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Hannah Looney of Cork in action against Aislinn Desmond of Kerry during the TG4 Munster Ladies Senior Football final. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Hannah Looney of Cork in action against Aislinn Desmond of Kerry during the TG4 Munster Ladies Senior Football final. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
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Cork versus Donegal match is moved to facilitate Rebel dual stars

CORK'S dual dynamos Libby Coppinger and Hannah Looney will be able to play both All-Ireland semi-finals after the Ladies Football Association moved the Cork-Donegal game back to August 25.

The talented Rebel pair were caught in a fixture clash when the football tie was slated for August 18, the same day Cork's camogie side will face Tipperary in Thurles.

However after a significant backlash, Cork's showdown with Donegal will now take place a week later with the second ladies football semi-final between the winners of Dublin-Kerry and Mayo-Galway on the same afternoon.

In a statement, the LGFA confirmed that both senior championship semi-finals will now be played on Saturday, August 25 at 2.45pm and 4.30pm. This came after they reviewed arrangements and worked extremely hard behind the scenes in recent days to find a compromise.

LGFA CEO Helen O’Rourke commented: “We announced the times and dates of our summer fixtures schedule last March, when it was clearly stated that our All-Ireland senior semi-finals would be played on August 18 and August 25.

“We stated at the time that finding suitable times for our televised fixtures proved extremely challenging, and that we felt restricted to a large degree, due to the GAA’s new, condensed fixtures schedule.

“When Cork qualified for the TG4 All-Ireland senior semi-final last weekend, a dual fixtures clash arose but, as an Association, we took it upon ourselves to find a solution suitable to all parties.

“It should be noted at this point that altering a fixtures schedule so late in the season has a significant knock-on effect and impact on club and county players in other counties, and that we had to negotiate a number of logistical and contractual issues on this occasion before arriving at this solution.

“It should also be pointed out that personal plans relating to some individuals, around previously confirmed holiday arrangements and family occasions, were also considered and factored into exhaustive discussions with various stakeholders.

“We would like to thank Donegal for agreeing to play their semi-final a week later, on August 25, and to our championship sponsors and broadcast partners TG4, who have had to revise a number of plans to accommodate this change.

“We would like to wish all of our counties competing in the senior, intermediate and junior championships the very best of luck for the remainder of their respective campaigns, and we look forward to seeing big crowds present for the games between now and finals day on September 16 at Croke Park.”