Club draw pits Nemo with Ulster kingpins

ALL-IRELAND Club Championship football favourites Nemo Rangers will face St Gall’s of Antrim, the Ulster champions, in Portlaoise on February 19th in the All-Ireland Club semi-final.

On the other side of the draw Salthill-Knocknacarra of Galway, the Connacht kingpins, will take on Leinster champions Kilmacud Crokes on the same day in Longford.

In hurling, Cork's Newtownshandrum, Munster champions for the second time, also travel to Portlaoise to face northern opposition Ballygalget of Down, the Ulster champions on February 12th.

On the same day Portumna of Galway meet current Leinster and All-Ireland champions James Stephens of Kilkenny.

Both finals will be played in Croke Park on St Patrick's Day, as is traditional for the club finals.

Meanwhile, Armagh County Board Chairman Joe Jordan has urged the GAA to help ease the financial burden on clubs across the country.

Speaking at his county's convention, the re-elected Orchard County chief has called on the Association to give more consideration to clubs who find it hard to make ends meet financially.

"Over the past number of seasons, clubs are finding it increasingly difficult to keep up their good work through lack of finance, and more precisely the difficulties experienced nowadays in actual fundraising," Jordan told delegates.

"So I think the GAA will have to address the problem facing clubs and make life a bit easier for them as we all know if there is no club, there is no GAA," Jordan warned.

Elsewhere Down and Mayobridge forward Benny Coulter has had an operation to repair a torn groin muscle.

Coulter struggled for most of the year with the injury, and played with it during the International Rules series in Australia in October.

The county star hopes to start some light training soon and is aiming to return at some stage of the McKenna Cup in the new year.

Down begin their campaign with a trip to Tyrone on January 8, with the latter's All-Star centre-back Conor Gormley expected to miss the entire competition.

Gormley has followed the hefty demands in his county's All-Ireland-winning championship campaign with a successful Tyrone SFC campaign with his club Carrickmore.

He was playing for the club last weekend in the county's league final and manager Mickey Harte feels that the defender needs a break before returning to the Tyrone squad.

"If it is possible at all, we will give him a break for the McKenna Cup," said Harte.

"He had a long run in the All-Ireland and with his club in the championship and league semi-final and final. He had all that on.

"The football he played was always extreme so there is a case for him it wouldn't do him any harm."

All-Ireland club senior football semi-finals: February 19: Salthill-Knocknacarra (Galway) v Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin), Longford; Nemo Rangers (Cork) v St. Gall's (Antrim), Portlaoise.

All-Ireland intermediate semi-finals: January 29th: Cahirlestrane (Galway) v Crettyard (Laois), Nenagh; Pallasgreen (Limerick)/ Carbery Rangers (Cork) v Inniskeen (Monaghan), Portlaoise; final 19 February 19.

All-Ireland junior semi-finals: January 29th: Loughrea (Galway) v Ballinagore (Westmeath), Dr Hyde Park; Ardfert (Kerry) v Monaghan Harps (Monaghan), Portlaoise; final February 19th; All-Ireland Club hurling senior semi-finals: February 12th: Portumna (Galway) v James Stephens (Kilkenny), Thurles;

Newtownshandrum (Cork) v Ballygalet (Down), Portlaoise.

All-Ireland Club hurling intermediate semi-finals: January 29th: Tommy Larkins (Galway) v Dicksboro (Kilkenny), Thurles; Ballinhassig (Cork) v Glenariff (Antrim), Parnell Park; final February 12th.

All-Ireland Club junior hurling semi-finals: January 29th: Skehana (Galway) v Erin's Own (Carlow), Thurles; Fr. O'Neills (Cork) v Castleblaney Harps (Monaghan), Dr Cullen Park; final February 12th.

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