Spring Series to provide three double-headers for Dublin fans
DUBLIN'S Allianz League Division 1 clash with Armagh has been switched to Sunday, March 11 and will now form top billing in the second night of this season's Spring Series.
The clash had initially been scheduled for Saturday, March 10 - the same date as Ireland's RBS Six Nations fixture with Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. In order to avoid a clash, the match has now been re-fixed for Sunday afternoon and will throw in after the Dublin hurlers' own Division 1A meeting with Cork.
It means that all three of this year's Spring Series events will feature two matches. The first, on February 4, will see Dublin and Kerry re-acquant themselves for the first time since last year's All-Ireland final while on the same bill, Kieran McGeeney's Kildare take on Tyrone in Division 2.
The March 11 date will be the second leg of the trio of double-headers - Dublin footballers v Armagh, hurlers v Cork.
Dublin's flagship teams take on Donegal (football) and Tipperary (hurling) respectively on Saturday, March 24th - the final night of the series.
Last year, three of the four events were held on Saturday nights and the only exception - Dublin's win over Mayo played on a Sunday afternoon - attracted by far the smallest crowd of the series.
However, Dublin chiefs are set to avoid a similar shortfall by ensuring spectators two top class matches for their ticket.
The inaugural Spring Series also featured musical acts Jedward (twice), The Horslips and Damien Dempsey were also tied into the bills and the Dublin County Board are currently in the process of confirming entertainment for this season's exciting Spring Series.
Dublin's footballers face UCD this Saturday night (7.45) in a Bord na Móna O'Byrne Cup quarter-final at Parnell Park, admission is €10 for adults, under-16s are free in when accompanied by an adult.
ALLIANZ NATIONAL LEAGUES SCHEDULE
DUBLIN FOOTBALLERS ... AT A GLANCE
Saturday, February 4: Dublin v Kerry (forms part of double-header with Kildare v Tyrone)
Saturday, February 11: Mayo v Dublin
Saturday, March 3: Laois v Dublin
Sunday, March 11: Dublin v Armagh
Sunday, March 18: Down v Dublin
Saturday, March 24: Dublin v Donegal
Sunday, April 8: Cork v Dublin
DUBLIN HURLERS ... AT A GLANCE
Sunday, February 26: Galway v Dublin
Sunday, March 11: Dublin v Cork
Sunday, March 18: Kilkenny v Dublin
Saturday, March 24: Dublin v Tipperary
Sunday, April 1: Waterford v Dublin