Dublin face Tipperary in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship qualifiers this Saturday, in what was billed as a neutral venue. However, it has been decided that the tie, which is part of a double-header with Kilkenny vs Waterford, will take place in Semple Stadium, Thurles.
Dublin county board chairman Sean Shanley vented his fury at the decision, as reported in the Irish Examiner.
“We’re totally disgusted.
“We were told in advance of the draw that it would be a neutral venue so we’re very disappointed Tipperary have been given home advantage and that we have to travel to Thurles. The Dublin hurlers have played in Thurles on many occasions and like playing there, but not when it is supposed to be a neutral venue and our opposition are Tipperary. This is giving a huge advantage to Tipperary.
“If Kilkenny had drawn Tipperary, they wouldn’t be made travel to Semple Stadium. It wouldn’t happen.”
The last time the Premier faced Dublin in the championship, in the 2014 All-Ireland quarter-final, it also took place in Thurles.
This year’s All-Ireland quarter-finals have been set for Páirc Uí Chaoimh. The Lee-side venue was originally set to open for the Munster football final, but failed to meet deadlines.
However, there could be another major setback as there are reports that the new stadium will not be ready in time for the quarter-finals. Wexford and the loser of Sunday’s Munster final will face Dublin/Tipperary and Waterford/Kilkenny later this month, but there are doubts over where it will now take place.
According to the Irish Times, the keys will be handed over to the county board on Friday, but the CCCC will then meet next week for a final decision.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man podcast, where we look ahead to the weekend’s action, and debate the controversial decision to hold Dublin vs Tipperary in Thurles.