LIMERICK GAA officials are to push ahead with the respective club championships before the August 18 All-Ireland SHC semi-final.
Just over two weeks ahead of the last four clash in Croke Park, almost all members of John Allen’s 28-man squad will be involved in the crucial final round of club senior and intermediate hurling championship.
The key club hurling ties will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
It is understood that the possibility of moving the round fixtures forward one weekend was explored but potentially the Limerick minor hurling team could be in action that weekend.
Following a CCC meeting this Monday night it was agreed to play the games earlier on the weekend to allow as much time as possible for final preparations for the All-Ireland semi-final.
Among the make or break club games is the meeting of Na Piarsiagh and Patrickswell in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday August 3, the clash of South Liberties and Garryspillane on August 2 in Bruff and the local derby between champions Kilmallock and Effin on August 1. In each of these games the winner will advance to the quarter-finals with the loser involved in the relegation battle.
Meanwhile, the Munster Council have confirmed that the Munster minor hurling championship final replay between Limerick and Waterford will take place next Tuesday, July 23 in Thurles.
If Limerick win they will join the senior team on All-Ireland semi-final day on August 18. If they lose they will attempt to advance through the backdoor when they play Antrim in Parnell Park in Dublin on July 27/28.