MacRory and MacLarnon finals will take place in October

Seamus McKenna of St Patrick's, Maghera in action against Shea Daly of St Patrick's, Dungannon during February's MacRory Cup semi-final at Loup. The Derry side won to set up a final against St Colman's, Newry which will now be played in October Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Séamas McAleenan

THE 2020 Danske Bank MacRory and MacLarnon Cup finals will go ahead. This was confirmed on Friday evening in a statement issued by Seamus Woods, secretary to the Ulster Schools' GAA Council.

A meeting of the management committee of the GAA on Wednesday gave its approval for the finals to go ahead and this was followed by a meeting on Friday afternoon with Ulster Council CCC which set aside “a date or dates between October 9 and 16”.

August and September are set aside for club competition and the preliminary round of the Ulster minor championship (Cavan v Monaghan) will take place on Saturday, October 17, with the four quarter-finals a week later.

The MacRory and MacLarnon finals have been given the green light for the window before the minor competitions begin.

Ulster Schools' Council still intend to run the games as a double-header and will finalise the date and venue by early September after consulting with the other stakeholders involved – the schools, the competition sponsors Danske Bank and the BBC, who have confirmed that they will transmit the MacRory final live as usual.

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