"Unfortunately, the GAA weren't able to meet our requests"

June 25, 2019

A 'Newbridge or Nowhere' mural is painted on a wall outside St. Conleth's Park before the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers round 3 clash between Kildare and Mayo.
©INPHO/James Crombie.

A request to have Kildare’s crunch Qualifier meeting with Tyrone rescheduled to avoid a clash with the Irish Derby was turned down.

The Lilywhites welcome the Red Hands to Newbridge on Saturday evening, with throw-in fixed for 5pm. Twenty minutes later, less than 5km away, horses will line up at The Curragh for the Irish Derby.

Curragh boss Derek McGrath revealed his disappointment in The Racing Post: “Certainly it's disappointing for the Derby itself given the proximity of both events. An approach was made to the GAA but we have to respect the fact it has a lot of matches on during the weekend and it has to make decisions in the best interest of its own sport.

“It's just an unfortunate clash as they are both important events. Unfortunately, the GAA weren't able to meet our requests. A request was made that the match be played later or on another day but that was denied and we have to respect that. We're still looking forward to a great three days of racing.”

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