Key dates are confirmed for the Cork hurlers and footballers' seasons

Key dates are confirmed for the Cork hurlers and footballers' seasons
The Cork team who defeated Derry in the league back in March. That will be concluded this October before a clash with Kerry in November. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

THE CORK footballers will have the chance to secure promotion from Division 3 of the league when the inter-county season returns in October.

The last two games of the 2020 campaign, at home to Louth and away to Longford, will serve as a warm-up for the championship, which will be straight knockout for the first time since 1999. 

That means Ronan McCarthy's side have to beat Kerry at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in the Munster semi-final to progress. The league games will take place from October 17 with the Rebels one draw away from finishing in the top two.

The hurling championship will contain a backdoor format, reverting to the 2017 system instead of the round-robin in operation the last two seasons. 

A new draw is required, and that will be held on Friday's Six One News on RTE. The hurling league has been scrapped, though if Limerick and Clare meet this winter that will double up as a league final.

The All-Ireland hurling final is slated for Sunday, December 13 with the football decider the following Saturday, December 19.

All knockout games will be finished on the day, with penalties if required, including provincial and All-Ireland finals.

The U20 hurling championship will begin in mid-October on a straight knockout basis, as will the minor hurling and football grades, with the draws due to take on Monday evening.

The Cork County Board are expected to reveal their plans for the club championship over the weekend. 

The All-Ireland club series at junior, intermediate and senior have all been called off, while second-level competitions like the Corn Uí Mhuirí and Harty Cup are on hold until early 2021 to facilitate the minors.

Key dates for Cork:

October 17-18: Cork football league game v Louth.

October 24-25: Cork football league game v Longford; Munster hurling quarter-final.

October 31-November 1: Munster hurling semi-finals.

November 7-8: Munster football semi-final v Kerry; hurling qualifiers round 1.

November 14-15: Munster hurling final; hurling qualifiers round 2.

November 21: All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals.

November 22: Munster football final; All-Ireland U20 hurling final.

November 28-29: All-Ireland hurling semi-finals.

December 6: All-Ireland football semi-finals: Munster winners v Connacht winners. All-Ireland minor finals. 

December 13: All-Ireland hurling final.

December 19: All-Ireland football final.

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