The History of the Tailteann Cup
Aonach Tailteann or the 'Tailteann Festival' dates back from ancient Ireland and was founded by Lugh Lámhfhada.
The games were revived in the 1920s and 30s, by the new Irish Free State - with Croke Park a key location.
The festival, while primarily a cultural event, was a stage for sporting events and games to be hosted.
The second game of the Tailteann Cup takes place later this afternoon; here is a little explainer behind the usage of the name 'Tailteann' for the new Football Championship. pic.twitter.com/GvTKfLcHyb
— The GAA (@officialgaa) May 22, 2022
2022 Tailteann Cup
- Created for teams outside of the provincial finals, as well as those outside of divisions 1 and 2 of the Allianz league.
- The winner of the Tailteann Cup will be guaranteed a place in the 2023 Sam Maguire Championship.
- The winners will also receive a financial contribution toward a team holiday.
- Players in the Tailteann Cup will also be eligible for their own 'Champion 15' team award.
- The 2022 Cup will be played on a knock-out basis.
- The competition is organised geographically in Northern and Southern sections until the semi-finals stage.
- The semi-finals will be an open draw between the four quarter-finals winners.
- New York will enter the competition at the quarter-finals stage.
- The first drawn will have home advantage.
- The semi-finals will be played in Croke Park as stand-alone fixtures. They are set for Sunday June 19th
- The final will be played in Croke Park on July 9th, along with a Sam Maguire semi-final.