Busy weekend in GAA starts with Ulster Colleges on Friday evening

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It's an important day in college's football for two Donegal schools

Glenties Community School are in semi final action in the Danske Bank Markey Cup at U-18 level.

They play Fermanagh Schools this evening at Irvinestown at 6.30

And Colaiste Ailigh in Letterkenny are in quarter final action in the Ward Cup at U18B level

They play St. Mary's college of Limavady at 7 in Celtic Park in Derry.

Meanwhile the National Hurling League gets up and running this weekend.

Donegal, under new manager Ardal McDermott, open their campaign in Division 2B on Sunday with an away game against Mayo in McHale Park, Castlebar.

In Division 2a, Derry host Antrim at Celtic Park on Sunday in what's a difficult opening test for Tom McLean's side.

His squad shows significant changes from last season which ended with the Christy Ring Final defeat to Kerry.

Tyrone are also in action in Division 3B, away to Monaghan.

On the club front, there's north west interest in the All Ireland Football Championship semi final's tomorrow.

Ballyboden and Clonmel clash at Portlaoise in the first of the battles for a place at Croke Park on St. Patrick's Day.

Donegal's Paul Durcan is back from Qatar to take his place in goals for the Dublin and Leinster Champions while former Finn Harps Manager Charlie Mc Geever is looking to guide his Tipperary men to final's day at GAA headquarters.

That game starts at 4.30, the second semi final between Castlebar and Crossmaglen throws in at 6.15 in Cavan.

Here in Donegal, The Comórtas Peile Na Gaeltachta starts with four games, on Saturday St Nauls meet Fanad Gaels and Gweedore take on Kilcar in the senior section and then on Sunday Na Rossa play Dungloe and Glenfin meet Termon in the junior games.