By Sean Moriarty
Lancashire Hurling will contest the fourth-tier Lowry Meagher All Ireland hurling senior championship for the first time next season.
Lancashire will join 2013 Lowry Meagher Cup champions Warwickshire in the series which usually concludes in early June.
The newcomers will face the Sligo, Fermanagh, and Warwickshire in a round-robin series of games. They have been accepted on a one year “trial basis” according to Croke Park officials.
Meanwhile it has been confirmed that London will face Kildare, at home, in their first round of their Christy Ring campaign.
The Exiles return to second tier All Ireland championship after two years in the top Liam McCarthy cup division. London won the Christy Ring Cup in 2012. The other squads that London will face are Kerry, Down, Kildare, Mayo, Wicklow, Derry and Meath.
Lancashire will draw the majority of its players from Manchester’s Fullen Gaels, a team that will contest an All Britain club final against London’s Cu Chullainns in two weeks time. Liverpool’s John Mitchels will also provide players for the newly established county team.
The round robin fixtures will be confirmed with the publication of the 2015 fixtures master plan.