A summer of Gaelic Games action and drama moved one step closer this morning when the draws were made live on RTÉ Morning Ireland for the Munster Senior Hurling and Football Championships.

The Hurling Championship trophy has been renamed in memory of Limerick legend Mick Mackey so it was appropriate that the reigning All Ireland Champions should be first out of the bowl being drawn to play Cork in the first Semi-Final.

Tipperary were next out and will meet the winner of the Quarter-Final between Clare and Waterford.

Cork and Tipperary have been given a bye to the Semi-Final stage of the Munster Football Championship, setting up a potential repeat of last year’s historic final between the two sides.

Last year Kerry fell to Cork in the semi-final. This year they have been drawn against Clare in the Quarter-Final and the winner of this will meet Tipperary on that half of the draw.

Cork will be up against the winner of Waterford and Limerick.

There will be no second chance in the Football Championship though there will be the potential for back door access to the All Ireland series in the Hurling Championship.

The Final of the Hurling Championship is scheduled for July 18th with the Football Final in Munster taking place six days later.

The draws for the remaining Provincial Championships will take place over the next 24 hours with the Connacht Football draw at 6-30 PM this evening, the Leinster Hurling and Football on tomorrow’s Morning Ireland Programme and the Ulster Football Championship at 6-30 PM tomorrow.


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