Monday 24 July 2017

'It's an insult' - Dublin anger over Thurles Tipp clash

County chairman Shanley says it's an 'insult' to fix clash for Semple Stadium as they bid to get game moved

A general view from behind the goalnet at Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
A general view from behind the goalnet at Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Conor McKeon

Conor McKeon

Dublin have hit out at the decision to fix their All-Ireland SHC qualifier with Tipperary for Thurles, with county chairman Sean Shanley insisting the move is an "insult to Dublin".

The decision was taken yesterday afternoon by the GAA's CCCC to fix a double-header at Semple Stadium on Saturday night, with Dublin's clash against the Premier set to be followed by Kilkenny's date with Waterford.

But Shanley claimed the move to send the Dubs to the back yard of the All-Ireland champions was "totally ridiculous".

The equivalent fixtures last year were also fixed for a double-header in Thurles but Tipperary weren't involved. The last time Tipp played at this stage of the back door, they took on Offaly in the neutral venue of Portlaoise in 2014.

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Shanley stated it was their understanding that the game would be played at a neutral venue and confirmed that they will be making representations to the CCCC in a bid to get the game moved.

"We were told it would be a neutral venue," he said. "The last word we got was that it was going to be a double-header. Limerick would be the obvious venue for that.

"And then they come back and say it's a double-header in Thurles."

Shanley revealed that Dublin were informed the venue would be Thurles in order to "promote the game of hurling".

"We're certainly going to air our objections to it now. We have a county committee and we're going to make it known that we're not happy at all. "We're certainly objecting to it. We're going to make representation to the CCCC that came up with this suggestion. (It's) totally unfair. And we're the only ones suffering. There's no way Kilkenny would have played Tipp in Thurles. Certainly not.

"I was talking to Ger Cunningham," Shanley added, "and he thinks it's totally ridiculous."

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