Hugely-important hurling action took place today as the climax of the national hurling league coincided with the start of the Leinster SHC.
The International Rules Series between Ireland and Australia won't take place this year.
Kerry marked their Leinster SHC debut with a victory over Carlow in the opening game of the round-robin series at Austin Stack Park.
Here are our previews for this weekend's hurling clashes across the country and abroad.
The Kerry starting team has been revealed ahead of their Leinster SHC debut at Austin Stack Park this weekend.
Laois are into the quarter-finals following a routine 1-13 to 1-4 losers' round victory over Carlow at Dr Cullen Park tonight.
Carlow manager Ken Hickey has made four changes to his starting side for tonight's Leinster MFC play-off against Laois at Netwatch Cullen Park (throw-in 6.45pm).
The GAA has confirmed its panels of referees for the 2016 Championship in Hurling and Gaelic Football.
Carlow's Richard Coady believes that there are a lot of similarities between the Barrowsiders and Sunday's Leinster SHC Round Robin series opponents Kerry.
Carlow manager Pat English stressed that they have to get their own game plan in order and not worry about Kerry's in this weekend's Leinster SHC round robin opener.
A great day to be Irish ... and particularly a Dub!
"They are the athletes people came to watch today, and for them to be treated that way I don't think was appropriate."
Reigning champions Kilkenny are safely through to the semi-final stages of the Leinster MHC while Wexford are celebrating a thrilling extra-time victory over Dublin.
All roads led to Croke Park this weekend as the first two of the NFL finals took place.
There are four great games in store this weekend at Croke Park and they are very unique to most of the other games that take place in headquarters throughout the year.
Carlow manager Mick Redmond has made three changes to his side for tomorrow's Leinster MHC second round clash with neighbours Laois at O'Moore Park.
John O'Brien recently caught up with Carlow footballer Daniel St Ledger and put him under the 20 Questions spotlight.
Carlow minor manager Ken Hickey admits that they left themselves with a mountain to climb after a poor start in their Leinster MFC defeat to Louth.
The GAA has launched details of a new national hurling competition that will celebrate mass participation and champion several exciting new initiatives in the game.
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"We're not going to be fooled by today, we know the quality that's in Kilkenny, we know the quality that's out there amongst a number of teams."
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