Waterford are scheduled to be Leitrims first opponents of the 2010 Allianz National League Division Four campaign on Sunday, February 11, next year after the proposed fixtures for the competition were published last weekend.
With most Leitrim fans hoping to avoid a trip to Limerick, the worst fears have been realised as the Treaty Men are due to host Leitrim in the last game of the campaign on Sunday, April 11.
It means that Longford, who dropped down from Division 3 with Limerick, will be visitors to Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada next year for an eagerly awaited local derby on Saturday, April 3.
The provisional fixtures for the National Football and Hurling Leagues have been released to County Boards for approval and could be adjusted but it is believed that most will go ahead as planned.
Leitrim will have their bye week in the middle of the campaign on Sunday, March 14, meaning that the county will be involved up to the last day of the campaign.
Mickey Moran and John Morrisons side will also have three Saturday games against Kilkenny on February 20, Carlow away on March 27, and Longford on April 3.
In the hurling fixtures, Leitrim open their league with a trip to take on neighbours Cavan and Fermanagh in the first two games but host South Down and Monaghan in their only two home ties, with a trip Longford in between.
The full list of Leitrims proposed National League fixtures is:
National Football League Division 4
Sunday, February 7: Leitrim v Waterford, London v Limerick, Carlow v Longford, Clare v Wicklow.
Saturday, February 13: Limerick v Carlow
Sunday, February 14: Wicklow v Leitrim, Kilkenny v Clare, Waterford v London.
Saturday, February 20: London v Wicklow; Longford v Limerick; Carlow v Waterford; Leitrim v Kilkenny.
Sunday, March 7: Waterford v Longford, Kilkenny v London, Wicklow v Carlow, Clare v Leitrim.
Saturday, March 13: Limerick v Waterford
Sunday, March 14: Carlow v Kilkenny, Longford v Wicklow, London v Clare. Leitrim BYE
Sunday, March 21: Leitrim v London, Kilkenny v Longford, Wicklow v Limerick, Clare v Carlow.
Saturday, March 27: Carlow v Leitrim, Limerick v Kilkenny
Sunday, March 28: Longford v Clare, Waterford v Wicklow.
Saturday, April 3: Kilkenny v Waterford, Leitrim v Longford, Clare v Limerick, London v Carlow.
Sunday, April 11: Waterford v Clare, Limerick v Leitrim, Wicklow v Kilkenny, Longford v London.
National Hurling League Division 4
Sunday, February 21: Monaghan v Fermanagh, Cavan v Leitrim, Longford v South Down.
Sunday, February 28: Fermanagh v Leitrim, Longford v Cavan, South Down v Monaghan.
Sunday, March 14: Fermanagh v Cavan, Leitrim v South Down, Monaghan v Longford.
Sunday, March 21: South Down v Fermanagh, Longford v Leitrim, Cavan v Monaghan.
Sunday, March 28: Leitrim v Monaghan, South Down v Cavan, Fermanagh v Longford.
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23-Sep-09 by LeitrimObserver.ie