Treaty declaration: Seamus Hickey is growing into the position of centre-back

(Throw-in 2.30 unless stated)

Division 1

Cork v Galway

Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork

Referee G Hoey (Clare)

Suppose for a moment that people power results in Gerald McCarthy being unseated. And suppose for a further moment that, in a gesture utterly foreign to the norm in Irish politics and finance, the man behind Gerald's appointment does the decent thing and falls on his own sword. (No, we don't envisage it either, but never mind that.) Who then will run the GAA in Cork? It's merely a thought.Following Galway's collapse against Dublin, the comeback in the interprovincial semi-final six days later gave John McIntyre considerable cause for relief. Yes, Portumna will always be a better team within their own frame of reference than Galway will be within theirs, but the return of Joe Canning and Damien Hayes will make for a very different forward line to the one they field today. Anyway, McIntyre has a more pressing problem. Cheltenham or Abu Dhabi?

Verdict Galway

Limerick v Dublin

Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

Deferred Coverage, TG4, 4.10

Referee B Kelly (Westmeath)

This would have been a top-of-the-table clash had Limerick not been spooked by the realisation that Kilkenny were theirs for the taking and wound up losing by a point when they were entitled to win by four. But Seamus Hickey hurled like the centre-back it was long suspected he'd become, Tom Condon looked useful in defence and Paul Browne showed up well at midfield in the first half. While racking up match-winning totals will never be Limerick's forte, they suddenly look a more realistic proposition as potential Munster champions.

Verdict Limerick

Tipperary v Clare

Semple Stadium, Thurles

Referee J Sexton (Cork)

Worried of Thurles writes: "Did you ever see the bate of it? Cork were there to be taken to the cleaners and we couldn't do it. No urgency. No tempo. No pattern. The backs driving the ball forward and the Cork backs driving it back again. The half-forward line still unable to win their own ball. No progress made since last year whatsoever. Cork bet but no hay saved!" Unworried of Baggot Street replies: "Ah, calm down. It was an unreal game in unreal circumstances. Cork were understandably more up for it. It was only February. And Seamus Hennessy wasn't bad when he came in, was he?"

Verdict Tipperary

Waterford v Kilkenny

Walsh Park, Waterford

Live, TG4, 2.00

Referee A Stapleton (Laois)

Can we at long last, once and for all, for ever and ever euthanise the notion that the second-best team in the land is the Kilkenny subs? It was never true to begin with. It's even less true now, as anyone who was at Nowlan Park a fortnight ago will attest.

Verdict Kilkenny

Division 2

Antrim v Wexford

Casement Park, Belfast

Referee D O'Donovan (Dublin)

Wexford's trickiest assignment of the campaign and a fixture in which they were well beaten last season. But that game took place in Dunloy, not Belfast.

Verdict Wexford

Laois v Carlow

O'Moore Park, Portlaoise

Referee J O'Mahony (Limerick)

That Carlow are drawing ever closer to Laois is cause for both cheer and disquiet. Cheer in that it's partly the result of the rise in Carlow's tide, disquiet because it's partly the result of Laois becoming ever more of a semi-detached hurling county.

Verdict Laois

Offaly v Kerry

O'Connor Park, Tullamore

Referee J Owens (Wexford)

Ignoring their two goals, five points was a disappointing return for Kerry last time out against Carlow. Offaly will be in good spirit after hitting Westmeath for 3-22. Nor have they mislaid their manager.

Verdict Offaly

Westmeath v Down

Cusack Park, Mullingar

Referee S Whelan (Wexford)

Toss of a coin. Home advantage may do it.

Verdict Wesmeath

Division 3A

Armagh v Kildare Athletic Grounds

Referee: R Matthews (Antrim)

Verdict Kildare

Derry v Meath Swatragh

Referee: T McIntyre (Antrim)

Verdict Derry

Wicklow v Mayo Arklow

Referee: D Connolly (Kilkenny)

Verdict Wicklow

Division 3B

Louth v London Dundalk, 1.00

Referee: E Morris (Dublin)

Verdict London

Roscommon v Donegal Athleague

Referee: A Kelly (Galway)

Verdict Roscommon

Tyrone v Longford Omagh

Referee: B Sweeney (Cavan)

Verdict Longford

Division 4

Cavan v South Down Ballyconnell

Referee: J O'Rourke (Monaghan)

Verdict South Down

Monaghan v Leitrim Clones

Referee: M Bartley (Meath)

Verdict Monaghan

Sligo v Fermanagh Markievicz Park

Referee: C Groome (Offaly)

Verdict Sligo

other fixtures

Leinster under-21 Quarter-Finals Wicklow v Laois, Aughrim, 3.15; Kildare v Carlow, Newbridge, 3.15 Connacht Colleges SFC 'A' Final St Gerald's Castlebar v St Colman's Claremorris, Ballinrobe, 3.00 Connacht Colleges SFC 'B' Final St Paul's v Kiltimagh, Ballinrobe, 1.30 Connacht Colleges SFC 'C' Final Carraroe v Athenry, Pearse Stadium, 2.00