The Celtic Challenge gets underway today:

The Electric Ireland Celtic Challenge was established in 2016 and has been hugely successful since its inception. The ethos is a developmental one with teams initially competing at group stages. Depending then on results teams are graded for the knockout stages giving all an opportunity to compete at their own level. The inclusion of second and even third teams from Tier 1 counties has proven very successful as it can result in teams from for example, Christy Ring counties playing teams from Liam McCarthy counties in a final. These are opportunities that players otherwise would not experience.

The Electric Ireland Celtic Challenge is named in recognition of the original juvenile hurling club known as ‘Celtic’. The Divisional trophies are named in memory of 6 of the 14 civilians who were shot dead in Croke Park on Bloody Sunday, 21st November 1920. Michael Hogan [aged 24], Tom Hogan [aged 21], John William Scott [aged 14], William Robinson [aged 11], Jerome O’Leary aged 10] and Michael Feery, who was buried in a common grave.

We are delighted that the 2023 Electric Ireland Celtic Challenge will have 38 teams from 30 counties taking part.

The competition starts on Saturday 8th April and all teams will qualify for a Quarter-Final spot on Saturday 6th May.

Winners will then advance to their respective Semi-Finals on Saturday 13th May.

Semi-Final winners will play their finals on Saturday 27th May.

Limerick fixtures is as follows:

Celtic Challenge Group 1
Saturday 8th April 2023
Round 1 –
Limerick v Clare in U.L. at 1pm

Celtic Challenge Group 1
Saturday 15th April 2023
Round 2
Limerick away to Galway at 12noon

Celtic Challenge Group 1
Saturday 22nd April
Round 3
Limerick v Cork in U.L. at 12noon