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.
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:
Remember last year O’Moore Park wasn’t up to holding Dublin-Laois. Why this year is it up to holding Dublin-Carlow? #GAA
— Ewan MacKenna (@EwanMacKenna) May 21, 2017
So Dublin get to play Carlow in Portlaoise. Laois had to play Dub in Kk last year. Ridiculous stuff. #GAA
— Mark O Flaherty (@markyfla) May 21, 2017
& to think the Leinster council wouldn’t let Laois play Dub in Portlaoise last year !! https://t.co/wOCEC4koNV
— Micheal Clancy (@meehallclancy) May 21, 2017
Dublin travel to Portlaoise to play Carlow, the same place they couldn’t play in last year.
Because if Dublin can’t play at home, no one can
— Ciarán O’Mahony (@MiniManOMahony) May 21, 2017
Great result for @Carlow_GAA today! Madness that they don’t get a home game against Dublin in next round!
— Adam Murphy (@Adam__Murphy) May 21, 2017
Carlow v Dub will be in Portlaoise. Shame they couldn’t give Carlow home game.
— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) May 21, 2017
The other preliminary rounds on Sunday saw Laois and Louth also book their places in the Leinster quarter-finals.