Antrim set out on their Joe McDonagh Cup journey
Antrim hurlers begin their journey today in the Joe McDonagh Cup when they take on Kerry in Dunloy at 5pm. A good start and a home win is vital as they face away journies to Laois and Offaly, and also face Westmeath in Dunloy. The lads will need all the support they can get. They have worked really hard preparing for this, including warm weather training in Portugal, so please come along to Pearse Park this afternoon and cheer them on.
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