Dublin, in Croke Park, under lights. A dream start for Armagh in their first full Division One league campaign since 2012.
The Orchard County will rub shoulders with the best in the land and it doesn’t get much bigger than Dessie Farrell’s men on the first day out.
Croke Park hosted the last league clash between these sides, ten years ago, in a game that Dublin won comfortably.
A Diarmuid Connelly hattrick inspired the Dubs to a handsome 4-17 to 1-10 victory. Only Brendan Donaghy and Aidan Forker remain in the Armagh squad from that day.
The trip to Headquarters on Saturday 29th of January will be the first of three away journeys for Kieran McGeeney’s men.
Armagh travel to Mayo (Hyde Park Roscommon) in round four and are on the road for their final game against Donegal.
The Athletic Grounds hosts four division one ties with Tyrone, Monaghan, Kildare and Kerry all coming to town.
Armagh completed their main objective in 2021 by solidifying their division one status. A win over Monaghan, defeat to Tyrone and a draw against Donegal sent them through to the play offs.
They put Roscommon to the sword with a 1-17 to 0-11 victory to remain in the top tier.
The Armagh hurlers begin their National League campaign with home advantage against Paul McCormack’s Louth on Saturday 5th of February.
Padraig O’Connor’s side hosted the Wee County in 2020. A haul of 1-9 from Dean Gaffney helped the Orchard men secure a one-point win.
Armagh will also host Roscommon in round four of their division 3A campaign while making three away trips.
Back-to-back visits to Tyrone and Monaghan come in round two and three. They’ll travel to Warwickshire, England on the final day of the league.