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Ulster GAA history to be made this weekend

Tyrone and Donegal will clash in a history making weekend for Ulster GAA
Connla Young

GAA fans are in for a history-making fiesta of football when all nine Ulster counties take part in senior championship games on the same weekend for the first time.

Hurling fans will also be licking their lips at the prospect of every county in the province also taking to the turf on Saturday and Sunday.

It is believed to be the first time all nine counties have been involved in football championship action at provincial or All-Ireland qualifier level on the same weekend.

Thousands of Gaels are set to follow their teams across the country as the summer championship season finally hits full stride.

On Saturday Derry's long trek to Wexford in the qualifiers will raise the curtain on a mouth-watering weekend line-up with Antrim also taking on Louth later the same day.

The Ulster championship action also kicks off on Saturday when Tyrone take on rivals Donegal in Cavan, while the roads around Clones are set to be crammed on Sunday for an all-Ulster double header.

Monaghan and Fermanagh are set to clash in the qualifiers while Armagh and Cavan will face off in their much anticipated Ulster title semi-final replay.

Later in the day Down will also take on Tipperary in the qualifiers in Newry.

Hurlers from across the province will also be lining out in four of the national game's knockout competitions this weekend.

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