Cork will open the defence of their Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 title with an historic fixture against Westmeath at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday 25 January.

Ephie Fitzgerald's Munster Senior champions will lock horns with the Lake County at the Leeside venue, with a 4pm throw-in time, as they begin the quest to retain the crown won against Galway at Parnell Park last May. 

For the very first time, the Cork Ladies Footballers will get the opportunity to play a competitive fixture at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, and it will also be the first time at the venue that they will line out in a 'double-header’ alongside their male counterparts, who will take on Offaly in Division 3 of the Allianz League at 6pm.

The Cork Ladies had been pencilled in for two games at Páirc Uí Chaoimh during the 2019 Lidl National League campaign but the ground was later made unavailable due to remedial work.

Cork skipper Doireann O'Sullivan welcomed the news and said: "First of all, it’s a huge stepping stone for us, and with that bit of history as well. Everybody was disappointed when that was unfortunately, and through nobody’s fault, taken away from us last year.

"We’re really looking forward to it and when you think of the great players who went before us who didn’t have this opportunity, we’re really lucky. There’s the added bonus that it’s a double-header and hopefully there will be a good crowd at it.

"It’s a stepping stone for Ladies Football and for Cork as well. We’re delighted with it."

Speaking on behalf of Cork GAA, Chairperson Tracey Kennedy added: "Cork County Board is delighted to be able to facilitate this double-header at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

"It's a very special occasion, as these will be the first inter-county games played on the new pitch surface, and it’s wonderful to have both our men’s and women’s teams involved. I look forward to many more of these double-headers in the future."