It’s been announced that this year’s Connacht final will, for the second year running, be held at Roscommon’s Hyde Park. The decision, which was made at this evening’s Connacht Council meeting, was confirmed a few minutes ago on Twitter by @MayoGAA.
The delay in making the announcement – which appears to have been due to the need to confirm maximum capacity levels at the relevant grounds – gave rise to a fair bit of discussion in recent days. Notable in this regard is the hammer-and-tongs debate that’s been going on at gaaboard.com where a number of Rossies, lads who ostensibly had no dog in this fight at all at all, were getting more that a bit hot under the collar at the thought that their neutral hosting of the event was in doubt.
They can all relax now, however, in the knowledge that this particular circus will definitely be heading in their direction on July 15th. By all accounts, the capacity of the Roscommon venue – which was cut to under 20,000 in the so-called Slattery Report on health and safety issues at GAA grounds late last year – magically rose to just over 25,000 in the last few days, which meant that it would, after all, be in a position to hold the final. And hold it it now will where we’ll be aiming of a repeat of 1997, when we beat Leitrim in Castlebar in the semi and the Magpies in Hyde Park in the final.