Laois will face Offaly, Westmeath and AIT in the group phase of a revamped O’Byrne Cup next January.
The group games will be played over the course of seven days on January 6, January 9 and January 13 with the four group winners progressing to the semi-finals.
The decision to change the format was made at the Leinster Council meeting this week.
Group A features Longford, Meath, Louth and UCD. Group B features Carlow, Dublin, Wicklow and DCU while Group D features Wexford, Kildare, Carlow IT and DIT.
The Walsh Cup will remain as a knock-out competition with the first round losers going into the Walsh Shield.
In the Walsh Cup Laois will face UCD the winners playing Dublin in the second round
Laois’ O’Byrne Cup Fixtures
January 6 – Offaly v Laois in Tullamore
January 9 – Laois v Westmeath in Portlaoise
January 13 – Laois v AIT in Portlaoise