The Connaught Telegraph has reported (story here) that the County Board has made an official request to the relevant fixture planners within the GAA to have the All-Ireland JFC final against Kerry played at Croke Park on the same day (8th August) that the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final involving us is held. County Board Chairman Mike Connelly is quoted as saying:
It would not be possible to play the junior and senior big games at different venues on Saturday week.
We have asked Croke Park to look at bringing the junior final against Kerry to Croke Park on Saturday week and having a triple-header. It would seem to be common sense.
I like the “it would not be possible” bit in the above quote. If the Junior final is definitely going ahead on that day and not on the Sunday then, as Mike says, there’s simply no way we could have two significant matches involving the county played in different places on the same day.
Triple-headers on All-Ireland quarter-final day are a regular enough occurrence. Back in 2012, our minors played Tipperary at HQ before the seniors took on Down and last year as well our minor and senior quarter-finals were on the same triple-decker card, as the first and third games that day. There’s no reason, then, for not doing the sensible thing and fixing the Junior final for Croke Park on 8th August.
By the way, the seniors aren’t scheduled to get into action at HQ that day until 6pm, with the quarter-final involving Monaghan on before it. This may seem like an odd time to be throwing the ball in for a senior championship game but later starts are pretty much par for the course nowadays for championship matches played on Saturdays.