SUNDAY

Munster SHC quarter-final
Clare v Limerick, Thurles, 3.45pm

Joe McDonagh Cup round 1
Kerry v Meath, Tralee, 1pm
Antrim v Westmeath, Corrigan Park, 2pm

Christy Ring Cup round 1
Roscommon v Wicklow, Dr Hyde Park

TV
Clare v Limerick, live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player from 3pm.
Available overseas through GAAGO.
Highlights on The Sunday Game, RTÉ2, 9.30pm.

RADIO
Live commentary on Clare v Limerick on Radio 1's Sunday Sport from Pauric Lodge and Tomás Mulcahy.

ONLINE
Live blogs on RTE.ie/sport and the RTÉ News app, video highlights on social media.

WEATHER
Blustery thundery showers on Sunday with a risk of hail across Atlantic counties, which will merge into longer spells of rain at times. Highest temperatures 9 to 12C, in fresh west to southwest winds. More at met.ie

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It's been seven months and 23 days, since Covid took the hurling away.

Okay, we saw some superb club action over the summer but nothing compares to the thrill of the inter-county championships. Even at the unfamiliar time of the end of the October.

Will we get through them? Who knows. But for now let's try to enjoy the long-awaited treat. 

We began with Dublin justifying favouritism in their encounter against Laois at an empty Croke Park on Saturday.

On Sunday, neighbours Clare and Limerick renew acquaintance in a Munster quarter-final that is also doubling up as the Allianz Hurling League final.

They were the country's form teams before the enforced break but as Galway showed in the football league last weekend, that doesn't necessarily count for a lot seven months on.

Limerick hammered Clare by 18 points when the teams met in the Munster round-robin last year (1-28 to 0-13) but the Banner looked tighter defensively under new manager Brian Lohan in the spring.

Both sides have some high-profile absentees, Mike Casey and Richie English among those out for Limerick while Clare are missing four former All-Stars in captain John Conlon, Podge Collins, Peter Duggan and Colm Galvin.

It will also be interesting to note what effect the wintery weather has on the games, particularly in Thurles where hail could push in from the coast.

Both games could conceivably end in penalty shootouts as there must be a winner on the day.

However, unlike the football championship, which has reverted to straight knockout, this weekend's beaten sides will get a second chance in the qualifiers.

Antrim won the Division 2A title last weekend

The Joe McDonagh, Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher Cups also get under way this weekend.

Newly promoted Division 2A champions Antrim will be missing six players due to Covid-19 but will fulfil their Joe McDonagh fixture against Westmeath on Sunday, when Kerry and Meath also meet in Tralee.

That competition remains a round-robin affair with a final.

In the Christy Ring, Offaly (v Kildare) and Sligo (v Derry) have both had to give walkovers due to coronavirus but will have a second chance via the back door the weekend of 7/8 November.