Dubs and Tipp to meet in challenge match

Ryan O'Dwyer, a recent Allianz Hurling League winner with Dublin, will start against his native Tipperary in a challenge match in Athy on Sunday (throw-in 7pm).

Anthony Daly's Dubs and last year's All-Ireland champions will use the game in Kildare to continue their preparations for their respective provincial Championships.

Dublin are set to meet Offaly in their Leinster Championship opener on Sunday, May 29, while Tipp will be at Semple Stadium on the same day for a mouth-watering Munster quarter-final against Cork.

This Sunday's specially-arranged fixture will commemorate the 1908 All-Ireland SHC final between Dublin and Tipperary which was played in Athy's Geraldine Park.

The Premier County side triumphed back then on a 3-15 to 1-5 scoreline, with the famed Tom Semple part of their line-up.

Cashel man O'Dwyer, who played senior football and hurling for Tipperary, is having a memorable first season with his adopted county of Dublin. He was the man-of-the-match in their Division 1 final victory over Kilkenny at Croke Park earlier this month.

He will once again start at centre-forward for the Dubs this weekend in a side showing just one change from the league decider. Defender Martin Quilty comes in for Joey Boland who is nursing a shoulder injury.

Tipperary lost 2-21 to 1-17 to Waterford in a challenge match in Holycross last weekend.

Seamus Callanan, who missed the league campaign with a broken collarbone, had a 53-minute cameo for Tipp during which he scored 1-2. Eoin Kelly led the scoring for Declan Ryan's men with 0-7 (0-3f).

A special trophy is being made locally for Sunday's game which will commemorate both St Brigid and Na Fianna.

The legendary Na Fianna reputedly had their military headquarters on the Hill of Allen in Kildare where their leader Fionn MacCumhaill also resided. The ‘Corn Ceiliurtha na bhFiann’ will also feature a St. Brigid’s cross which is the emblem of the GAA in Kildare.

Admission to the match in Athy is €10 for adults, €5 for students/OAPs and U-16s will be allowed in free.

DUBLIN (Challenge match v Tipperary) - Gary Maguire; Niall Corcoran, Tomás Brady, Peter Kelly; John McCaffrey, Martin Quilty, Shane Durkin; Liam Rushe, Alan McCrabbe; Conor McCormack, Ryan O’Dwyer, Conal Keaney; Daire Plunkett, David O'Callaghan, Paul Ryan.

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