5 Jul 2010 - 2010 Ladies Football Championships Launched

This year marks the tenth anniversary of TG4's sponsorship and 15 Championship clashes will be broadcast live over the course of the summer.

Cork are bidding for an astounding sixth consecutive Brendan Martin Cup and enter the Championship high on confidence after retaining their Division 1 league crown by defeating a spirited Galway side.

The aforementioned Galway, Dublin, Monaghan and Tyrone will be among the leading challengers to Cork's dominance this summer.

The draw for the opening round of the Senior Championship was conducted by Ladies Gaelic Football Association president Pat Quill and TG4 Director General Pól Ó'Gallchóir.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Hanafin said: 'The longevity and continuing success of the partnership between ladies football and TG4 is a testament to the commitment and vision of both parties.

'Together they have raised the profile of ladies football both on the national and international stage.'

Donegal will be among the favourites for the Intermediate Championship after an impressive display in the NFL Division 2 final. Last year's beaten finalists Fermanagh are expected to mount another strong challenge, while Waterford and Cavan are also likely to feature prominently.

In the Junior Championship, Limerick have been on the cusp of national success for a number of seasons and this could be their year. Wexford are the dark horses and could be the team to deny Limerick All-Ireland glory once again.

The Senior, Intermediate and Junior Championship finals will take place in Croke Park on Sunday, 26 September.

Senior Championship:
Armagh, Clare, Cork, Down, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Kerry, Laois, Leitrim, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Sligo, Tipperary, Tyrone

Intermediate Championship:
Antrim, Cavan, Donegal, Fermanagh, Longford, Kilkenny, Waterford, Westmeath, Roscommon

Junior Championship:
Carlow, Derry, Limerick, Louth, Offaly, Wicklow, Wexford

Championship Fixtures Key Dates:
Sunday 11 July - TG4 Intermediate Rd 1
Sunday 18 July - TG4 Intermediate Rd 2
Sunday 25 July - TG4 Intermediate Rd 3, Junior Rd 1
Saturday 31 July - TG4 Senior Qualifiers Rd 1
Monday 2 August - TG4 Senior Qualifiers Rd 1
Saturday 7 August - TG4 Senior Qualifiers Rd 2
Sunday 8 August - TG4 Senior Qualifiers Rd 2, Intermediate Rd 4, Junior Rd 2
Saturday 14 August - TG4 Senior Quarter-finals
Sunday 15 August - TG4 Intermediate Rd 5, Junior Rd 3
Saturday 21 August - TG4 Senior Quarter-finals
Saturday 28 August - TG4 Senior Semi-final, Intermediate Semi-final, Junior Semi-finals
Saturday 4 September - TG4 Senior Semi-final, Intermediate Semi-final
Sunday 26 September - TG4 Senior, Intermediate and Junior Finals

Credit RTE Sport