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Slaughtneil discover their All-Ireland fate from CCCC

Slaughtneil captain Chrissy McKaigue lifts the Ulster club hurling title for the first time in the club's history.

SLAUGHTNEIL have been given a major boost in their bid to challenge on the All-Ireland football and hurling fronts following CCCC's decision to move one of their semi-finals.

It is not, however, the move that was expected. Slaughtneil had requested a change of their All-Ireland football semi-final with St Vincent's.

That game will be played on 11 February as expected in Pairc Esler, Newry, but their hurling semi-final has been put back by three weeks.

The meeting with Dublin and Leinster champions Cuala will now take place on Saturday 25 February, rather than on the original date of February 4.

Better news still for the Derry and Ulster champions is that the hurling semi-final will take place in Armagh Athletic Grounds, a venue that has been kind to Slaughtneil in recent years.

The Athletic Grounds played host to their Ulster finals in football, hurling and camogie this year, with the two most former emerging victorious and the latter drawing before beating Loughgiel in a replay at Glen.

Elsewhere, Pomeroy and the Rock will also both line-up in the Athletic Grounds for a double-header of their intermediate and junior football semi-finals.

Pomeroy will face Meath’s St Colmcille’s in the main event on January 29, with Rock taking on Scottish visitors Dunedin Connolly’s first.

Antrim intermediate hurling champions Cloughmills will be first out when they take on London champions Robert Emmet’s in Greenford on January 14.

The winners of that game will play Kilkenny outfit Carrickshock in the semi-final on January 29.

Antrim and Ulster junior kings Lamh Dhearg will take on Kilkenny’s Mooncoin, also on the 29th, at St. Loman’s Park in Trim.

AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship semi-finals
Saturday 11 February

Slaughtneil (Derry) v St Vincent’s (Dublin): Páirc Esler, time TBC (TG4)
Corofin (Galway) v Dr Crokes (Kerry): Gaelic Grounds, time TBC

AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Club Football Championship semi-finals
Sunday 29 January

Westport (Mayo) v Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry): Ennis, 2.15pm
St. Colmcille’s (Meath) v Pomeroy Plunketts (Tyrone): Athletic Grounds, 2.15pm

AIB All-Ireland Junior Club Football Championship semi-finals
Sunday 29 January

Louisburgh (Mayo) v Glenbeigh-Glencar (Kerry): Ennis, 12.30pm
Dunedin Connolly's (Scotland) v Rock St Patrick's (Tyrone): Athletic Grounds, 12.30pm

AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship semi-finals
Saturday 4 February

St Thomas (Galway) v Ballyea (Clare): Semple Stadium, time TBC (TG4)
Saturday 25 February
Cuala (Dublin) v Slaughtneil (Derry): Athletic Grounds, time TBC (TG4)

AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Club Hurling Championship quarter-final
Saturday 14 January
Robert Emmets (London) v St Bridgid's Cloughmills (Antrim): Greenford, London, 1pm

AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Club Hurling Championship semi-finals
Sunday January 29

Ath Eascrach/Fothaine (Galway) v Lismore (Waterford): Tullamore, 2.15pm
Carrickshock (Kilkenny) v Robert Emmets / Cloughmills (Antrim): TBC

AIB All-Ireland Junior Club Hurling Championship semi-finals
Calry/St Joseph's (Sligo) v Mayfield (Cork): Tullamore, 12.30pm
Mooncoin (Kilkenny) v Lamh Dhearg (Antrim): Trim, TBC

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