On this occasion, words almost fail me. This evening’s decision to send the Connacht final to Hyde Park, a place you’d think twice before putting cattle out on never mind play a match of any importance at, is a complete and utter joke.
Geography is the only basis on which this decision makes sense. Once Hyde Park is no longer the dilapidated dump that it currently is then it will be perfectly okay to host the Connacht final there whenever the need arises.
But it hasn’t been developed, it’s still the same museum piece that was creaking at the joints when we played Roscommon there in last year’s semi-final. Putting an even bigger match there next month is a recipe for chaos. And lots of portable loos.
I can accept that the Connacht Council had a difficult decision to take this evening. It can also be acknowledged that this decision involved making a choice between two venues, neither of which were ideal but were the only choices on offer.
But they’re big boys and that’s what they’ve been elected or appointed (or whatever) to do. A decision which avoids making the hard choice and sending the match to a venue that they themselves have already dictated can’t hold a fixture like this is one based on on the rankest form of stupidity.