Good evening and welcome to Darver Centre of Excellence ahead of the draw for the 2020 Louth GAA Championship draw. The draw itself is due to get underway at 8pm here.
Colm Corrigan will be the man with the microphone, with the draw broadcast live on LMFM. Representatives from every club in the county are here to find out who they will be up against in the summer in the Senior, Intermediate and Junior ranks.
Just a note – the draw for the Hurling Championship will not take place tonight, as previously advertised. The number of teams competing in that competition has yet to be finalised, so that draw will be undertaken at a later date.
In 2020, Mattock Rangers look forward to a return to the Senior Championship while Sean O’Mahony’s, just three years after claiming the Joe Ward Cup, will compete for the Intermediate Championship this year. Roche Emmets and Naomh Fionnbarra have swapped places in the Intermediate and Junior grades – how will both of those fare this time out?
There will be lots of interest too to see who three-in-a-row senior champions Newtown Blues are paired with.
We’re waiting for some more club representatives to arrive up here for the draw. Most players and officials are downstairs having their photo taken.
We’re just a couple of minutes from getting underway here in Darver. Room filling up here. Colm Corrigan is poised.
We are underway here. The draw for the Junior Championship will start proceedings, before the Intermediate and then the Senior.
Peter Fitzpatrick, Louth County Board chairman and newly re-elected TD, is speaking now. “I want to wish all the teams the best going forward,” he says in a very short speech. Not hanging about tonight.
Aaron Kierans of Anglo Printers will do the Junior draw alongside Sean McClean of Louth GAA.
/ JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW BEGINS
St Nicholas are out in Group 3.
Wolfe Tones are in Group 4.
In Group 1, a three team section, Sean McDermotts are out.
In Group 2, another three team section, is Glyde Rangers.
/ JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW UNDERWAY
John Mitchels in Group 3 with St Nicholas, Na Piarsaigh and Westerns,
Stabannon Parnells are in Group 4 with Wolfe Tones, Naomh Malachi and Naomh Fionnbarra.
In Group 1, Annaminghon Rangers are in with Sean McDermotts and Cuchulainn Gaels.
Dowdallshill and Glyde Rangers and in Group 2, a three team group with Lannleire.
John Mitchels John Gallagher and Barry Lynch of Stabannon Parnells have given their reaction to Colm on stage here.
“There's no easy games at the Championship stage”
- John Gallagher
- John Mitchels GFC
/ INTERMEDIATE DRAW
The draw for the group stages of the Seamus Flood Cup, sponsored by CTI Business Solutions, will be made by Billy Lawlor of CTI and Stephen Murphy.
12 teams in this round.
/ INTERMEDIATE DRAW COMPLETED
Group 1: Hunterstown Rovers, Dundalk Young Irelands, Cooley Kickhams
Group 2: St Kevins, St Brides, Roche Emmets
Group 3: Oliver Plunketts, Clan na Gael, Kilkerley Emmets
Group 4: Glen Emmets, St Fechins, Sean O’Mahonys
Headline news from the Intermediate draw sees Sean O’Mahony’s face Glen Emmets of Tullyallen and St Fechins in their first campaign back at Intermediate level for the 2016 senior champions.
Elsewhere, Cooley Kickhams face Dundalk Young Irelands and Hunterstown Rovers in a competitive Group 1.
Last year’s beaten finalists Kilkerley Emmets, who lost out to Mattock Rangers, face the Clans and Oliver Plunketts.
Sean Hand of Kilkerley Emmets now speaking to Colm Corrigan. Points out his group is a repeat of last year’s group for Kilkerley.
The battle for the Joe Ward Cup is about to begin in earnest. The draw for the Senior Football Championship is about to be made by Peter Fitzpatrick and Seamus Keenan of Anchor Tours.
/ SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW IS UNDERWAY
St Patricks are the first team out of the cup in this draw.
/ SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW
Group 1: St Patricks, Geraldines,O’Raghallaighs
Group 2: St Mochtas, Dreadnots, Naomh Mairtin
Group 3: O’Connells, Dundalk Gaels, St Josephs
Group 4: Mattock Rangers, Newtown Blues, Ardee St Marys
A serious, serious draw in Group 4 – Ardee St Marys and Mattock Rangers, two teams with history of winning championships are in with three-in-a-row champions Newtown Blues. Lots of intrigue there.
Newtown Blues’ Colm Judge and Mattock Rangers’ Dan Bannon giving their reaction to Colm Corrigan here. “We’re not thinking about four-in-a-row,” Judge says.
“We're looking at consolidation as well. We don't want to go straight back down”
- Dan Bannon
- Mattock Rangers GFC
/ JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW
Group 1: Annaminghon Rovers, Sean McDermotts, Cuchulainn Gaels.
Group 2: Glyde Rangers, Dowdallshill, Lannlaire
Group 3: St Nicholas, John Mitchels, Na Piarsaigh, Westerns
Group 4: Wolfe Tones, Stabannon Parnells, Naomh Malachi, Naomh Fionnabarra
That concludes the 2020 Louth GAA Football Championship draws. Thanks for following on LouthNow.ie. I’ve been Barry Landy. Stay tuned for a full report on tonight’s proceedings on LouthNow.ie later this evening. That’s all, for now.