Thursday 13 December 2018

Dublin's Somme visit adds to training camp confusion

Dublin manager Jim Gavin. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Dublin manager Jim Gavin. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
The ban on training camps was designed to create more opportunities for players to return to their clubs and in that respect Dublin players were released back to their clubs for four weeks. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The Dublin football squad spent the weekend in northern France where they visited historic World War I sites connected to the Battle of the Somme.

It is not clear however if the weekend constituted a training camp and whether it was a conflict with the GAA's ban on such ventures at certain times of the year.

Members of the All-Ireland champions were at the Ulster Tower on Saturday, a famous war landmark that stands in memory of Ulster soldiers who died fighting for the British Army in World War I.

The ban on training camps was designed to create more opportunities for players to return to their clubs and in that respect Dublin players were released back to their clubs for four weeks.

The Wexford hurlers and Armagh footballers are among those who could potentially lose home venue for a 2019 league match if it is established that recent trips abroad were for training purposes.

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