Meath hurlers will return to competitive action for the first time since the beginning of June last year when they tackle St Patrick's College (Drumcondra) in the opening round of the Kehoe Cup at Trim on Sunday, 2pm.
Meath are guaranteed a minimum of two games and win or lose on Sunday they will be in action again the following week when they tackle Wicklow or Mayo in either the Kehoe Cup or Kehoe Shield.
Last year Meath made it to the final of the Kehoe Cup following wins against Armagh and Wicklow, but they were edged out by Kildare in the final as the Lilywhites won by 2-11 to 0-13.
Cillian Farrell is back in charge of the hurlers for another year and they will be eager to make a winning start to 2014 next Sunday ahead of the opening round of the NHL Div 2B against Wicklow on Sunday 16th February.
The Kehoe Cup will start on Saturday night with Queens University Belfast hosting Christy Ring Cup champions Down who started last year by winning the subsidiary Kehoe Shield.
Kehoe Cup champions Kildare host last year's beaten Kehoe Shield finalists Roscommon on Sunday while 2013 NHL Div 3B champions Fingal welcome Longford to Naomh Barróg in Kilbarrack.
DCU host Derry at St. Clare's, DCU while Trinity College face Armagh.
Louth face the students of GMIT at Dowdallshill and Wicklow welcome Mayo to Bray Emmets.