The draw for next year’s All-Ireland Senior Football Championship has been made tonight, as the 2016 season is well and truly put to the back of the minds of intercounty managers.
A new year, a new start, and a new Championship game to prepare for.
Dublin beat Mayo after 140 pulsating minutes of action in the All-Ireland final, but that just makes Jim Gavin and Co. even more of a target for the rest of the country.
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There is little to suggest that the Dubs will struggle to retain their Leinster title, after the draw has been made. It is up to the likes of Laois, Meath and Kildare to raise their games, but even still this is not likely to rattle the Boys in Blue.
The traditional duopoly of Munster football will once again be challenged by Tipperary and Clare, who had remarkable runs in the 2016 Championship.
Meanwhile, Ulster remains a minefield, and Connacht could always throw up a surprise.
The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship 2017 draw in full:
Munster Football quarter-finals:
Cork vs Waterford
Limerick vs Clare
Munster Football semi-finals:
Kerry vs Limerick/Clare
Tipperary vs Cork/Waterford
Connacht Football first round:
New York vs Sligo
Connacht Football quarter-finals:
London vs Leitrim
Mayo vs New York/Sligo
Connacht Football semi-finals:
Leitrim/London vs Roscommon
Mayo/New York/Sligo vs Galway
Ulster Football first round:
Monaghan vs Fermanagh
Ulster Football quarter-finals:
Cavan vs Fermanagh/Monaghan
Derry vs Tyrone
Donegal vs Antrim
Armagh vs Down
Ulster Football semi-finals:
Derry/Tyrone vs Donegal/Antrim
Cavan/Fermanagh/Monaghan vs Armagh/Down
Leinster Football first round:
Louth vs Wicklow
Laois vs Longford
Carlow vs Wexford
Leinster Football quarter-finals:
Meath vs Louth/Wicklow
Kildare vs Laois/Longford
Dublin vs Carlow/Wexford
Offaly vs Westmeath
Leinster Football semi-finals:
Meath/Louth/Wicklow vs Kildare/Laois/Longford
Dublin/Carlow/Wexford vs Offaly/Westmeath
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