The Rás Tailteann is set to return to the calendar in 2020 after Cycling Ireland confirmed that a new group is set to organise the event.

Cáirde Rás Tailteann is a "newly-formed promotions group" made up of previous volunteers from the event. They will be responsible for the running of the race, along with Cumann Rás Tailteann, who had previously undertaken the role.

The Rás has traditionally taken place in May, but the date of the event will not be confirmed for a number of weeks.

The original event ran from 1953 up until 2018, but it was cancelled this year due to a lack of a principal sponsor.

2020's running is likely to be shorter than that of last year, with the competition taking place over five days rather than eight.

The concept of the county and international teams will be maintained, with new group aiming to return the event to Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) status as soon as possible.

"We are thrilled to see this legendary race continue," said race director Eimear Dignam.

"It has a special place in the hearts of not only the cycling community in Ireland, but also now in the hearts of those who've competed in it from around the world.

"We know the new organisers extremely well, having worked with them on the race for many years, and we’re delighted to have them take up the mantle."

Cáirde Rás Tailteann's Ger Campbell added: "On behalf of the promotions group and entire cycling community in Ireland, we would like to thank Cumann Rás Tailteann and the Dignam family for entrusting us with the organisation of this great race going forward.

"We are honoured and excited about putting this race back on the calendar from 2020 and look forward to seeing all the old faces, and undoubtedly some new ones becoming Men of the Rás."