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 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.
The second round will see two non-league teams look to extend their run in the competition. CIE Ranch, who recorded a late win over Dublin Bus in the first round, welcome First Division leaders UCD to Greenogue on Friday, August 24, with kick-off at 7.45pm.
Maynooth University Town secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Leeds in the first round and their reward is a trip to SSE Airtricity League and FAI Cup Champions Cork City on Friday, August 24, with kick-off at 7.45pm.
Maynooth claimed a 2-0 win over Leeds AFC in the first round and have been rewarded with a trip to Turner's Cross to face the Leesiders who are looking for three consecutive FAI Cup victories.
The only all-Premier Division tie saw St. Patrick's Athletic travel to Derry City whilst Waterford head to United Park to face First Division Drogheda United, who knocked out Shamrock Rovers in the first round.
The Leesiders sealed a comfortable victory within the first 45 minutes at Whitehall to secure their second round spot. Ronan Coughlan notched a brace and Josh O'Hanlon also scored within the first 15 minutes of the game to put the away side into a 3-0 lead.
Barry McNamee added a fourth in the 25th minute before the home team had a moment to savour. Sean Goulding spotted Cork City goalkeeper Peter Cherrie off his line and scored an audacious chip from the half-way line against the FAI Cup Champions.
With the victory and the incredible goals tally, it is the first-time in FAI Cup history that a club has scored 12 goals in a fixture and the fixture saw the highest aggregate goals (14) in the competition's history.