Dublin may be forced to play all their National League games next season in Croke Park due to capacity issues at Parnell Park.
As the weather gets cold it is hard to remember the (limited) warmth of the Irish summer, so watching some inter-county football seems a long way away. But with the pre-season tournaments set to start in early January, it won’t be long before we have some actual games to talk about.
But the big opener to the year will be the meeting of Dublin and Cork on Saturday, February 2. As it stands, there is no agreement on where this game will be played, though in previous years the GAA has always taken the chance to launch the season with some glitz and glamour at Croke Park.
However, Dublin may be forced to play all their League engagements at Croker due to work going on at regular home, Parnell Park. A recent report by the Central Competition Controls Committee reduced the capacity at the northside venue to just 7,300, one of the smallest in the country. And while todays Indo carries quotes from Dublin chairman Andy Kettle saying they may be able to get it up to 8,000 by the time the season starts, that will surely not be enough for the size of the Dublin support.
With Mayo, Tyrone and Down also on the home agenda for Dublin next year, all would be appealing, especially if an attractive hurling game, or Kildare –another county with home ground capacity issues – could be added to the ticket for the day.
The Spring Series as we know it may not happen, but some very tasty double-headers at HQ might.