Four Irish sides will learn their fate in the first round of Champions League and Europa League qualifying this afternoon.

Dundalk, Cork City, Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic are in the draw.

The Lilywhites are in the Champions League and are seeded thanks to their previous exploits in European competition.

There is one major banana skin with Polish champions Piast Gliwice unseeded and a possible opponent for Vinny Perth’s men.

Gliwice won the league for the first time last season.

Linfield, Valur Reykjavík (Iceland), HB Tórshavn (Faroe Islands), Riga (Latvia) and a winner of a preliminary round involving minnows of the stage are the other sides in the group pool.

In the Europa League, seeded Cork will face one of Progrès Niederkorn (Luxembourg)/Cardiff Metropolitan University (Wales), Inter Turku (Finland), B36 (Faroe Islands), KR (Iceland) or Prishtina (Kosovo)/St Joseph’s (Gibraltar).

It is a much tougher grouping for Shamrock Rovers.

Scottish side Kilmarnock - Jack Byrne’s former side - Brann of Norway, Vaduz from Liechtenstein, Malmo from Sweden and Vitebsk from Belarus are their possible foes.

St Patrick’ s Athletic could also face a Scottish side and again with links to a current player. 

Aberdeen, who Chris Forrester was with prior to his move back to the Saints, join Haugesund (Norway), Stjarnan (Iceland), Norrköping (Sweden), Dinamo Minsk (Belarus) and Riteriai (Lithuania).

Dundalk’s draw is at 1.30pm and the Europa League draw follows at 2.30pm.

The second round draws are tomorrow, which is a new procedure by UEFA.