The National Hurling and Football Leagues mark the beginning of the Gaelic games season in Ireland. Running from February to May, the NHL and NFL (the Irish version) started back in 1925, and in the years since has become a major fixture for fans of Ireland’s top two most popular sports. This year will see the Allianz Leagues run in a more condensed format with a number of changes to the structures from previous years.
For the football county teams competing in the Allianz Football League, there will be no Division One semi-finals, the top two teams will contest the final the week after Round 7 has been completed. As for hurling, there won’t be any replays for the Allianz League hurling quarter-finals and semi-finals. If the two teams are still level after two periods of extra time, a free-taking competition will decide the victors. In addition, there will be automatic promotion for the division winners in the National Hurling League.
Here at Travelodge Ireland Hotels, we’re dedicated to giving GAA fans the best time possible when they stay with us for a game. With our unbeatable deals and comfy rooms, there’s really no better choice for Gaelic games fans than our budget hotels all over Ireland.
Cork GAA and the National League
Unquestionably one of Hurling’s most dominant teams, Cork city have won 30 NHL titles, although they haven’t taken the crown since 2005. Cork Hurling will be looking to take the championship, and you can see it all when you stay at our Travelodge Cork Hotel near to the airport. The hurling National League home matches start with a night game at Páirc Uí Rinn on 11 February with a clash of the ash against County Clare.
While Cork’s hurling team may have had the most success in terms of titles, the County Cork Gaelic Football team has also been very successful and are certainly ranked amongst the very best in Ireland. The footballers get under way in the Allianz National League on 26 February at Páirc Uí Rinn against Fermanagh.
The National League Gaelic Games in Waterford
Waterford is one of the strongest Hurling counties in Ireland and won the National League in 2015. Hurling is the most popular of the Waterford sports and you can enjoy every ‘hurl’ when you book a room with us. Our budget Waterford hotel is found just under a mile from the Waterford GAA stadium, Walsh Park. On 19 February, Waterford will tee it up against Tipperary. While Hurling is the most popular sport in Waterford, Gaelic Football also has a competitive inter-county team so if you’re interested in football, check out the first home match on 5 February which sees Waterford take on London.
Dublin Budget Hotels for the GAA National Leagues
Dublin is one of the most successful Gaelic Football teams in the country and usually the favourites for the All-Ireland title, rightly so as they have dominated the football scene for the past two years. Dublin will be the defending champions from 2016 for both the All-Ireland and the Allianz National Football League so every eye will be on them as they try to defend both titles in 2017. The Gaelic football will kick off on 11 February with Dublin matching up against Tyrone.
While they’ve only taken home 3 National Hurling League titles over the years, Dublin is now a major force in Hurling, with a victory back in 2011 proving their prowess. Dublin hurling will take on Tipperary at home on 11 February. While all of Dublin GAA’s All-Ireland matches take place in Croke Park, some NFL games are played at the smaller Parnell Park. Both Gaelic Games locations are easily reached from any of our budget Dublin hotels by city public transport.
Budget Hotels for the National Leagues in Belfast City
Belfast city is the home city of the County Antrim GAA teams, with matches taking place at Casement Park and Corrigan Park. Over the years, County Antrim has seen some solid performances in both Gaelic Football and Hurling without achieving ultimate success in the National Football League. The first hurling home game in Derry will be 19 February against London while the Gaelic Football kicks off at home on 26 February against Sligo. Our Travelodge Belfast Hotel is found right in the city centre making it perfect for Gaelic games fans.
Limerick Budget Hotels for the Allianz National Leagues
Limerick GAA’s home is the Gaelic Grounds stadium in the city, conveniently located just a short journey away from the city centre and from either of our budget hotels in Limerick. Limerick is always a force in Hurling and while the Limerick Gaelic Football team hasn’t been as successful they are always competitive in the National Football League. The Gaelic footballers start their home campaign on 12 February against Westmeath and the Limerick hurlers play their first game in Limerick city on 18 February, taking on County Kerry.
Cheap Galway Hotels for the Gaelic Games National Leagues
Galway is strong in both GAA codes. The County Galway GAA teams play their major home matches at the city’s Pearse Stadium, just a few miles from our Travelodge Galway Hotel and the city centre. The Galway Gaelic teams have always contended in the National Football League but the county hasn’t actually won the Football League since 1981. However, it did win the Hurling League in 2010. Galway Gaelic football begins at home on 5 February against Cork while Galway Hurling will start on 19 February against Wexford.
Budget Hotels in Derry City for Gaelic Games
Derry GAA plays most of its home games in Celtic Park, just a short distance from central Derry and close to our Travelodge Derry Hotel. Across the years, Derry has really proved to be a formidable side – along with their All- Ireland victory in football they’ve racked up a string of National Football League titles as well as several Ulster Championship wins while the Derry hurling team have been solid in the Hurling League. Derry Gaelic football kicks off at home on 5 February against Clare while hurling begins at home on 5 March, taking on County Wicklow.