Skehill Retires


Galway’s James Skehill has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling at the age of 32.

The Cappataggle man made his senior debut for the county in 2007 against Tipperary in the National League. He won 3 Leinster titles, 2 National League crowns and an All-Ireland Senior medal in 2017.

“After 14 years playing with Galway, I’d like to announce my retirement from inter-county hurling. A huge thank you to my wife Grace, my family, friends and teammates who supported me over the years. It was a huge honour to play for my county. Thank you.” he tweeted on Wednesday evening.

Skehill also won All-Ireland minor, under-21 and intermediate titles with the maroon and white as well as a Fitzgibbon Cup medal with LIT in 2007. He represented Ireland in Hurling-Shinty the same year.

“I would like to thank James for the magnificent effort this year. He has been an outstanding goalkeeper with a great career. He showed true selflessness in imparting his knowledge to the younger goalkeepers of the group whilst providing intense competition throughout,” said Shane O’Neill, Galway Senior Hurling Manager.

“We would like to thank James for his fantastic service over the years in all grades and wish him and his family the very best,” said Pat Kearney and Paul Bellew, Galway GAA.


2021 League and Championships – Overview

1.Providing a meaningful closed season/down time:

  • No return to collective Senior inter county training before January 15th
    • Senior inter county challenge games allowed from Start of February – due to covid and its associated risks, no training or games that will involve an overnight stay are permitted during pre-season.
    • No return to collective inter county minor training (H & F) or U20 Football before Friday 5th February; challenge games in these grades will be permitted from Friday, February 26th.
    • No return to collective inter county U20 Hurling training before Friday, April 2nd. Challenge games will be permitted from April 23rd
  • No Provincial “pre-season” competitions

2.Allianz Leagues


  • Run from Feb 27/28 to League finals weekend on April 3rd/4th
  • “Pick up” weekend included – provision to allow competition to run over by one week if necessary
  • Divisions will be split into North and South
    • 4 teams in each group – based on geography
    • 3 Round Robin games per team
    • Top two in each Divisional group to league semis, followed by league final
    • Bottom two in each Divisional group to Relegation semis – losers (2) relegated
    • Bottom teams in Division 4 to Shield semis and final.
    • Provision made to run either with London or without depending on restrictions.


  • Run from Feb 27/28 to league finals weekend on April 10th/11th
  • “Pick up” weekend included – provision to allow competition to run over by one week if necessary, also allowed for
  • Run on same basis as in a normal year (Div1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b) except no League Quarter or Semi Finals – Division 1 league final will be Div 1a winners v Div 1b winners; top two teams in all other groups play the relevant league final.
  • Provision made to run either with British based teams (London, Warwickshire and Lancashire) or without depending on restrictions
    • If without…… London and Warwickshire will be exempt from relegation (i.e. they will start 2022 in Divisions 2b and 3a respectively)
  • Decision will be formally taken on the participation of British teams in January and depending on Restrictions in place.

3. 2021 Football Championships

  • Provincial knock-out Championships with back-door qualifier system and Tailteann Cup
  • No Round Robin quarter finals
  • New York NOT involved in Connacht Championship as this will take place in early April and impossible to plan for this currently – decision on their participation in Tailteann Cup to be made subject to restrictions (Tailteann date if they are involved is 16 May)
  • Round 1 of Qualifiers (if required) to be limited to teams that did not make their provincial semi-finals
  • London participation to be a matter for Connacht Council based on restrictions (date is 17/18 April if they are to be involved)

4. 2021 Tailteann Cup

  • For teams in Div 3 and 4 of the football league at the end of the 2021 league season (i.e. AFTER promotion/Relegation process), that DO NOT reach their respective Provincial Finals
  • Preliminary Round(s) to be organized if more than 16 eligible teams
    • If NY are allowed participate, they will be drawn against an eligible team defeated in either Round 1 or a Quarter final of the Provincial Championships – game date May 16 (this may be a preliminary Qualifier if more than 16 teams eligible).
    • Recommended that Provincial Champions from the previous year – regardless of whether they are Division 3 or 4 Counties or not – are automatically included in Sam Maguire Qualifiers even if they do not qualify for their provincial final in 2021
    • Recommended if NY are involved, their game(s) will be in Ireland.
    • Rounds – Prelim Round (if required), Round 1, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and Final
    • Semi Finals on Sunday June 6th – Croke Park double header; will be only significant games in the calendar on that date
    • Final to be a curtain raiser to the All Ireland Hurling Semi Final on June 26/27  

5. 2021 Liam Mac Carthy Cup  

  • Provincial knock-out Championships with back-door qualifier system (as in 2020) but with introduction of relegation to Mc Donagh Cup
  • Munster – Limerick, Waterford, Tipperary, Clare, Cork
  • Leinster – Kilkenny, Galway, Wexford, Dublin, Laois, Antrim
    • There will be 11 teams in Liam Mac Carthy in 2021 - there will be a preliminary round in the qualifiers between the two defeated Quarter final teams.
    • Winners progress to Qualifiers Rd 1 – Losers to Mc Donagh Cup 2022

6. 2021 McDonagh Cup and 2021 Ring, Rackard and Meagher Cups  

  • Recommending Mc Donagh Cup winners are promoted in 2021 but do not have a back door into Liam Mac Carthy
  • Mc Donagh Cup and LSHC Final to be on Saturday, 22nd May to ensure Live TV coverage of Mc Donagh Cup final.

Mc Donagh Cup

Ring Cup

Rackard Cup     

Meagher Cup


An Iarmhí

An Mhí


Cill Dara

An Dún

Ros Comáin


Cill Mhantáin    


Uíbh Fhailí   


Dún na nGall

Maigh Eo


Ard Mhacha

Tír Eoghain Warwickshire


An Longfort       

An Lú   

An Cabhán

Fear Manach 


All of the above played on the following basis:

Round Robin Phase –       A and B group of 3 teams each drawn on an open draw basis.

                                             Each team plays 2 games (one home, one away)

                                             Top 2 teams in each group to Semi-Final

                                             Bottom Team in each group to Relegation Final (except Meagher Cup)

Semi finals – Winner Group A v Runner Up Group B, and Winner Group B v Runner Up Group A

Final  (Home venue to Group winners)

Draws to be made when it is clear if British based teams are participating or not.

IF British teams ARE NOT PARTICIPATING in Ring, Rackard & Meagher – alternative competition structures will be put in place.

7. U20 Football

  • Provincial Knock-out competition
  • No U20 league
  • Window for Championship 27/28 March to AI Final on 1st/2nd May (6 weekends)

8. U20 Hurling

  • Provincial Knock-out competition
  • No All Ireland Semi-Finals – All Ireland final is Leinster Winners v Munster Winners
  • Window for Championship May 22nd/23rd (with break for Leaving Cert) to AI Final on 10/11 July
  • All Ireland final as curtain raiser to All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final
  • U20 B Hurling similar window (final on July 3rd)

9. Minor Hurling and Football

  • Window – 20/21st March to 22/23 May
  • De-coupled from Senior All Ireland Championships
  • Development C.C.C.C to bring forward proposals on how these should be structured.
  • Main All Ireland Finals to ideally be in Croke Park if possible

All knock out games in the above Championship competitions, will be subject to finish on the day regulations – EXCEPTION: All Ireland Senior Football and Hurling Finals (Tier 1), which will have Extra time in the original fixture, and will be finish on the day in the event of a replay only.

10. 2021 Club Window Provisions

  • Club competitions – largely without County players – can take place in the Spring and early summer months covid regulations permitting.
  • Uninterrupted main Club Championship Window from July 24/25 to Oct 23/24
  • Provincial Club Championship window primarily from 16/17 Oct to Nov 27/28
    • Suggested Provincial Draws are not made until All Ireland Quarter final participants in the senior inter county championships are known. County champions from the teams involved to NOT be involved in Round 1/Quarter finals in Provincial club championships where possible.
  • All Ireland Club Championship Semi-finals in December
  • 2021 All Ireland Club Finals to take place in January 2022













Week 1 |2/3

Week 6 |6/7

Week 10 |6/7

Week 14 |3/4

Week 18 |1/2

Week 23 |5/6

Week 27 |3/4

Week 31 |31/1

Week 36 |4/5

Week 40 |2/3

Week 45 |6/7

Week 49 |4/5

All Minor Hurling Semi Final

Senior Inter County challenge games allowed from Feb 1st

AFL Rd 2

AHL Rd 2

AFL League Finals

AHL Rd 5

U20 F Prov Qtr Finals


3/4/5 - County Féile na nGael




USFC QFs (2)


U20 Football Final

1/2/3 - County Féile Peil

Tailteann SFs


U20 B Hurling Final


3/4 - National Féile Peil na nÓg

County Club Championships

County Club Championships

County Club Championships

Provincial Club Championships

Club Hurling

Semi Finals

Week 2 |9/10

Week 7 |13/14

Week 11 |13/14

Week 15 |10/11

Week 19 |8/9

Week 24 |12/13

Week 28 |10/11

Week 32 |7/8

Week 37 |11/12

Week 41 |9/10

Week 46 |13/14

Week 50 |11/12

U20 Hurling Final


All Ireland Minor Hurling Final


AFL Rd 3

AHL Rd 3

17th March - (St Patricks Day)

U20 F Prov Semi Finals

AHL Finals

AHL Relegation Play offs




LSHC SFs (x2)


SHC Prelim Qualifier



All-Ireland Hurling Final

U20 Hurling Final

County Club Championships

County Club Championships

County Club Championships

Provincial Club Championships

Club Football Semi-Finals


Week 3 |16/17

Week 8 |20/21

Week 12|20/21

Week 16 |17/18

Week 20 |15/16

Week 25 |19/20

Week 29 |17/18

Week 33 |14/15

Week 38 |18/19

Week 42 |16/17

Week 47 |20/21

Week 51 |18/19

Senior Inter Co Pre-Season – RETURN TO COLLECTIVE TRAINING (15th January)

All Ireland Minor Football Semi Finals


AHL Rd 4




USFC Prelim

CSFC Rd 1 (2)


U20 F Prov  Finals



LSFC SFs (x2)

MCD, RRM Semi Finals

Tailteann Prelim (if NY involved)


SFC Quarter Finals

U20 B Hurling QF’s

All-Ireland Football Final

County Club Championships

County Club Championships

County Club Championships


Start of Provincial Club Championships

Provincial Club Championships


Week 4 |23/24

Week 9 |27/28

Week 13 |27/28

Week 17 |24/25

Week 21 |22/23

Week 26 |26/27

Week 30 |24/25

Week 34 |21/22

Week 39 |25/26

Week 43 |23/24

Week 48 |27/28

Week 52 |25/26

All Ireland Minor Football Final

AFL Rd 1

AHL Rd 1


AFL Semi Finals and Relegation Semi Finals


U20 F Prov Rd1




USFC QFs (2)

LSFC QFs (4)


U20 F  Semi- Finals 

Sat: LSHC Final

Mc Donagh Final

SHC Rd 1


Tailteann R1

SFC Rd 1

CSFC Final

MSHC Final

 U20 B Hurling R1



Tailteann Final

U20 B Hurling SF’s

26/27 - National Féile na nGael

County Club Championships


County Club Championships

County Club Championships

County Club Championships

Provincial Club Championships

Provincial Club Championships


Week 5 |30/31


Week 22 |29/30


Week 35 |28/29


Week 44 |30/31



Sat: MSFC Final


SHC Rd 2

Ring, Rackard, Meagher Finals

USFC Final

LSFC Final

Tailteann QFs

County Club Championships

Provincial Club Championships

Galway beat Dublin in the Eir Grid All-Ireland Under- 20 All-Ireland Final in Croke Park this Evening by 1-11 to 0-13

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Galway captain Jack Glynn with the Cup and below Tom Culhane after scoring the Galway goal


Galway u 20 web

Below that Winning Feeling



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 Donal Ó Fatharta Galway manager



The Galway U20 team to face Dublin in the EirGrid U20 All Ireland Football final is announced.

Good luck to Donal, his Management Team and the panel.




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