GAA president Larry McCarthy hopes Tailteann Cup 'will take off like a meteorite' after first draw made
GAA president Larry McCarthy insists the Tailteann cup will 'take off' after the first draw for the competition took place this morning. A total of 16 teams went into the hat with New York set to join at the quarter-final stage. Inter-county football has had a troubled relationship with grades, with the Tommy Murphy Cup proving deeply unpopular with participating counties but with the semi-finals and finals to be played in Croke Park and shown live on TV, McCarthy is confident that this format will engage teams and their supporters.
“That it takes off like a meteorite,” McCarthy told RTE radio when asked what his hope was for the competition. "It’s the local rivalries that are going to be manifested by this and rather like the league which is always considered to be a good competition the level of play will be at the same level for teams. The championship will be played on a knockout, winner on the day basis with teams kept in their ‘Northern’ and ‘Southern’ sections until the semi-final, when there will be an open draw.
The first round qualifier draw of the All-Ireland series takes place on Monday May 23 with Mayo, Tyrone, Armagh, Cork, Clare, Louth, Meath and Monaghan involved.
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