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Thursday 17 April 2014

Dubs making most of croker home comforts

When it really dawns on the other seven counties in Division 1 that Dublin will have four more home fixtures – all of which will be played at Croke Park – it is sure to antagonise some people.

The reason, of course, for this unusual situation is money – the greatest motivational tool for change in the GAA in modern times.

Dublin's traditional venue for home games, Parnell Park, has poor revenue-earning capacity compared with Croke Park – which is why Kildare were reportedly given a €60,000 incentive to make up a double bill with Donegal on Saturday night. Dublin, who beat Cork, presumably still made a handsome profit.

They are playing more and more National League matches under lights on Saturdays, but the earning capacity of such games around Ireland has yet to be analysed by comparison with Sunday games.

From another point of view, this trend strengthens the perception that Croke Park is, in fact, a home venue for Dublin, even when they play Leinster and All-Ireland championship games.

This was always a source of pub debates between Dubs and other supporters, but, after this league campaign, the argument is surely finished – Croke Park is Dublin's home venue, and good luck to them.

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