Kerry want to avoid clash with Six Nations

Kerry GAA chiefs will sound out Croke Park about the possibility of bringing forward the throw-in of their National Football League game against Dublin in Killarney on February 10 to avoid a clash with Ireland’s home Six Nations clash with England.

The fixture is timed for a 2pm throw-in, just one hour before kick-off in the Aviva Stadium.

The matter could be brought up at the next Central Council meeting on Saturday week.

Kerry chairman Patrick O’Sullivan said: “There is still time for movement on the matter. Nothing is written in stone and there is no direction given on it either but perhaps all league games might be moved that day, by possibly 30 minutes, to ensure everybody can enjoy both sports.”

The Kerry-Dublin game was originally pencilled in for Saturday, February 9 but was later pushed back a day.

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice could yet be involved in an All-Ireland intermediate club final on the Saturday in Croke Park should Finuge beat Monasterevin in the Gaelic Grounds on January 27.

Mayo are also down to host Tyrone in Division 1 at 2pm on February 10 as well eight lower division football fixtures, while there are All-Ireland intermediate and junior club finals scheduled in Croke Park.

Last year, Cork’s Division 1 opener to Armagh on February 5 clashed with Ireland’s home game against Wales. However, Mayo’s request to have their game against Dublin in Castlebar last February 11 brought forward by 30 minutes was accepted. Its original 7pm throw-in time conflicted with an 8pm start between Ireland and France in Paris.

Incidentally, both games were postponed due to adverse weather.


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