FINGAL hurling has secured a major boost after the county team's fixture with Fermanagh was pencilled in on the undercard to Dublin's football clash with Down in Croke Park on Saturday 23 March.The inclusion of Fingal in the highly popular spring series which was launched at Croke Park yesterday will certainly boost the hand of new manager Mick Kennedy as he puts together his panel for their forthcoming Division 3 campaign. 'It's such an honour to play at Croke Park. I brought it up at a meeting last Tuesday and the clubs were fully behind it,' said the Fingallians man following Sunday's Kehoe Cup clash against DCU at Tom Russell Park. And there is more promising news on the horizon with the prospect that Fingal may still be entered into this year's Nicky Rackard Cup. Croke Park turned down an appeal last week for Fingal's re-inclusion, but the Dublin county board held a management meeting last night where the viability of an appeal or submitting of an appeal was to be discussed. Under GAA rules, all entries must be made in the previous year for the following year's competitions. However, with there being two byes in the Nicky Rackard for 2013, the Dublin County Board is prepared to surrender home advantage if Fingal were given clearance to play against either team. The Dublin County Board had previously not entered Fingal due to a clash with club fixtures, but crucially Kennedy has waived the six-day rule allowing players to play with their clubs 24 hours prior to a Nicky Rackard fixture if Fingal were re-admitted to the competition. And Kennedy believes that any issues from the past have now been sorted out following a meeting with clubs last Tuesday in Swords. 'It's unfortunate we couldn't have sorted the Nicky Rackard problem earlier, but the worst case scenario is if we are not in it this year we will definitely be in it next year. 'I want to get the message out there that Fingal hurling is moving forward. We have our goals set out and there is no reason why we shouldn't be able to play in a higher division like 2A or 2B if the players give it their backing. I had 20 different topics and I went through each one individually and the feedback I got was very positive.' The Fermanagh clash will also allow players to play for their clubs the next day when a full list of league club fixtures is planned and Kennedy has stated that both clubs and county will be facilitated for the forthcoming season. 'I have agreed that with the Dublin CCC and there are no problems whatsoever. Since I was appointed on 15th December I have approached the Dublin county board and we have it all sorted out. 'They have been extremely helpful so far. Everything I have asked I have got. And the same can be said for the Dublin CCC and so far the clubs I have been talking to have been more than helpful.' Meanwhile, ahead of their opening home fixture with Cork in Croke Park which will launch the Spring Series on February 2nd, Dublin take on Kildare this Saturday at Parnell Park in the O'Byrne Cup final (throw-in 7pm). Prior to that Anthony Daly's hurlers, who defeated Tipperary in a challenge on Sunday, take on UCD in the Walsh Cup on Friday in Parnell Park at 7.30 pm.