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All-Ireland ladies senior champions Dublin to play two National League fixtures at Croke Park as double headers with men's games

TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football champions Dublin will play two of their 2018 Lidl National League Division 1 fixtures at Croke Park during the forthcoming campaign while also travelling to Castlebar for an historic showdown with Mayo.

Following on from the huge success of the Dublin-Mayo clash at Croke Park last March, the first time ever that the venue had hosted a ladies League tie, the Sky Blues will entertain Division 1 champions Cork there on Saturday, February 10, and Kerry on Saturday, March 3.

The February 10 date pits the current All-Ireland and League holders against each other in a mouthwatering showdown which will precede the mens game involving Dublin and Donegal.

The Ladies Gaelic Football Association has made significant progress in organising double-headers alongside mens National League fixtures. 

In total, eight ladies NFL ties are set to serve as curtain-raisers ahead of matches involving the mens teams from the host counties.

Five of the eight games are high-profile NFL Division 1 showdowns, with three matches in Division 2 also accommodated.

In Division 2, Armagh, Cavan and Tyrone will get the chance to line out in home fixtures ahead of the mens teams from the respective counties.

Another huge game to look forward to takes place on February 24, when the Mayo ladies get the chance to play at Elverys MacHale Park, before their male counterparts go into battle. 

Mayo will entertain Dublin in a repeat of the 2017 TG4 senior final between the counties, before the mens teams renew acquaintances in Castlebar.

In a groundbreaking development, the Mayo ladies senior footballers will finally have the opportunity to appear on a double bill with the men.

The confirmed list of double-headers is as follows (mens NFL fixture in bold):

1.     Sunday January 28 : Lidl NFL Division 2 Armagh v Tipperary (12.0), Athletic Grounds, Armagh (Armagh v Sligo)

2.     Saturday February 3: NFL Division 2 Cavan v Armagh (5.15), Kingspan Breffni, Cavan (Cavan v Louth)

3.     Saturday February 10: NFL Division 1 Dublin v Cork (5.0), Croke Park (Dublin v Donegal)

4.     Sunday February 11: NFL Division 1 Monaghan v Kerry (12.0) P?c Grattan, Inniskeen (Monaghan v Kerry)

5.     Sunday February 11: NFL Division 1 Galway v Mayo (12.0) Pearse Stadium, Salthill (Galway v Mayo)

6.     Saturday February 24: NFL Division 1 Mayo v Dublin (5.0), Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar (Mayo v Dublin)

7.     Saturday March 3: NFL Division 1 Dublin v Kerry (5.0), Croke Park (Dublin v Kerry)

8.     Saturday March 3: NFL Division 2 Tyrone v Cavan (5.15), Healy Park, Omagh (Tyrone v Donegal)

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