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The Senior Football And Hurling Championship Draws Have Been Made

The Senior Football and Hurling Championship draws have taken place on Thursday evening.

The Munster quarter-final football draw took place first with, last year’s finalists Kerry and Cork receiving a bye into the semis. The two rivals managed to avoid each other in that draw, potentially setting up a chance to renew their rivalry in the final.

Munster Football Quarter-Final Draw:

Clare v Limerick

Tipperary v Waterford

Semi-Final Draw:

Kerry v Clare/Limerick

Tipperary/Waterford v Cork

Net up was the Connacht football draw, where two quarter-finals had already been determined with Leitrim travelling to New York, and London hosting Sigo, with Roscommon receiving a bye into the semis.

Connacht Quarter-FInal Draw:

New York v Leitrim

London v Sligo

Mayo v Galway

Semi-Final Draw:

New York/Leitrim v Roscommon

Mayo/Galway v London/Sligo

Next up was Ulster in a completely open draw, but with Donegal and Cavan drawn to face off in a preliminary round before the quarter-finals. The winner of that tie was drawn to visit Derry in the last eight

Ulster Preliminary Round:

Donegal v Cavan

Quarter-Final Draw:

Fermanagh v Armagh

Tyrone v Monaghan

Down v Antrim

Derry v Donegal/Cavan

Semi-Final Draw:

Fermanagh/Armagh v Tyrone/Monaghan

Down/Antrim v Donegal/Cavan/Derry

Finally to the Leinster draw, in a field where Dublin have had something of a stranglehold in winning the last seven provincial championships. Jim Gavin’s side will face off against the winners of Offaly against Wicklow.

Leinster First-Round Draw:

Laois v Wexford

Louth v Carlow

Offaly v Wicklow

Quarter-Final Draw:

Laois/Wexford v Westmeath

Louth/Carlow v Kildare

Offaly/Wicklow v Dublin

Longford v Meath

Semi-Final:

Laois/Wexford/Westmeath v Louth/Carlow/Kildare

Offaly/Wicklow/Dublin v Longford/Meath

Ulster Runner-up/Round 4 WinnerUlster Runner-up/Round 4 Winner_____

Under the terms of the new Super 8 structure, the quarter-final group stage setup is as follows:

Group 1

Munster Champions
Connacht Champions
Ulster Runner-up/Round 4 Winner
Leinster Runner-up/Round 4 Winner

Group 2

Ulster Champions
Leinster Champions
Munster Runner-up/Round 4 Winner
Connacht Runner-up/Round 4 Winner

Next up was the senior hurling championship, though the introduction of a new round-robin system meant that there was no need for a live draw to take place.

However, the provincial championships will remain intact (albeit in a different format).

Munster and Leinster have five teams each in “tier one” provincial championships. These are as follows:

Munster: Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Tipperary, Clare

Leinster: Dublin, Kilkenny, Offaly, Galway, Wexford

First and second place in each of the respective provinces will face off in the final, with third place advancing to the All-Ireland quarter-final.

A second-tier, consisting of Antrim, Carlow, Kerry, Laois, Meath and Westmeath. will exist below the main provincial structures.

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Check out the latest episode of The 16th Man as we hear from Pat Gilroy, Shane Dowling and Paul Kerrigan.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.