Tailteann Cup draw live on RTÉ Monday morning

The draw for the opening round of the Tailteann Cup, Gaelic football’s new second tier competition, will take place this Monday live on RTÉ Radio 1 at 8.35am and broadcast live on RTÉ News.

The knockout competition will be regionalized through to the quarter-finals.

There will be 14 teams taking part in the first round, with North and South match groups drawn.

A total of 15 counties have already qualified; Antrim, Down, Fermanagh, Cavan, Longford, Offaly, Laois, Carlow, Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford, Sligo, Leitrim, London and New York (who get a quarter-final bye).

If Westmeath or Tipperary are defeated in the provincial semi-finals this weekend, a preliminary round will be required to reduce the number of first round teams to 14. Two preliminary round matches will be played if Westmeath and Tipperary lose.

All provincial semi-finalists will be exempt from a preliminary round, which currently includes Cavan, Sligo and Leitrim.

New York will receive a bye to the quarter-finals and play their match in Ireland.

The opening matches are scheduled for the last weekend of the month, May 28 and 29, with the final scheduled for Saturday July 9.

The Tailteann Cup semi-finals and finals will be shown live by RTÉ Sport, along with radio coverage on RTÉ Radio 1 and live blogging on matchdays.

One Tailteann Cup team enduring tough preparation for the inaugural competition is Down, which saw four players choose to leave the panel this week.

Kilcoo defender Ryan McEvoy was on board in the heavy loss to Monaghan. He retired alongside Gerdie Collins of Downpatrick, who came off the bench against Farney’s men.

Cory Quinn and goalkeeper Charlie Smyth, both of Mayobridge, also withdrew from James McCartan’s panel.

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