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A ballboy collects a ball from the empty stand during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Meath at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

A ballboy collects a ball from the empty stand during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Meath at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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A ballboy collects a ball from the empty stand during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Meath at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The Cavan County Board has no intention of asking GAA chiefs to move their All-Ireland SFC semi-final out of Croke Park.

A short statement from the board yesterday clarified that "they absolutely and categorically have never considered, nor have they any intention of, applying for a venue change for the upcoming All-Ireland semi-final fixture.

"We are honoured and look forward to playing the All-Ireland semi-final as is fixed by the CCC," they added, alluding to the Central Competitions Control Committee.

Since last Sunday, when Cavan shocked Donegal to set up a daunting last-four date with five-in-a-row holders Dublin, there has been much debate about a potential venue switch.

The two All-Ireland football semi-finals, including the Dublin/Cavan clash on Saturday week, have been pencilled for GAA Headquarters.

However, Cavan boss Mickey Graham has been among several voices to question the need to use Croke Park, given the absence of a crowd factor this year.

"Would a nice neutral venue, somewhere different for a change, be any harm? For Dublin, that's like their own back garden, they are so used to playing there," Graham pointed out.

"A lot of our lads would never have been there before ... , it's definitely a disadvantage.

"For us to go to Croke Park itself the task is going to be huge, so it would be nice but the powers that be will decide that."


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