By Conor Martin
The GAA have today published Dublin’s Allianz Football & Hurling League fixtures for 2024.
The action will get underway at the end of January, with both sets of fixtures including tough tasks.
Dublin's footballers begin their 2024 Allianz League Division One campaign under the lights at Croke Park against Monaghan (Sat 27th Jan, 7.30pm).
The Farney Army beat the Dubs on the final day of the 2022 edition of the Allianz Football League, securing their Division One status, while Dublin were relegated in an agonising one-point defeat.
Our second game sees us take a road trip to Castlebar to take on the 2023 Division One winners, Mayo (Sat Feb 3rd, 7.30pm). The men from Connacht will be looking for a strong start as they look to defend their title and have the impressive Ryan O'Donoghue, who was the top scorer in Division One last year with 2-30 in their ranks.
It’ll be the first time Dublin have played in Castlebar since 2020, when they recorded a six-point win over the hosts and they will be hoping for another win here.
Dublin are back in action after a week's break and take on Roscommon at Croke Park (17th Feb, 5pm). The two counties last met in the league in 2019, with Dublin coming out on top.
However, Roscommon were impressive in Division One last year, beating Tyrone, Galway and Armagh, whilst also picking up a final day win against Donegal, as they finished in third, just missing out on the top two and a place in the league final. Dublin will be fully aware of the threat Roscommon possesses, as the Rossies held us to a draw during the group stage of this year’s All-Ireland Championship.
The following Saturday evening (Feb 24th, 7.30pm), we’re back under the Croke Park lights to renew our rivalry with Kerry, in what should be another full-blooded entertaining affair.
March begins with a trip to Derry, with Celtic Park being the venue for our fifth league fixture (Mar 2nd, 5pm). The two teams met twice in Division Two last year, with Derry coming from behind to win by a point late on, before we got our revenge in the Division Two final as Dublin put 4-6 past the Oak Leafers to claim the Allianz Football League Division Two title.
There is then a second break in league action before the penultimate round of games is played on the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day.
Pearse Stadium is the setting as we play last year’s beaten league finalists, Galway (Mar 16th, 3.15pm). The Tribesmen should be right in the mix after impressing in the league in 2023. Matthew Tierney and Shane Walsh will be ones Dublin need to watch as we look to pick up points away from home in the league.
The Jacks are back at Croke Park in the final round of league fixtures, which sees Tyrone come to town (Mar 24th, 1.45pm). The Red Hands finished fourth in Division One in 2023, as they finished their campaign with an impressive win against Kerry in Killarney before beating Monaghan and Armagh. Dublin last met Tyrone in the league back in 2022, coming out on top by 0-13 to 0-8.
Our hurlers throw-in the new Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Group B season with the visit of Tipperary on the 3rd of February at Parnell Park (2.30pm).
Micheál Donoghue's men will be looking to build on their fourth place finish in 2023. Dónal Burke hit a massive 15 points of Dublin’s total of 0-24, as Tipperary edged Dublin out last season.
Our hurlers then travel to Belfast to face off with Antrim in what will be a competitive clash (Feb 11th, 1.45pm). Dublin came out on top this year at Parnell Park, with Burke leading the way on the scoring front again.
Then comes a week’s break before the hurling resumes on the 24th February.
All-Ireland and Allianz Hurling League Division 1 holders Limerick make the trip to Dublin and down the Jones Road to take on Donoghue’s men (Feb 24th, 5.15pm). It will be the first time since 2018 that the two have met in the league and Dublin will relish testing themselves against such a dominant Limerick team.
After a second break, the league resumes on the 10th March.
Dublin will be spending their Sunday in Salthill on that date, as they meet Galway in the league after a five-year absence (Mar 10th, 1.30pm). In recent times, the two counties have played out some entertaining games, including the 2-22 to 1-25 draw in their Leinster Senior Hurling Championship tie back in May.
Our final hurling league fixture is on St. Patrick’s Day at Parnell Park, where we take on Westmeath (1.45pm).