An epic Nowlan Park encounter between Galway and Kilkenny was the highlight of the hurling weekend while supporters of Limerick, Cork and Wexford also had cause for celebration. Here is our hurling team of the week...
"The implications of defeat more than focused the mind. For us, it was an inconceivable though, let alone a reality. There was no way we were going to let it go today that we were going to exit the Championship at this early stage."
Kerry and Cork got their championship campaigns up and running; Cavan and Armagh couldn't be separated in Clones while Kildare advanced to a Leinster SFC semi-final showdown with Dublin. Here is our football team of the week...
"We didn't find ourselves in the top three last year and our goal was to get into that top three. People were laughing at me. I'm serious. I'm just delighted that we will be still be hurling in July. That wasn't the case last year."
The returning Paddy McBrearty and Jamie Brennan scored nine points between them as Donegal saw off a resolute Fermanagh at Brewster Park to set up a mouth-watering Ulster SFC semi-final against Tyrone in a fortnight's time.
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