury ahead of the clash and is a doubt.

Last year's draw and replay win for Cuala against Na Piarsaigh brought the excitement back to this fixture after several years of one-sided contests.

St Thomas manager Kevin Lally knows that his team will need to find an extra gear after squeezing past Cushendall in the last four.

"In the last five weeks we've worked really hard to right a couple of wrongs," he told RTÉ Sport.

"We hope now that we're in a strong position to have a crack at Ballyhale."

Semi-final spots on the line

Come 6pm on Saturday, the line-up for the last four of the Allianz Hurling League should be complete. We say 'should' rather than 'will' as the weather again threatens to intervene in the GAA's best-laid plans.

All county panels have been notified that games postponed on Saturday will be played on Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday, in an effort to ensure that the final can go ahead on its already rescheduled date of 31 March.

Whenever it is eventually completed we will have a new league champion as last year's winners Kilkenny didn't make the last eight.

Brian Cody's side host Cork in a 'relegation play-off' that will do nothing other than decide which equal side of Division 1 the teams play in next year.

Cody last week described the game as a "a futile match" and that impression won't have changed given that his defender Conor Delaney and Cork captain Seamus Harnedy will serve suspensions in their county's Championship openers rather than this game - the reliably quirky GAA rulebook dictates that play-off games are one-off separate competitions.

Penalty shootouts are also a possibility as games must be decided 'on the day'. Limerick edged a free-taking competition against Clare in the quarter-finals last year but the GAA have opted to trial a more stimulating way to separate teams.

Provincial preview shows

Galway and Wexford meet at Pearse Park in a foretaste of the Leinster Championship encounter to come at the end of May.

The Model County dumped the then-defending champions out at this stage of the League last year but Galway got the better of them in the summer. Indeed you have to go back to 1996 for Wexford's last Championship win over this weekend's opponents.

A Leinster title is still Davy Fitzgerald's priority - he poured scorned on the notion that he was "mad to win the league" after the win over Kilkenny - but a League win would be a big boost in a season where fans might otherwise start to wonder whether the promise shown over the past three seasons has failed to bear fruit.

Comeback wins over both Tipperary and the Cats will have raised confidence and, despite home advantage, questions remain for Galway after their draw with Carlow and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory against Waterford.

Likewise, Clare's trip to Walsh Park is a fixture that will be repeated in a couple of months time in the first Championship clash at the venue since 2003.

These two contested the 2016 League final - Clare won after a replay - but haven't made it back to the semi-final stage since. The winners will play Galway or Wexford.

Shane Bennett's late goal against Galway left Waterford with a 4-1 record in 1B while Clare were consistently inconsistent in the top tier: Defeat, victory, defeat, victory, draw.

Seadna Morey, Cathal Malone, Aidan McCarthy, Gary Cooney and Aron Shanagher are the Banner's five changes from the team that drew with Limerick. 

John Conlon (ankle) remains out but there are doubts over Colm Galvin and Podge Collins, who have been named to start.

Austin Gleeson, Colm Roche, Jack Prendergast and Thomas Ryan come in for Waterford.

Clare: Donal Tuohy; Seadna Morey, David McInerney, Jack Browne; Patrick O’Connor, Conor Cleary, Cathal Malone; Shane Golden, Colm Gavin; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, Aidan McCarthy; Gary Cooney, Aron Shanagher, Podge Collins.

Waterford: Stephen O'Keeffe; Shane McNulty, Philip Mahony, Noel Connors; Callum Lyons, Kevin Moran, Austin Gleeson; Jamie Barron, Colm Roche; Jack Prendergast, Mikey Kearney, Pauric Mahony; Tommy Ryan, Stephen Bennett, Shane Bennett.

A dominant display against Cork last time out secured Tipperary's place in the quarters and eased concerns after three straight defeats under the returning Liam Sheedy.

Sheedy might be tempted to move training from Semple Stadium to Spain after a week away in which his players "put in a lot of work" according to the manager.

Tipp will be relieved Jason Forde has overcome an ankle injury to start after he racked up 1-13 last week.

They have named an unchanged XV for the visit of Dublin to Thurles, with Limerick awaiting the winners.

Mattie Kenny's men have been developing nicely apart from their one setback against Galway and they topped the 1B table in the finish.

Oisín O'Rorke, Donal Burke and former All-Star Danny Sutcliffe have all impressed in attack.

Chris Crummy is one of six players that come in following the 0-13 to 0-11 victory over Laois a fortnight ago.

Tipperary: Paul Maher; Chris Barrett, James Barry, Ronan Maher; Joe O’Dywer Padraic Maher, Robert Byrne; Noel McGrath, Michael Breen; Jake Morris, Niall O’Meara, Jason Forde; John O’Dywer, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath.

Dublin: Alan Nolan; Paddy Smyth, Eoghan O’Donnell, Dáire Gray; Chris Crummy, Seán Moran, Darragh O’Connell; Rian McBride, Seán Treacy; Jake Malone, John Hetherton, Danny Sutcliffe; Oisín O’Rourke, Liam Rushe; Eamonn Dillon.