Carlow and Westmeath will play one another in Group A of the 2021 Joe McDonagh Cup.
Carlow and Westmeath will play one another in Group A of the 2021 Joe McDonagh Cup.

Draws announced for McDonagh, Ring, Rackard, and Meagher Cups


The draws for the Joe McDonagh, Christy Ring, Nickey Rackard, and Lory Meagher Cups were made today.

The draws in full along with the dates of each round and a guide to the format of each competition can be viewed and downloaded at the bottom of this article.

2021 Joe McDonagh Cup

The Joe McDonagh Cup will be played on a round-robin basis with two groups of three based on an open draw. 

Each team has one home and one away game with the top team in each group playing in the final and the winner promoted to the Leinster Hurling Championship for 2022. 

The bottom team in each group shall play off and the loser shall be relegated to the Christy Ring Cup in 2022. 

Beaten 2021 Joe McDonagh Cup finalists, Kerry, have been drawn in Group B with Meath and 2021 Christy Ring Cup finalists, Down.

While 2021 Christy Ring Cup champions, Kildare, are in Group A along with Carlow and Westmeath. 

2021 Christy Ring Cup

The Christy Ring Cup is also made up of two groups, one with three teams (Wicklow, Roscommon, and Derry) and one with two teams (Offaly and Sligo).

Group A will be played in Round Robin format and each team will have one home and one away game with the top two teams qualifying for the semi-finals and the third placed team playing in the quarter-final. 

Offaly and Sligo will play one match in Group B with the winner playing in the semi-finals and the loser playing in the quarter-final. 

The winner of the Christy Ring cup will be promoted to the Joe McDonagh Cup for 2022 while the loser of the quarter-final will be relegated to the Nickey Rackard Cup for 2022.

2021 Nickey Rackard Cup

The Nickey Rackard Cup will comprise of two groups, one with three teams (Donegal, Mayo, Leitrim) and one with two teams (Armagh, Tyrone) based on an open draw. 

It will follow the exact same format as the Christy Ring Cup. 

The winner of the Nickey Rackard Cup will be promoted to the Christy Ring Cup for 2022. 

2021 Lory Meagher Cup

The Lory Meagher Cup will comprise of two groups, one with three teams (Longford, Louth, Monaghan) and one with two teams (Fermanagh, Cavan) based on an open draw. 

It will follow the exact same format as the Christy Ring and Nickey Rackard Cups. 

The winner of the Lory Meagher Cup will be promoted to the Nickey Rackard Cup for 2022.