The Central Competitions Control Committee of the GAA has confirmed that Carlow and Westmeath have refused the option of playing the Christy Ring Cup final as a curtain raiser to the All-Ireland football quarter-final game involving Dublin in Croke Park.
This is scheduled for Saturday, August 9 and, the GAA say, would have guaranteed the game being played before a capacity attendance.
There are two triple bills in Croke Park on Saturday and Sunday next weekend (August 2-3) involving the Tommy Murphy and Nicky Rackard Cup finals on respective days and as there will also be a triple bill at the stadium on Sunday, August 10.
According to the GAA, there was no choice but to play the Christy Ring cup Final on Friday evening, August 1, if it was to be played at headquarters (the counties also got an option of playing the game in Portlaoise at 7pm on Saturday next).
Admission to Croke Park for the games next Saturday and Sunday is by ticket only. Tickets are available from participating Co Boards, GAA.ie & Ticketmaster nationwide.
Ticket outlets locations on match day are as follows: GAA Ticket Shop, North Circular Road (opposite Gill’s pub), Bishop’s Palace on Drumcondra Road, outside Martin Properties at the Dorset St end of Whitworth Road & also on under the railway bridge on the Ballybough Road.