Tipperary to face either Galway or Kilkenny in hurling Qualifiers

The 2010 All-Ireland Champions Tipperary will meet either Kilkenny or Galway in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Qualifiers.

The draw took place on RTE Radio 1’s 'Morning Ireland’ programme at the RTÉ Radio Centre this morning.

Eamon O’Shea’s charges, who last weekend accounted for Laois in a challenge game in Portlaoise face a tough draw against the losers of next Saturday’s replay between the Cats and the Tribesmen.

This game will take place on Saturday, July 5 at Semple Stadium.

After a two-point loss to Galway in the Leinster quarter-final, Laois will be aiming to get their campaign back on track with an away tie against Waterford.

It is the first Championship meeting between the sides in the modern era.

All-Ireland Champions Clare will aim to get their campaign back on track with a home meeting with Wexford.

The sides met in the knockout stages last year, with Clare prevailing after extra-time in Semple Stadium, on the way to their first Liam MacCarthy Cup success since 1997.

A first-ever All-Ireland Senior Hurling qualifier is set to be played at the McQuillans club in Ballycastle on the North Antrim coast, as the Saffrons host Offaly.

It will be the fourth meeting of the sides this year, with Offaly winning their Walsh Cup meeting, and initial league group game, before Antrim snatched victory in the playoffs a week later in Ballycastle.

The draw was conducted by GAA Central Competitions Control Committee Chairman Tony O’Keeffe and RTÉ hurling analyst Michael Duignan in the presence of Fergal McGill from Croke Park.

Dates, times and venues will be confirmed by the GAA in the next 24 hours.


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