The Kilkenny & District League Kennedy Cup team, who won the Kennedy Bowl last year, have been drawn with the DDSL, Drogheda and Athlone in the 2019 competition
The Kilkenny & District League will face the DDSL, Athlone and Drogheda at this year’s Kennedy Cup.
The draw for the national inter-league competition saw the Cats drawn in Group Six with the reigning champions.
A Ben Quinn hat-trick helped the DDSL claim their 32nd Kennedy Cup when they beat a strong KDUL (Kildare) team 4-2 in last year's final.
Kilkenny were also winners last year, clinching the Kennedy Bowl title when they beat the Midlands League 1-0 thanks to a Cillian Kelly goal in extra-time. The action kicks off on June 11 at the University of Limerick, with the finals taking place on Saturday, June 15.
The draw for the group stages saw some exciting groupings emerge, with Wexford, Waterford, Wicklow and the WWEC in Group One.
Group Two sees the NDSL, Limerick District, West Cork and the RDYSL together, while Group Three involves Galway, SDFL, North Tipperary and Inishowen.
The Midlands, Dundalk, Mayo and NECSL are in Group Four while last year’s runners up, the KDUL, are in Group Five with Kerry, Clare, Limerick County.
The DDSL are joined by Kilkenny, Athlone and Drogheda in Group Six, while Limerick Desmond, Donegal, Sligo/Leitrim and Carlow are in Group Seven.
Finally, in Group Eight, Cork SL are joined by CMUL, South Tipperary and Longford.