Louth manager Colin Kelly
Colin Kelly’s men were the first name out of the hat meaning that Wicklow will travel to Drogheda next summer looking to win their first provincial championship match since 2013.
The Reds will be fancied to overcome the Garden County when they meet, with Wicklow’s last championship victory over Louth coming back in 1987.
En route to winning the Division Four league title last April, Louth defeated their championship opponents comfortably in Drogheda, 0-15 to 1-2.
The most recent championship encounter between the sides was in 2007 when it took a second replay before Eamonn McEneaney’s team reached a Leinster quarter-final meeting with Wexford.
The prize for Kelly’s men, should they overcome the south-eastern county would be a re-match with the old enemy, Meath.
Having lost to the Royals at a packed Parnell Park last June, the Reds will surely be keen for another crack at a team who have broken Louth hearts on so many recent occasions.
Interestingly enough, Louth U21s will also face Wicklow in the EirGrid U21 Football Championship, while the Louth minors have been drawn to face Laois in the first-round of the 2017 Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Championship.
Coincidentally, Wayne Kierans’ 2016 Louth U18s exited the championship at the hands of the O’Moore men last April.