Donegal start NFL away to Down while Derry and Tyrone open at home in Div2

GAA Ball

Croke Park have sent the proposed fixture lists for the 2016 National Football Leagues to county boards across the country with the competition set to start on the last weekend in January.

Donegal will be on the road in four of their seven games, with trips for the second year running to Dublin (26th March) and Kerry (6th March) plus ties away to Down (30th Jan) and Monaghan (2nd April).

The game against the Mourne men will kick start the campaign on Saturday evening the 30th January 2016 in Newry.

The three home games will be against Cork (7th Feb), Mayo (28th Feb) and newly promoted Roscommon (13th March).

Tyrone and Derry were relegated last year and they will clash in Division 2 on the 5th March with Tyrone at home.

Tyrone will also host Cavan (31st Jan) and Armagh (26th March) while the face trips to Galway (7th Feb), Laois  (26th 8th Feb), Meath (13th Mar) and Fermanagh (2nd April).

Derry start life in the second tier at home to Fermanagh (31st Jan).

The Oakleaf county will also welcome Galway (28th Feb) and Meath (26th March), and they go to Cavan (6th Feb), Laois (13th March), and Armagh (2nd April).

Donegal hurlers will start their Division 2b season away to Mayo on 14th February.

They will also travel to Wicklow and Meath while new manager Ardal McDermott will have Armagh and Down at home.

Derry host Antrim on the opening day in Division 2a and Tyrone make the short trip to Monaghan to begin Division 3b.