Kerry avoid Cork, Donegal face tall order in Ulster
Donegal to meet Tyrone in preliminary round of provincial championship, Galway pitted against Dublin in Leinster hurling draw
Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s Kerry avoided a potential clash with Cork in the Munster semi-finals.
Kilkenny are likely to face Wexford in the Leinster semi-finals.
All-Ireland champions Kerry will meet either Waterford or Tipperary in the semi-finals of the Munster football championship.
This evening’s draw saw Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s men avoid Cork in the semi-finals but they will, in all likelihood, face each other in another provincial decider next summer. The Rebels will take on either Limerick or Clare in their semi-final.
If Donegal are to retain their Ulster title, they will have to do it the hard way after they were handed a preliminary round meeting with Tyrone. The winners of that tie take on Armagh in the quarter-finals.
In Leinster, Offaly or Longford will be first up for defending champions Dublin with Jim Gavin’s side again the overwhelming favourites for provincial honours.
Mayo look set to meet Galway in the Connacht semi-finals but the Tribesmen will first have to negotiate a trip to New York and a possible quarter-final with Leitrim. The other semi-final sees Sligo taking on either Roscommon or London.
In the Munster hurling championship, Clare have been pitted against neighbours Limerick in the quarter-finals with winners of that tie taking on Tipperary. The second semi-final will see Jimmy Barry Murphy’s Cork up against Waterford.
In Leinster, new Dublin manager Ger Cunningham faces a baptism of fire after being handed the toughest possible draw against Galway in the quarter-finals.
The silver lining for Dublin and Galway is that they will avoid Kilkenny in the semi-finals, with the All-Ireland champions meeting the winners of the Wexford/Qualifier quarter-final.
Munster Football Championship
Quarter-finals: Limerick v Clare, Waterford v Tipperary
Semi-finals: Cork v Limerick/Clare, Kerry v Waterford/Tipperary
Ulster Football Championship
Preliminary draw: Donegal v Tyrone,
Quarter-finals: Armagh v Donegal/Tyrone, Derry v Down, Cavan v Monaghan, Fermanagh v Antrim
Semi-finals: Armagh/Donegal/Tyrone v Derry/Down, Cavan/Monaghan v Fermanagh/Antrim
Leinster Football Championships
First round: Offaly v Longford, Laois v Carlow, Louth v Westmeath
Quarter-finals: Dublin v Offaly/Longford, Kildare v Laois/Carlow, Wexford v Louth/Westmeath, Wicklow v Meath
Semi-finals: Dublin/Offaly/Longford v Kildare/Laois/Carlow, Wexford/Louth/Westmeath v Wicklow/Meath
Connacht Football Championship
Preliminary round: New York v Galway
Quarter finals: New York/Galway v Leitrim, Roscommon v London
Semi-finals: New York/Galway/Leitrim v Mayo, Roscommon/London v Sligo
Munster Hurling Championship
Quarter-final: Clare v Limerick
Semi-finals: Cork v Waterford, Tipperary v Clare/Limerick
Leinster Hurling Championship
Quarter-finals: Galway v Dublin, Offaly v Qualifier, Wexford v Qualifier
Semi-finals: Kilkenny v Wexford/Qualifier, Galway/Dublin v Offaly/Qualifier