The Dublin County Board are furious with the decision to stage the Dublin’s hurlers All Ireland qualifier at Semple Stadium in Thurles.
According to reports in the Irish Examiner, Dublin officials were told by the GAA that the game would be staged at a neutral venue.
The Boys in Blue will play the reigning All Ireland champions Tipperary in round two of the All-Ireland hurling qualifiers on their patch.
“We’re totally disgusted,” Dublin County board chairman Sean Shanley told the Irish Examiner.
“We were told in advance of the draw that it would be a neutral venue so we’re very disappointed Tipperary have been given home advantage and that we have to travel to Thurles.
“The Dublin hurlers have played in Thurles on many occasions and like playing there, but not when it is supposed to be a neutral venue and our opposition are Tipperary.
“This is giving a huge advantage to Tipperary.If Kilkenny had drawn Tipperary, they wouldn’t be made travel to Semple Stadium.
“It wouldn’t happen. They tell you they want Dublin hurling to make the breakthrough and then they go and do this. It is nothing more than lip service. This decision tells you what they really think of Dublin hurling.”
“Why not bring the double-header to the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.
“That venue has the capacity to stage both games. We just feel this is unfair to the Dublin hurlers. We’ve made our feelings known, but it is unlikely that will change anything.”