There's a great weekend of hurling ahead with lots of top games in store.

The sun will be shining and more of us will be sampling the scent of freshly cut grass and the sound of ash on leather.

Clare and Wexford get us started in a mouthwatering All-Ireland SHC first-round qualifier at Semple Stadium. Hurling fans searching for the latest sign of the apocalypse usually get the jump on the rest by heading to one of these teams.

Strangely, it's been quiet in those counties this week. Too quiet. There's bound to be drama ahead but I think momentum will just about carry Clare through.

In the other qualifier you must feel for Laois. Beating Antrim was like getting a last-minute reprieve from the governor. Having to play a hurting Waterford team in the first round of the back door is a merciless task. Waterford are well past the time where they'd be vulnerable to ambushes like this.

The Joe McDonagh final sees Westmeath and Kerry at headquarters.

Kerry will want to make amends for last year's final loss to Antrim, but expect Westmeath – who play in their third final in four years – to prevail.

In the first of the provincial finals it's the Dubs against Kilkenny.

In the Leinster SHC semi-final, Dublin were as good as Galway were bad and they deserved to win. They'll have to be as good again and hope for Kilkenny to be off colour, or for TJ Reid to have a bad day, which is more or less the same thing.

Who'd back against TJ or Kilkenny in this one?

Top of the bill on Sunday it's Limerick v Tipperary in the Munster SHC decider.

It's hurling, it's Munster, it has to be good. Then again we said that in 2019 and Limerick gave Tipp an awful beating. Have Limerick gone backwards since then or have Tipp made a great leap forward? I don't think it's the latter.

Outside of a goal rush for Tipp, the Treaty will claim the three in a row in Munster.

Dónal Óg Cusack was speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland.

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