As the best GAA starts returned to the training fields, the GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association released fixtures to give supporters of all four Louth senior teams an idea of ​​what lies ahead this summer.

The footballers

Mickey Harte will begin his championship tour with Wee County when he takes on John Maughan’s Offaly, which was the opening round draw that drew the most attention nationwide.

The game was set for Pairc Tailteann in Navan on June 27 with a throw-in time not yet disclosed by the Leinster Council.

The two teams have not barred horns in the province since 2005 when Louth suffered a nine-point loss, while the men in red came out on top when the two teams competed in the 2001 qualifiers.

It was the Midlanders who prevailed when the two counties last met in the competition, traveled to Drogheda and won the 2020 National League third division 2-13-2-10 last February.

If they want to beat the men from Faithful County, they will face a quarter-finals argument with Kildare, which they last faced in the province in 2014 when they were emphatically beaten 1-22 to 1-7 at Croke Park.

Harte will warm up for the championship by trying to get his side back into the National League’s third division after finishing bottom of the league after just one game against Down.

The fourth division is divided into two groups, with Louth in the north group alongside Leitrim, Antrim and Sligo, while Waterford, Carlow and Wexford are represented in the south group. The top two teams in each group contest the semifinals while the other teams enter the group shield competition.

They will open their account at home with Antrim on May 15th before traveling west to Leitrim in Carrick on the Shannon on May 23rd. On May 30th, they will finish the round robin stages at home at Sligo, with both home games set for St. Geraldine’s GAA grounds in Dundalk.

The hurler

The Hurlers’ fate was also revealed when Wee County sought to defend their Lory Meagher Cup crown, which they won after beating Fermanagh at Croke Park last October.

The two finalists and Cavan were the only teams to contest last year’s competition. This year, however, Longford and Monaghan are added, who have been relegated from the Nicky Rackard Cup.

The format envisages three teams playing one home and one away game. The two best players qualify for the semi-finals.

The other two teams that are not part of the group have a play-off to determine who will go straight to the semi-finals and who will play a quarter-finals against the bottom side in the group of three in which the winner is the fourth team in the semi-finals .

Paul McCormack’s men will begin their trophy defense on the road when they face Longford on Saturday 26th June before welcoming Monaghan into Louth a week later on 3rd and 4th July.

While the Hurlers ended their year on a high note, their National League campaign was a different story. They didn’t get a single point from five games, which meant that they finished last in the table and were relegated to Division 3B.

They will begin their battle for promotion on the streets, visiting Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada a week before the footballers to face Leitrim on May 16, before two home games against Cavan and on May 23 at the Louth Center of Excellence in Darver May 23rd in Fermanagh to be held 6th.

Women’s football and camogie

While their championship fates are still unknown, both the women’s soccer and Camogie teams know where they stand in their leagues.

Footballers will be eager to get started as they were unbeaten at the top of the fourth division with four wins and the big losers when Covid-19 resulted in all results being null and void and the league abandoned.

They will also play in a shortened league this season and have been placed in 4A along with Antrim, Leitrim and Derry, while in 4B there will be Carlow, Limerick and Offaly, each with a place in the semifinals for the top two teams in the group.

On the same day that Mickey Hartes’ troops will visit Carrick on Shannon (May 23), Wayne Freeman’s wives will also battle the Westerners in a yet-to-be-determined location in Leitrim, before facing Antrim (May 30) and Derry (May 6) June) align) at home.

Meanwhile, Louth is also back in fourth division at Camogie, having struggled with Carlow and Clare in third division and joining the second group alongside Kildare, Mayo and Roscommon.

First up is a trip to Kildare on May 15, with Roscommon making the trip to the east coast a week later on May 22, while a Louth team will travel to the west of Ireland again when the Wee County finish their round robin May 29 campaign after Mayo.