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No venue or opponents decided for Galway hurlers first fixture of 2024

THE turkey and ham are barely digested but it won’t stop the Galway hurlers from swinging into competitive action for 2024 on Sunday.

That’s all we know, however. Who they will be playing and where won’t be confirmed until late tonight (Thursday).

Galway are drawn in a three-team group along with Offaly and Laois in the Walsh Cup, and these Midland rivals meet in the first round in Ballacolla tonight (7:30pm).

The loser of that game will then play Galway on Sunday. If it’s Offaly, the Tribesmen will play them in Tullamore (2pm), but if Laois are the beaten team, Willie Maher’s squad must travel to Ballinasloe.

The uncertainty is hardly ideal, but it’s the legacy of an increasingly squeezed fixtures calendar.

Pictured: Team manager Henry Shefflin and coach Kevin Lally who won’t know until late tonight (Thursday) which team and where they will be playing in the Walsh Cup on Sunday.

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