The first round of the Cork SFC, PIFC and IFC has been spread across the weekends of April 7/8 and 14/15, with the second round of games not taking place until July.
This is good news for Cork football manager Ronan McCarthy who will have access to most of his squad for the seven weeks before they welcome Tipperary or Waterford to Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday, June 3.
Certain Cork footballers may play club championship hurling at the end of April, but that aside, their preparation should be largely interruption free.
Were Cork to progress to the Munster football decider on June 23, there is no wiggle room to play club championship between the Munster semi and final.
In 2017, the Cork football management, headed up by Peadar Healy, were afforded a four-week run-in to their Munster quarter-final. Healy would later hit out at the board after 15 of his players had to line out with their clubs two weeks before the Munster final against Kerry.
On the hurling front, there will be club championship hurling up until three weeks before Cork’s Munster round-robin opener on May 20. The Cork SHC first round has been fixed for the weekend of April 28/29 (Erin’s Own v Bride Rovers is a week earlier), with the second round not being run off until the provincial championship has concluded.
Elsewhere, Cork hurling manager John Meyler is hopeful Conor Lehane will be fit and available for this weekend’s must-win league clash away to Tipperary.
Lehane, forced off with an ankle injury during the round four defeat to Waterford, would likely have missed the trip to Tipp had the game gone ahead last Sunday. But the extra week’s recovery, made possible by the postponement of all GAA action last weekend, has put him back in management’s plans.
“Hopefully, we’ll have Conor back for the weekend,” Meyler told GAA.ie.
Avondhu v Beara, Macroom
CIT v Muskerry, Ovens; Carbery v UCC, Macroom; Seandun v Duhallow, Mallow
UCC v Carrigdhoun, Páirc Uí Rinn; Imokilly v Muskerry, Riverstown; CIT v Carbery, Cloughduv; Duhallow v Avondhu, Mournabbey
CIT/Muskerry v Avondhu/Beara; Seandun/Duhallow v Carbery/UCC
UCC/Carrigdhoun v Duhallow/Avondhu; CIT/Carbery v Imokilly/Muskerry
Valley Rovers v Mallow, Páirc Uí Rinn
Bishopstown v Douglas, Páirc Uí Rinn
Éire Óg v Beal Atha’n Ghaorthaidh, Macroom
Mayfield v Glenville, Delaney Park
Grenagh v Glanworth, Kilavullen
O’Donovan Rossa v Aghada, Ballygarvan; Kiskeam v St Nicholas, Mallow
Na Piarsaigh v Newmarket, Mallow; St Vincent’s v Castletownbere, Inchigeela; Bandon v Naomh Aban, Carrigadrohid; Bantry Blues v Fermoy, Carrigdrohid; Macroom v St Michael’s, Ovens
Aghabullogue v Ballydesmond, Millstreet
St Finbarr’s v Carrigaline, Páirc Uí Rinn
Dohenys v Castlehaven, Clonakilty; Nemo Rangers v Clyda Rovers, Páirc Uí Rinn
St Finbarr’s v Gabriel Rangers, Dunmanway; Kildorrery v Glanmire, Fermoy.
Newcestown v Valley Rovers/Mallow; Carbery Rangers v Clonakilty, Castlehaven; Ilen Rovers v Ballincollig, Macroom;
Kilworth v Charleville, Kildorrery
Nemo Rangers v Kanturk, Mallow
Ballinora v Cill na Martra, Macroom; Knocknagree v Rockchapel, Newmarket; Kinsale v Mitchelstown, Watergrasshil; Carrigaline v Youghal, Carrigtwohill
Millstreet v Clonakilty, Kilmurry
Erins Own v Bride Rovers, Lisgoold
Courcey Rovers v Inniscarra, Ballygarvan
Argideen Rangers v Castlemartyr, Ovens
Mayfield/Glenville v Adrigole
Killeagh v Douglas, Páirc Uí Rinn
Ballymartle v Glen Rovers, Páirc Uí Rinn; Newtownshandrum v Kanturk, Charleville
Valley Rovers v Blarney, Páirc Uí Rinn; Fermoy v Carrigaline, Ballincollig; Fr O’Neills v Aghada, Killeagh; Youghal v Castlelyons, Killeagh
Ballincollig v Meelin, Banteer
Midleton v Bishopstown, Páirc Uí Rinn; Carrigtwohill v Blackrock, Páirc Uí Rinn; Sarsfields v Ballyhea, Fermoy; Na Piarsaigh v Bandon, Brinny; Newcestown v St Finbarr’s, Brinny
Mallow v Cloyne, Fermoy; Watergrasshill v Ballinhassig, Caherlag
Douglas v Dungourney, Caherlag
Ballygarvan v Aghabullogue, Ovens
St Finbarr’s v Mayfield, Pairc Uí Rinn; Éire Óg v Sarsfields, Páirc Uí Rinn; Midleton v Blackrock, Caherlag; Inniscarra v Ballymartle, Ballygarvan; Grenagh v St Catherines, Killavullen; Ballinhassig v Glen Rovers, Ballincollig
Tracton v Kilbrittain, Ballinaspittle; Na Piarsaigh v Barryroe, Ovens; Kildorrery v Dripsey, Mallow
Douglas/Dungourney v Milford
U21 A county football championship round 1; U21 B county football championship quarter-finals; U21 C county football championship quarter-finals
U21 A county football championship quarter-finals; U21 B county football championship semi-finals; U21 C county football championship semi-finals
Round 2 IFC, IHC
Round 2 SHC, SFC, PIHC, PIFC
Round 3 IHC, IFC
Round 3 SHC, SFC, PIHC, PIFC
Quarter-finals SHC, SFC, PIHC, PIFC
Round 4 IFC
JHC, JFC Round 1
U21 A hurling quarter-finals; U21 B hurling quarter-finals
JHC, JFC quarter-finals
U21 A hurling semi-finals; U21 B hurling semi-finals
U21 A hurling final; U21 B hurling final