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Ulster sides happy to be given a great start

By Declan Bogue

The dates and venues for the first round of the All-Ireland football qualifiers has been set, with almost all the Ulster representatives getting an attractive 3pm throw-in slot.

Tyrone begin their long road back when they face Offaly at Tullamore, while Peter Canavan's Fermanagh are the curtain-raiser to a double-header, their game against Westmeath followed by Waterford and Westmeath in a hurling qualifier.

The Ulster hurling Championship semi-final between Down and Derry is being staged as the first of two games hosted at the Athletic Grounds on Sunday, throw-in will be at 1pm before Armagh face Wicklow at 3pm.

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