SATURDAY

Joe McDonagh Cup final
Antrim v Kerry, Croke Park, 5pm

Leinster SHC final
Galway v Kilkenny, Croke Park, 7pm

SUNDAY

Munster SHC final
Clare v Limerick, Semple Stadium, 4pm

ONLINE

Live trackers on Saturday and Sunday on RTÉ Sport Online and the RTÉ News Now app.

TV

All three games live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player. Available overseas on GAAGO. Highlights on The Sunday Game, RTÉ2, 9.30pm.

RADIO

Live commentary and updates on RTÉ Radio 1 Saturday Sport and Sunday Sport.

WEATHER

Saturday will be dry and sunny across most of the country. Highest temperatures of 14 to 20 degrees, coolest along the east coast. Winds remaining light to moderate northeasterly.

There is some uncertainty on Sunday, but indications are that rain will extend northwards across the country, turning heavy in places. Highs of 14 to 19 degrees, coolest in the east and southeast, with light to moderate easterly breezes. For more see met.ie.

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It's the biggest hurling weekend of the year so far, with three cups and various places in the All-Ireland series up for grabs.

We have a double-header at Croke Park on Saturday evening, the Joe McDonagh Cup final proceeding the Leinster decider, followed by the Munster final at Semple Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

A year on from just 18,000 being allowed at Croker and 7,000 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, there should be much healthier crowds at both venues to cheer the teams on.

Kerry are aiming to avoid a third successive defeat in the McDonagh finale, having lost to Antrim in 2020 and Westmeath last year.

The Kingdom did beat Antrim 0-29 to 2-21 when they met in the final round of group games but the Division 1 Saffrons were already assured of top spot at that stage and are deserving favourites.

The differing rewards on offer for each team have come in for criticism. Both will be in All-Ireland SHC preliminary quarter-finals (against Wexford/Cork) but Antrim will earn direct promotion to Leinster if they win while Kerry would have to beat Tipperary in a play-off.

It seems bizarre that Leinster can apparently accommodate six teams but the same is unthinkable in Munster. As Kilkenny great Jackie Tyrrell told the RTÉ podcast recently, the situation is "a double standard" that needs to change.

Both sides have goals in them. Conor Johnston scored 3-04 in the opening two games before suffering an injury but he is back in contention, as are Damon McMullan, Keelan Molloy and Ciaran Clarke.

Kerry's Shane Conway has bagged 3-09 from play on top of a few frees while Maurice O'Connor doesn't bother with points at all - he has hit 4-00 to date.

Antrim's Eoghan Campbell (L) and Eric Leen of Kerry

Antrim's Eoghan Campbell told RTÉ Sport this week that he hopes his side's fitness can make a difference.

"Since Darren (Gleeson) came in, he put a big emphasis on S&C and our panel has improved massively in that regard," he said. "In our last two league seasons we have been able to compete physically, and our conditioning is at that level.

"Getting games at that standard is the key, you need a level and need exposure to that level. We can't be swinging up and down so staying at that level helps us drive on. Surviving in Division One is tough, so it was great to achieve."

Kerry, who will not be staying in Dublin due to extortionate hotel prices, will hope to have something to celebrate on their trip home. Though reaching the final in their first year under Stephen Molumphy is already an achievement.

"He told us at the start of the year he saw potential in us and his management team has done everything 100% to help us," said defender Eric Leen.

"It is a pleasure to be part of it, they are top notch, and we are going out on Saturday hoping to get a performance for them and us."

Forward Daniel Collins (hand) is their only injury doubt.

Cody v Shefflin 2

As action movie sequels go it's an attractive pitch. Should they aim high? Low? Hang on for dear life or just try to crush their opponent? And that's just The Handshake.

Before we get to what will be the most scrutinised post-match pleasantry since Brian Lohan and Davy Fitz got reacquainted on the sideline there is the small matter of a Leinster hurling final - the fifth between Kilkenny and Galway in eight years.

The Cats are going for three in a row, having thumped Dublin last year and pipped Galway in 2020 thanks to a Richie Hogan goalscoring cameo. Though that was their only win the last five championship meetings between the sides.

Brian Cody will not have been happy with Kilkenny's final-round defeat to Wexford, the first ever championship win for the Model men at Nowlan Park.

Though it was always a long shot, a victory for Dublin in Salthill would have put Kilkenny out and the sight of aimless high ball being mopped up by the Wexford defence raised questions.

A win today against the side managed by Kilkenny's (and probably anybody's) greatest ever hurler Henry Shefflin would go a long way towards re-establishing their All-Ireland credentials however.

Galway's Cianan Fahy and Michael Carey of Kilkenny battle for possession

It has been seven long years since Liam last spent the winter at his former favourite hibernation spot, and Shefflin is the ninth Galway boss to pit his wits against Cody since his old manager took over for the 1999 season.

There was fevered speculation in the aftermath of The Handshake that Cody wasn't too impressed by his long-time star forward taking over a Kilkenny rival but it's more likely he was just infuriated by the award of that decisive late free against Paddy Deegan.

TJ Reid, now 34, will have a point to prove after being hauled off at half-time in Salthill but it could be his supporting cast of Eoin Cody, Adrian Mullen and Martin Keoghan who make the difference. It was goals that almost nicked a point for Kilkenny in Galway.

Padraig Walsh will surely be restored to the team having only come on for the final few minutes against Wexford.

Shefflin has enjoyed a successful first championship campaign to date - the sole point dropped against Wexford looks better in the context of Kilkenny's defeat - and injuries to David Burke (ankle) and Brian Concannon (hamstring) are the main worries ahead of tomorrow's game.

Long-term absentee Jason Flynn came through his sub appearance against Dublin successfully and Pádraic Mannion has recovered froom an ankle knock sustained in the same game.

It should be box-office stuff.

Shannonsider showdown

John Kiely (L) and Tony Kelly shake hands after the draw at Cusack Park

On Sunday, a Munster final throwback, the first between Clare and Limerick since 1995.

If Declan Hannon can lift the newly christened Mick Mackey Cup, he will become the first captain to lead the county to a fourth provincial title in a row since Mackey himself in 1936.

But John Kiely's men have bigger fish to fry at this stage - a third consecutive All-Ireland title and fourth in five years are firmly in their sights.

Unbeaten Clare have been the surprise package of the spring/summer so far. Their round-robin draw against Limerick made them the first team not to fall to the Green Machine in championship in three years.

That was enough to see them anointed top challengers but just ask Waterford how useful that particular title is. It must also be noted that Limerick were effectively already through before that game.

Nonetheless, with the likes of Shane O'Donnell and Peter Duggan back to bolster the enduring feats of Tony Kelly, there is a sense that Clare can put it up to the champions, who haven't been quite as ruthless as usual while dealing with the absence of key men like Cian Lynch.

Lynch's uncle Ciaran Carey told RTÉ Sport this week that "common sense" suggested the hamstrung centre-forward would be kept in reserve for later in the summer and praised the impact of Cathal O'Neill in the Hurler of the Year's absence.

"If there's any bit of doubt I reckon they’ll be holding on to him until a semi or a final," suggested Carey, while insisting he was not privy to Kiely's intentions.

"Two different types of players but I’ve been extremely impressed with Cathal O’Neill at 11 while Cian was out. He has missed a few points but got some great scores and won his 50-50 balls."

Limerick's Gearóid Hegarty is tackled by David Reidy and David McInerney

Aaron Gillane will be back having been withdrawn shortly before throw-in in Ennis while all eyes will be on Gearóid Hegarty and his markers after the forward's controversial dismissal the last day.

Referee John Keenan could have his hands full in what should be a full-blooded encounter between two neighbours at different stages in their development.

Victory for Brian Lohan's Clare would bring their first Munster title in 24 years and, more importantly, instil confidence that the All-Ireland is a realistic goal.

Another win for Limerick would further harden the proposition that it's theirs to lose once again.

Watch Antrim v Kerry, Galway v Kilkenny (both Saturday) and Clare v Limerick (Sunday) live on RTÉ2, listen live on RTÉ Radio 1 and follow live updates on RTÉ Sport Online or the RTÉ News app