Monday 23 September 2019

Only four grounds outside Croker can host Dubs - Bolger

Leinster Council chairman Jim Bolger. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Leinster Council chairman Jim Bolger. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Leinster Council chairman Jim Bolger has stressed that Dublin's opening Leinster SFC clash against Louth or Wexford will be played in either Portlaoise or Wexford Park.

Earlier this year, Wicklow looked to have their clash with the Dubs moved to Aughrim while in 2017 Carlow also looked for home advantage. However, Bolger stated that the council have identified just four suitable grounds in the province.

"We decided this before the draw and the four venues we named for Dublin were Portlaoise, Wexford Park, Nowlan Park, Tullamore. Delegates from Louth knew that. And once Wicklow got through, they were out of the traps early. And it is difficult for a county, they don't want to beat the drum about their own venue until afterwards. Last year, we had Carlow and Wexford - once Carlow won it, their manager asked about the possibilities of going to Netwatch Cullen, and that's my own county so you can imagine the difficulty.

"But there was none really, it is up to the delegates to tell their own county, before the draw, this is the situation. There are only four grounds. Maybe in the future, there may be more than four grounds that can take the expected attendance."

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