THE GAA have confirmed that Dublin’s All-Ireland SFC qualifier with Tyrone or Roscommon will be played next Saturday week, August 6, in Croke Park at 7.0 and screened live on RTÉ 2.
Mickey Harte’s men and the Connacht runners up will open this weekend’s Croker football feast at 4.0 on Saturday, with Kildare taking on Donegal in the first of the All-Ireland quarter-finals at 6.0.
Kerry versus Limerick (2.0) and Cork against Mayo (4.0) will be staged on Sunday.
It has also been confirmed by the CCCC that the All-Ireland MHC semifinal between Dublin and Waterford will precede the clash between the Dublin seniors and All-Ireland champions, Tipperary on August 14.
However, the news has not been met with much satisfaction in Waterford, who must now travel to Dublin on consecutive Sundays to watch their minors and seniors in action.
“Waterford supporters are very angry but there’s nothing we can do,” said county board chairman Tom Cunningham. “We had a request in to facilitate our seniors and minors on the same day.”
Cunningham fears the Déise minors will now suffer as a result of the decision and that their support for the game against Shay Boland’s team will be minimal.
“My initial reaction is disbelief,” he added. “Waterford supporters have to travel 150 miles each way to Croke Park and in the current financial climate, it’s not fair to ask them to go to Dublin two weekends in a row.”
TIPPERARY football manager John Evans has confirmed he will remain in charge of the Premier County for another season.
The Kerry native has already completed four years at the helm in Tipperary but this year finished in disappointment after his team exited the All-Ireland qualifiers to Laois.
However, he has committed to extending his tenure into 2012.