SATURDAY 21 NOVEMBER

Leinster SFC final
Dublin v Meath, Croke Park, 7pm

SUNDAY  22 NOVEMBER

Munster SFC final
Cork v Tipperary, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 1.30pm

Ulster SFC final 
Cavan v Donegal, Athletic Grounds, 4pm

ONLINE 
Live blogs on all three games on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News app, with video highlights on social media.

TV
Live coverage of Dublin v Meath on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player from 6pm on Saturday. Sunday's provincial final double-bill will start at 1pm on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player. Highlights of all the matches on The Sunday Game on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player from 9.30pm.

Viewers outside Ireland can watch the games on GAAGO

RADIO 
Saturday Sport (from 2pm) and Sunday Sport (from 1.30pm) will have live commentary on all the deciders. 

WEATHER
Conditions are expected to hold dry for the Leinster final. Temperatures will be in the range 6 to 9 degrees, with winds mainly light to moderate southwesterly. Sunday shouldn't be too bad either. It will be largely dry with varying cloud cover. It will be a cold day, however, with afternoon temperatures of just 6 to 9 degrees, but light to moderate southwesterly winds continuing. For more go to met.ie

14 lives remembered 

A minute's silence will be observed before all championship games this weekend to remember those who died on Bloody Sunday 1920.

Before the Leinster SFC final tomorrow evening the lives of the 14 victims will be remembered in a ceremony that will coincide with the lighting of 14 flames in a dedicated area of Hill 16 and a corresponding pillar of light dedicated to each of those who died.

GAA Director-General Tom Ryan and John Horan will lay wreaths on the spot where Tipperary corner back Michael Hogan was fatally shot that day, an area of the field in front of Gate 43 at the northern end of the stadium.

Royals back for another crack at the Dubs

'Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end' 

Meath players Donal Keogan, left, and Jordan Morris 

The opening lyrics of Mary Hopkin's hit from the 60s is perhaps synonymous with Meath fans longing for the days in which the county gave Dublin their fill of it in championship combat.

Even when Heffo's Dubs were on the march to All-Ireland finals in the 1970s, Meath proved to be doughty opponents in Leinster finals. And then enter Seán Boylan, who would make the Royals an even more formidable force. In the period from 1986 to '91, Boylan's men, more often than not, had the upper hand against their city neighbours.

There was no love lost; there was much spite in the air. Many of the games may have lacked quality, but nevertheless were compelling, none more so than the fourth instalment of the 1991 Leinster preliminary clash. That was the height of it. Yes, both counties would go on to win All-Irelands after that, but there was no longer an intensity between the pair. 

Dublin are now all-conquering. Meath, following Boylan's departure in 2006, hit something of a trough. You could say that they are now only emerging from their footballing nadir. Andy McEntee has steered the county to successive Leinster finals. A year in Division 1, while ending in relegation, was far from a write-off. Things are looking up.

Meath boss Andy McEntee is now in his fourth year at the helm

Twelve goals in successive games against Wicklow and Kildare is noteworthy, but the Dubs won't be as generous at the back. Also, McEntee's side were quite lethargic in the opening half against the Lilies - a point the manager emphasised afterwards.

"Lads themselves knew we didn't perform," he explained to RTÉ Sport.

"It's knockout football, you either perform for 35 minutes or you don't and at least we knew if we did perform [in the second half] we'd give ourselves a chance."

"If we don't perform  against a team like Dublin you'd be out of sight by half-time."

That's the worry. Meath need some of the guts they showed during last month's league meeting with Dublin, together with the fighting spirit of old to keep things competitive at Croker. 

Sean Bugler finds the net for Dublin against Laois

Dublin, with little enough difficulty, accounted for Westmeath and Laois to arrive at this point. They are going for a tenth provincial title on the spin against opposition who were the last team to beat them in Leinster. The 2010 semi-final clash saw the Royals bag five goals.

Indeed, Dubs manager Dessie Farrell is wary of the goal threat posed by the current Meath side. Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the win over Laois, he said: "They're in a good place, and have racked up some really good scores. And in this game, scoring goals at the rate they're scoring definitely warrants attention, that's for sure.

"So we'll be under no illusions as to what lies in wait for us."

What's rare could be wonderful in Munster

Before the championship, the smart money would have been on Kerry and Clare to contest the southern decider. But Clare were sent packing early on by Tipp, before the Blue and Gold edged out Limerick after a tense semi-final that went to extra-time.

Mark Keane watches the ball hit the Kerry net

And then came more drama on Leeside. Cork, battling bravely throughout also forced an extra 20 minutes in their last-four clash with Kerry. Seconds left, and with the Kingdom hanging on, Cork's Luke Connolly launched a high ball goalwards. Mark Keane, standing on the edge of the square, plucked it from the heavens, turned and rifled the ball to the Kerry net. No more time for anything else

And so for the first time since 2002, Cork and Tipperary will contest the final. 

The Rebels are looking for a first title since 2012, while Tipp have to go back to 1935 for their last win, in a clash where the Leesiders were the vanquished.

Both sides operated out of Division 3 in 2020. Cork, clearly the masters in topping the section, while the Premier flirted with life down near the bottom, but survived.

Cork's new-found belief under Ronan McCarthy really blossomed in last year's final against Kerry. They put it up to the Kingdom. As expected, the Rebels' time in the third tier of the league was short. And then a fortnight ago, they seemed to have more fight for the battle when surprising their neighbours. Yes, a surprise, but not a shock.  

That was the view of Ronan McCarthy when he spoke to RTÉ Sport

"I don't think it's as much of a shock when people look at it," he said.

"We served notice last year against Kerry that we were at that level and we performed really well against Dublin and Tyrone in both matches. 

"We felt we were in a better place than even last year, stronger panel, and it all came together and we got what we deserved in the end."

In previewing the final, Tomás O Sé believes there is more in this Cork side, when saying: "I watched the Cork-Kerry semi-final again this week and I don't think Cork got the credit they deserve. Their defending, their physicality and their decision making was first-class. I think the way they want to play football is impressive. 

"Have they room to improve? Of course, they have!

"The challenge for Ronan McCarthy is to ensure that that ferocity and the willingness not to back down is at the same level it was against Kerry."

It's only four years since Tipperary contested an All-Ireland semi-final. Many of that team are still involved. 

Colin O'Riordan in action during the 2015 Munster championship

Manager David Power has included the Sydney Swans; Colin O'Riordan in his panel for the clash against the Rebels, and after Mark Keane's exploits against Kerry in the provincial semi-final, the question is whether to start O’Riordan or keep him in reserve as an impact sub. 

The JK Brackens clubman last played senior football for Tipperary in 2015, but since the end of the Aussie Rules campaign in September, has been training with the county squad during the off-season and has been at all four of their league and championship games so far, despite not being allowed permission to play, until now.  

O'Riordan's availability alongside the likes of Conor Sweeney will no doubt boost the Tipp cause as they look to set up a repeat of their 2016 All-Ireland semi against Mayo.  

Cork, however, look the better bet to advance in what could be the closest of the three finals.

Genuine All-Ireland contender v comeback kings

Hugh McFadden of Donegal in action against Conor Rehill and Padraig Faulkner of Cavan during the 2019 decider

And so we have a repeat of last year's final pairing in Ulster. Donegal's margin of victory was five points, but the final scoreline flattered Cavan.

Declan Bonner's side, you would have to say, have moved on another gear from last year. In dismantling Armagh last weekend, they definitely made a statement of sorts, though we should add a note of caution given the insipid first-half showing from the Orchardmen.

Michael Murphy is still central to the Donegal way of playing, but others are also helping to conduct the orchestra. 

Michael Langan pointed within seconds of the start against Armagh Donegal were on a firm footing right from the off, knowing that Armagh could have presented a banana skin to derail their ambitions.

Not to be.

Peader Mogan celebrates his goal against Armagh

Donegal reeled off eight points on the spin in an opening half where their ball-carrying ability, workrate and physicality was just too much for McGeeney's men. Michael Murphy set up Peadar Mogan for the game's only goal - the latter surging forward from his half-back position to send a bullet past the Armagh keeper. 

In total, Donegal has 13 different scorers on view. Paddy McBrearty caught the eye when introduced for the final 20 minutes, as did Oisin Gallen. All told, an excellent day at the office for the reigning Ulster champions, in spite of injuries to Stephen McMenamin and Hugh McFadden.

Declan Bonner was happy afterwards, though in keeping a lid on things, he told RTÉ Sport: "There's definitely room for improvement and we'll go back and analyse."

Gearoid McKiernan (r) and Luke Fortune celebrate the win over Down

Cavan came from ten points behind to score a remarkable comeback victory over Down to set up this encounter. In the end, the Breffni were well worth their one-point victory. An extra-time win over Monaghan and a grind-it-out victory against Antrim fill out their championship story up to now. The relegation to Division 3, all but forgotten about until next spring. 

They'll have to start with more purpose against Donegal.

Looking ahead, Mickey Graham is only too well aware what an early slumber would mean when he spoke to RTÉ.

"We leave ourselves a mountain to climb in the second half of matches, and today was no different," he said, "but you are not going to get away with that against the machine of Donegal.

"If we let them do that they will put us to the sword, so we have a lot of work to do."

Donegal are seeking to take the Ulster title for the 11th time. The county are in the final for the ninth time in ten seasons - they missed out in 2017.

Cavan last won the Anglo Celt in 1997. This is the first time they have reached successive finals since the late 1960s  Cavan last beat Donegal in the championship in the 2005 qualifiers.