2016 GAA Senior Championship draws are made

2016 GAA Senior Championship draws are made

By Cóilín Duffy

The draws for the 2016 All-Ireland and Provincial Senior Hurling and Football Championships have been made in RTÉ tonight.

Hurling Kingpins Kilkenny will meet either Dublin or Wexford in the Leinster semi-final next year, while Football supremos Dublin take on either Laois or Wicklow in a Leinster quarter-final.

Kerry enter the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship for the first time, after earning promotion from the Christy Ring Cup.

The Kingdom face Carlow, Offaly and Westmeath in a Round Robin qualifier.

The winner of that group will face last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists Galway in the quarter-finals, while the loser takes on Laois. The winners meet in the semi-finals.

The other quarter-final sees Dublin take on Wexford, with the winners taking on Kilkenny.

In Munster, reigning provincial Champions Tipperary will meet Cork or Limerick in the semi-final.

2015 Allianz League champions Waterford meet 2013 All-Ireland champions Clare in the other semi-final.

All-Ireland Football Champions Dublin will begin their provincial title defence, with a Leinster quarter-final tie against Laois or Wicklow, who meet in the first round for the second time in three years.

Louth host Carlow, with Meath awaiting the winners in a last-four tie.

Longford and Offaly face off in the Leinster first round for the second year in a row, with the winners to face 2015 beaten provincial finalists Westmeath in the quarter-finals.

Wexford earned a bye to the last eight, and will host Kildare.

Munster champions Kerry are on track to meet Cork in yet another provincial final, after tonight’s Munster Senior Football Championship draw.

Kerry face the winners of Clare against Limerick in a semi-final, while Cork take on the winners of Tipperary and Waterford in the last-four.

In Connacht, the rotation of visits of the home counties to New York and London continues.

Roscommon will travel to the Bronx to take on New York, with the winners facing Leitrim.

It’s the turn of six-in-a-row provincial title chasers Mayo’s to travel to the Irish TV Grounds in Ruislip to take on London.

The winners will face Galway.

In Ulster, reigning provincial champions Monaghan taking on a Down team awaiting to appoint a new manager.

Fermanagh and Antrim renew acquaintances in the preliminary round having met in both the Ulster and All-Ireland qualifiers last year, with the winner of both of those games meeting in the semi-finals.

The other quarter-finals see Derry host Tyrone while Cavan face Armagh at Kingspan Breifni Park.

The winners of each will meet in the semi-finals.

LEINSTER SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

Preliminary Group

Offaly

Westmeath

Carlow

Kerry

Quarter-Finals

A Dublin/Wexford

B Group Winner/Galway

C Group Loser/Laois

Semi-Finals

A v Kilkenny

B v C

MUNSTER SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

Semi-Finals

Tipperary/Cork v Limerick

Waterford v Clare

LEINSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

First Round

A Laois v Wicklow

B Louth v Carlow

C Longford v Offaly

Quarter-Finals

(D) A v Dublin

(E) B v Meath

(F) C v Westmeath

(G) Wexford v Kildare

Semi-Finals

D v E

F v G

MUNSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

Quarter-Finals

A Tipperary v Waterford

B Clare v Limerick

Semi-Finals

B v Kerry

A v Cork

CONNACHT SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

Preliminary Round

Roscommon v New York

Quarter-Finals

Roscommon/New York v Leitrim

Mayo v London

Semi-Finals

Roscommon/New York/Leitrim v Sligo

Mayo/London v Galway

ULSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

Preliminary Round

Fermanagh v Antrim

Quarter-Finals

A Fermanagh/Antrim v Donegal

B Derry v Tyrone

C Cavan v Armagh

D Monaghan v Down

Semi-Finals

A v D

B v C

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