Dublin fans were forced to create their own rural Ireland version of Homer's Odyssey to see their side beat Roscommon at the weekend. A last-minute change of venue from Roscommon to Leitrim left a number of Dublin fans stranded in Roscommon town, with many fans then duped into paying for a supposedly free bus trip to the game in Carrick-on-Shannon. Logistically, it was quite a difficult day for Dubs fans, but not many people were feeling overly sympathetic to the fans over their plight.
Instead, many used the supporters' travails to accentuate the fact that Dublin fans rarely have to venture beyond Jones' Road to watch their side in action. This is true only in a Championship context: Dublin had as many away games anybody else in the league this year. The entire episode has now also been used as a political tool by a Roscommon councillor to highlight an urban/rural divide and inflation and to mercilessly skewer the public transport problems besetting the capital.
Dubs' fan page Hill 16 Army shared a Facebook post by Fianna Fáil Councilor for Roscommon, Ivan Connaughton:
We thought the GAA had ceased being a political tool, but it appears we were wrong. A further blow to those who believe sport and politics should not mix. A browse through Cllr Connaughton's Facebook page shows him to be constantly satirising the economy, and to be fair to Connaughton, he does not always lay the blame at the denizens of the capital:
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