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The first game of the Championship is the Leinster SHC quarter-final between Dublin and Laois which throws-in at 6.0pm on Saturday week, October 24 (stock image)

The first game of the Championship is the Leinster SHC quarter-final between Dublin and Laois which throws-in at 6.0pm on Saturday week, October 24 (stock image)

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The first game of the Championship is the Leinster SHC quarter-final between Dublin and Laois which throws-in at 6.0pm on Saturday week, October 24 (stock image)

Leinster GAA looks set to play all four hurling Championship matches in Croke Park.

The province has yet to confirm the venues for all its senior Championship games, but the original plan to play all the hurling games at Croke Park now looks likely to go ahead.

The delay over finalising venues was because Dublin was at level three, while the rest of the province was at level two, with up to 200 spectators allowed. But with the entire country now at level three, the spectator issue has been removed in the short term.

In football, All-Ireland champions Dublin are on the road to Portlaoise on Saturday, November 7, to play Westmeath at O'Moore Park.

Westmeath felt that they should have home advantage at TEG Cusack Park in Mullingar if there was no crowds or even a low limit of 500 or 1,000.But with a 6.15pm throw-in to accommodate a live TV broadcast on Sky Sports, and a limited number of venues in the province that have floodlights, it became a choice between O'Moore Park and Croke Park.

In keeping with recent years, Leinster has opted to take Dublin away from the capital for a quarter-final.

Other games with early afternoon throw-ins will not require floodlighting and will, in most cases, be played at the home venue of one of the teams.

Leinster has four venues with adequate lighting in the province, two of which are in Dublin, Croke Park and Parnell Park.

O'Moore Park and Netwatch Cullen Park complete the list.

The first game of the Championship is the Leinster SHC quarter-final between Dublin and Laois which throws-in at 6.0pm on Saturday week, October 24.

The winners play Kilkenny on the following weekend with Wexford and Galway meeting in the other semi-final on Saturday October 31, with a 6.15pm throw-in.

The final is scheduled for Saturday, November 14 at 6.15pm, again with Croke Park the venue.