25 teams will compete for the trophy, with 9 opening round fixtures taking place on Sat 15th January.
One of the most eagerly-awaited domestic rugby competitions begins this weekend, as the Bank of Ireland Towns Cup returns after being hit by Covid in recent seasons.
Last year it wasn't able to take place at all, while the 2020 edition was stopped short of the final that was due to be decided by Ballynahinch 2nd XV and Ballyclare.
The Cup was last raised in April 2019 when Enniskillen ended their 82-year wait with a 19-0 victory over Ballyclare.
Bank Of Ireland Towns Cup: Round 1, Sat 15 Jan, 2:30pm KO
Bye: Portadown, Dromore, Enniskillen, Carrickfergus, Ballyclare, Lurgan, Clogher Valley
The Cup was launched last week, alongside the Bank of Ireland Senior Cup.
Commenting at the launch of the competitions, Ulster Rugby CEO Jonny Petrie, said:
“Ulster has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with Bank of Ireland, and we’re delighted that they have re-affirmed their commitment to the growth of domestic rugby by sponsoring the Towns Cup, in addition to their ongoing support for the Senior Cup. After such a challenging period for our clubs in Ulster, it’s fantastic to see the return of both tournaments, and I wish all competing teams the best of luck.”
George Higginson, Director of Northern Ireland, Partnerships & Mortgages at Bank of Ireland UK, said:
“We’re excited to see the return of the Bank of Ireland Senior Cup and to come on-board this year as a partner of the Towns Cup also. Competitions like this firmly support Bank of Ireland’s #NeverStopCompeting commitment to driving forward the sport in Ulster. As a proud supporter of rugby across the island of Ireland, we’re delighted to help develop and grow the game, and improve accessibility for all.”