Sunday 21 January 2018

Roscommon dismiss O'Moore Park switch

Roscommon GAA chiefs are praying that the weather clears up so that they can host their bumper games against Mayo (March 27) and Dublin (April 3) at Hyde Park, which has been out of commission for months because of flooding (Stock picture)
Roscommon GAA chiefs are praying that the weather clears up so that they can host their bumper games against Mayo (March 27) and Dublin (April 3) at Hyde Park, which has been out of commission for months because of flooding (Stock picture)

Roscommon have dismissed suggestions that their crunch Allianz League clash with champions Dublin may be staged at O'Moore Park in Portlaoise.

But County Board chairman Seamus Sweeney has confirmed they have alternative venues in place should Dr Hyde Park again be unable to stage a game.

Roscommon GAA chiefs are praying that the weather clears up so that they can host their bumper games against Mayo (March 27) and Dublin (April 3) at Hyde Park, which has been out of commission for months because of flooding.

With three wins from four matches, on-pitch matters couldn't be going much better for Roscommon, but the county's main ground has yet to host an inter-county game in 2016, with the three scheduled games for the venue having to be played elsewhere.

Last Sunday's game against Down was moved to Longford three days before throw-in after recent heavy rain again left the Hyde Park pitch unplayable; the first Division 1 match in the county for 13 years against Monaghan was played in Kiltoom; and the FBD League meeting with Mayo was switched to MacHale Park.

However, Sweeney is adamant that the matches against Mayo and Dublin will go ahead at Hyde Park - as long as the weather improves.

"We have alternatives in place if there is an issue, but we are planning to play in Hyde Park. The weather has to improve at some stage," he said.

The Roscommon County Board are currently in talks with the GAA's infrastructure committee with a view to laying a new pitch at Hyde Park, which they say will happen sometime this year.

If that works starts soon, Roscommon will miss out on home advantage in the Connacht championship, which would be another devastating blow to the local economy.

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