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Thursday 23 November 2017

Dublin fury at CCCC over venue choice for Tipperary clash

Dublin chairman Sean Shanley. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin chairman Sean Shanley. Photo: Sportsfile

The Dublin county board will make representations to the CCCC to change the venue for Saturday's All-Ireland SHC qualifier with Tipperary away from Thurles, although their efforts are likely to be in vein.

The CCCC yesterday fixed both round two qualifier matches for Semple Stadium, with Dublin and Tipperary preceding the clash of Kilkenny and Waterford, despite the fact that these games are supposed to be played at neutral venues.

"We were told it would be a neutral venue," county chairman Seán Shanley told the Herald.

"The last word we got was that it was going to be a double header. Limerick would be the obvious venue for that.

"And then they come back and say it's a double header in Thurles."

Shanley insisted that the decision was "totally unfair," and "absolutely ridiculous" and suggested that Kilkenny would not have been forced to play Tipperary on the All-Ireland champions' home ground had they been drawn out together.

"It's supposed to be neutral venues for everyone," he pointed out. "And yet they give Tipperary home advantage."

This round of the All-Ireland SHC has been staged in Thurles in each of the past two seasons, though on neither of those occasions have Tipperary been involved.

The last time they played in round two of the qualifiers was in 2014, when met played Offaly in Portlaoise while Wexford played Waterford in Nowlan Park.

Shanley revealed that Dublin were informed by the CCCC the venue would be Thurles in order to "promote the game of hurling."

"We were told it would be a neutral venue. The last word we got was that it was going to be a double header. Limerick would be the obvious venue for that.

"And then they come back and say it's a double header in Thurles.

"We're certainly going to air our objections to it now. We have a county committee tonight and we're going to make it know that we're not happy at all.

"We're certainly objecting to it," said Shanley, who chaired a county committee meeting last night. "We're going to make representation to the CCC that came up with this suggestion.

'Totally unfair. And we're the only ones suffering."

There's no way Kilkenny would have played Tipp in Thurles. Certainly not."

"I was talking to Ger Cunningham" Shanley added, "and he thinks it's totally ridiculous."

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