Kildare thank GAA for decision to host clash in Newbridge

June 28, 2018

A Kildare fan carries a flag after his county's All-Ireland SFC qualifiers round 2 victory over Longford at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.
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Kildare county board have thanked the Central Competitions Control Committee for bringing its All-Ireland SFC Round 3 qualifier against Mayo back to Newbridge.

The CCCC's original decision on Monday to stage the game would at Croke Park was met with strong criticism across certain circles while the Lilywhites refused to play the game at headquarters, with manager Cian O'Neill confirming that they'd be togged out and ready to go at St Conleth's Park at 7pm on Saturday.

The CCCC's decision was reversed yesterday and Kildare GAA released the following statement on its website in response:

"Coiste Chontae Chill Dara welcome the decision of the CCCC to fix the Kildare v Mayo Round 3 All-Ireland SFC qualifier for St Conleth's Park in Newbridge for this Saturday. The Management Committee of Kildare GAA fully accept that the original decision of CCCC to host the game at Croke Park was made with the safety and interest of patrons in mind," the statement read.

"We are pleased that following a consultative process between Kildare County Committee, the CCCC and relevant statutory authorities, assurances have been made to ensure that the game can proceed at St Conleth's Park.

"Kildare GAA fully accept that the decision to play in St Conleth's Park will impact significantly on the number of tickets that are available for Kildare supporters and that it will not be possible to facilitate concessions at the game. We would ask people who do not have a ticket for the match on Saturday not to turn up in Newbridge.

"In acknowledging this resolution, we would like to thank the CCCC for their support. It is important now to allow the team management and the players to focus on preparations for the game and we look forward to Kildare lining out against Mayo at a vibrant St Conleth's Park on Saturday evening.

"Kildare GAA will be making no further comment on the matter."

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