Changes to Irish Cup in 2004
21 October 2002

From the 2004 season the Irish Cup will be restricted to 32 teams - 10 each from the Leinster, Northern and North West unions, and 2 from Munster.

Participation will also be limited to those individuals qualified to play for Ireland. The current residential qualification requires at least 183 days residence in Ireland throughout each of the previous four yewars.