It’s getting to the business time of the year in the provincials as Leinster heads for the football quarter-finals and Munster to the semis.
Returning players and managers are fighting for more silverware, and inter-county referees are playing their part on the other side of the fence.
Aughawillan (Leitrim) v St Brigid's (Roscommon)
There are three Plunkett brothers on the Aughawillan team: full back Noel, as well as wing-forwards Mark and Gary. And it took a late ‘45 from Mark to seal the county final win over Glencar/Manorhamilton. This is a designated home game for St Brigid’s but because Hyde Park is being upgraded and since 2011 the Connacht council have forbidden clubs to host home games in the province, they have to go elsewhere. All of which means the staging of this game in Carrick-On-Shannon makes it a de facto home game for the away side.
Mullinalaghta (Longford) v St Loman's (Westmeath)
Donal, Ruairi, Aidan and Conor McElligott have all been central figures as Mullinalaghta secured a first Longford title in 66 years and then beat Stradbally of Laois in the first round of Leinster. Their father Dan hails from Kerry and the name of his native town, perhaps unsurprisingly, is Ballymacelligott.