The 2017 GAA Hurling and Football Championship draws

The big prizes up for grabs
The big prizes up for grabs

It might be a long way off, but the draw for next summer's GAA Hurling and Football draw has taken place.

First up was the hurling and Leinster, with nine teams, produced some interesting ties.

With Meath,Laois, Westmeath and Kerry in a Qualifier Group that will see two emerge for the quarter finals. One will face Offaly and the other Wexford. 

Dublin and Galway is the third quarter final.

The draw for the semis was also made and Kilkenny will make their bow against the winner of Wexford and the Group team.

The other semi pits the winner of Dublin and Galway against the winner of Offaly or the Group team.

Over in Munster, the only quarter final is a cracker as All Ireland champions Tipperary must face Cork. The winner of that face Waterford in the semi final.

The other semi-final see local rivals Limerick take on Clare.

As for the football, Munster got us underway.

The traditional big guns Kerry and Cork were kept apart but with Tipp and Kerry getting byes to semi finals we may get a rematch of the 2016 final.

In the quarters, Cork will play Waterford and Limerick will play Clare.

The winner of the first game play Tipp and Limerick or Clare will take on the Kingdom.

In Connacht, Sligo and New York play in the prelim round. The winner of that match must face All-Ireland runners up Mayo in one quarter final.

Leitrim play London in the other quarter final.

The semi finals will see Galway play the winner of Sligo/New York/Mayo while Roscommon will play winners of Leitrim or London.

Ulster pits nine teams together and Monaghan and Fermanagh have the extra hill to climb of playing in the preliminary round. The winner of that play Cavan in the first quarter-final.

The other three quarter finals are Derry v Tyrone, Donegal v Antrim and Down v Armagh.

The winner of Derry and Tyrone will face the winner of Donegal v Antrim.

One of Monaghan, Fermanagh and Cavan will play Down or Armagh in the other semi.

And finally Leinster, the province of All Ireland champions Dublin.

The big news is Dublin are on the opposite side of the draw to traditional rivals Meath and Kildare but they are pitched in with last year's Leinster finalist's Westmeath.

Side A see Louth v Wicklow, with the winner facing Meath and Laois v Longford with the winner facing Kildare. 

Side B sees Carlow against Wexford with the winner facing the Dubs.

Offaly play Westmeath in the other quarter final.

Roll on the summer.