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Connacht final for Dr Hyde Park

Roscommon have got their wish after their Connacht SFC final against Galway was confirmed for Dr Hyde Park.

Thats according to a report on

According to the website – “The decider, which will be contested by the neighbouring counties for the third year in-a-row, will take place at the Roscommon town venue on Sunday, June 17 at 4pm. It will be preceded by the Connacht U20FC final.

There were suggestions after Roscommon’s Connacht SFC semi-final win over Leitrim that Hyde Park would be unable to host the showpiece game due to capacity and safety-related problems, but a compromise has since been reached with a Connacht Council statement reading:

“The Connacht GAA Football Championship finals, senior and U20, scheduled for Sunday 17 June 2018 will take place in Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon.

“This decision was made following discussion between the Connacht GAA Council and Roscommon County Board officers and in consultation with the National Infrastructure and the National Health & Safety Committee.

“Making this decision Connacht Council recognised the financial constraints of Roscommon County Board and agreement was made to hold the game in Roscommon subject to a number of conditions.”

Those conditions include confining the capacity to 18,870; no tickets being available for sale on the day; Roscommon covering the cost of a temporary ticket scanning system and CCTV being in place.

In the last two years, Galway enjoyed home advantage which led to Roscommon manager Kevin McStay insisting on the final being played in Hyde Park.

“We are in the Connacht final, we have the home venue. It will be played in the Hyde – I have no doubt it will. We’ll certainly be turning up in the Hyde. I hope someone else is there to meet us on the day and we’d be very, very absolute about that. We’ll be there and let’s see,” he said after the semi-final in Carrick-on-Shannon”, concludes.

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