Tuesday 11 December 2018

'I prefer to see Dublin in Croke Park' - Joe Brolly weighs in on Super 8s venue debate

17 September 2017; Paul Mannion and his Dublin team-mates celebrate following the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
17 September 2017; Paul Mannion and his Dublin team-mates celebrate following the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Fresh off Newbridge or Nowhere, another GAA venue controversy has emerged with Donegal unhappy that they have been fixed to play Dublin in Croke Park in the opening round of the Super 8s.

Each team is set to have one home game, one away game and one game in GAA HQ, and with Dublin expected to nominate Croke Park as their home venue, in effect Jim Gavin's side will have two home games.

Donegal last night released a statement saying that they will seek a meeting with Croke Park to discuss the issue, with the Ulster champions scheduled to face Dublin at 7pm on Saturday July 14 as it stands.

Speaking on The Throw-In, Independent.ie's GAA podcast, Joe Brolly said that he doesn't have a problem with Dublin playing their home games in Croke Park, and that the notion of them hosting a Super 8s fixture in Parnell Park is unlikely.

"Life isn't fair," Brolly said.

"The Dubs are the kingpins of football. They will fill Croke Park a few times. Would you rather go and play the Dubs in Parnell Park?

"I'm sure the Dubs would be game for it. I don't think it's anything to do with the Dubs themselves or the manager. They're hard to play wherever you play them.

"I prefer to see them in Croke Park, it's a better spectacle.

"It's true to say that it suits them because of the size of the pitch and the speed of the pitch but I don't make a big deal of it. I heard Jim McGuinness going on about it and say it would taint their legacy but that's auld nonsense."

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