Tuesday 6 December 2016

Leinster still to decide on Dubs' road trip but no home ties for Galway

Michael Verney

Published 26/10/2016 | 02:30

Leinster chairman John Horan. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Leinster chairman John Horan. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Dublin may not be on the road in next year's championship with Leinster chairman John Horan revealing that the decision is set to be made at next month's CCC meeting.

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Jim Gavin's side are due to play the winners of Carlow/Wexford in the provincial quarter-final next summer, but Horan outlined that potential venues will not be confirmed until November 16.

This year's defeat of Laois at Nowlan Park was "a successful occasion" and the possibility of a repeat is "open to discussion and would be every year" but seating is a big factor and was the only reason for choosing the Kilkenny venue, according to Horan.

The Dublin native also pledged his support to Páraic Duffy's recent championship proposals believing that imminent change is crucial. "It's important that whatever proposal we put to Congress this year, that it actually succeeds. We can't keep going back to Congress to make these proposals and have them not succeeding," he said.

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Meanwhile, Galway's request for home games in the Leinster SHC has been declined with location a major stumbling block while there is no mood for change on the inclusion of their minor and U-21 sides into the Leinster hurling championship.

"That's how people in Leinster feel. They are doing their bit, just the body of the meeting says no and it's a democracy and they feel strongly about it," he said.

"Galway do get financial recompense over and above everybody else in Leinster for the fact they are in the championship, so they do get a grant every year as they don't get a home game in Galway.

"There is consideration given to them. It's not just a case that we are not going to Galway, and there you are. They have been looked after. They got 20k per year for the last couple of years, which other Leinster counties wouldn't have.

"They get their travel expenses as well. There is a 20 grand top-up, they've been given. That is the story that is not told."

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