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
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
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
Fermanagh v Armagh
Tyrone v Monaghan
Down v Antrim
Derry v Donegal/Cavan
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
Laois/Wexford v Westmeath
Louth/Carlow v Kildare
Offaly/Wicklow v Dublin
Longford v Meath
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:
Ulster Runner-up/Round 4 Winner
Leinster Runner-up/Round 4 Winner
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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