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Strange Choice Of Venue Is Confirmed For Dublin V Carlow’s Leinster SFC Quarter-Final

Leinster GAA Senior Football Championship First Round, Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow 21/5/2017 Carlow vs Wexford Carlow's Shane Clarke, Sean Murphy and Brian Cawley celebrate after the game

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Carlow saw off Wexford 2-17 to 2-13 on Sunday afternoon to set up a Leinster Senior Football Championship quarter-final against Dublin on June 3rd – but the choice of venue is more than a bit puzzling.

The Barrowsiders, apparently unable to host the match themselves, will instead face the reigning All-Ireland champions at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise in a fortnight – but that venue is unlikely to go down well (especially around Laois) given what happened last year.

Dublin’s quarter-final against Laois in the 2016 championship, which would have been played at O’Moore Park under normal circumstances, was deemed unsuitable and the match had to be played at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny as a result.

Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 4/6/2016 Dublin vs Laois Dublin's Brian Fenton and Kevin Meaney of Laois
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Naturally, many on social media are somewhat confused as to why the ground is suddenly acceptable to host Dublin in a Leinster SFC match when it wasn’t last year:

The other preliminary rounds on Sunday saw Laois and Louth also book their places in the Leinster quarter-finals.

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