BORD NA MONA O’BYRNE CUP SET TO GET 2014 UNDERWAY
44 TEAMS TO TAKE PART IN BORD na MÓNA LEINSTER GAA SERIES
Bord na Móna has once again committed sponsorship for the third year running to the Bord na Móna Leinster G.A.A. Series – the Tournaments which assist the Leinster GAA Benevolent fund, encapsulating the Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup, Bord na Móna Walsh Cup and Bord na Móna Kehoe Cup competitions.
It’s a chance for players, officials and supporters alike to shake off the post-Christmas festivities and turn their focus towards the new season, where the competitions provide emerging talent to gain the limelight for either county or college sides, while those more established players aim to cement their places on their squad.
The Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup commences for Wexford on Sunday, January 5th , with we host Laois in New Ross at 2pm and will be run on a league basis for the second year in a row.
The hurlers play in the Walsh Cup on the 19th of January. They play the winners of Laois and NUIG. This game will be home if its NUIG and away of its Laois.
11 counties and 5 college teams will compete for silverware, in a four group competition, which culminates following 27 games with the famed O’Byrne Cup being presented following the decider on January 26th, which will be broadcast live on TG4.
The Bord na Móna Walsh Cup and Kehoe Cup hurling competitions have a similar format as last year, with the Walsh Cup starting on January 12th and the Kehoe Cup on January 19th.
The Bord na Móna Walsh Cup is a straight knockout competition with Antrim and Galway joining Leinster counties Kilkenny, Wexford, Offaly, Westmeath, Carlow, Laois and Dublin; and college sides U.C.D., D.I.T. and N.U.I.G.
16 teams will take part in an expanded Bord na Móna Kehoe Cup competition, which sees a Bord na Móna Kehoe Shield competition for those teams knocked out in the first round.
Leinster counties Longford, Meath, Wicklow, Kildare and Louth and Dublin side Fingal are joined by their Ulster counterparts Armagh, Down and Derry; Mayo and Roscommon from Connacht along with college sides St. Pats Drumcondra, D.C.U., Trinity College, Queens University and G.M.I.T.
All Leinster counties, bar Kilkenny along with reigning Sigerson Cup champions D.I.T., U.C.D., D.C.U., I.T. Carlow and Athlone I.T. will set out for Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup football honours.
Wexford, Laois, Offaly and U.C.D. are paired in Group A; Carlow, Longford, Kildare and Athlone I.T.. are in Group B. D.I.T. Captain Bryan Menton will face his native Meath in Group C, which also includes Wicklow and I.T. Carlow, while Dublin, Westmeath, Louth and D.C.U. are in Group D.
For the second year running the second round will comprise entirely of floodlit fixtures, with eight games taking place under lights around the province on Wednesday January 8th.
All games are at 7.45pm, with Laois facing Offaly in Portlaoise, while Wexford host U.C.D. in Group A; Longford take on Kildare and Carlow face Athlone IT in Group B.
In Group C, Wicklow host D.I.T. at Newtownmountkennedy and Meath face I.T. Carlow in Navan.
Dublin will face Louth at Parnell Park, while Westmeath will host DCU at St. Loman’s Mullingar in Group D.
This is the third year of Bord na Mona’s sponsorship of the Leinster GAA Series. 2012 was the first time for the competitions to be sponsored, since the inception of the O’Byrne Cup in 1954.
These competitions were established to help provide funds for the Leinster GAA Benevolent fund, which helps players and other GAA members with financial assistance in times of need.
THE BORD NA MÓNA O’BYRNE CUP – GROUPINGS 2013
Group A Group B Group C Group D
Wexford Carlow Meath Westmeath
Laois Longford D.I.T. Dublin
Offaly Kildare Wicklow Louth
U.C.D. Athlone I.T. I.T. Carlow D.C.U.
The Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup S.F. 2014 – GROUP A
Wexford v Laois 5.1.2014 New Ross 2.00
Offaly v U.C.D. 5.1.2014 Tullamore 2.00
Laois v Offaly 8.1.2014 Portlaoise 7.45
U.C.D. v Wexford 8.1.2014 St. Patricks Park, Enniscorthy 7.45
Laois v U.C.D. 12.1.2014 Portarlington 2.00
Offaly v Wexford 12.1.2014 Tullamore TBC
The Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup S.F. 2014 – GROUP B
Carlow v Longford 5.1.2014 Carlow 2.00
Kildare v Athlone I.T. 5.1.2014 Newbridge 2.00
Longford v Kildare 8.1.2014 Newtowncashel 7.45
Athlone I.T. v Carlow 8.1.2014 Carlow IT 7.45
Longford v Athlone I.T. 12.1.2014 Ballymahon 2.00
Kildare v Carlow 12.1.2014 Newbridge 2.00
The Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup S.F. 2014 – GROUP C
Meath v D.I.T. 5.1.2014 Navan 2.00
Wicklow v I.T. Carlow 5.1.2014 Ashford 2.00
D.I.T. v Wicklow 8.1.2014 Newtownmountkennedy 7.45
I.T. Carlow v Meath 8.1.2014 Navan 7.45
D.I.T. v I.T. Carlow 12.1.2014 St. Margarets 2.00
Wicklow v Meath 12.1.2014 Aughrim 2.00
The Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup S.F. 2014 – GROUP D
Louth v D.C.U. 4.1.2014 Haggardstown 7.30
Westmeath v Dublin 5.1.2014 Mullingar 2.00
Dublin v Louth 8.1.2014 Parnell Park 7.45
D.C.U. v Westmeath 8.1.2014 St. Lomans 7.45
Dublin v D.C.U. 12.1.2014 Parnell Park 2.00
Louth v Westmeath 12.1.2014 Drogheda 2.00
Final – 26.1.2014
The Bord Na Móna Walsh Cup S.H. 2014
1. Laois v N.U.I.G. 12.1.2014 Rathdowney 2.00
2. Carlow v U.C.D. 12.1.2014 Carlow 2.00
3. Westmeath v D.I.T. 12.1.2014 Mullingar 2.00
4. Offaly v Antrim 12.1.2014 Tullamore 2.00
5. 1 v Wexford 19.1.2014 Portlaoise/Wexford
6. 2 v Dublin 19.1.2014 Carlow/Parnell Park
7. 3 v Kilkenny 19.1.2014 Mullingar/Kilkenny
8. 4 v Galway 19.1.2014 Tullamore/Antrim
9. 5 v 6 26.1.2014 Home Venue 5
10. 7 v 8 26.1.2014 Home Venue 7
Final 9 v 10 2.2.2014 Home Venue 9
Bord na Móna Walsh Shield S.H. 2014
(a) Loser 1 v Loser 2 19.1.2014 TBC
(b) Loser 3 v Loser 4 19.1.2014 TBC
Final (a) v (b) 26.1.2014 TBC
The Bord Na Móna Kehoe Cup S.H. 2014
1. Down v Queens University 18.1.2014 Queens 6.30
2. Fingal v Longford 19.1.2014 Dublin Venue 2.00
3. Louth v G.M.I.T. 19.1.2014 Louth Venue 2.00
4. Kildare v Roscommon 19.1.2014 Kildare Venue 2.00
5. D.C.U. v Derry 19.1.2014 St. Clares DCU 2.00
6. Trinity v Armagh 19.1.2014 Trinity Venue 2.00
7. Meath v St Patricks 19.1.2014 Trim 2.00
8. Wicklow v Mayo 19.1.2014 Wicklow Venue 2.00
9. 1 v 2 26.1.2014
10. 3 v 4 26.1.2014
11. 5 v 6 26.1.2014
12. 7 v 8 26.1.2014
13. 9 v 10 2.2.2014
14. 11 v 12 2.2.2014
15. 13 v 14 9.2.2014
The Bord Na Móna Kehoe Cup S.H. Shield 2014
A. Loser 1 v Loser 2 26.1.2014 TBC
B. Loser 3 v Loser 4 26.1.2014 TBC
C. Loser 5 v Loser 6 26.1.2014 TBC
D. Loser 7 v Loser 8 26.1.2014 TBC
E. A v B 2.2.2014 TBC
F. C v D 2.2.3014 TBC
Final E v F 9.2.2014 TBC