Kildare have emerged victorious after their dispute with the GAA over the venue of their clash with Mayo on Saturday evening.
It was confirmed today that the GAA have resigned themselves to allowing Kildare to retain their home advantage against Mayo this weekend after a truly memorable dispute between the organisation and Cian O’Neill and co.
It all stemmed from concerns being raised by the GAA over the suitability of Kildare’s home venue for the attendance expected – something that elicited an understandably enraged response from the side’s fans, players and staff.
After being drawn from the hat first, Kildare were expected to host Mayo in Newbridge but after concerns were raised shortly after the draw was made, the venue was switched to Croke Park in Dublin.
Manager Cian O’Neill made it clear that they would be present in the originally scheduled venue regardless of the GAA’s decision and in the days that followed, the entire community in the sport made their support for the Lilywhites known.
The people prevailed this time in a moment that will no doubt live long in the memory for those loyal to Kildare and beyond.
St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge, Kildare will host the game with the throw-in at 7pm.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena