Friday 9 December 2016

Out-of-order scheduling not fair on hurling fans

Michael McCarthy

Published 03/06/2015 | 02:30

Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Longford at Croke Park on Sunday
Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Longford at Croke Park on Sunday

I can't say I've ever experienced a weirder atmosphere in Croke Park than last Sunday.

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After the excitement of a thrilling draw in the hurling, we went outside for a drink between games, and were disappointed to see Hill 16 had doubled in attendance by the time we came back in for the football.

Watching what basically amounted to a training game for Dublin was akin to torture after a hurling game like that. By the time Diarmuid Connolly scored after five minutes, everyone in the stadium knew what we were in for.

I know the GAA considered making the hurling the main event this week, but surely what unfolded is the perfect excuse for making this move in the future.

Much like it's unfair that Dublin play all their football games in Croke Park for money reasons, it's also wrong for the GAA to put hurling in the ha'penny place to a lesser contest because the footballers pay the bills.

We should have had a Dublin display that put the country on notice, before a genuine contest between two All-Ireland contenders. Instead, we got the flattest atmosphere I've ever experienced at Croke Park.

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