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Published: 14:45 | 12/10/18

Dublin open title defence on the road


All-Ireland champions Dublin will begin the defence of their senior football title against either Louth or Wexford.

The draw for the 2019 All-Ireland Football and Hurling Championships took place on Thursday with some intriguing fixtures across both codes.

The four-time defending champions will open their campaign away from Croke Park with Jim Gavin's side drawn against the winners of the game between Louth and Wexford.

Kildare could be Dublin's semi-final opponents if they overcome Wicklow in the preliminary and then account for Longford the quarter-finals. Elsewhere, Offaly and Meath will meet with the winners going on to face Carlow.

In Ulster this year's beaten finalists Tyrone will meet Derry before the quarter-final stage with the winners going on to face Antrim. Reigning champions Donegal begin away to Fermanagh, a repeat of last year's final, while Monaghan take on Cavan.

Last year's Connacht champions Galway open their title defence at Ruislip where they will face London as James Horan's Mayo, who are on the opposite side of the draw, must make the trip to New York.

The winners of the game between Mayo and New York will meet Roscommon or Leitrim while Galway or London will take on Sligo.

Kerry await the winners of the game between Clare and Waterford in Munster with Cork set to meet either Tipperary or Limerick.

Galway will host Carlow and Wexford for the first two games in the 2019 Leinster hurling championship round-robin before hitting the road to face Kilkenny and Dublin, while Wexford will begin their campaign away to Dublin and Galway ahead of home ties against Carlow and Kilkenny.

In a change to this year, an extra week has been introduced to ensure teams doe not have to play on four successive weekends.

2018 All-Ireland Football Draw:
Leinster SFC
First Round
Louth v Wexford
Wicklow v Kildare
Meath v Offaly

Quarter finals
Louth/Wexford v Dublin
Wicklow/Kildare v Longford
Meath/Offaly v Carlow
Westmeath v Laois

Semi finals
Louth/Wexford/Dublin v Wicklow/Kildare/Longford
Meath/Offaly/Carlow v Westmeath/Laois

Connacht SFC
Quarter-finals
New York v Mayo
London v Galway
Leitrim v Roscommon
BYE: Sligo

Semi-finals
New York/Mayo v Leitrim/Roscommon
London/Galway v Sligo

Munster SFC
Quarter finals
Tipperary v Limerick
Clare v Waterford

Semi finals
Kerry v Clare or Waterford
Tipperary or Limerick v Cork

Ulster SFC
Preliminary round
Tyrone v Derry

Quarter finals
Antrim v Tyrone or Derry
Cavan v Monaghan
Down v Armagh
Fermanagh v Donegal

Semi finals
Cavan or Monaghan v Down or Armagh
Fermanagh v Donegal v Antrim/Tyrone/Derry

2019 All-Ireland Hurling Championship:
Leinster

May 11/12: Galway v Carlow; Kilkenny v Dublin
May 18/19: Carlow v Kilkenny; Dublin v Wexford
May 25/26: Galway v Wexford
June 1/2: Carlow v Dublin
June 8/9: Wexford v Carlow; Kilkenny v Galway
June 15/16: Wexford v Kilkenny; Dublin v Galway

Munster
May 11/12: Cork v Tipperary; Waterford v Clare.
May 18/19: Limerick v Cork; Tipperary v Waterford.
May 25/26 or June 1/2: Waterford v Limerick; Clare v Tipperary.
June 8/9: Limerick v Clare; Cork v Waterford.
June 15/16: Clare v Cork; Tipperary v Limerick

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