Dubs get ready for Nowlan Park trip with Clare camp
Dublin footballers are leaving no stone unturned ahead of their first trip outside the capital for a Championship match in a decade.
The All-Ireland champions spent a number of days on a training camp in west Clare, basing themselves in Doonbeg.
And they also had a familiarity trip to Nowlan Park, playing a match at the home of Kilkenny hurling on Saturday night last at 7pm, the exact time of throw in for their Leinster quarter-final with Laois this weekend. Laois themselves were due to have a run-out there last night.
Dublin were also in west Clare for a pre-Championship camp last year. Manager Jim Gavin has strong family connections with that part of the country.
Dublin have not played a Championship match outside Croke Park since 2006, when they struggled past Longford in Pearse Park.
But they have recorded some impressive victories in the League in the Gavin era, notably a 10-point win over Kerry in Killarney in February 2013 and a 14-point win over Mayo at MacHale Park in March 2015.
Dublin's only two competitive defeats since 2014 have both been on the road, against Cork and Kerry in the early part of last year's League.
Paddy Andrews looks set to miss the game. The St Brigid's man has had a back injury which ruled him out of the league final.
Meanwhile eir have extended their sponsorship of the football Championship by five years, taking the arrangement to 2020.
As eircom they have been one of the title sponsors since 2011.
The communications company intend rolling out a strong advertising campaign 'New Play Same Passion' featuring Mayo's Cillian O'Connor and Kerry's Fionn Fitzgerald.