Monday 19 March 2018

On the road again: Dublin to be taken out of Croke Park for Leinster opener in 2017

For the second season in succession, Dublin will open the defence of their All-Ireland title outside of Croke Park, with the Leinster Council confirming that Jim Gavin's men will be sent on the road for their provincial quarter-final.

Dublin will begin their quest for a seventh consecutive provincial crown on the weekend of June 3/4, with Carlow or Wexford set to provide the opposition.

If Carlow win the preliminary round tie, they will face Dublin in O'Moore Park in Portlaoise, while Wexford Park will be the venue if the Model County advance to the last eight.

2016 saw Dublin play a provincial encounter outside of headquarters for the first time in ten years, with their quarter-final clash with Laois providing great colour and atmosphere to the Leinster championship down in Nowlan Park.

The Leinster Council obviously thought the arrangement worked a treat, because once again Gavin's charges are pencilled in for what should be another memorable away encounter.

Here are all the venues for the first two rounds of the Leinster SFC:

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