Thursday 23 November 2017

Spring is in the air

KILDARE footballers look set to play two of their ‘home' league games in Croke Park – which means the Spring Series is firmly back on the agenda for Dublin.

The Kildare county board has consistently argued that its four Allianz League Division One fixtures against Donegal, Kerry, Dublin and Tyrone should be played in St Conleth's Park, even though its capacity has been slashed to barely 6,200 under health and safety guidelines.

However, following weeks of behind-the-scenes activity, it looks increasingly likely that the Lilywhites' ‘home' games against All-Ireland champions Donegal and Dublin will be switched to Croke Park.

Those matches would then facilitate the staging of a Spring Series double-header on Saturday, February 2, comprising of Kildare v Donegal followed by Dublin v Cork.

That would likely be followed by a stand-alone clash between the Leinster arch-rivals on Saturday, March 9.

According to local media speculation, the quid pro quo for Kildare would be a substantial financial windfall.

The Leinster Leader today reported that an offer “too good to turn down” – in the region of €60,000 to €70,000 – will allow Kildare GAA to upgrade their Newbridge home to the required health and safety regulations and also increase capacity to between 8,500 and 9,000.

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