The oldest football competition in Ireland, the FAI Senior Cup is the Blue Riband event for clubs in Ireland. Clubs from the SSE Airtricity League compete with junior and intermediate clubs in a competition that dates back to 1922.
The current holders of the competition are Dundalk, who defeated Cork City 2-1in the 2018 Final, courtesy of a Patrick McEleney goal.
The draw, which was performed by former Republic of Ireland international Keith Fahey and FAI Vice President Noel Fitzroy, was performed at FAI HQ, with representatives from the clubs in attendance.
Fahey was part of the St. Patrick's Athletic side which lifted the trophy in 2014 and also played for Bluebell United in the FAI Cup in 2017, in victories over Sheriff YC and Cabinteely.
Dundalk lifted the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup for the first time since 2015 as they defeated Cork City 2-1 in the final at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Goals in each half from Sean Hoare and Patrick McEleney, either side of a converted penalty by City’s Kieran Sadlier, was enough to see Dundalk end a memorable season with a league and Cup double.
Following a tense opening, the game sparked into life in the 20th minute as Dundalk took the lead through Sean Hoare.
The waiting is almost over for 2018 Cup Final Day at Aviva Stadium that kicks off with the Continental Tyres FAI Women's Cup Final between Wexford Youths and Peamount United before the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Final involving Cork City and Dundalk.
This week, Con Murphy and Conan Byrne will preview Cup Final Day with referee Neil Doyle in studio to talk about Cork City v Dundalk, while Pearl Slattery will give an insight to the Women's Cup Final between Wexford Youths and Peamount United.
Also, Erika Ni Thuma will talk about Cork's community development schemes.
The finals are set to take place on Sunday, November 4 at the Aviva Stadium, the most important day in the Irish domestic calendar as it concludes the 2018 season.
All Under 16 clubs and below are being offered the opportunity to avail of free tickets as well as schools to help them experience the atmosphere of finals day at the Aviva Stadium.
"We're delighted to be able to offer free tickets to all clubs and schools across the country to help them join us in the most important day in the Irish domestic calendar," said FAI Competitions Director Fran Gavin.
Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Semi-Final - Result: Dundalk 1-0 UCD AFC
Goal: Patrick McEleney (40)
Report from SSE Airtricity League reporter Ciaran Callan at Oriel Park
Dundalk will be part of the showcase final once again for their fourth season in a row and despite much anticipation of those days they have left the Dublin 4 venue only once with silverware in tow.
SSE Airtricity League leaders Dundalk welcome SSE Airtricity League First Division Champions UCD to Oriel Park on Friday, September 28. With the Lilywhites on the cusp of claiming the Premier Division title after their Tuesday night victory over Derry City, Stephen Kenny's side will be eager to progress as they aim for a domestic double.
The semi-finals of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup will take place over the course of next weekend with SSE Airtricity League First Division Champions UCD set to travel to Dundalk and Bohemians set to host FAI Cup holders Cork City.
After winning the First Division title last week, UCD travel to Oriel Park to take on Dundalk on Friday, September 28, with kick-off at 7.30pm. In the event of a replay, the fixture will take place on Monday, October 1, at the UCD Bowl, with kick-off at 7.45pm.
Goalkeeper Gerard Doherty was the hero for the Candystripes after his 95th-minute save against St. Patrick's Athletic in the second round of the competition.
Kenny Shiels' side have been granted another home tie with Bohemians on the road again after they cruised past Galway United in the second round.
FAI Cup Champions Cork City face a trip to the City Calling Stadium to face Longford Town whilst First Division leaders UCD welcome Waterford to the UCD Bowl.
In the tie of the round, the Candystripes secured an incredible victory over St. Patrick's Athletic thanks to Adrian Delap's late strike. The drama continued into the final minute of the game as Gerard Doherty pulled off an incredible 95th-penalty save to ensure Derry's progression.
There was extra-time heart-break for non-league side CIE Ranch who pushed First Division leaders UCD all the way at Greenogue. An own goal and an Edward Smith header put CIE into a two-goal lead before Yoyo Mahdy pulled one back before the break.