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Corrigan Park Or Nowhere

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Just seen that Corrigan Park has been confirmed to host Antrim v Kildare in the All Ireland Qualifiers on Saturday week. It wasn't fit to host an Ulster SFC game last month so why would it be fit to host an All-Ireland Qualifier?

gaelicgab (USA) - Posts: 780 - 12/06/2019 13:40:02    2193922

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Kildare could hardly object!

m_the_d (None) - Posts: 1061 - 12/06/2019 13:48:06    2193927

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If it's fit to host league games then it should be fit to host championship and qualifier games, don't think anybody will have an issue with it being all ticket.

if_in_doubt (Kildare) - Posts: 3621 - 12/06/2019 13:49:43    2193928

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Numbers likely to attend I'd imagine. Can't see too many people travelling from Kildare and not sure of the support that Antrim have these days. Ironically, drawing Kildare has helped them here. I'd imagine the CCCC would have let Antrim play this on the Falls Road if they wanted!

Anyhow, it's only fair. Once the facilities at the ground are of intercounty standard (medical, players and decent access), Antrim should be allowed play their game wherever they think they can get an advantage.

It sets a precedence though. If one of the counties with a small ground qualifies for the super 8's their home game must be sacrosanct.

SallinsMan (Kildare) - Posts: 64 - 12/06/2019 13:49:47    2193929

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Replying To if_in_doubt:  "If it's fit to host league games then it should be fit to host championship and qualifier games, don't think anybody will have an issue with it being all ticket."
But it wasn't fit to host a championship game already this season? Serious questions need to be asked about this appointment.

gaelicgab (USA) - Posts: 780 - 12/06/2019 14:04:59    2193941

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Replying To gaelicgab:  "Just seen that Corrigan Park has been confirmed to host Antrim v Kildare in the All Ireland Qualifiers on Saturday week. It wasn't fit to host an Ulster SFC game last month so why would it be fit to host an All-Ireland Qualifier?"
Grass was cut between the Ulster Championship and now.

Offside_Rule (Antrim) - Posts: 3825 - 12/06/2019 14:07:45    2193943

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Replying To gaelicgab:  "But it wasn't fit to host a championship game already this season? Serious questions need to be asked about this appointment."
I'd say it's more a case of asking questions about why Antrim weren't allowed host championship games there before now. Any venue suitable for holding a league game should be acceptable for hosting a championship or qualifier game. Maybe it's just a case that a much bigger crowd was expected for the Antrim Tyrone game than is being expected for this match, but even then Antrim should have had the option of nominating Corrigan Park and making it an all ticket game.

if_in_doubt (Kildare) - Posts: 3621 - 12/06/2019 14:14:57    2193947

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Replying To gaelicgab:  "But it wasn't fit to host a championship game already this season? Serious questions need to be asked about this appointment."
Would you have preferred another hour plus journey up to Ballycastle or Dunloy? Both are also designated County grounds. Could have a word if you would and see is it too late to change it.... ;-)

Offside_Rule (Antrim) - Posts: 3825 - 12/06/2019 15:04:53    2193974

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Went up for a league match there a couple of years ago. Was only 500/600 at the match so no issues with crowd control

Been a while since I stood on a grassy bank to watch an intercounty match!

Laoisvillian (Laois) - Posts: 10 - 12/06/2019 15:32:07    2193983

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it cant be much worse than Drogheda can it?

SaffronDon (Antrim) - Posts: 1762 - 12/06/2019 15:50:51    2193987

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Replying To Offside_Rule:  "Would you have preferred another hour plus journey up to Ballycastle or Dunloy? Both are also designated County grounds. Could have a word if you would and see is it too late to change it.... ;-)"
A trip through the Glens would be great. Antrim is the only county I've never been to for a GAA match. Hopefully I get to one at Casement Park in the not too distant future.

gaelicgab (USA) - Posts: 780 - 12/06/2019 15:59:46    2193992

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Antrim played Tipp in an exhibition game a few years back and there was a big crowd. There is another Belfast venue where they play the St. Paul's minor tourney what's its capacity?

doubletree (Dublin) - Posts: 151 - 12/06/2019 16:01:36    2193993

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What about all the children and old people that'll be forced to stand???!!!

Or is that just a Galway hurling support problem ;)

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 12449 - 12/06/2019 16:01:59    2193995

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Replying To Offside_Rule:  "Would you have preferred another hour plus journey up to Ballycastle or Dunloy? Both are also designated County grounds. Could have a word if you would and see is it too late to change it.... ;-)"
Far too accessible Offside, have yous no pitch on Rathlin yous could use?

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 12449 - 12/06/2019 16:13:40    2194006

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Replying To MesAmis:  "Far too accessible Offside, have yous no pitch on Rathlin yous could use?"
Couple of decent enough fields over there but getting the portable goals on to the ferry a bit of an issue without dismantling them and sure that would be too much bother.

Offside_Rule (Antrim) - Posts: 3825 - 12/06/2019 17:33:48    2194043

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Replying To Offside_Rule:  "Couple of decent enough fields over there but getting the portable goals on to the ferry a bit of an issue without dismantling them and sure that would be too much bother."
Fair enough, best stick with Ballycastle so!

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 12449 - 12/06/2019 19:05:44    2194094

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Replying To gaelicgab:  "But it wasn't fit to host a championship game already this season? Serious questions need to be asked about this appointment."
Who said it was not fit to host a championship match?. Guys from the GAA going around and saying a pitch is not suitable (one that is being played on a continuous basis). It appears that Health and Safety decides these issues. I would expect the biggest health and safety issues around any match is on the field of play and not up in a stand, or indeed sitting or standing on a green grass. There does not appear to be any H & S issues with a concert in Slane where you have many patrons full of drink. Where is our GAA going to , or what planet are they on?

browncows (Meath) - Posts: 1994 - 12/06/2019 19:30:37    2194113

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Maybe....just maybe if Dublin lent us a few of their 'voluntary coaches' within a few years we would have two top notch stadiums, many Ulster Championships, a right few Sams, millions in advertising, sponsorship, custom built training facilities etc. Never mind the 16 millions Euros, just give us a wee part time voluntary coach or two who can sprinkle their magic dust. John Horan......GAA President.......Dub.........says they work wonders.....nay....even miracles.

Ulsterman (Antrim) - Posts: 9123 - 13/06/2019 03:31:34    2194234

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