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Dublin To Be Taken Out Of Croke Park For 2017 Championship With Two Possible Destinations

Dublin To Be Taken Out Of Croke Park For 2017 Championship With Two Possible Destinations
By Conor Neville
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Continuing a tradition which was kick-started back in the summer of 2016, Dublin fans are again being offered the chance to descend on a regional county ground for their opening match in the Leinster championship.

Dublin will face the winners of Carlow and Wexford in the Leinster quarter-final next June, a prospect which Jonny Cooper very generously described as "a tough challenge" when the draw was made back in October.

Ironically, should Carlow emerge to play the Dubs, the match has been fixed for O'Moore Park in Portlaoise, the same ground that was deemed so unsuitable by the Leinster authorities last year.

This summer, a match in O'Moore Park would have represented a genuine away match for the Dubs but the game against Laois was switched to Nowlan Park due to a greater seated capacity in Kilkenny.

Laois were seriously pissed off at this with county vice-chairman Peter O'Neill describing it "an absolute disgrace" in an angry missive on Facebook. Days later, chairman Gerry Kavanagh announced himself "disgusted" and called it "a slap in the face." Both suggested they were as well leave the match in Croke Park.

However, if Wexford get over Carlow in the first round (as is expected), then the Dubs will be facing into an actual away game. Wexford Park will get to see the Dublin footballers in the flesh.

Given that both their potential opponents currently play in Division 4, it's generally admitted that the exotic surrounds and the countryside air would have to have an extraordinarily disorientating effect on the Dublin players for them to emerge with anything other than an extremely easy win.


Here's the full draw for Leinster.

23rd April (Sunday)

Leinster SHC Round Robin  -  Round One


Meath v Kerry  - Pairc Tailteann, Navan

Laois v Westmeath – O’Moore Park, Portlaoise



30th April (Sunday)

Leinster SHC Round Robin  -  Round Two

Westmeath v Kerry – TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar


Meath v Laois – Pairc Tailteann, Navan


14th May (Sunday)


Leinster SHC Round Robin  -  Round Three

Westmeath v Meath – TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar

Kerry v Laois – Austin Stack Park, Tralee



21st May (Sunday)

Leinster SFC  -  Round One

Louth v Wicklow - Parnell Park, Dublin

Laois v Longford – O’Moore Park, Portlaoise

Carlow  v  Wexford – Netwatch Cullen Park


27th May (Saturday) /28th May (Sunday)


Leinster SHC Quarter Finals

Round Robin Team  v  Offaly

Round Robin Team  v  Wexford

Both Q-Finals are home games for round-robin teams except for Kerry - played at a Leinster venue.


28th  May (Sunday)

Leinster SHC Quarter Final

Galway  v  Dublin – O’Connor Park, Tullamore


3rd June (Saturday)

Leinster SFC Quarter Final

Kildare  v  Laois/Longford – O’Connor Pk, Tullamore

IF Meath v Louth – Parnell Park, Dublin


3rd June (Saturday) or 4th June (Sunday)

Leinster SFC Quarter Final

Carlow/Wexford v Dublin – O'Moore Pk, Portlaoise/Innovate Wexford Park


4th June (Sunday)

Leinster SFC Quarter Final

IF Meath v Wicklow – Aughrim


10th June (Saturday) /11th June (Sunday)

Leinster SHC Semi Final

Kilkenny   v   RR Team/Wexford -     /Wexford

Leinster SFC Quarter Final

Offaly  v  Westmeath – O’Connor Park, Tullamore


17th June (Sat)/18th June (Sun)

Leinster SHC Semi Final

Galway/Dublin  v  RR Team/Offaly – TBC

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