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Ulster county bosses poised to discover their All-Ireland rivals


By Declan Bogue

The ears of Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath, Antrim duo Frank Fitzsimons and Gearoid Adams, Derry boss Damian Barton and Armagh chief Kieran McGeeney will be wide open this morning as the draw for the All-Ireland qualifiers takes place.

The draw will take place on RTÉ radio and also be streamed live on the website.

The potential of an Ulster derby is stronger on the 'B' side of the draw, where Fermanagh, Armagh and the losers of Cavan/Monaghan congregate.

Others in this half are Seamus McEnaney's Wexford, Carlow, Offaly/Westmeath, Limerick and London.

Derry and Antrim are on the 'A' side of the draw, along with Wicklow, Longford, Louth, Laois, Waterford and Sligo.

Home venues, times and dates will be confirmed following a meeting of the Central Competition Controls Committee later in the day.

Coincidentally, that meeting may also decide the fate of Dublin star forward Diarmuid Connolly, who is facing a 12-week ban after laying a hand on an official in his side's win over Carlow at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has called on Sport Ireland to launch an investigation into the media leak regarding Brendan O'Sullivan's ban after taking a prohibited supplement.

"Who leaked that report when it wasn't finished?" asked Fitzmaurice.

"We have had a statement ready to go on this since last July, but it couldn't be released until the process was fully complete."

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