Martin Breheny: Hurling loses out to God and Mammon...
The Offaly-Galway/Offaly-Kildare hurling/football double header attracted a good crowd (16,178) to Portlaoise last Sunday, but it's still a pity that the two hurling semi-finals weren't played together in Croke Park.
Galway v Offaly and Dublin v Kilkenny would be a really attractive bill, with an appeal beyond the competing counties. I know the Leinster Council are keen to use provincial grounds and also feel that even a crowd of 30,000 can look lost in Croke Park.
Of course, there may have been another factor at work too. Croke Park was booked for the Eucharistic Congress Mass last Sunday and will host the highly lucrative Westlife concerts this weekend.
Not much room for games then. A case perhaps of hurling losing out to God and mammon (with due apologies to Mark 6:24).