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Winter All-Ireland camogie championship confirmed

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*Clare’s Eimear Kelly. Photograph: Caroline O’Keeffe

A winter All-Ireland camogie championship will take place for the first time, later this year.

Upon review of the National Fixtures Schedule, the Camogie Association confirmed that the 2020 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland championships would be ran off between October and December.

Formats and a schedule of dates are to be finalised in the coming weeks, a spokesperson for the Association confirmed. The championship will commence on a round-robin basis prior to the knockout stages. There will be promotion or relegation from tiers this year.

Despite securing a coveted win over Kilkenny but failing to back it up against Waterford, Ger O’Connell’s senior side will be left wondering how their league campaign will have concluded. The remainder of the National Leagues have been scrapped, officials confirmed.

Similarly the All-Ireland U16 campaign will be held in October, November and December with a format and dates to be confirmed. The minor equivalent which ordinarily begins in February has been cancelled for 2020, the provincial championship will take place, no dates for which have been unveiled.

An All-Ireland club series will go ahead. The calendar of games have been revised which will see games continue into next year.

Underage structures are still under review and the Camogie Association have said they will issue an update in the near future.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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